Nothing nicer than watching the sun fall on the horizon of the Indian Ocean. Some can be truly spectacular. Take a picnic and either cast your blanket on the white sandy shores or use one of the covered picnic tables with a front view seat to this stunning view. Take a light jacket in summer, the breeze can sometimes get a little cool.
The Australian Marine Complex is situated just south of Coogee. A newly developed business area, this is Western Australia’s shipbuilding zone. The Marine Support Facility is a focal point of WA’s vessels repair and refit and they are equipped with extensive dry-berth support which includes Australia’s largest ship-lift which the Australian Navy use to the fullest
The reserve is a picnic and bbq area within the Woodman Point Park. The reserve is the main recreation area of the park and has toilets, car parking, picnic areas, BBQs and play equipment. There are several accesses to the beach which is only seconds away.
The Woodman Point Lighthouse is located inland in Coogee. It was build in 1902 as a Leading Light which replaced the Arthur Head Lighthouse. The light through the two windows could be easily seen from ships approaching from the north or south or any point in between. It made it very easy for the ships to identify their location. Not usually open to the public.
Woodman Point is just on the southern end of Coogee Beach. The parks offers a lot of recreational activities as well as some old historic campsite buildings and wartime army munitions bunkers. There are picnic areas with bbq’s and play equipment at the reserve within the park. There is also a continuous path which travels some 20km up to Fremantle for walking or cycling.
Access to the Park is via Cockburn Road, with direct access to recreation areas from Poore Grove, Nyyerbup Circuit and O'Kane Court.
The old South Freo power station lies in ruins at the north end of Coogee Beach. It was built in 1951 and was a coal-fired electric power generating installation. At the time it was the second and larges purpose-built thermal power station in the State. It was closed in 1985 after 34 years of operation. All the old plant and equipment has been stripped out with only the shell of the building remaining in a prime location right on the beach.
In 1905 a four-masted barque (built in 1858) went aground on Coogee Beach. It had been anchored in Cockburn Sound when during a gale, the ship broke its moorings and was swept ashore where it remained on the beach behind the local abattoirs. Over the years the wreck has deteriorated. The bow and stern sections are above the water while the rest of the site remains submerged.
Once this part of the coastline was primarily used by heavy industry which ended causing damage to the coastline. Today Coogee Beach is popular and fairly safe for swimming especially for children. Garden Island extends down most of the sound.
Coogee beach is in Cockburn Sound and just 7 kms south of Fremantle. Cockburn Sound extends from the south of the mouth of the Swan River at Fremantle for about 25kms to Point Peron near Rockingham.