Rockingham has always been popular as a holiday place for the residents of Perth. Many people have had holiday homes here for the last 50 years.
But now it's changing. It's growing and developing. It's a rapidly growing area of new housing and also of new hotels. This hotel on the seafront has only just been completed, and there are more hotels/apartments being built.
There is a new development (not completed) right on the beachfront known as the 'Rockingham Village' The old oval has dissapeared but there is a new village green
The railway is being extended from Perth down to Rockingham. It is due for completion Dec 06.
Rockingham has grown enormously and is no longer a sleepy country town.
The new'Rockingham Village' and development of the beachfront has been completed.
It now only takes 36 minutes to get into Perth (by train) and many people commute daily.
1000's of new houses have been built and the shopping centre has been considerably enlarged.
It would probably be reasonable to say that the beachfront is the heart of Rockingham.
It’s often packed out on Public holidays, a popular place for large family picnics.
It received the award for “Most upgraded beachfront in Peth Area” a couple of years ago. Since then it received devastating damage from an storm which took away parts of the sea wall, but it has all been completely renovated and now looks even better.
Churchill Park and Bell Park are long and narrow and line the bay between the beach and the street. They provide a large shady picnic/sitting/play area with free electric BBQ’s, shaded picnic tables and children’s playgrounds, toilets and open air showers.
At various times in the year events are held in the parks-craft fairs, art exhibitions, jazz and blues concerts, and fireworks for New Years Eve, Australia Day and the Spring Festival.
On the street there are cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlours and fast food outlets; diving, camping, fishing and souvenir shops; bottle shop, pub and newsagent. with supermarket and pharmacy just around the corner.
"Special" cars can often be seen as well as the HOGS (Harley Owners Group) riding slowly by.
There are hotels, with new hotels and apartments in the process of being built.
Update 2009. Many new apartmants, cafes, restaurants have ben built.
The beach is regularly cleaned. Water is shallow and waves are just little ripples which make it suitable for small children.
There’s a diving pontoon anchored just off the beach which is popular with older children.
On summer weekends and special events, you can have a ride on the miniature train or hire a funny little pedal car. There's usually a bouncy castle for the liitle ones.
The jetties are used for fishing and the yacht club.
It’s a popular dive site with reefs and submerged items close off shore.
It costs nothing, parking is free and usually only runs out of spaces on Public Holidays or when special events are on.
There's often pelicans and sometimes dolphins just off shore.
Fondest memory: My husband and I have been there often to eat out, have picnics, sketch, walk, watch the boats, watch the people, attend the events.
Rockingham Visitor Centre is one street back from the beachfront on Kent Street and is a mine of useful information on accomodation, things to do, coach trips etc both locally and throughout W.A.
The very helpful ladies working there can arrange bookings for some things, and it is a Bocs agent (bookings for shows, theatre etc)
It also provides internet facilities for $3 per 1/2 hour or $5 per hour. You can send a fax for $5
Many coach trips leave from just outside this building.
Favorite thing: Rockingham is known, mainly by those who don't live there, by it's Nickel refinery and light industry production. But I also discovered that crayfishing, fishing, market gardening, boat building, structural engineering, horticulture and viticulture can be found down and around the land mark grain silos.