The Kwinana Grain Jetty is one of five main commercial shipping jetties within
Cockburn Sound. The Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH) grain loading jetty was constructed between 1971 and 1974. The Jetty sits right at the end of Wells Park. The beach area below the jetty is popular for its safe and clean swimming.
Location : Rockingham Road
North of Rockingham Beach is Wells Park. It is here where you will find what little is left of the SS Kwinana. The ship was wrecked when it was driven ashore in 1922. The name Kwinana was an Aboriginal word from the Kimberley region meaning ‘pretty woman’. All that you will see of the ship now is a rusting piece which juts out and has been filled with limestone to create a small jetty.
Location : Wells Park, Kwinana Beach Road
To the rear of where the old cottage sits is the remains of the original small stone cottage the lived in. William Day worked the farm and also obtained work in the town as a builder and tradesman. He was also a member of the Rockingham Road Board which was established in 1897.
Location : Day Cottage, Day Road
The Day Cottage was owned by William and Susan Day. This existing stone cottage was built in 1885 and they established it as a wayside inn operating from probably 1895 to 1899. They owned 40 acres on which the house sat and worked the property as a farm.
Location : Day Road
East Rockingham Cemetery
Nearly all of the early settlers of Rockingham were buried in this cemetery. The earliest grave known is of Francis Fothergill Mead who died in 1866 at 37. She was the wife of William Mead.
Location : Mandurah Road
Other than by boat, the only other way onto Garden Island is via the 4 km Causeway which joins the mainland to the island and can be accessed from Point Peron Road. Unfortunately this access is only available to Navy personnel. The length of the bridge spans 4220 metres with a clearance of the bridge at the highest point being 12 metres. The bridge is made up of limestone and granite.
First European Settlement
Captain James Stirling first landed on Garden Island in 1827 and was responsible for founding the first European settlement in Western Australia. Some remnants of the first settlement can be found at Cliff Head including the original well. A memorial and a lookout has been constructed there. The Island is now home to HMAS Stirling Naval Base and unfortunately a lot of the historic items of interest on the island are out of bounds to the public.
Location: Garden Island
Garden Island lies just off Point Peron in Mangles Bay. The access to the island is only by private boat and only two thirds of the island is available to the public but this encompasses beautiful beaches and bays suitable for swimming, fishing, picnics, surfing and sailing. You might also see on the island the native Tammar which is a small species of wallaby which lives on Garden Island.
Lake Richmond is about 4km southwest of Rockingham. The freshwater lake covers some 40 hectares and there are some interesting walks and also some endangered domed thrombolites (unlayered stromatolites) can be seen around the edges of the lake. You should keep to the boardwalk because Tiger snakes live on the edges of the lake. On your walk you can see waterbirds, small bush birds, seabirds, waders and also birds of prey. The lake is not suitable for fishing or swimming.
Location : Cnr of Safety Bay Road and Lake Street, Shoalwater Bay
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