Rockingham Travel Guide

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Rockingham Highlights

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     Beautiful beaches, parks, walks and watersports. 

  • Con
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     Mandurah down the road is better. 

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     Great shopping and eating. 

Rockingham Things to Do

  • Narnegebup environmental centre

    Narnegebup Environmental centre and has a wealth of information about the flora and fauna of the locally. Is a community built, community run, non-profit organization open to the public six days a week. These pics were take on their annual open day when the admission is free and extra displays are brought in, but much of it is permanent.Opening...

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  • Take a walk or cycle along the...

    There is a smooth, wide, concrete cycle/footpath running along the coast from just north of Rockinghma Beach, south to Port Kennedy. It doesn't go around Point Peron but cuts acoss the isthmus and carries on around the bays on the other side.Most of it is flat and suitable for wheel chairs/pushchairs but some places through the dunes are...

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  • Lake Richmond

    Lake Richmond is stunningly beautiful, calm and tranquil.The 1,000m x 600m lake and it’s surrounds make up a 40 hectare environmentally protected area, home to much native flora and fauna. The day the photo was taken we many heard many types of frogs calling; banjo frogs, clicking frogs, slender green tree frogs and others I don’t recognise. We saw...

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  • Fishing from Palm Beach jetty

    This is popular spot for fishing, especially summer evenings (photo taken winter lunchtime). The deli at the end of the jetty sells take away food and drinks, ice cream, bait and fishing essentials etc.I've been told that the scriptwriter for the TV program Neighbours worked here as a teenager and modelled the deli in Neighbours on it.Brave (older)...

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  • Rotary Park

    Rotary park is a nature reserve and picnic area with picnic benches under gazebos and free electric BBQ's. It is designed so that you can see the birds with wooden walkways going out over the lake. Many native birds can be seen here including pacific black ducks, eurasian coot, purple breasted swamp hens, little pied cormorants, black winged stilt...

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  • Have a VT Meet in Rockingham

    I can't think of anything better than to share my home town with a group of Vt'ers. Lesley (Purpleshade) had organised a xmas meet at the rockingham foreshore, as her daughter Drom was visiting from Paris for Xmas. The weather didn't like us that day and decided to open the heaven's. So Lesley, the lovely lady that she is took us all back to her...

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Rockingham Hotels

Rockingham Restaurants

  • Chase Bar and Bistro

    Very family friendly bar and large restaurant area. Great value meals and a salad bar. Live music some night too The seafood platter for two and the steaks

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  • Kite bar and bistro

    This is our local . A small bar/pub restaurant and more. It has inside as well as outside dining. There is just the one long bar and it's always busy especially on the weekends. Great place yo meet friends. Fish and chips plus the selection of tapas items.

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  • Tapas and so much more

    From the sea views to the quaint seating , wonderful menu with daily specials , tapas , wines, cocktails and more. The sux course degustation menu is such great value and it gives you a fabulous sample of the delicious food

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Rockingham Transportation

  • Ambrose Car Hire, Rockingham WA

    Had a flat tire, changed the tire myself in 38 celsius, no problem; took vehicle back ourselves to rental shop (could have waited? to get towed?), they wanted to charge ME for a new tire!, we only had it for about 2 hours. He said, Why didn't you just carry on? I said, Because your spare is a "80 KM maximum" tire. He kept saying, "You weren't happy...

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  • Convertible comfort!

    Tina and Steve took Jami and me down to the Mussel Festival in Rockingham in total style. We didn't care about our hair blowing in every direction as we were travelling in their beautiful black convertible BMW. The drive from Perth was great and it was nice to be a passenger and have a good look around on our 45 minute journey.

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  • Jolly Jalopies

    In Churchill Bell Park you can enjoy taking out one of the pedal powered jalopies. You can drive them along the paved pathway at the park along the Rockingham Beach foreshore. The jalopies will seat 2 adults or 3 children. You can rent the buggies for 15 mins, 30 mins and an hour.Times: Weekday afternoons, all day weekends and public holidays....

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Rockingham Shopping

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    Rockingham has a big, indoor, air-conditioned shopping centre, the 3rd biggest in the state.
    It's about half a kilometer in length (great for walking when it's too hot to walk outside) and houses 2 large supermarkets, several department stores and about 125 smaller speciality stores.
    Update 2009. The shopping centre has been extended and is now even bigger and better. It now has a dedicated 'fashion mall' and a food hall as well as much refubishing. More restaurants and a new cinema are due to be finished by the end of this year.

    The underground car park has 900 parking bays, plus more above ground. An electric travellator takes you and your trolley from the shops to the carpark.

    Most shops are open 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday with late night shopping on Thursday til 9.00pm. On Public Holidays and school holidays it's open on Sundays too.

    Easy access by bus from the train station

    What to buy: The enormous variety of shops covers all everyday needs and gifts.
    Includes cafes, bottle shop and post office.
    I use the supermarkets here for most of my food shopping.

    My Favourite shops.
    The Crystal surf shop - for Australian designer label surfie clothes and silver jewellry.
    Red dot and King Kong - the bargain stores where everything is cheap including craft supplies.
    Target - Australia's answer to Marks and Spencers, but not so expensive. My daughter's favourite cos they sell ladies shoes up to size 12
    K-Mart - (not the same as US K-Mart), family department store, best prices on popular CDs, DVDs and video games and many other items.
    Bakers Delight - Large selection of speciality breads.
    Rowan and Jarman - sports store, good selection sports wear, all the popular brands.
    The Bali shop-beautiful ornamental items imported from Bali.
    Electronics boutique-electronics, CDs, DVDs, video games etc (my son's favourite)
    The sale stalls in the centre of the aisles that change often.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Whale Watching

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Rockingham Local Customs

  • We all go to Bunnings on the Public...

    Bunnings is a major chain of hardware shops in Australia. They have massive 'Bunnings Warehouses' and sell all the stuff you need to maintain your garden, pond, pool and do any DIY project. They also stock craft materials and many houshold goods. They're open every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day) from 7am-7pm and...

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  • The Spring Festival

    Rockingham has it's annual Spring Festival every year in November. It has traditionally been held on the oval near the beach, and the tradition has been carried on now that the oval has been redeveloped as part of the new Rockingham Beach Village. With free entry, free entertainment, a range of rides and showbags, the street parade and fireworks...

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  • Musselfest v MuscleCars

    Tina, Steve, Jami and I were meeting Lesley and Jethro at the Musselfest so we could enjoy the festival together. It didn't take long before we were sampling the hot macadamia nuts, fairyfloss and fresh cooked flavours of Peru! The mussels didn't make a very large impacked at the festival however we did enjoy walking around the market stallsThere...

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Rockingham Warnings and Dangers

  • The sea is not without danger.

    The beaches around Rockingham are wonderful, but some safety precautions should be taken. When you gointo the water be aware:-There are rips(undercurrents) that can drag you out to sea. A lot of the most popular beaches have lifeguards. Swim between the flags and the life guards will be watching.Be particularly careful with teenagers who know...

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  • Walking the sand bar to Penguin Island

    Many people ignore the warnings and avoid the ferry fare by walking the sand bar over to Penguin island.I have watched people crossing many times, and often thought what a delightful thing to do, but it's not without danger.In the picture you can see parts of the the sandbar just under the water. This was at a very low tide, it's not usually...

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  • It can get very hot in summer.

    If you're not used to it or are sensitive to the heat (be prepared to put up with Aussie jokes about redheads), you can easily be overcome by the heat.As one of the 'sensitive red heads' I have learned how to deal with it. These are my tips.* Don't plan to stay in the sun during the middle of the day* Wear only natural fabrics, forget the...

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Rockingham Tourist Traps

  • SHOWBAGS!

    This is a trap for locals as well as tourists. All the shows, travelling fairgrounds etc sell 'showbags', a brighly coloured plastic bag filled with goodies, lollies(sweets), toys, plastic trinkets, collectables etc. The better they are, the more they cost. Some of them are quite good value, but others are a rip-off. Children young and older go...

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  • The Big Ship

    This ?? (don't quite know what to call it) was commisioned by Rockingham council for a vast sum of money as a tourist attraction. Many locals think of it as total waste of money. It's on the main road into the town close to the tourist informantion board. Have a look as you go past, but it's barely worth stopping for.

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Rockingham What to Pack

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    by Purpleshade Updated Jun 11, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, skinny tops and swimwear for summer, maybe something with sleeves for late at night. Almost no rain in summer, if there is it won't last long. Minimum dress requirement for pubs etc is shorts singlet and thongs (flip flops). For nightclubs/restaurants, shorts, shirt and shoes.
    Moderately warm clothing for winter, it may rain sometimes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You'll easily be able to buy any toiletries and medical supplies you need.
    Make sure to bring sunblock (30+ if you're fair skinned, or at least 15+). or get some as soon as you arrive.
    If you intend to camp, you will need insect repellant or mozzie coils.

    Photo Equipment: If you're lucky, you can get photos of dolphins, bring your best.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring ALL your water sports gear, though you can hire.

    Miscellaneous: Sunhat. Umbrella (to use as a sunshade.) Insulated water bottle. Mobile phone-you can get a local simcard for $30au

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

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Rockingham Off The Beaten Path

  • Check out the Environment

    Naragebup-Rockingham Regional Environmental CentreSafety Bay Road, ROCKINGHAMOpening Times:Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm Sunday 10am - 3pm Closed Mondays.Prices per person:Over 16 years $6.605 years and under with a family group FreeConcession: under 16, pension, unwaged, student $4.40Family 2+2 $16Groups of 10 or more (includes expert guide)...

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  • Another pleasant drive

    Another pleasant drive from Rockingham is up into the hills to the Serpentine dams.These dams were built during the 50's to supply the ever growing need for water in the Perth area.The main Serpentine dam has a capacity of 137.7 million cubic metres covering a surface area of 1067 hectares.The water is piped to the city from the Pipehead dam...

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  • MacNuts WA

    This macadamia nut orchard is about 15 mins drive east of Rockingham, (about 30 mins south from Perth)You can stroll around the orchard, and have a guided tour of the processing plant (by arrangment for groups-see website). The orchard looks east over the coastal plain to the Darling Range, you can see the hills in the distance in the photo.Free...

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Rockingham Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing at Secret Harbour

    Secret harbour is the best surfing beach near to Rockingham.It has a well developed beachfront area with a shops, cafe, toilets, showers and children's playground.Many surfers and body boarders use this area in the summer.WARNING There are rips (currents) which can drag you out to sea. You should know what you're doing before going out. My son as a...

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  • Lets go Kayaking

    Rivergods Sea Kayaking.Paddle across to Seal Island in our stable double sea kayaks, and into limestone caves and formations, reef platforms, visit Penguin Island and see the Fairy Penguins, and visit the old cave home of Seaforth Mackenzie. Swim with the friendly Sea Lions.The trip includes transport from Perth, excellent kayaks and all equipment,...

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  • Squash

    Rockingham Squash CentreCatering for both experienced players and beginners. Hours: Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 12.00 noon4.00 pm - 9.00 pm Saturday 9.00 am - 12.00 noon Sunday 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm Rates: $15.00 per hour, or $8.00 per half hour$9.00 per half hour after 6.00 pm Please bring your own Squash rackets and balls.

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Rockingham Favorites

  • Rockingham is growing.

    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...

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  • The Heart of Rockingham.

    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...

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  • Rockingham Visitor Centre

    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...

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