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 everything and have not been body-boarding before. My son got caught in a rip at Secret harbour soon after we got here (he was 13 then), had to be recused by the life guards.
Best time for swimming is in the morning. By midday, earlier in summer, the Fremantle Doctor (the afternoon sea breeze) comes in and the beaches are windy. Still hot, but windy, and you often get 'sand blasted'
Jelly fish are common, and some give a sting that causes avery painful inflammation that takes weeks to heal. They're not common close in to shore. Local people will be able to tell you if they're in the area at the time. If you're surfing and have a wet suit on it protects you.
There have been rare sightings of the Blue Ringed Octopus in this area this year. This tiny octopus has very obvious bue rings on it which become more intensely coloured when it's threatened. It's a shy creature and may hide in pools betrween the rocks. When forced to defend itself it emits a deadly neurotoxin.
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 visible.
The water is usually at least waist deep, often chest deep. The curents are strong and people have drowned here. Earlier this year several people were swept off the sand bar and were lucky to have been picked up by the ferry.
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 stockings.
* As soon as you start to feel very hot/ flushed/faint STOP. STAND VERY STILL, take slow calming breaths and don't panic, it will pass. Have a drink from your water bottle(don't ever go out in summer without it)
* When you are able, walk slowly into the shade (don't let anyone rush you, don't get into a hot car)
* If you can, sit down in the shade, have a cold drink or an ice cream.
* If no shade or chilled drink available, GET WET. Pour water (from your water botlle) over your head or down your back and arms (don't worry about the "wet t-shirt look", your clothes will be dry very quickly)
* Move off slowly when you can.
* If you have to drive in a car without air-con, take a spray bottle of water to spray your face
Ladies, be careful with your handbag in and around the shopping centres. Particularly, do not leave your bag in the baby seat of the shopping trolley.
As in most cities, there are people hanging around waiting for oppotunities to snatch your bag.
It's happened to me and others I know. A horrible experience, probably even worse for a traveller.
My nephew pictured here had great fun clambouring over the rocks at Point Peron, and fishermen climb to get good spots all the time. However it should be done with great care, the rocks are limestone and very fragile.