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Rockingham - Cities, Towns and Localities
In 1830 the sailing ship Rockingham ran aground here, hence the name of this resort town that for many years operated as a port with a small harbour.

Situated on Cockburn Sound this city is now generally considered part of Perth metropolitan area (being only 47 km south/west of Perth CBD. It used to be a favourite for shipping the wonderful West Australian hardwood Jarrah and sandalwood. Today it is a popular holiday destination and well worth a visit.

Check out our listing of Rockingham accommodation and Perth Metropolitan accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Rockingham Visitor Centre
43 Kent Street
Ph: 08 9592 3464
Fax: 08 9592 2778


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Rockingham Attractions

Bonney's Water Ski Park
• Lot 101, St Albans Rd, BALDIVIS WA • Ph: 08 9524 1401 • Fax: 08 9524 1055 • Email
Located 30 minutes south of Perth, the 150 acre park has 5 manmade freshwater lakes, covering 110 acres. All lakes are sheltered from the wind by tree rows. The Park caters to the needs of recreational and social skiers through to the requirements of World Class skiers in Slalom, Trick, Jump, Barefoot and Disabled skiing.

There are BBQ's, ablution facilities, hot showers, Pro-Shop, Skiers Cafe and camping area. Additional accommodation is available at our lakeside Chalet or cabins.
Catalpa Memorial
From 1865 to 1867 the British authorities rounded up supporters of the Irish Republican (Fenian) Brotherhood, an Irish independence movement, and transported 62 of them to the British penal colony of Western Australia. Although a number of British pardons were issued in 1869 and 1871, there was a small group of military Fenians who were not pardoned and remained incarcerated in the Convict Establishment (now Fremantle Prison), until their escape on 17 April, 1876.

The memorial, unveiled on the 9th September, 2005, commemorate the escape of of the 6 Fenian prisoners from what was at the time located in Western Australia.

The memorial’s six wild geese representing the escape to freedom. The escape prisoners were: Robert Cranston, Thomas Darragh, Michael Harrington, Thomas Hassett, Martin Hogan, and James Wilson.

The memorial was created by Western Australian artists Charlie and Joan Walsh Smith.
Rockingham War Memorial
Located in the Rockingham Waterfront Village the Rockingham War Memorial was official opened on 13 August, 2005 to coincide with the Australia-wide commemoration of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day weekend celebrations. The design emphasis is on the respectful and contemplative, focussing on the concept of the returned ‘servicemen and women’ being ‘pillars of society’.

The memorial has 13 classical styled columns, each column represents one of Australia’s major conflicts-to-date. At 5.5 metres in height, they are arranged in a 30 metre diameter circle to further the emphasis on the inward, passive and reflective tone of the area. The footing of a missing 14th column paying tribute to the ‘unknown soldier’ — ‘missing in action’.

The memorial incorporates the ‘iconic teardrop stone’ and the artillery gun, which were key features relocated from the memorial’s former location near Flinders Hall in Rockingham. New components include the anchor and propeller - representing the Army, Navy and Air Forces Services. There are plaques at the base of the first four columns to the three services with the fourth dedicated to the Merchant Navy.

The entrance to the circle of pillars is via two awe inspiring bronze soldiers, by noted Perth sculptor Andrew Kay, and posed in remembrance of those who fought for their country. At twice the size of an average person, the bronze soldiers weighs a massive 160 kilograms each. When you see them, take the time to note the intricate detail, such as can be seen on the buttons of the soldier's uniform.

Source: Landcorp War Memorial Commemorative Program (PDF 524 Kb) and
Sound Telegraph  Commemorative Wrap (PDF 1.06 Mb)

Rockingham includes the following suburbs: Baldivis, Coolongup, East Rockingham, Golden Bay, Hillman, Karnup, Peron, Port Kennedy, Rockingham, Safety Bay, Secret Harbour, Shoalwater, Singleton, Waikki, Warnbro.
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Rockingham Tours

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Bell Scuba
• The Aria Building, 43 Rockingham Beach Rd, ROCKINGHAM WA 6168 • Ph: 08 9527 9211 • Email
Bell Scuba offers both PADI and TDI diver tuition with training to all levels. We conduct boat dive tours to great Indian Ocean locations such as Rottnest Island and West Coast Dive Park. Tour departs Rockingham, Fremantle or Hillarys.
Big Wave Surfing School
• Ph: 08 9524 7671 • Email
We operate our surf school at two locations: Secret Harbour beach and Pyramids beach, Mandurah. Both locations are ideal for learning to surf.
Peel Horse Drawn Eco Tours
• 157 Paganoni Rd, GOLDEN BAY WA 6172 • Ph/Fax: 08 9525 0292 • Mobile: 0411 431 917 • Email
The most ‘fun you’ll have on the wagon’. Peel Horse Drawn Eco Tours can provide you with a day packed with the great sights, tastes and experiences, unique to our stunningly beautiful part of the Peel Region. Our Tours are available in all seasons so please join us, sit back and relax in the comfort of one of our fully weatherproofed Wagons.
Rockingham Cruises
• ROCKINGHAM BEACH WA 6168 • Ph: 08 9527 6862 • Mobile: 0400 031 692 • Email
Cruise the pristine waters of Cockburn Sound with Rockingham Cruises on the fully surveyed 45 foot catamaran  Couger Cat - the ‘TaylorLee’.
Rockingham Wild Encounters
• Ph: 08 9591 1333 • Fax: 08 9528 1715 • Email
Swimming with wild Bottlenose Dolphins, meet the world's smallest Penguins or paddle amongst Australia Sea Lions - Choose your Wild Encounter! Only 35 minutes south of Perth.

Rockingham Wild Encounters specializes in providing high quality opportunities for people to interact with fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. We hope that through these wild encounters peoples understanding and appreciation for the creatures they meet are enhanced and that they are more likely to contribute to the long term conservation of our wildlife and their habitats.
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Source: Catalpa rescue. (2006, December 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:49, January 4, 2007, from
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