Are you looking for things to do in Rockingham this weekend? Or perhaps you’re seeking out adventurous activities or fun things to do in the school holidays…
Look no further, as we’ve rounded up ten unique experiences to ensure you get the best out of your visit to Rockingham. Here are our suggestions – great for families, couples and friends.
1. Swim among wild dolphins
Out of all the things to do in Rockingham, swimming with dolphins is by far a standout. Drawing in visitors far and wide, Perth Wildlife Encounters has been offering its multi-award-winning marine wildlife tours in Rockingham since 1989. With over 200 bottlenose dolphins calling Rockingham’s pristine waters home, their immersive cruises to Penguin and Seal Island will have you getting up and close with these majestic, wild animals. It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget!
2. Skydive over Rockingham
With over 37km of stunning coastline to admire, Rockingham is the best destination to fulfil all your fun skydiving dreams. Get your adrenaline pumping in full gear with Skydive Australia’s 15,000 ft tandem skydive. The best part? After 60 seconds of freefall, you’ll get to float in awe as you take in the breathtaking views of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park including Penguin Island, Cockburn Sound, Garden Island and even Rottnest Island. Once you’re done admiring the coast, you can reunite with your loved ones down on Rockingham Beach as you make your landing on the soft, white sand.
3. Explore the Baldivis Karnup Wine Trail
Tucked away in the Baldivis and Karnup bushlands is one of Rockingham’s best-kept secrets: the Baldivis Karnup Wine Trail! There are all kinds of fine wine to savour like the different speciality wines produced by Peel Estate Wines right around the corner. As the oldest winery and vineyard in the Peel Region, Peel Estate Wines is an especially great place to visit. Head in another cellar door tasting before grabbing lunch or cool off on their beautiful picnic grounds.
4. Dine at the beachfront cafes and restaurants
There’s nothing more exquisite than tucking into a scrumptious meal with ocean views. Amongst Rockingham’s finest oceanfront restaurants is Latitude 32, the foreshore’s premium seafood and steak restaurant known for its mouth-watering dishes. If you’re feeling like some authentic Spanish tapas, Rustico Tapas & Wine Bar is the place to be. Either way, the restaurants and cafes along the scenic Rockingham Foreshore give new meaning to the dining experience.
5. Relax at the Rockingham Foreshore
Since the completion of its revitalisation project in 2019, the Rockingham Foreshore has never looked better! With $15.75 million in improvements made, the precinct has been transformed into a high-quality space for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Take a stroll along the new-look boardwalk, plan a family picnic, make use of the BBQ facilities in Bell Park and Churchill Park, or catch the sunset in action.
6. Try a cool new water sport
Eager to catch a wave? Luckily, Rockingham is home to some of the best aquatic activities in Western Australia. Practise your surfing at the beaches in Secret Harbour, Golden Bay and Singleton beaches! Stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, on the other hand, are also exciting ways to enjoy the ocean – with WASUP, Penguin and Seal Island Kayak & SUP Hire and Rockingham Kayak Hire ready to show you the way. Not to mention, with Rockingham being a prime location for windsurfing and kiteboarding, you can give it a go with a lesson or two from West Oz Kiteboarding.
7. Snorkel and scuba dive in crystal clear, calm waters
Did you know that Rockingham has over 40km of magnificent open water to explore? Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and Point Peron offer some of the best snorkelling in the region off a limestone headland – dotted with reefs, caves and swim-throughs in crystal clear water. Penguin Island is another fun snorkelling spot where you might catch its resident sea lions and penguin out and about. As for scuba diving, you can enrol in one of Scubanautics Diving Academy’s exciting dive courses.
8. Immerse yourself in nature
Apart from Rockingham’s main coastal attractions, there are several other places for nature lovers to visit. Take a drive through the Rockingham hinterland and discover the natural beauty of the bush – or do a loop of Lake Cooloongup on foot. As well as that, the award-winning Rockingham Regional Environment Centre (Naragebup) is set on 1.7 hectares of coastal land opposite Lake Richmond. It features an Envirotech Building with hands-on, interactive learning, Indigenous culture, wildlife and friendly staff – and makes for a fabulous family day out.
9. Play a round of golf along the Golf Coast
A golfer’s paradise, Rockingham and its surrounds are home to some of the most challenging and picturesque courses in the Perth metropolitan area. Choose from five premier courses along the Golf Coast, only a short drive away from the Rockingham town centre. Make your way over to Rockingham Golf Club – boasting open bushlands, generous fairways, towering old Tuart trees and prolific wildlife. Or, if the spectacular ocean views appeal to you, teeing off at Secret Harbour Golf Links may be more up your alley.
10. Get to know Rockingham’s history and culture
A history lesson never goes astray when it comes to exploring a new place. Learn about the uniqueness of Rockingham and its historic figures by paying a visit to the Rockingham Museum and Rockingham War Memorial. Alternatively, for those looking to embrace the wonders of art, the gallery exhibitions and workshops at Rockingham Arts Centre are worth checking out!
To learn more, please visit the Rockingham Visitor Centre or call our friendly team on (08) 9592 3464!