Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of boarding the Rediscover Rockingham tram. Having boarded at 2pm from the Rockingham Museum carpark, the tram was quiet enough – allowing me to choose a seat closest to the coast to optimise my views. From there, I sat down on the comfy seat and settled in for my one-hour round trip.
It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. With the window down, I could feel the warm breeze on my face while soaking in the views of our stunning coastline. The tram was going to take us from Rockingham Beach all the way around to Shoalwater Bay, stopping at Val Street and Point Peron in between.
Once everyone was on board, our driver Ross introduced himself. He was the perfect driver – friendly, funny and full of knowledge about Rockingham’s past and present. The tram cruised down Rockingham Beach Road past the cafes, Bell Park and Railway Terrace, where you could see the City’s developments done recently. The second stop on the route is on Val Street near The Cruising Yacht Club of WA, with the tram continuing west down The Esplanade towards Palm Beach Jetty. Along the way, Ross provided interesting information about a few of the landmarks including the beautiful Catalpa Escape Memorial and its history.
As we ventured past Palm Beach Jetty, the vibe was buzzing with the coastline full of people enjoying the beach and the beautiful autumn weather we’d been blessed with. I could see the smiles and curiosity on people’s faces as they waved enthusiastically at the tram passing by.
Next stop was Point Peron, a beautiful spot rich in war history and definitely worth checking out if you’re visiting Rockingham. While there wasn’t a great deal to see on the stretch of road entering Point Peron, Ross had a few fun facts up his sleeve about the area. Due to the tram being fairly big, it could only pull into the first carpark which doesn’t happen to be quite as scenic as the lower carpark. However, if you wanted to explore Point Peron and check out the lookout and stair walk, you could easily hop off the tram and get back on at a later time.
The tram then makes its way around to Mersey Point near Penguin Island, driving past Bird Island and Seal Island. The tram pulls into the Penguin Island carpark right outside Pengo’s Cafe. Mersey Point is where the ferry leaves for day trips to Penguin Island and also where the famous marine wildlife cruise departs.
Taking the tram to and from Mersey Point is a great option if you’re heading to the island for the day or spending a couple of hours on the wildlife cruise. Pengo’s Cafe is also a great stop for a coffee and a bite to eat. This stretch of road is so scenic and is one of my personal favourites – especially on a calm day when the water looks like velvet and glistens in the most hypnotic way.
The tram then makes its way back to Rockingham Museum, stopping again at Point Peron and Val Street. At the end, I was lucky enough to speak to Ross about what he loves most about his role. His answer was: “It’s just so interesting! I’ve been researching the history myself. I even contacted the museum to find out more and now I can give people more information about the history of Rockingham.” Ross even let me get a cheeky snap of him behind the wheel!
The best part? There is no charge to ride the tram and you can hop on or off at any of the four stops. The service will be running every Sunday up until 25 April 2021, so be sure to make the tram ride part of your plan this Sunday – whether you’re visiting Rockingham for the first time or you’ve lived here for years. One can never tire of ocean views, so get on board for the best coastal reward!