Searching for fun things to do in the Perth area? Or perhaps you’re after new ideas to entertain the kids during the school holidays?
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a thrill-seeker, Rockingham is the place to be. As Western Australia’s aquatic playground, there are countless aquatic sports and activities to take advantage of in Rockingham – especially during the warmer months. As they say, it’s where the coast comes alive!
Perfect as adventurous date ideas or simply something to do this weekend, we suggest:
A relaxing swim in open water
If you love the sun on your back and your toes in the sand, you’ll adore Rockingham’s beaches, which are deemed some of the beautiful in Perth! Best of all, enjoying the open water is a free activity ready to be enjoyed on a family beach day. For safe, calm and shallow water swimming and sandy beaches, Rockingham Beach and Palm Beach are the best places to go. Other marvellous beaches include those in:
- Safety Bay
Swimming with dolphins
With 30 years of friendship and trust built up with Rockingham’s local bottlenose dolphins, Perth Wildlife Encounters offers visitors the unique opportunity to swim with these fascinating creatures their natural habitat. Safe to say, it’s an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe. Note: you don’t have to be an expert swimmer or need to have any snorkelling experience to join in on the fun!
Surfing and windsurfing
Did you know that Safety Bay is considered a world-renowned windsurfing destination? For less experienced windsurfers, the gentle conditions at Safety Bay are ideal for learning. As for surfing, you can take a lesson in the perfect beginner’s waves at Secret Harbour. On the other hand, Singleton Beach and Golden Bay in the south are great locations for surfing and windsurfing as well.
An exhilarating water sport, kiteboarding (also known as kitesurfing) is a must-try for those visiting the Rockingham area. There’s nothing like feeling the breeze while kiteboarding over Rockingham’s perfect waves. If you’re a beginner, simply let the instructors at West Oz Kiteboarding show you how it’s done! As the only licensed operator in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, this is the perfect place to learn the basics – with crystal clear water and no boats, swimmers or obstacles.
Explore the wonders of the underwater world with Scubanautics Diving Academy. As your one-stop-shop for all things diving, their team of experts has you covered. From certified dive courses and rental gear to scuba equipment service, their team is passionate about what they do and ready get you into the open waters!
Enjoy the thrill of Western Australia’s only cable wakeboard park! Located in Baldivis, Perth Wake Park is a must to tick off your list – especially for all the adventure seekers out there. No matter your skill level, you’re welcome to come and enjoy the park. With lessons and introduction sessions available, the park is well-equipped with a full size main cable, a beginner specific cable and a step up pool for advanced riders. You can even get your hands on a spring season pass or enjoy their student discount on Thursdays!
Stand up paddle boarding
If you’re looking for more serene things to do, stand up paddle boarding is a favourite. Having risen in popularity, stand up paddle boarding has become one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of the ocean. Look no further as WASUP offers paddle board hires, tours and lessons. Alternatively, if you feel like renting some equipment and giving it a go yourself, you can hit up Surf Mania too.
Boating and fishing
In Rockingham’s extensive waterways, a boat is a fantastic way to experience the best Rockingham has to offer. There are many launching ramps and moorings as well as opportunities for jetty and beach fishing. However, some area of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park are off limits to fishing and boating. Information on seasons, size limits, bag limits and other restrictions can be found at the Fisheries Department online at www.fish.wa.gov.au.
Jetskiing and jetpacking
To top it all off, you can take your Rockingham experience to new heights by jetskiing. Jet Ski Tours Perth offers unique jet ski tours and hire around Rockingham and the surroundings of Garden Island, with plenty of natural beauty to appreciate. However, if jetskiing isn’t enough for you, Jetpack Perth is the next step! Based in Rockingham Beach, it’s Western Australia’s first coastal water jet experience and simply one of the coolest things to do. We have to say, it’s truly a one-of-a-kind, James Bond inspired experience!
For advice on things to do in Rockingham, feel free to visit the Rockingham Visitor Centre or phone (08) 9592 3464.