City of Rockingham:
Rockingham received its name from the sailing ship Rockingham, one of the three vessels bought by Thomas Peel to carry settlers to Western Australia (the others being the Gilmore and the Hooghly), arriving in May 1830. The Rockingham was blown ashore and eventually abandoned after failed attempts to refloat her. She eventually broke up, having sunk in shallow waters. Settlers supposedly camped near the wreck used the name "Rockingham Town" as their address.
Just a 40 minute drive South of Perth, the City of Rockingham attracts residents who want to enjoy an excellent quality of life by the seaside.
Rockingham is where the coast comes to life. Go snorkelling, sailing, or surfing at the beautiful beaches, or try the jetties for fishing and crabbing. Rockingham has a number of beaches safe for children.
Go swimming with the wild dolphins when you take a tour out to the dolphin pods offshore, or do a dolphin watch tour. The dolphin watch vessel has been designed for you to get as close to the dolphins as possible in comfort and safety. It features a viewing platform at the front where the dolphins ride just beneath your feet.
You can also just relax in the clear sheltered water of the Cockburn Sound or head to nearby Point Peron for some Scuba diving.
Take the ferry out nearby Penguin Island to see the gorgeous fairy penguins close up. Penguin Island is home to about 1200 little penguins, Penguin feeding and expert commentaries are conducted at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30 daily.
The island is also a very important nesting, feeding and roosting site for over 50 species of seabirds and a rare nesting site for a rare Australian sea lion. You can visit the interpretive centre to gain an understanding of the diminutive birds.
Rockingham has ample shops for shopping enthusiasts as well as plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs.
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