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Rockingham Foreshore

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by Emily Burgoyne (subscribe)
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Published July 17th 2011
Sunny days are great days to spend outdoors. But what can you do if you do not want to do anything in particular?

Why not try a day out at the Rockingham Foreshore?

Located a little over 45km south of Perth, Rockingham is easily accessible via the Kwinana Freeway. For those who want to sit back and relax just hop on the Mandurah Train Line. There is a Shuttle Bus service (Route 555) that runs from the Rockingham Train Station to the local university campus, shopping centre and along the foreshore.

The Rockingham Foreshore refers to Rockingham Beach and the parks that lie between the shore and Rockingham Beach Road, mainly Churchill Park and Bell Park. The parks are grass with some areas open to the sun but large established trees shade most. There are bins, both general and recycling, barbeques and clean facilities available. In addition, as the beach is adjacent, there are some showers near some beach access parks to wash off that annoying sand.

The Foreshore caters greatly to family groups with many picnic tables, each with an individual shelter, and bright playgrounds with swings, slides and all other children favourites. There is even a miniature playground separate from the main playground perfect for smaller children, fenced off to stop any escapees.

Between the parks and beach, there runs a boardwalk parallel to the shore. With benches along its length and with tiles describing local history scattered along the walk, this is a scenic walk for all types, whether a stroll or a morning jog.

For those with canine family members dogs are welcome, so long as they remain on the leash and owners clean up after them (a fine could be incurred otherwise) however, dogs are only allowed on the reserve and not on the beach. If your pooch loves the beach, there are many other beaches in Rockingham where dogs are more than welcome. The City of Rockingham lists where.

The opposite side of Rockingham Beach Road is lined with small shops and cafes, takeaways, ice-cream parlours and a lolly shop, including the ever-popular fish and chips. There are even a few cafes on the oceanfront, popular for those who like breakfast with a view.

Looking across the water one can see the jetty, boats and Garden Island and the causeway connecting it to the mainland.

If you do not want to spend the whole day at the Foreshore, why not just make it your lunch stop as you explore what Rockingham has to offer? From a recently refurbished shopping centre, to Penguin Island and the Shoalwater Bay Marine Park, there are countless other Parks and Beaches throughout the greater Rockingham Area.

The Rockingham Foreshore is a great place for family picnics, a day at the beach, or just lunch or a cup of coffee catch up with friends.
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Why? Sunny days should be spent outdoors
When: Whenever you like.
Where: Rockingham Foreshore, Rockingham Beach Road
Cost: Depends on you
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