Cockburn Day Trip: From the Omeo Shipwreck To Ice Skating

Brimming with pristine beaches, stunning wetlands, theme parks and world-class recreation facilities, Cockburn is a playground of experiences worthy of a day trip. Nestled between the coast and Jandakot Airport, in the southern suburbs of Perth, Cockburn is located on Whadjuk Nyungar Boodjar — the land of the Whadjuk Nyungar people. The destination spans across 24 suburbs, including Rottnest Island, and is a magnet for families and lifestyle hunters looking for all things play, fun, rest, and relaxation. 

Whether you’re keen to explore the vibrant underwater world of Perth’s premier shore-based shipwreck, skate around the city’s newest and largest ice rink, or revel in the natural beauty of local flora and fauna, here’s how to spend a day in Cockburn.

Cockburn Day Trip Itinerary

This day trip itinerary connects you with the best things to do in Cockburn by land and sea. You’ll get off the beaten track, explore awe-inspiring attractions and revel in a destination celebrated for its natural and adventurous appeal.

9:00 am: Breakfast at The Grind Reaper

Coffee and breakfast at The Grind Reaper
Credit: The Grind Reaper

Fuel up for a day of fun-filled adventure with a caffeinated brew and breakfast at The Grind Reaper. The North Coogee neighbourhood coffee shop is adored by locals and blow-ins alike — for good reason. Expect options like scrambled eggs and bacon, smashed avocado, croissants, breakfast wraps, and bagels. Yum!

10:00 am: Snorkel and explore Omeo Shipwreck

Omeo Shipwreck
Credit: City of Cockburn

With its snow-white sand, vibrant sapphire sea and highly snorkel-worthy coastline, Coogee is one of Perth’s best beaches. Its crown jewel is Omeo shipwreck, which came adrift from Fremantle Port in 1905, and after becoming bogged in the sand, has gradually been falling apart ever since. When it comes to day tripping in Cockburn, the award-winning Coogee Maritime Trail is a must.

Centred around the Omeo shipwreck, it’s the first of its kind in Western Australia and includes an underwater dive and snorkel trail and a land-based trail. Only 25 metres from the shore, Omeo is Perth’s most accessible shipwreck snorkel site, suitable for beginners because much of the trail is between two and five metres deep. The area is alive with sea life including 45 species of fish, sea stars, cuttlefish, and corals. It also features an underwater art gallery, where you’ll find an old railway wheel and anchor, which were recovered during the development of Elizabeth Quay, and a replica Dutch cannon and an artificial reef. Just remember to explore the trail with your eyes and not your hands!

12:00 pm: Visit Bibra Lake Regional Playground 

Bibra Lake Regional Playground 
Credit: Supplied

Chase the kids around Bibra Lake Regional Playground which really does have something for everyone. Think double-flying fox, in-ground trampolines, tree-top aerial rope walk, and giant talking rocks telling local Nyungar stories. Designed to introduce children of all ages and abilities to the natural environment, the playground’s features draw on local wildlife and Aboriginal heritage for an immersive, exciting and educational experience.

1:00 pm: Picnic lunch

Bibra Lake Regional Playground
Credit: City of Cockburn

With barbeques, shaded picnic areas, and bathrooms, Bibra Lake Regional Playground is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Pick a perch under the trees and set up camp. There’s even a food van selling various cuisines, drinks, ice cream, and coffee, if you’re keen for a treat.

2:00 pm: Walk the Bibra Lake Loop

Walk or cycle around Beeliar Regional Park
Credit: City of Cockburn

Beeliar Regional Park is home to a vast network of walking and cycling trails, abundant with local flora and fauna. For a healthy dose of exercise, walk or cycle the flat and accessible six kilometre Bibra Lake Loop. As you make your way around the lake, you’ll find access to bird hides and shady places to sit.

4:00 pm: Go for a skate at Cockburn Ice Arena

Cockburn Ice Arena
Credit: City of Cockburn

Get your heart-pumping with an ice skating session at Perth’s newest and largest ice rink, Cockburn Ice Arena. Overlooking the scenic Bibra Lake, you might spot wildlife of a different variety — the Cockburn Crocs ice hockey team. If you’re in need of an afternoon snack or drink, try Frostbite Cafe which serves cakes, slices, sandwiches, and wraps.

6:00 pm: Dinner at Cabin 401 Bar & Grill

Dinner at Cabin 401 Bar & Grill
Credit: Cabin 401 Bar & Grill

After all the sightseeing and adventure, retire to Cabin 401 Bar & Grill and settle in for a mouth-watering feast. The resident ice rink eatery serves Australian American cuisine, including grilled chicken burgers, beef nachos, and pork belly. What better way to salute a day well spent.

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