How To Spend A Day In Rockingham 

After its humble beginnings as a timber port in the 1870s, Rockingham has grown to become a popular tourist hot spot for day-trippers, nature lovers, and adventure junkies alike. Situated less than 50 kilometres south of the Perth CBD, the Swinging Pig — as it’s affectionately termed — is known for its relaxed coastal vibe, pristine beaches, and flourishing wildlife. So, whether you’re keen to jump on a cultural tour, spend the day exploring one of the many offshore islands, or enjoy a little oceanside dining, there are a bounty of ways to while away the hours.

Rockingham Day Trip Itinerary

This day trip itinerary connects you with the best things to do in Rockingham by land and sea. You’ll get off the beaten track, explore surrounding islands, and revel in a destination adored for its adventurous appeal. 

8:30 am: Breakfast by the beach

Ostro Eatery
Credit: Ostro Eatery

You’ll want to hit the road early to get the most out of your day. Once you’re in town, fuel up for adventure by grabbing a caffeinated brew and breakfast at Ostro Eatery

10:00 am: Shopping along the Foreshore

Little Beach Road
Credit: Little Beach Road

It’s time for a healthy dose of retail therapy and there’s no better place than the foreshore. A few highlights worth adding to your shopping hitlist include Western Australia’s only travelling bookshop, My Little Bookshop. Little Beach Road is another great boutique for women’s and children’s fashion and lifestyle.

11:00 am: Explore Rockingham Lakes Regional Park

Explore the thrombolites
Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Make your way to Rockingham Lakes Regional Park for a bushwalking adventure on the sandy tracks of Lake Walyungup. The shallow saline lake boasts a 5.8-kilometre walking trail which is well worthy of a gander. While you’re at it, see how many wetland and bush birds you can spot. Just a short drive from Lake Walyungup is Lake Richmond, home to the internationally significant thrombolites, which attract sightseers from far and wide. You can view the critically endangered thrombolite community from the boardwalk, or take some great scenic photos from the lookout.

12:30 pm: Lunch at The Cray

The Cray
Credit: The Cray

If you’re feeling the midday hunger pangs, head to The Cray in the city centre for a spectacular seafood experience. If you’re in the market for a recommendation, The Cray Platter and The Executive Platter have legendary status among locals and blow-ins alike. Alternatively, you can sieve between truffle lobster risotto, spaghetti marinara, or surf and turf.

2:00 pm: Afternoon session at X-Golf

X-Golf
Credit: X-Golf

Head to X-Golf for the ultimate indoor golfing session. It’s the best of both worlds and combines state-of-the-art simulators, with delicious food, and a range of tasty beers and cocktails. X-Golf offers players unparalleled accuracy and realism, through a fusion of high velocity camera systems, infrared lasers, impact sensors, and advanced gaming software.

4:30 pm: Sunset drinks by the sea

Latitude 32
Credit: Latitude 32

Whether you’re a connoisseur or just keen to try something new, seafood hard-hitter Latitude 32 is a fabulous option. Nestled on the popular Rockingham boardwalk, Latitude 32 is named after the coordinates it sits on. If you’re feeling nibbly, expect tender, juicy steaks, slow roasted prime rib, fresh seafood, crisp salads, and mouth watering desserts. Or just direct your focus to the outstanding wine list.

6:00 pm: Dinner at The Knock Restaurant

The Knock Restaurant
Credit: The Knock Restaurant

Perched on the Rockingham foreshore, The Knock Restaurant is an idyllic destination to enjoy a bite and tipple. With sweeping views over Rockingham Beach, it’s the perfect place to settle in for a cocktail or vino to salute a day well spent. Food-wise, the menu revolves around chilli mussels, salt and pepper squid, risotto, and Moroccan lamb.

Make it an overnighter

If you don’t want the fun to stop, why not spend the night? For a stunning staycation beside the beautiful Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Manuel Towers offers a rustic getaway with a gorgeously Mediterranean vibe. The best part? You’ll even be able to see and smell the Indian Ocean from your room!

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