1. Shoalwater Marine Park
SHOALWATER ISLANDS MARINE PARK
|Address||19 Kent Street, Rockingham, Western Australia, 6168|
|Phone||+61 8 9592 3464|
|Fax||+61 8 9592 2778|
Pristine Islands, reefs and ship wrecks make for excellent diving, snorkeling and wildlife watching in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park off the coast south of Perth.At Penguin Island, Little Penguins breed in the burrows – watch them being fed at the interactive centre. The island is also home to breeding colonies of silver gulls, fairy terns, bridled terns and Caspian terns.
The reefs surrounding the islands provide good snorkeling and diving and abound in marine life including sea stars, urchins and molluscs as well as a number of fish species. Take to the water here and you’ll probably run in to a pod of bottlenose dolphins which are extremely common in the marine park. You can go swimming with dolphins on tours which operate regularly.
Seal Island is home to a colony of rare Australian sea lions which can often be seen fishing and swimming in nearby waters.
You’ll also find safe family swimming beaches, some great surf breaks and idyllic windsurfing conditions when the sea breeze is in.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is also home to the Saxon Ranger, a 400 tonne former fishing vessel – the first purpose sunk dive wreck in the Perth metropolitan area. Dive permits are required for this site.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is accessible from Rockingham which is less than an hour’s drive south of Perth.