You’re invited to choose your own adventure in Cockburn!
Cockburn is Perth’s best playground!
You can choose your own adventure, whether it’s a theme park, a shipwreck, whizzing by on a flying fox at a regional playground, hiking through a nature reserve, cycling or skating, beach swimming or fishing, getting wet or working up a sweat at an award-winning aquatic and recreation centre, or exploring a world class marina!
There’s a whole range of adventures to choose from, and a range of price points from free to family friendly.
Cockburn is home to the Adventure World theme park, Cockburn Ice Arena, Coogee Maritime Trail and Omeo shipwreck, and the award-winning Cockburn ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Centre), located next to the Dockers Football Club’s men and women AFL teams training ground and HQ.
Not only do we have these exceptional recreational destinations on our doorstep in the Perth region, what really sets Cockburn apart is the variety and expanse of public space that is the envy of their metropolitan neighbours.
From wetlands teeming with wildlife, the Bibra Lake Regional Playground with accessible Changing Place public toilet, to Port Coogee Marina, Coogee and C.Y. O’Connor beaches and Woodman Point, however you prefer to play, there is something in Cockburn for everyone.
Your adventure is waiting – what will you do first!
Thrills and spills
Spending a day at Adventure World is almost a rite of passage for Perth residents. It’s the only metropolitan theme park, set in beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and lawns on Progress Drive in Bibra Lake, it features more than 25 rides and attractions.
For adrenaline junkies, the new giant pendulum swing ride ‘Goliath’ and rollercoasters ‘Abyss’ and ‘Kraken’ – the world’s longest, tallest, and steepest funnel water slide – will get the heart pumping.
Plus, there’s the ever-popular Hawaiian resort themed Kahuna Falls, an Aussie Wildlife Experience, and the enchanting Dragon’s Kingdom for the younger adventurers.
The multi-award-winning Cockburn ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Centre) is a world-class accessible facility that welcomes 1.4 million visitors annually. It’s proudly owned and operated by the City of Cockburn.
For thrill-seekers, the famous ARC waterslides The Pipeline and The Tumbler are perfect! The Pipeline is a wild ride and zips you around a series of loops and bends, while The Tumbler is a raft experience for two people with a space shuttle twist. And they each come with their own scare factor rating!
For those not yet old enough to tackle the scarier water slides, the indoor water play area is perfect – it includes smaller slides, climbing areas, and plenty of room to splash.
Will you be brave enough to stand under the massive Watch Around Water Bucket when the bell sounds?
Fun on the ice
Cockburn Ice Arena is Perth’s top-tier ice skating facility and boasts the state’s only full Olympic-sized rink. Overlooking scenic Bibra Lake, it has become a popular addition to Progress Drive’s recreational precinct, which also stars Adventure World and Bibra Lake Regional Playground.
Experience the magic of ice skating, day or night, with more than 20 public sessions to choose from! The rinks are chilled to an icy 10°c, but after a hectic session on the ice, you can warm up by the fire at the Cabin 401 Bar & Grill and enjoy some mouth-watering Aussie American cuisine while you watch some ice hockey or figure skating on the sports rink.
Tell us what you wheelie want
Do you have the need…the need for speed? Then get on your bike, skate board or scooter and visit one of the City’s many pump, jump or skate tracks!
There are five pump tracks in Cockburn. A pump track is a looped sequence of rollers and berms — swoopy, banked turns — for bike riders. They’re designed to maximise your momentum, so you can ride it with minimal pedalling.
There’s also a jump track at the Market Garden Swamp on Rockingham Road in Spearwood, which features three jumps starting at 1.2m and extending to 1.4m. It’s recommended for intermediate and advanced riders and will certainly get the adrenaline pumping.
The jump and pump tracks in Cockburn will help keep bike riding enthusiasts going until upgrades to the Malabar Park BMX Facility are complete.
There are four skate parks in Cockburn where skate competitions and workshops are regularly coordinated by the City’s youth services team.
A great way to explore Cockburn is on your bicycle thanks to a plethora of cycling paths, trails, dedicated bike lanes and bike-friendly roads to help you get active and more familiar with the City.
The City has an online bike map to help cyclists plot a course to a variety of attractions including an art trail featuring murals, sculptures and public artwork, parks and playgrounds, Azelia Ley Homestead Museum, amazing coastline with its jetties, pontoons, dive trail and Eco Shark Barrier swimming enclosure, and much more.
Coogee Maritime Trail
Our coastline is a pristine wonderland of secluded and safe beaches, including the award-winning Coogee Beach. And beneath its crystal-clear waters lies the Coogee Maritime Trail, a snorkel and land-based trail and the first of its kind in Western Australia.
The snorkel trail is centred around the Omeo shipwreck – the Perth metropolitan area’s most accessible shipwreck snorkel site, which is just 25 metres offshore. The artificial reef and underwater art sculptures around the wreck create a linear dive trail that is home to more than 45 species of marine life.
Play the day away
Bibra Lake Regional Playground has something for everyone, from a double-flying fox and tree-top aerial rope walk to in-ground trampolines and giant talking rocks telling local Nyungar stories.
The playground is designed to introduce children of all ages, and abilities to the natural environment through play. With BBQs, picnic areas, toilets and change rooms for those with disability, you can spend the entire day at the playground with your family and friends.
The City of Cockburn also manages and maintains more than 800 hectares of public open space, with more than 320 parks and reserves, including coastal reserves, some 38,500 street trees, and several high-profile streetscapes.
These public open spaces add to the unique vibrancy, culture, lifestyle and desirability of Cockburn, so the City are committed to ensuring they’re maintained and improved for the benefit of all.
Take a walk amongst nature
The City of Cockburn is home to many nature reserves and parks, including those that are part of the Beeliar, Jandakot and Woodman Point Regional Parks, managed by the Department of Biodoversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Many of these are perfect for walkers and hikers, from easy strolls to more demanding rambles, all featuring the reward of some of the metropolitan area’s best natural bushland areas among wetlands, lakes and coastal environments.
Beeliar Regional Park protects 3,400 hectares of wetlands, including 26 lakes, in the suburbs of Perth, many of them in the City of Cockburn: North Lake, Bibra Lake, South Lake, Little Rush Lake, Yangebup Lake, Kogolup Lake, Thomsons Lake, Banganup Lake (Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve), Mt Brown Lake, and Manning Lake.
Some of its significant nature reserves are:
- Thomson’s Lake Nature Reserve
- Kogolup Lake
- Mount Brown walk trail and Henderson Cliffs
- Henderson foreshore
- Manning Reserve - Incorporated in this reserve are the City’s popular Manning Stairs and lookouts with sweeping 360 degree views to the Indian Ocean, Port Coogee Marina, Woodman Point, the old South Fremantle Power Station, Garden Island and Rottnest Island beyond, plus north to the Perth CBD and east to the Darling Range.
- Jandakot Regional Park is home to more than 400 species of plants including swamp cypress which thrive in the park’s wetlands and only live in this part of the world: Banksia Eucalypt Woodland Park (Aubin Grove), Shirley Balla Swamp Reserve (Banjup), Denis De Young Reserve (Banjup), Rose Shanks Reserve (Treeby).
- Woodman Point Regional Park offers a variety of recreation options from bushwalking through ancient stands of Tuart trees and beach walking to cycling, BBQ picnics at parklands, swimming, fishing, kite surfing and boating: Woodman Point beach, Woodman Point (old Ammunitions ‘Ammo’) Jetty, Woodman Point headland, John Graham Reserve, Jervoise Bay Northern Harbour boat ramps (Department of Transport). You can also explore the reserve’s trails to uncover a fascinating history of Woodman Point’s historic use as a Quarantine Station dating back to 1901, and for WWII ammunitions storage in brick magazines.
So, what are you waiting for? Choose your own adventure in Cockburn this season, with plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
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