On the shores of Warnbro Sound, about 60km south of Perth, Warnbro has one of the best and safest beaches in this part of WA - long stretches of white sand, gentle surf and clean, clear water. Warnbro Sound falls within the Shoalwater Bay Marine Park and dolphins, seals and the fairy penguins on nearby Penguin Island all fall under its protection.
This is a popular holiday spot for Perthites who enjoy the sun and the sea, fishing, boating, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Just up the road, at the southern end of Cockburn Sound, is the seaside resort of Rockingham, which has more protected beaches and a beaut Sunday market.
Rockingham was one of the earliest settlements in WA and is closely associated with Captain James Stirling's first landing on Garden Island in 1827 and the early years of the Swan River Settlement. It was surveyed in 1847, and by 1897 it was a thriving place when it decided to split from the Fremantle Roads Board and became a town in its own right.