Located in Rockingham, approximately an hours drive (or 50km) south of Perth, Cape Peron is located at the end of Point Peron Road. Entry to the cape is free with parking bays provided around the area.
I’ve lived in Perth all my life and the only reason I knew this existed was because I was taken there by an old friend. A few years later I decided it was time to go back.
I suppose it was a bold move to make the drive during winter but I was in a stubborn move and I was going- hail, rain or sunshine. When I arrived at my destination, it was pouring down with rain- imagine my disappointment! I persisted, I pulled out my umbrella with my camera at the ready and took a few photos of the shoreline.
I drove up to the lookout tower located near the snorkeling area and the weather started to clear up. The view from the lookout platform is break taking, you can see the pristine water for miles with the limestone rocks underneath and the waves crashing against them- it’s relaxing to say the least.
There are several points of interest at Point Peron. There are a number of parking areas depending on which area of Point Peron you’d like to explore too. I’d recommend wearing sensible shoes with grip as some of the paths and rocks may be slippery. There aren’t bins around too so if you’re wanting to have a romantic picnic on the rocks or foreshore, a plastic bag may be beneficial to help keep the area pristine.
At Shoalwater Point, there’s a lookout platform, pathways which lead down to a secluded beach and up to other lookout points on top of the limestone rocks.
At John Point, there’s a small cave (which has now been closed off due to safety risks), a sandy foreshore scattered with seashells and seaweed.
For those interested in military and history, on the path down to John Point, there’s World War 1 remnants of a gun battery and the lookout tower. If you want to learn more about these artifacts, there’s a tour run at the Leighton Battery Guns on Sundays’ in Fremantle.
The highlight for me was walking down a path to return to my car and as I turned around, a rainbow appeared. Serendipity really does exist.
It truly is a little slice of heaven. With pristine waters, limestone rock formations and a dazzling shore line, this well kept secret is sure to put a smile on anyone’s’ face.