The City of Cockburn is responsible for the management of 15km of scenic coastline in south metropolitan Perth. Beaches in Cockburn have many facilities including BBQs, playgrounds and walking trails. CY O’Connor is the City’s only dog friendly beach.
Cockburn’s coastline is a pristine wonderland of secluded and safe beaches that house a range of activities and experiences for residents and visitors.
Our coastline is home to a great variety of fantastic facilities including the Coogee Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Coogee Beach Eco-shark barrier, cafes, BBQs, grassed areas, jetties and the Port Coogee Marina.
The City's picturesque beaches also provide opportunities for an array of recreational activities such as swimming, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and jogging.
Coogee Beach Reserve
Coogee Beach Reserve is in the suburb of Coogee and is part of the Woodman Point Regional Park. Coogee Beach is one of Cockburn’s most popular coastal spots and hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the annual Australia Day Coogee Beach Fest, Coogee Live and the Jetty-to-Jetty Swim.
In the summer time, you can float on or dive off the two pontoons which are in the water on either side of the Coogee Beach Jetty. The pontoon at the northern end is inside the safety of the Eco-shark barrier. You can throw a line off the jetty or snorkel around the wreck of the Omeo shipwreck. Coogee Beach is a great beach for swimmers and if you are lucky, you might see a dolphin or the occasional sea lion.
Facilities at Coogee Beach include:
- Walking and cycling trails
- Toilets and showers
- BBQ and picnic areas
CY O'Connor Reserve
Most facilities are situated at the southern end of the beach at McTaggart Cove in North Coogee. The area is ideal for swimming, diving, and snorkelling. You will find BBQ, picnic, toilet and shower facilities at McTaggart Cove. CY O’Connor Beach includes a shipwreck off the coast and a designated dog beach. Facilities include walking and cycling trails, toilets and showers, BBQ and picnic facilities.
Visit the City's dog exercise areas webpage for details of dog friendly beaches.
The City aims to support activity diversity in a manner that facilitates safe and enjoyable experiences for ocean users. As such, land and water-based activities classified as low to medium impact, are recommended to be permitted to occur along the City’s coastline without restriction, except in areas of significant conflict i.e. boat launching areas. This approach is consistent with feedback which was provided by several key stakeholders as part of the Department of Transport’s South Metropolitan Aquatic Use Review.
Land and water-based activities classified as high impact should be subject to restrictions in order to reduce the level of impact they pose to other ocean users. Designated areas and exclusion zones should therefore apply for these classified activities.
The Coastal Activities Map (refer to Related Documents) outlines the designated areas and exclusion zones for where high impact activities either permitted or not permitted to occur.
While high impact areas have been provided with designated areas of usage, this does not provide exclusive access to these areas. All beach users should still be able to access these areas should they wish, however the areas will be appropriately sign posted to ensure all users are aware of the associated risks.
Recreation and Leisure Traders Licence
Do you own a business which you think could enhance the City's coastline as a destination for recerational pursuits? Applications are now open to apply for a City of Cockburn Recreation and Leisure Traders Licence. Successful applicants will be permitted to trade along the City's coastline during the 2019/2020 summer season until 30th June 2020. For more information about the licence, please download the handbook and application form.
Round 1 Deadline:
4pm Wednesday 31 July 2019
Round 2 Deadline:
4pm Friday 29 November 2019
All enquiries should be directed to staff in the Recreation Services Department
Phone: (08) 9411 3654
Coogee Beach Jetty to Jetty Swim
The Coogee Beach Jetty to Jetty Swim is held each year in March. The popular annual event is organised by the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club.