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 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.
Erosion at CY O'Connor
CY O'Connor has experienced persistent erosion since the late 1990s. Studies have identified that erosion will continue and the shoreline will recede further if no action is taken.
What are we doing?
Sand nourishment is planned for 2021/22. Approximately 15,000 m3 of sand will be extracted from the beach between Port Coogee and the old power station where it accumulates, and placed either side of the Catherine Point Groyne where it is eroding.
A 100m long engineered fringing reef will be installed off the beach in front of the parkland area at Rollinson Road in early 2022. The reef will be a trial project that aims to reduce the severity of erosion and sand nourishment requirements. Part-funded by the WA Department of Transport, the project will test the effectiveness of an engineered reef for wave reduction and erosion control as an alternative to conventional groynes and seawalls.
- A buried Geotextile Sand Container (GSC) seawall will be installed at the dunes in front of Rollinson Road park area, along with revegetation and rehabilitation of the dunes. This project, part funded by CoastWest, will complement the engineered fringing reef by acting as a backstop to severe storm erosion and will allow for the establishment of more stable dunes that will reduce the windblown sand issues.
For more information view the Coastal Adaptation and Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance webpage.
Visit the City's dog exercise areas webpage opens in a new window 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 Each sign posted to ensure all users are aware of the associated risks.
Do you own a business which you think could enhance the City's coastline as a destination for recreational pursuits? Each Each year the City seeks applications from suitably qualified recreation and leisure traders wishing to operate along the City’s coastline and adjacent reserves.
Applications should be highly motivated in assisting the City create its vision which is to ensure that the Cockburn of the future will be the most attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in, within the Perth metropolitan area.
Some examples of the types of operators which the City would consider include:
- Kite Surfing Lessons
- Stand Up Paddling Lessons
- Inflatable Playground
- Snorkel Hire
- Dog Washing
- Stand Up Paddle Board/Canoe Hire.
The Coogee Beach Jetty to Jetty Swim opens in a new window is held each year in March. The popular annual event is organised by the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club.
All enquiries should be directed to the City's Recreation Services Department by phoning 9411 3654 or email.