9.0 out of 10

Rockingham

Ranked 49th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-32.2801745568488 115.737580527001
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Internet Access
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"I love it here!"

We're fairly new migrants so we did a lot of research when we had to choose a suburb to start our family here in Oz. At first, we were considering up North, but we saw a few houses and it just didn't feel like "home". We did also try the Canning Vale area coz we've got kids... it's more 'homey' than the North, but it seems too hot and people seem aloof (esp. the real estate agents showing the houses there!). Whereas in Rockingham, they call this place as such for a reason -- it just ROCKS! The place is very homey, people so kind and friendly, schools are just great and the community seems 'united'. Finding a secondary school for my growing boys was a challenge at first, but having attended the Parent Info Meeting last night for Rockingham SHS, they gained my trust and confidence that it's a good school and they will attend to my kids as if they're second parents. Worst case, you've got Comet Bay College, Safety Bay HS, etc. as fallback. As for jobs, there isn't a lot that's accessible, speaking for IT professionals like me. Since such jobs are mostly in the CBD, prepare yourself for a 1-1.5 hour train/bus commute to/from work. But I guess if you're in other fields, you're maybe lucky and able to find vacancies within Rocky. Childcare is also a challenge here since there's only a few before and after school care that I know in the area. I guess, that's also a sign that God wants me to stay with the kids while they're still in school.
Pros
  • Great community
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Great medical services
Cons
  • Far from CBD, if jobs for your field are usually in the CBD
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
rv
rv Hi Liza, Have you moved to Manor Lakes yet? I've read your comments on some of the posts here and just wanting to get some info because we're looking at moving to ML too.
Feb 28, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Rockingham - WAs best beaches"

Rockingham is a fantasic place to live, plenty of beaches and when its windy on one side you can simply go to the other side and lay out the picnic. Property values are very well priced and there are some great opportunities to take up right now.
Pros
  • Friendly, Great Murdoch Uni close to Rockingham
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Excellent facitlities and Transport
  • Excellent Childcare
  • Great medical services
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Enjoyable living here"

I love living in Rockingham. We have been here for 5yrs now and the stress free life of having an adequate shopping center, within walking distance suits me fine. I enjoy the morning strolls along the Rockingham beach front. I have also, been so fortunate to be able to watch the beautiful dolphins swimming along the beach front. The people are friendly and there are lots of cafe shops. Our Town has lots of friendly people. You can join in to a friendly game of tennis Mon Wed and Fri, go to the local theater, and even get on a train which is a 40 min stress free ride to Perth. We are so pleased to have purchased a property here as houses are way to expensive North of Perth. I have also been able to visit Mandurah for a day out which is only a 30min drive South of Perth.
Prices here are reasonable at the moment, so if you see a property you like snap it up as you might not be able to afford to live in Rockingham in 5yrs time.
Pros
  • Dental services
  • Hairdressors
  • Cycling club
  • Excellent facitlities and Transport
  • Friendly, Great Murdoch Uni close to Rockingham
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Excellent Childcare
  • Great medical services
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Potential"

If I had to rate rockingham in it's current position I'd probably give it a 3.5, although it's expansion of beach development and rising prices makes a great place to buy now and reap the future benefits of wealth, so I rate it a 4 stars.
Pros
  • Some good tourist attractions (penguin island, seal island, safety bay windsurfing)
  • Friendly, Great Murdoch Uni close to Rockingham
  • Beautiful beaches
Cons
  • Some dodgy areas, but there is hope
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
seand3
seand3 Hello, which areas are the " dodgy" ones as i am looking to buy a property in Perth and wouldnlile to know what area to avoid. Thanks
Jun 17, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful beaches, great lifestyle."

Rockingham has been transformed into a great town to live in. There are beautiful clean beaches, great eating out places 3 Chinese restaurants ,KFC, Hungry Jacks, Macdonalds, Hoggs breath, Outback Jacks, 2 movie theatres, Indian restaurants, pasta cup, fish and chip shops, excellent gyms, Japanese food and a large new shopping centre, that has a food court, cafe shops and many clothing and shoe shops along with a Coles and woolies and chemists and health food shops also a video ezy shop and 2 large Bunnings. There is also 2 butcher shops and 3 IGA shops. Childcare facilities.There are Buses and an excellent train service From Mandurah into the city of Perth. The best kept secret about Rockingham is that housing prices are not as expensive as in the North of Perth and there is also great facilities for the retirees, a new Marina is also being built in the next few years. we also have Dentists and A great super clinic with many Drs. The airport is 45mis to 1 hr depending on the route you take. The Murdoch University is 30mins by train and is one of the best in WA as they truly care about there students. The people are friendly and there are a great selection of schools.
Pros
  • Great medical services
  • Excellent Childcare
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Excellent facitlities and Transport
  • Friendly, Great Murdoch Uni close to Rockingham
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Great place with plenty to do."

Rockingham is just under 50 kms south of Perth and has a large population of around 90,000 in the Rockingham Shire. There are many industries in this area including forestry, agriculture, fishing, tourism and hospitality as well as the nickel refinery. There are also many wineries with great cellar door sales. Apart from the normal coastal activities such as swimming, snorkeling and fishing, there are numerous walks, galleries to see and the WA Water Ski Park. For those who enjoy nature and conservation the Naragebup Environmental Centre is open 6 days a week. There is a large shopping centre at Rockingham offering shops of all descriptions from supermarkets to boutiques as well as a food court. As with everywhere these days there are numerous takeaway food outlets and a good selection of restaurants of all descriptions. There is a wide variety of educational choices including state, religious and private primary and secondary schools as well as the Murdoch University Rockingham Campus and a TAFE College. There are various preschools and child care centres. Medical facilities are exceptional and real estate in varied but prices are increasing as fast as the population.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live, Affordable Housing and Units, Excellent transport facilities."

Rockingham has an excellent brand new shopping centre. There are lots of eat our places and 2 movie theatres. There are the most beautiful clean beaches and lots of different sporting groups.
Transport is a bonus as there are regular buses that leave every 15 mins. The train runs right up to Joondalup. There are state schools and private schools. The Murdoch University is only a short train ride and the best street to buy in is Ovens Place as there are no wild parties and the people in the street are friendly and only to happy to help, you with out intruding on your privacy. If you are looking for a property to buy then buy in the Meadows Estate in Rockingham. Oh and by the way i am not a real estate agent. I am a resident that lives in the Meadows Estate. There are lots of childcare facilities 2 gyms and a brand new, big Medical facility. You will save on fuel using public Transport or doing the 10min walk to the Large shopping Centre. There is an IGA, Coles, Target and Woolies and A couple of butchers. There are 4 Chemists and great clothes shops. There is also a Large Bunnings for the handy people in your family. Rockingham is more affordable to buy a unit or family home as North Perth is way to expensive with congestion problems.
Pros
  • Excellent facitlities and Transport
  • Friendly, Great Murdoch Uni close to Rockingham
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Rockingham the Aquatic Playground"

The city of Rockingham is just a 35 minute drive south of Perth and is ideal for those who want to enjoy an excellent quality of life by the seaside. Rockingham is a rapidly developing residential area, with substantial industrial and commercial areas, and a naval area on Garden Island

There are ample shops for shopping enthusiasts as well as plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Some within the real estate industry still consider Rockingham to be a hidden jewel, with prices still at a moderate level and set to rise with the possible construction of two proposed marinas on the only north facing shoreline within the metroploitan area.

Rockingham's slogan is "your aquatic playground". A lifestyle most only dream about, with the best of beaches where you can go swimming, snorkelling, sailing, surfing, or try the jetties for fishing and crabbing. Many of Rockinghams beaches are safe for children.

You can go swimming with the wild dolphins or scuba dive off the many offshore reefs or take the ferry to nearby Penguin Island to see the gorgeous fairy penguins close up. Penguin Island is home to about 1200 little penguins, Penguin feeding and expert commentaries are conducted daily. The island is also a very important nesting, feeding and roosting site for over 50 species of seabirds and a rare nesting site for a rare Australian sea lion.

Consider improving your quality of life and make the move to Rockingham. If you would like any further info contact the area expert Paul Ellis on paulellis@warnbrorealty.com. Paul has lived in Rockingham for over 50 years and is a great place to start to learn where to buy in Rockingham
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees