I hadn't noticed what a busy hub of activity the Rockingham Foreshore had become until I took my toddler and my dad (visiting from overseas) down that neck of the woods.
I knew the Foreshore was a haven for families, with the likes of Bell Park boasting several different play spaces, but I didn't quite realise how many shops and restaurants had popped up on the waters edge.
The Foreshore stretches for several kilometres from the start of Rockingham Beach Road to The Esplanade, where youíll find lovely, clean sandy beaches and public reserve along the coast. The reserve has a range of facilities for families looking to have a barbeque or a picnic, including undercover shelters, public toilets, showers, bins and public barbeques.
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There are heaps of little playgrounds dotted along the reserves, along with some lovely, flat walking tracks, which are just great for parents with prams.
The bulk of the playgrounds are located along the Esplanade stretch of the Foreshore, with Bell Park and Churchill Park home to a surprisingly large amount of play equipment for kids of all ages.
There is heaps of shaded from the surrounding trees, plus benches and picnic tables, some of which overlook the Indian Ocean. Further down the Foreshore, towards Railway Terrace, youíll find a huge public pergola, which is a great spot to sit with an ice cream after a swim on a hot day. On the day we visited, there were people of all ages sitting along the Foreshore Ė some with kids, some without, some drinking coffee and some walking dogs.
If youíre thinking about heading down to Rockingham for a family meal. Rockingham Beach Road and Railway Terrace have a huge variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from, including Italian, fish and chips, Thai food, and modern Australian. There are heaps of coffee shops, along with the Tutti Frutti frozen yoghurt shops and of course, plenty of places to get ice cream. There are also speciality shops, such as surfing and diving, placed close to the beach.
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Even if you donít live close to Rockingham, the Foreshore is certainly worth a visit, especially on a lovely sunny day. Itís got great appeal to families looking for a relaxing day out or meal with the kids, a great beach and is close to Penguin Island, which is a separate day trip in itself. If you havenít been for a while, take a look for yourself and marvel in the change.
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