Baldivis is a leisure mecca for Perth’s lovers of water sports, situated just a half hour drive south of the city. Five man-made lakes, a slalom course and jumps draw pros and novices to its wake and water ski parks, and just 15 minutes away, in Rockingham and Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, you’ll find some of Perth’s top diving, snorkelling and wildlife watching spots.
You can get to Baldivis in just 30 minutes, following the Kwinana Freeway south from Perth city centre, and you’ll easily spend a full day or weekend enjoying this aquatic playground. If you’re looking to try water skiing or wake boarding for the very first time, or work on perfecting your skills, beginner’s lessons and regular sessions are available at the lakes. By taking the 15 minute drive west to the pristine islands, white sand beaches, reefs, sea life and shipwrecks of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, you can also choose to add diving, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, kayaking and wildlife cruises to your itinerary.
Venture to Penguin Island and you’ll come face to feathered face with the largest colony of little penguins on the west coast, more than 1200 of them share their island home with over 50 species of seabirds and rare Australian sea lions.
In nearby Rockingham, wildlife lovers will also get the chance to tick the bucket list by joining a cruise or swimming tour to meet the playful wild dolphins of Cockburn Sound. Or, for keen divers and snorkellers, the shallow coastal waters and Point Peron offer great visibility and sea life.
Rockingham is a great base for exploring Baldivis and the surrounding coastal region, with ocean-side shopping, dining, entertainment, bars and accommodation options ranging from luxury to budget.