Cliffs, caves, coves, coral and kayaks

Cape crusader STEPHEN SCOURFIELD explores the coast near Rockingham

Cape Peron juts between Cockburn Sound and Shoalwater near Rockingham — a limestone headland with all sorts of histories.

Many generations of West Australian kids have come to Point Peron to school camp. Dusty footed and sandy toed, they not only had fun, but learnt to live together and connect. And they learnt how to keep their dormitories clean. Rafts were sometimes built: there was swimming and exploring.

Because it was, and is, called “Point Peron Camp School”, the area became known as that, though Point Peron and John Point, along with Mushroom Rock, may be the most notable natural features of Cape Peron.

For us visitors today, the fun is the same — fishing, swimming, diving, picnicking and walking. The full loop around the cape is 2.4km. The main paths are asphalt, including the paths to the gun and battery. The walk direct to Point John is 1.2km return.

The cape itself is vegetated with sea-heath and sword-sedge. Thornbills and fantails dodge across the tough greenery.

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