Coogee Maritime Trail | Omeo Wreck
Directions - Located south of Fremantle in the new Port Coogee development, get yourself to Cockburn Rd until you reach the entry road into Port Coogee that is Pantheon Ave. Follow this down to the shopping centre and take a left at the roundabout on Orsino Blvd and then a right on Napoleon Ave. Socrates Parade comes off Napoleon Ave and there is parking right on the beach front. The trail head is unmissable as there is a giant staircase leading over the rocks and into the water.
2020 Update - Some new installations have gone in along the sea wall to expand the trail and encourage more marine life to the area. It will be a couple of years before they are fully part of the environment but already there are fish using them as habitat. Please note that this place is becoming very popular and parking can be an issue. Also, do not stand or sit on the wreck as it is very old and won't last much longer if people do not show their respect. Don't be afraid to tell people off who are not doing the right thing.
The Snorkel - So what do you do in Perth when the temperatures increase (along with the bushfire risk), the snakes slither out and the ticks and flies make a nuisance of themselves? Well you head into the water and enjoy some of the great snorkelling spots that are dotted up and down the Perth coastline. This will be the first of many new water-based trails on the website as I swap the hiking boots for snorkelling fins so look for the fish symbol on the Perth Day Hikes page as the summers roll on.
The Coogee Maritime Trail was meant to be up on the website earlier in 2017 after I planned a visit not long after the official launch event. Unfortunately the trail had not been completed in full by then with the feature stainless steel staircase still taped off due to it not being finished yet. To be fair to the trail and wanting a complete experience, I held off doing a write-up until it was finished and now is that time. A joint project between the City of Cockburn, the Western Australian Museum and Murdoch University, the trail was built to expand on the existing Omeo Wreck, highlight the maritime history of the area and provide more habitat for a variety of marine life. With a warm Sunday morning in December forecast I made plans to visit once again to experience the full trail and report back on how it was. Joining me on the day was Junior Deputy Assistant of Trail Experiences, Aron, resident Life of Py grumpy old man Jeff, and Xavier the undersized power forward of my basketball team. I arrived earlier so I could walk around the edge of the water and take some photos before it got too busy as there is a walk trail that goes around the breakwater wall.
The area is still being developed but once there are more buildings around it will have a much nicer feel than the building site vibe that is there now. From this vantage point you could see the full length of the Omeo Wreck and the artificial reef blocks that appear in the shallower sections. On my way back to the stairs I came across a man walking his dog and he pointed into the water after spotting a ray moving in the shallows. Keen to get into the water and see what other aquatic locals I could find, I headed back to the car and grabbed my things. Aron arrived at that point and we were soon climbing the impressive stainless steel staircase that leads you over the rocks and straight into the ocean. Last time I was here this wasn't finish yet so it was cool to see it finally completed and be able to walk straight into the ocean. While Aron was going back and forth waiting for the others to arrive, I had no such patience and was straight into the water.