East Rockingham, Western Australia

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East Rockingham
PerthWestern Australia
East Rockingham is located in Perth
East Rockingham
East Rockingham
Coordinates32°15′32″S 115°46′12″E / 32.259°S 115.770°E / -32.259; 115.770Coordinates: 32°15′32″S 115°46′12″E / 32.259°S 115.770°E / -32.259; 115.770
Population211 (2006 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Rockingham
State electorate(s)Rockingham
Federal Division(s)Brand
Suburbs around East Rockingham:
Kwinana Beach Kwinana Beach
East Rockingham Leda
Rockingham Rockingham Hillman

East Rockingham is an industrial suburb within the Kwinana Industrial Area, part of Perth and located within the City of Rockingham. It is home to two caravan parks.


The suburb developed as a rural community in the 1850s when various pioneers took up land and settled in the area along Mandurah Road; however, the community declined following the opening of the port at Rockingham in 1872;[2] the Rockingham Road Board's offices were located in East Rockingham between 1905 and 1929.[3]

The Stephenson-Hepburn Plan for Perth and Fremantle (1955) identified the strategic importance of the locality for industrial development; the suburb today contains various industrial developments, with LandCorp making plans to release more land for industrial purposes.[4] The Water Corporation intends to construct a wastewater treatment facility in East Rockingham.[5]

The suburb was named Challenger for a period between 1992 and 1996.

Places of natural and cultural heritage significance[edit]

  • The Pines and Paradise (ruins, sites of farm cottages)
  • Mona's Mount (a.k.a. Key Cottage) - farm cottage
  • Wheatfields - former farm cottage
  • Smirk's Cottage - former farm cottage
  • Sloan's Cottage - former farm cottage.
  • WW2 coastal defence bunker
  • East Rockingham School site
  • East Rockingham Roads Board office site
  • East Rockingham Pioneer Cemetery
  • Hymus house and dairy
  • Chesterfield inn (ruin) and dairy (ruin)
  • Woodbine (a.k.a. Bell's Cottage) ruin
  • Sam Chalwell's house site
  • Ellendale (a.k.a. Day Cottage)
  • Old Abattoir (ruin)
  • Lealholm (ruin)
  • Lake Cooloongup Flora and Fauna Reserve


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "East Rockingham (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  2. ^ Taggart, Nora. Rockingham Looks Back. Rockingham District Historical Society (Inc.), 1984
  3. ^ Draper, Richard. Rockingham - The Vision Unfolds. City of Rockingham, 1997
  4. ^ Rockingham Industry Zone
  5. ^ East Rockingham Wastewater Treatment Plant Archived 3 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine