Bring your bathers and join us for the official launch of the Coogee Maritime Trail. Go diving on the Omeo wreck, and explore the new reefs and underwater artworks.
You can learn about our amazing marine environment with AQWA, or about our maritime history with the WA Museum and MAAWA! You can play Monsterball Soccer after having your face painted, or go on a trash treasure hunt with Sea Shepherd!
Enjoy live music and entertainment, markets and terrific food. There are even free diving and snorkelling opportunities for you and your family!
There's so much going on we simply can't fit it all here - so make sure you check out our event Facebook page for more details here.
Date: Sunday 26th February 2017
Time: 10am 2pm
Venue: Coogee Beach Reserve Cnr Socrates & Napoleon Parades
Info: BYO swimming and snorkelling gear, and remember to slip, slop, slap! Family friendly event - all ages welcome. Sustainable event BYO keep cups and water bottles.
The Coogee Maritime Trail is being developed by the City of Cockburn in partnership with the Western Australian Museum, Murdoch University Divers and Perth NRM.
It will feature land-based and underwater attractions, showcasing the Omeo, the States premier shore-based shipwreck.
You can follow the trail's progress via the City of Cockburn's Facebook page. Watch the video to discover more.
For more information download the Frequently Asked Questions.
Just 25 meters from the shore, the dive and snorkel trail will begin at the Omeo and will include an artificial reef, underwater sculptures and educational signage. The trail can be easily accessed from the northern end of Coogee Beach via the beach access path from Perlinte View.
Land lovers will enjoy a universally accessible trail along the pathways at Port Coogee, which will be developed by Frasers Property Australia and will feature maritime artefacts (provided from the WA Museum collection) as well as a viewing area to the Omeo Shipwreck.
Omeo is Perth's premier beachside shipwreck dive, accessible close to shore in shallow, clear water.
Omeo is an historically significant and federally protected iron steamship that was built in 1858 in Newcastle (England) and later converted to a sailing ship. It was used to lay the Bass Strait Telegraph cable, and the Overland Telegraph linking Australia to Britain via Singapore.
As well as being involved in the international trade, this vessel also participated in intercolonial passenger networks. It traded for many years between Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand, and famously collided with and wrecked the Swan Spit pile lighthouse in Port Phillip in 1881, before becoming a coal hulk.
Omeo was involved in several near miss wrecking events such as in Hamelin Bay while unloading a cargo of jarrah, before ending its days in Fremantle, where it parted cables, was driven ashore and wrecked in 1905.
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The Omeo, Roper River NT c1872 Omeo stranding, Coogee Beach c. 1906
Photos courtesy of WA Museum
Coogee's new purpose-built reef consists of 33 reef modules, ranging in height from 1m to 5m tall.
The reef has been designed by marine engineers and marine scientists to support a diverse range of marine flora and fauna.
The unique combination of modules creates a complex reef that includes lots of crypted spaces that will support fish, crays and molluscs which will be great to snorkel and scuba dive. Larger species will be attracted to the tall reef temple which will include a swim through.
The reef will be arranged with 7 clusters of 4 Apollo modules, interspersed with 3 Abitat modules, 1 Reef Temple and 1 Reef Matt.
The Apollo's weigh 1 tonne each and are 1m tall. The Abitat modules weigh 2 tonnes and the Reef Temple is 5m tall and weighs 23 tonnes. All three modules are fabricated from fibre reinforced concrete.
Subcon is Australias leading artificial reef company with reefs installed at Mandurah, Shoalhaven, Port Macquarie, Hervey Bay and Moreton Bay.