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Coogee Maritime Trail

  • 1-3 hours
  • 0.3 km

Just 25 meters from the shore, the Coogee Maritime dive and snorkel trail begins at the Omeo shipwreck and includes an artificial reef and underwater sculptures - including a giant starfish you can swim through! The trail is easily accessed from the northern end of Coogee Beach via the beach access path from Perlinte View.

Man-yin-ee - Australian Sea Lion Sculpture. 
Artists: Peter Graham & Nathan Bray
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Beach access via stairs at Omeo Park on Socrates Parade, North Coogee which is 30km (45mins) SE of Perth.

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.

Man-yin-ee - Australian Sea Lion Artists: Peter Graham & Nathan Bray

The Coogee Maritime Trail artificial reef is made up of a Reef Temple, a Reef Matt, three Abitat modules and seven clusters of four Apollo modules. The Abitat module is a triangular shaped artifical reef, while the Apollo clusters are cone shaped.

Stella Maris Artist: Melanie Maclou, 2016 Swim through sculpture. Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) is the Divine Mother, known to guide and protect mariners, creating safe travel over troubled waters.

The Coogee Maritime Trail artificial reef is made up of a Reef Temple, a Reef Matt, three Abitat modules and seven clusters of four Apollo modules. The Abitat module is a triangular shaped artificial reef, while the Apollo clusters are cone shaped.

The Coogee Maritime Trail artificial reef includes three Abitat modules. The Abitat module is a triangular shaped artificial reef.

The Coogee Maritime Trail artificial reef includes seven clusters of four Apollo modules, these clusters are cone shaped and designed to attract marine biology.
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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). Omeo ended its days in Fremantle, where it was driven ashore and wrecked in 1905.

The 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. As well as being great fun to swim through you will find education signage about the reef and marine life. Not getting in the water today, then enjoy a stroll along the limestone land based trail and learn about the Omeo from the four interpretive signage panels. This limestone path connects to the dual use coastal path that leads to Coogee Beach and Woodman Point Reserve.

The Coogee Maritime Trail was developed by the City of Cockburn in partnership with the Western Australian Museum, Murdoch University Divers and Perth NRM.

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Time / Duration

Take as long as you like!

Length

300 metre snorkel trail loop

What To Pack

Group F (Paddling trails) required.

Trail Start

Beach access via stairs at Omeo Park on Socrates Parade, North Coogee which is 30km (45mins) SE of Perth.

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Trail End

Difficulty Notes

Suits majority of fitness and experience levels.

Hazards & Warnings

Trail is subject to tidal and weather changes. Please view beach warning signs and check weather conditions beforehand.

Facilities

  • Bicycle Path
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

Warmer weather months (November to March) are popular but waters are accessible all year round. Wetsuits or insulated diving clothing are recommended in cooler weather but not essential.

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Trail Access

Road, bike and bus

Prohibited Items

No boating, fishing, spearfishing, camping, dogs or littering. Do not touch marine life.
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