Point Peron can be found near Rockingham. It is an amazing national reserve that offers a range of trails. However, one main feature is the military bunkers which were built for World War II.
These sites were established 1942 as part of the Australian coastal defense created in response to the World War II threat.
Point Peron can be found in the southern end of Cockburn Sounds, south of Rockingham. Apart from its abundance of natural beauty, Point Peron is also a gathering point for photographers. With sea, rocks, fauna and flora – it is no wonder.
After walking a flight of stairs to see the first bunker, one begins to understand why it was built in this location. It has an almost 360 vantage point where troops can react immediately if they saw any enemy ships entering the Australian waters.
Although the bunker is in fairly good condition, one can see wear and tear from vagrants that have left their marks without care to the historical significance. Of course, I began to imagine what it would have been like for the soldiers where manning this point. Temperatures soar in the summer afternoons with flies notoriously making their debut as the uninvited guest to a private party.
As per my adventurous spirit, I followed a pathway at the top end of the bunker. To my surprise, I found another bunker. This one was built into the hill and was a little harder to get to. It was cooler due to the absence of light which also gave that eerie impression. I could imagine this bunker housing ammunition, as the two bunkers themselves were a good distance from any military base.
I managed to capture a shot of the ‘dark room’, however I wondered why anyone would make their way into these bunkers. With graffiti all over the wall and an obvious stench of defecating a heritage site, I could not find any reason why anyone would want to make their way here other than for a dare. Notably, given its location, this would be a haven for other critters – a dark hole that is easy to access.
Apart from the two military bunkers, Cockburn Sounds has a very interesting background. Because submarines were used extensively during World War II, anti-submarine nets were created in this region. Given the technology they had back in those days, the construction was impressive which you can read about in an extensive article written by Matt Carter and Ross Anderson.
I am not sure if there are any tours in this area, however one just needs to pick a trail and walk it. All trails tend to link up to each other and there are signs.
Tips for Visiting Point Peron:
- Plan to stay a while. There is a lot to see and do here, so think about taking a picnic basket.
- If you visit during the day – take sunscreen, hat and water. (oh and maybe a fly swat or two)
- Wear appropriate shoes and don’t forget the camera.