5 Secrets of Port Coogee, WA’s most exciting marina development
For those who love the finer things in life
It’s 8am on a clear Saturday morning. From my table beside the Dôme Café, I sip my flat white and people watch as Port Coogee slowly wakes. It’s a crisp 22 degrees and the first signs of summer are here.
Banks of white boats and yachts sit still in the marina. A canoeist returns from a morning tour, guiding himself gently back to the jetty. People are out for their morning jogs. A couple are loading their boat with supplies for a day out on the water. The air is salty fresh. This is the life.
It’s hard to believe that little over thirty years ago none of this was here. The Coogee coastline has come a long way since the early 1900s, where cattle were shipped from Kimberley and forced to swim ashore thanks to the shallow waters. Nowadays there is certainly no issue in that department. Since work began in 2007, ‘project’ Port Coogee has transformed into one of Australia’s biggest marina developments.
Looking around it’s clear to see that the focus here is lifestyle, and everything has been built with this in mind – with a good measure of glam thrown into the mix. And that’s the pull for most people. Port Coogee is all about big, brand new luxury homes on low maintenance blocks. With the local Marina right on your doorstep, you can stroll down, get on your boat and pass your days island hopping between Rottnest, Carnac and Garden Island. When the sea breeze and salt get a little too much simply cruise on home to unwind with a bottle of veuve, some fresh crayfish on the BBQ in your custom built alfresco area, and take a refreshing dip in your private pool.
If that’s not enough to get your heart racing, here are 5 secrets of Port Coogee that make it so special.
1. Marina and port
The area’s namesake and certainly the jewel in North Coogee’s crown; the marina is a stunning sight to behold. From the spacious bays, the beautiful wooden decking, the overhanging Dôme Cafe and the perfectly preened trees and greenery, every aspect has been given care and attention. And then there’s the way the new water bound estates of Chelydra Point & Othello Quays naturally extend from the harbour, bringing to mind a mini version of the Palm Islands in Dubai.
For seasoned and aspiring sailors, the port provides unrivalled access to Perth’s west coastline and an endless calendar of day trips, fishing and maybe (wink) the odd boat party.
For non-residents, the public jetty is also available for day visits. With a planned retail and bar area coming soon, there’s no doubt Port Coogee is becoming a hive of social activity.
2. Omeo Dive Trail and Shipwreck
Enjoy an afternoon of adventure exploring the Omeo dive trail. The trail begins at the Omeo shipwreck – a very accessible 25 metres from the shore at Coogee Beach Reserve – and continues with land and sea attractions, including underwater sculptures, an artificial reef and marine artefacts from the WA museum.
A must if you’re into your snorkeling/diving, or simply fancy doing something different for the day. The trail is also a great to brush up on your maritime history and learn a little bit more about the Western Australian coastline.
3. #homeinspo at its finest
At the northern end of the estate are the dreamy “islands” of Chelydra Point & Othello Quays, featuring the area’s premium homes which will rival the likes of Cottesloe’s finest. From huge undercroft garages built into the islands, to private jetties with boats on their back doorstep and panoramic ocean views, this spot is the epitome of “Port Coogee Life”.
A guilty pleasure of mine is to drive along these islands taking in inspiration for my dream life. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!
There are still opportunities to purchase land in this area and build your own home. But be quick, they won’t wait around!
4. Port Coogee Village Shopping Centre
The newly completed Village Shopping Centre is the go-to destination for everyday convenience. Along with a Woolworths and bottle shop (Wendy at BWS will always let you know the latest special and give you a tasting if you are lucky enough to catch her when she is in), there’s a health care centre and medical store, a selection of restaurants and even a nail salon and spa.
The centre also goes a long way to providing a community vibe by running a number of regular events such as pre-schoolers mornings, craft days and a morning walking group.
5. Cycle path to Freo
What better way to start the morning than with a jog down the coast? This path takes you right from Coogee’s port, past the old powerstation – a hauntingly beautiful derelict building – along the South Beach Estate finishing at South Beach, Fremantle. Here, you can cool off with a quick dip in the sea, visit Sealanes Fish Market or wander into Freo for a bite to eat at Little Creatures brewery.
There are so many advantages to having Fremantle in close proximity – shopping, beaches, food markets and cultural events are all just a stone’s throw away!
Personally, I enjoy sipping a guilt free Sunday lunchtime cocktail or 2 at Bather’s Beach House before burning them off on the ride back home.
Although it’s a fairly recent development, it’s safe to say Port Coogee has shed the term ‘project’ as it begins to realise its full potential. There’s a lot of excitement in store with new residential developments on the way, plus retail, restaurant and commercial spaces planned for the near future.
So if you’re after a change of pace, a forever home for the family, or endless days on the high seas, come and experience what Port Coogee has to offer. There really is nowhere like this on the West Coast.
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