The Omeo Shipwreck is located about 25 metres off shore from Coogee beach and is an easy snorkel for families. It is the state’s only shore-based shipwreck which can be accessed with only a pair of goggles! Most of the trail is around 2m to 5m with a maximum depth of 7m as you head out along the groyne.
The dive and snorkel trail features an underwater reef and many interesting artworks centred around our maritime heritage, maritime archaeology, history and beautiful marine wildlife.
When we visited the Omeo Shipwreck we took our pool noodles along with us, it’s a great way for the younger kids to get around the wreck and the structures. They can still put their faces in the water, move around easily and they don’t get tired as quickly meaning you can stay out enjoying the view for the longer.
Even before you reach the Omeo Wreck you are surrounded with an abundance of marine life. We started over towards the groyne then we headed to the wreck. Our first stop was the seal statue, replica cannon and the Apollo cluster. Depending on the tide these pieces are only waist deep and an easy walk.
The Omeo Shipwreck is very intact and it’s easy to make out the shape of the boat as you swim around and over it. Keep your eye out for the resident eel who pops his head out occasionally. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot him this trip but we saw so many schools of fish.
Heading west along the groyne the water depth gets to about 7m and the underwater art gallery continues. The day we were there it was a little rough so we didn’t get to see everything.
There are 55 structures along the trail that have attracted a mass of sea life to the area which you start to see as soon as your face is in the water. The structures also include information plaques about the maritime history of the area, the Omeo shipwreck and the marine life.
I wanted to see the Stella Maris seastar swim through sculpture by Artist Melanie Maclou, however we did see the anchor and ship wheel that were recovered during the construction of Elizabeth Quay.
The trail is easily accessible from stairs over the sea wall from Perlite View, North Coogee or from the northern end of Coogee Beach. How much beach area is accessible depends on the tide.
There is also a land-based Maritime Trail that follows along the breakwater esplanade, near Socrates Parade in North Coogee which includes maritime artefacts, including two restored anchors from the Omeo and a viewing area overlooking the shipwreck.
The grass area at the top of the stairs is perfect for a picnic, there are no BBQ facilities around the trail, the nearest public BBQ facilities would be the Coogee Jetty or the Port Coogee Marina.
Parking around North Coogee is limited however the northern end of the Coogee Jetty car park gets close access to the area.
The snorkel trail and Coogee Beach, in general, is fantastic for families. It is a calm beach without any large wave breaks with clear water, a resident seal and a family pod of dolphins who make a regular appearance.
Coogee Maritime Trail
Coogee Beach, WA
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