Underwater wonderland

GRAB your snorkel and goggles and prepare to get wet as you enjoy Cockburn’s Maritime Trail.

Just metres offshore it’s an underwater wonderland with fish darting around the Omeo wreck, an artificial reef and an underwater gallery of sculptures stretching for more than 200 metres.

Built in 1858, the Omeo saw its share of wild oceans and rough service before ending up a hulk off Owen Anchorage, where it sank in 1905.

Educational plaques along the trail give information about the wreck, the area’s maritime history and aquatic life.

Bucket List Diver will be offering free introductory dives, and Salt Fix will be conducting guided snorkel tours, where lucky swimmers can find special red eggs along the trail to exchange for Easter eggs.

At night the water will come alive as the lights of divers’ torches appear to dance underwater.

There’ll be plenty of opportunities to learn more about the dive trail with educational activities including an archaeological dig with the folk from Museum of Moving Objects, a treasure hunt and storytelling about the Omeo.

Viva Ross Vegas

HAMILTON Hill local Ross Vegas is a seasoned street performer who combines fire juggling, spectacular acrobatics and a riotous sense of humour.

A founder of the Fremantle circus school he’s often seen around the port city, but Coogee holds a special place in his heart and he’ll be pulling out all stops with his Ross Vegas show at this weekend’s Coogee Live.

“I love coming down to Coogee Beach for a swim and I can’t wait to see the coast buzzing with arts and culture,” he says.

“The area’s becoming much more dynamic and this festival will really showcase that to people who don’t know it’s here … it’s still a bit of a hidden gem.”

Vega will perform against the backdrop of the ocean and the Omeo shipwreck at the Omeo Hub.

He’ll also pop up at various places along the event trail as part of The First Mate, a roving stilt performance.

Flying high

THEY fly through the air with the greatest of ease those daring young women on the flying trapeze.

And now, just for you, they’re flying over the dunes of Coogee Beach for three nights in a spectacular sunset show.

Dawn Pascoe and Ruth Battle from Natural Wings perform so seamlessly together, people often mistake them for sisters.

Photo by Anton Blume

Working on a rig high above the beach their act is an “aerial dance”, blending physical theatre, comedy and highly-skilled trapeze work.

“It will be beautiful and everyone can see around us,” Battle says.

Natural Wings has toured the world and were winners at the Toronto Buskers Festival a couple of years ago, and won best Circus Show at last year’s Perth Fringe Festival.

You can catch them at the Coogee Beach hub, Friday March 23 to Sunday March 25, at 6pm.


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