Do you remember The Oceanarium?
Posted 17 August 2020 Do you remember The Oceanarium?

Listen to the Live 6PR Radio interview with Simon Beaumont and Sindy Dowden. Can you help Sindy locate images of the family favourite? The Oceanarium operated from 1969 - 1974 and was situated on the foreshore near No 2. Car Park. If you have images you think we might be interested in then please email We would love to hear from you.

The Grove turns 10!
Posted 30 July 2020 The Grove turns 10!

It is difficult to believe its been 10 years since our library welcomed its first customer. At lot has happened over that time with some great achievements along the way. Read all about how the library came into being and check out the photos on our image database.

New!! Cottesloe Beach Heritage Trail
Photo Credit: The Grove Library
Posted 05 June 2020 New!! Cottesloe Beach Heritage Trail

Now that Covid-19 restrictions have lifted, why not take the family and stroll Cottesloe foreshore. We have a brand new heritage trail waiting for you to explore.So grab your spirit of adventure and download our free app today.

Wowser at Cottesloe
Posted 12 November 2019 Wowser at Cottesloe

In the very early days at Cottesloe beach, picnics on the sand, listening to live bands and strolling along the foreshore were more popular than swimming – there were no facilities for changing into swimsuits and full dress was common even in the summer heat – Early settlers brought with them English moral standards which meant modesty was highly valued. This prevented most from ever considering donning a bathing costume and entering the water where they may embarrassingly encounter others doing the same thing!

Rottnest Channel Swim
Posted 04 November 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim

On 24th January, 1924, a German visitor named Gerd von Dincklage-Schulenburg made good on a bet he had made over a beer a few days earlier and swam from North Mole in Fremantle to Natural Jetty in Rottnest becoming the first recorded person to complete the swim. Despite being warned of the dangers associated with the swim, mainly the cold, rips and of course sharks, Gerd was not discouraged and completed the distance in 9 hours and 45 minutes.