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Rottnest Voluntary Guides April School Holiday Program

Enjoy family fun at Wadjemup / Rottnest Island during the April school holidays with the Rottnest voluntary guides.

  • 31 March - 12 April 2024
  • Various
  • Free event

Have fun on Wadjemup / Rottnest Island these school holidays, with plenty of memorable experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Every school holidays the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA) offers a program of free activities and tours that will get kids out learning more about Rottnest Island’s natural environment, unique wildlife, and significant history.

Plus, don’t miss the popular Family Quiz Night held every Thursday night at the RIGC Clubhouse during the holidays. Bookings are essential.

All tours and activities in the program are free, suitable for all ages, and last for approximately one hour unless otherwise stated.

To see what’s on offer each day, download the program here.


Rottnest Voluntary Guides April School Holiday Program: 31 March - 12 April 2024

20 Questions Challenge
From 9 am Monday to Thursday
RVGA Information Booth

A detective trail challenge for the whole family, follow the clues to find the answers. Winners go into the draw for a prize each Thursday.

There’s a new challenge each week, and you can pick up your entry forms at the Guides’ Information Booth next to Island Gypsy. See the program for details.

Beach Discovery
10 am Monday to Thursday
Geordie Bay Beach Shelter

This one is for the budding marine biologists! Explore the beach, collecting and discovering secrets of the sea.

Behind the Scenes
10 am on Thursdays
Departs from the Salt Store

Ever wondered what makes Rottnest Island tick? This is your chance to find out! Join a guided bike tour loop, departing from the Salt Store and cycling approximately 4.5 km to Tthe Basin, Longreach Bay, and Geordie Bay. Learn about the island’s inner workings, as well as its progress towards a sustainable future.

Note: the full cycle takes approximately 1.5 hours. Please bring your own bike and don’t forget your helmet.

Bickley Battery Walk
10:15 am on Mondays and Wednesdays
Departs from the Gun Barrel at Kingstown Barracks

Bike, hike, bus or march down to the Kingstown Barracks. Meet your guide at the Gun Barrel on the Parade Ground and explore the remnants of the WWII coastal defences.

Birds & Beasts of Rottnest
3:30 pm Monday to Thursday
Departs from the Salt Store

Take a walk on the wild side! Meet some of Rottnest Island’s amazing birds, reptiles, and mammals in their natural habitats. Binoculars will be available for a closer look.

Mysteries & Legends
7 pm on Tuesdays
Departs from the picnic area next to the Rottnest Bakery

Stroll through the settlement at night, meet characters from the island’s rich history and hear their stories. Don’t forget your torch!

Night Skies
7 pm on Sundays departs from Salt Store
7 pm on Mondays departs from Geordie Bay Mall

Join us for a look at the planets and stars and hear about the wonders of the beautiful Rottnest Island night sky. Don’t forget your torch!

Tales with Pirate Pete
9:30 am on Fridays
Thomson Bay North Beach Shelter

For the younger children aged 10 and under, join Pirate Pete’s crew and learn about the mysteries of the deep blue sea, and hunt for hidden treasure!

Quokka Tales
9:30 am Monday to Thursday
Wadjemup Museum Deck behind the Rottnest Bakery

Listen to ‘Okka the Quokka’ stories and do some colouring in for an educational and entertaining activity suitable for the young and young at heart.

Sand Sculptures by the Sea
10 am on Wednesdays
Geordie Bay Beach

Put your creative skills to work at the Sand Sculpture challenge with celebrity judge, Pirate Pete. Use only the sand and what nature provides on the beach to create your very own work of art. Look out for the banner on the beach at 10 am indicating where to get to work. Judging commences around 11 am.

Note: If beach conditions are unsuitable at Geordie Bay, the event will relocate to Longreach Bay. Watch for the signs on the boards outside the Salt Store, in Geordie Bay Mall and at the top of the stairs to Geordie Bay and Longreach Bay.

Vlamingh Lookout Sunset
5:15 pm on Wednesdays
Depart from the Salt Store

Take a twilight stroll up to Vlamingh Lookout for an unforgettable view of the sun setting over the salt lakes. Along the way, hear stories about the island’s natural history, the first settlers, the Dutch explorers and more. Don’t forget your camera!

What’s Behind Geordie?
10 am on Tuesdays
Departs from the Geordie Bay Mall

Take a walk over the hill and find out what’s behind Geordie Bay. Learn about the mighty wind generator and the biodiversity of the island’s salt lake ecosystem and return along the coastal track that winds its way back to Geordie Bay from the beautiful Little Parakeet Bay.

Note: the full course takes approximately 1.5 hours. Shorter course options are available.

The RVGA Family Quiz Night
7 pm to 9 pm on Thursdays
Rottnest Island Golf Course

Held at the Rottnest Island Golf Course upstairs in the clubhouse, the Family Quiz Night is a fun night out for the whole family, with great prizes up for grabs! Make up your own tables of eight or come and join a table at this popular family event.

Places are limited so bookings are essential. Purchase your tickets from the Guides’ Information Booth, Monday to Thursday between 12:30 pm and 3 pm or email [email protected] to purchase tickets prior to your arrival.


  • Adults $15
  • School Students $7
  • Family (2 adults and 2 school students) $40

All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association.

There are endless ways to burn off the school holiday energy at Rottnest Island and there’s no better place to start than by exploring the incredible beaches and bays.

Hire a bike from Pedal & Flipper Hire and tour the island’s cycle paths and roads past stunning scenery. But if riding a bike isn’t your thing, you can't beat a tour on a revolutionary set of wheels with Segway Tours WA (suitable for kids over the age of 12).

See the island from a different perspective by hopping on one of bus tours with Quokka Coaches and Rottnest Express to help you explore the island from the comfort of a bus. Or enjoy the island at your own pace with the Island Explorer hop-on-hop-off bus.

For a cultural experience, head to the Wadjemup Museum for Children for an educational adventure or Wadjemup Museum to explore the island’s history. While you’re there, check out the latest exhibition Surf’s Up Wadjemup featuring an indoor surfboard for visitors to feel the thrill of a wave - a perfect opportunity for a photo as a memento to take home with you.

Kids can also fill their days with mini-golf and retro arcade games as well as catching one of the latest new release movies at Rottnest Movies and Mini Golf or roll up for a few rounds of barefoot lawn bowls the whole family will enjoy.

Where to find school holiday activities

School holiday activities can be found around the island, including in the main settlement area.