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Rottnest Voluntary Guides July School Holiday Program

A fun-filled program of activities to entertain the whole family during the July school holidays.

  • Sunday 30 June to Friday 12 July 2024
  • All day
  • Free event

Explore 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 R.I.G.C Clubhouse during the holidays. Bookings are essential.

The July 2024 program runs from Sunday 30 June to Friday 12 July.

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.

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

10.15 am Tuesdays and Thursdays at Thomson Bay North Beach Shelter
10 am Mondays at Geordie Bay Beach Shelter

This activity is for the budding marine biologists! Explore the beach and discover the secrets of the sea.

Behind the Scenes

10 am on Thursdays
Departs from the RVGA Information Booth

Ever wondered what makes Wadjemup / Rottnest Island tick? This is your chance to find out! Join a guided bike tour, departing from the RVGA Information Booth and cycling approximately 4.5 km to The 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 course 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 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 RVGA Information Booth

Take a walk on the wild side! Meet some of Wadjemup / 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 the RVGA Information Booth
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!

Tall 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
Thomson Bay Beach (near Hotel Jetty)

Create your amazing sand sculpture on the beach. 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 10:00 am indicating where to get to work.

Vlamingh Lookout Sunset

4:45 pm on Wednesdays
Departs from the RVGA Information Booth

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 these school holidays.

Cooler weather makes for the ideal conditions for a bike ride without the heat of the sun. 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).

For a cultural experience and good for when the weather turns wet, head to the Wadjemup Museum for Children or to Wadjemup Museum to explore the island’s history. While you’re there, check out the latest exhibition, Survivors of Wadjemup, that showcases the survival and resilience of many people who contributed to the rich history of the island.

Another way to experience the island is by foot. Explore Rottnest Island and the wide network of walk trails that make up the Wadjemup Bidi. The 45 km trail is made up of five sections, with each unique section displaying culturally and environmentally significant landmarks.

See the island from a different perspective by hopping on one of the 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.

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 that 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.