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Activities the kids will love these school holidays

Looking for exciting activities to enjoy with your kids these school holidays? Dive into our guide for all the exciting adventures awaiting at Wadjemup / Rottnest Island.
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Discover a world of wonder where curiosity meets exploration, and the thrill of discovery awaits around every corner.

Igniting curiosity and sparking excitement among young explorers is a breeze at Wadjemup / Rottnest Island. From special school holiday activities, train rides and adventure boat tours to the classic Rottnest Island experiences we all know and love, like quokka spotting and cycling from beach to bay, you won't run out of things to do these school holidays.  

Rottnest voluntary guides school holiday program

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

From detective trails and guided bike tours to sand sculptures, wildlife spotting and even stargazing, there is a whole range of options sure to delight even the most discerning of young explorers. Plus, don’t miss the popular Family Quiz Night held every Thursday night at the RIGC Clubhouse.

Wildlife spotting

Budding young nature lovers will be in their element on an island visit. Keep your eyes peeled for all the wildlife you may encounter, from the most iconic creature of them all, the quokka, to an array of birdlife like osprey and Australian shelducks, tropical fish if you’re exploring beneath the waves, and long-nosed fur seals if you’re out at the West End.

Quokka Safety
To help keep the unique wildlife safe and healthy, please do not touch, feed or give water to the quokkas and always observe from a respectful distance.

Eco express boat tour

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure to enjoy with the kids (ages four and up), climb aboard this high-powered boat and take your pick from two exhilarating options that promise unique perspectives of the island.

The Adventure Boat Tour is a scenic loop around the entire island, with expert commentary and the chance to spot an array of wildlife such as the long-nosed fur seals. Or, opt for the Thrill Boat Ride where you'll speed through the seas experiencing the natural wonders in the fast lane.

Train tour & Oliver Hill

All aboard! Jump on the Captain Hussey Historical Train which blends enjoyment with education as you pass through iconic and historical landmarks along the southside of the island making your journey up to Oliver Hill.

On your arrival, Oliver Hill is well worth a visit before your descent back to the settlement. Constructed in 1937, the battery of two 11-metre 9.2-inch naval guns is now a significant heritage icon with an incredible natural lookout. With informative top-to-bottom tours with the Rottnest Voluntary Guides, inquisitive young minds will relish the thrill of journeying through the maze of underground tunnels to the Engine Room, an interpretive space complete with an interactive reconstruction of one of the mechanisms that powered the battery.

Walking tours

Dive into the curious stories of the past and discover insights about the island today on a free guided walking tour with the Rottnest Voluntary Guides. There are a variety of tours to choose from, suitable for all ages and with a focus on Wadjemup’s wildlife, heritage and sustainability. These are just some of the interesting walking tours to choose from:

  • Meet the quokkas as you learn fascinating facts about them.
  • Delve into the stories of those who lived and worked in the settlement area’s historic buildings.
  • Embark on a waterfront walk where you’ll hear captivating tales of shipwrecks and brave sailors.




Family fun park

Spend a few hours at the Rottnest Movies & Mini Golf to create carefree memories and unlock childhood ones. Challenge the kids to a round of mini golf as you're surrounded by the island’s native flora and fauna. With 18 holes, it’s the perfect setting for some good-natured family rivalry.

Feeling nostalgic? Head inside and play arcade games, shoot some hoops, pull pinballs, play air hockey and win some prizes.

If you're staying overnight, don’t miss a relaxing evening at the movies in the heritage-listed Picture Hall, complete with deckchairs and a yummy candy bar offering fresh popcorn, choc bombs and more. See what’s showing and session times.


Cycling is one of the best ways for an adventure-filled day of exploring the island at your own pace. With limited cars, it’s the perfect place to cycle around with the little ones.

Bring your own bikes over on the ferry or opt to hire them on the island from Pedal & Flipper Hire where you’ll find everything you need. From bikes, electric bikes and children’s bikes, you can also hire bikes with child trailers and baby seats attached for transporting the smaller travellers around the island. Need extra gear? Snorkel sets, beach cricket sets, paddleboards, tennis rackets, and more are also available for hire.


Looking to explore the island without cycling or simply wishing to cover more ground in less time? Whether it’s for a unique tour or easy transport on the Island Explorer hop on hop off bus or accommodation shuttle bus, sit back and take in the sights from the comfort of a bus.

Wadjemup museum for children

Step back in time and immersive yourselves in the interesting stories from past to present. Originally named Lomas Cottage and built in 1871 for ex-convict John Lomas, the Wadjemup Museum for Children now serves as a gateway for exploration to delve into the island’s history and heritage. Stories come to life through artefacts, vibrant displays and interactive exhibits.

Surf's Up Wadjemup

Make a stop at Wadjemup Museum to wander through the newest exhibition, Surf’s Up Wadjemup. Take a look at historic surfing exhibits and discover what makes Wadjemup a world class surfing destination. Learn the personal stories of the island’s surfing pioneers and the legends integral to the formation of the lasting surfing culture that still thrives today. Make sure you snap a photo on the surfboard too!

Check out all upcoming events on the island here.