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Summer School Holidays at Rottnest

There’s no shortage of summer fun these school holidays at Rottnest Island, with plenty of unforgettable experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Beaches and Bays

Exploring the incredible beaches and bays is easy. Hire a bike and snorkel equipment from Pedal & Flipper and with an island map in hand, kids can cycle to their destination on roads free from private cars.

Rottnest Island's famous marsupial, the Quokka, can be seen around the Island particularly in the mid to late afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready to perfect your #QuokkaSelfie.

For more water-based fun, kids' jet skis, pedal boards and other water recreation equipment is available for hire from Aquaplay in Thomson Bay.

Plus, every weekday from 9.30am – 11.30am, Aquaplay host their popular Kids Club Holiday Program for children six to 13 years. Run by experienced and enthusiastic leaders, kids can have a go at waterbiking, SUPing, water rolling, pedal boarding and play tug of war games, relays, sandcastle building and more.

Rottnest Snorkel is now operating on the Island bringing snorkelling fun for the whole family. Travel by boat to sheltered snorkelling sites where in-water guides will help you experience Rottnest from a different perspective.

See and Do

For family fun on a dry land, Paul’s Eco E-Bikes Tours allow you to see the sights of the island with ease on an electric bike tour.  

If you are looking for a change of pace whilst visiting the island, the newly renovated Wadjemup Museum is open daily for visitors to explore and learn Rottnest Island’s rich history.

Kids can fill their days with mini-golf or arcade games at the Family Fun Park, or even catch one of the latest new release movies at the historic Picture Hall.

Rottnest Voluntary Guides School Holiday Program

Every school holidays, the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association offers a program of activities and tours that will get kids out learning more about Rottnest’s natural environment, furry friends and local history.

The walking tours are suitable for all ages, are free and last approximately one hour. They include exploring themes such as Quokka Tales, Beach Discovery, Birds and Beasts or Night Skies.

The Voluntary Guides will also be hosting their famous Family Quiz Night at Karma Golf Club on 6, 13 and 20 January. It’s night of fun for the whole family with a range of prizes up for grabs. Tickets are required and can be purchased by emailing holidayguiding@rvga.asn.au or from the Information Booth on the island. Download the school holiday program for more information. 

As a very special, one-off event, guests are invited to ride the Night Train to Oliver Hill on 27 January to see a spectacular light show from this unique location in the heart of the island. Places are limited so booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased by emailing holidayguiding@rvga.asn.au or from the Information Booth on the island. Download the school holiday program for more information

Download the current School Holiday Program here (PDF 181KB).

Check out more ideas for family fun on Rottnest Island here.

Free Ferry Travel for Kids

Rottnest Island is the perfect place to reconnect as a family over the school holidays and to help you get there for less, each ferry operator offers a special offer that includes free travel for kids!

For more information, terms and conditions, and how to book, visit the Rottnest Express, SeaLink Rottnest Island and Rottnest Fast Ferries websites.

Terms apply

COVID Safe Event

Travel to Rottnest Island is subject to government advice, which may change. Always check the latest advice before you travel.

Program subject to change.