WA School Holidays
Term 1: April 3 – April 19
Term 2: July 4 – July 19
Term 3: September 26 – October 11
Term 4: December 18 – January 31, 2016

 

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay

For a dolphin encounter your family will remember for a lifetime head to Monkey Mia – the world-famous dolphin-feeding beach where you can interact with these majestic creatures in the wild. It’s a long journey (about 850 kilometres north of Perth), but the chance to witness bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the shallows off Shark Bay – one of the few places in the world where they regularly appear (about 99 days out of 100) – is not to be missed. Ditch sunscreen for the morning (it stings the dolphins’ eyes) and handfeed these playful mammals as they show off to the crowd.

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Image Credit: Australia's Coral Coast

Whiteman Park

Fancy getting up close with wildlife, riding a heritage train and having a hit of tennis – all in the one day? Whiteman Park on Perth’s northern fringes is a 4000-hectare conservation and recreation reserve with sights and activities to enthral every member of the family. Ride a camel at Caversham Wildlife Park and see koalas, kangaroos, wombats and Tasmanian devils, then get lost in the Children’s Forest – a native reserve embellished with creative art installations. Ride the heritage rattler six kilometres through banksia woodlands, visit the motor and transport museums, go bushwalking, have a barbeque, and work up a sweat on the multi-sport court (gear available on loan from the visitor centre). There’s even a wet playground for the kids to cool off in on hot days.

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Rottnest Island

Take the kids ‘overseas’ and leave your passports at home with a daytrip to Rottnest Island. Step off the ferry from Fremantle and be spoilt for choice – there are 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays to discover. Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of The Basin, enjoy a picnic lunch in the dunes, then spend the afternoon looking for native quokka – adorable rat-like marsupials the size of a cat. Ride the jump-on jump-off Island Explorer Bus or hire a bike and discover Rottnest using pedal power. Climb the Wadjemup lighthouse, enjoy water thrills at the inflatable aqua park in Thomsons Bay or challenge the kids to a game of mini golf.

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Image Credit: Greg Snell

Broome

Some people ride horses, but if you’ve never ridden a camel have you really lived? A sunset camel ride on Broome’s iconic Cable Beach is a quintessential Kimberley experience and one that will give your kids bragging rights for years. Explore the glorious white-sand beach and turquoise water, enjoy a four-wheel-drive adventure into the Pindan, learn about the region’s rich pearling history, and power though the world’s only horizontal waterfalls on a speedboat. Be sure to take the kids on a hovercraft across Roebuck Bay where they will marvel at 120-million-year-old dinosaur footprints.

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Margaret River

While mums and dads will love the cabernet sauvignon, it’s the caves of the Margaret River that will enrapture the littlies. Put your explorer hats on and discover the ancient rock formations of the region’s big four caves – Ngilgi, Mammoth, Lake and Jewel – and keep your eyes peeled for fossils more than 35,000 years old. When it’s time to head to the surface, visit A Maze’n Margaret River and loose yourself in one of Australia’s largest hedge mazes, whale watch (in season), visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and feast on free chocolate tastings at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.

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Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia

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This information is for reference purposes only. While Stayz makes every effort to provide accurate information, we recommend that you check which public holidays and school holidays apply to you before making any travel plans.