There’s something about the summer Perth school holidays; Time spent with family, deliberate and meaningful; time in the sunshine where everything is warmer and brighter; time putting in motion all those plans and promises made throughout the year.

It’s a winding road that stretches out ahead, full of opportunity and filled with love. It’s a chance to savour, a space to slow down, and most of all, an opportunity to reconnect.

So, whether it’s a weekend adventure, a day off work, or an entire month of leisure, the following activities will help make your January and February burst with fun and summer memories for all the family. Let’s make the most of these precious school holidays.

Please note, all activities are subject to current COVID restrictions. Check with each venue for the most recent health advice.


Sunset Coast Explorer, Whitfords to Scarborough

Until 25 January, WA’s only open top bus will run between Whitfords and Scarborough. Hop on for free and enjoy the wind in your hair, cruising along our sunny coastline and seeing where it takes you.


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Image Credit: Destination Perth website


Perth Wildlife Encounters, Rockingham

Departing daily from Penguin Island, this popular 60-minute ferry ride includes a glass-bottom marine exploration, a penguin feeding show, and the chance to encounter rare sea-lions and wild dolphins at play.

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Australian Sealions, Seal Islands, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Western Australia. Image credit: Perth Wildlife Website


WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

The Brickwrecks LEGO® exhibition tells the stories behind the world’s most extraordinary shipwrecks. Large scale models bring the tales to life, immersing you in their astounding history and giving you plenty to talk about at bedtime.


Perth Zoo, South Perth

Experience Perth Zoo ‘Up Late’ these Perth school holidays every Saturday this January. Encounter your favourite animals in a totally different light, afterwards enjoying live acoustic music on the main lawn. What a perfect way to relax.


WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth Cultural Centre

There are lots of different activities for the family at the museum this month. From scavenger hunts to family dinosaur tours, animal encounters to pirate shows, there’s something for everyone and plenty to discover together.


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Image Credit: WA Museum Website

Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory, Gingin

For those who like staying up late, public stargazing nights are held every Friday and Saturday evening at the Gravity Discovery Centre. Arrive a little early and explore the science exhibits, the Leaning Tower of Gingin with 222 steps, and a Solar System themed walk through native bushland. A great opportunity to view things from another perspective.


Yanchep National Park, Yanchep

This beautiful national park is a perfect place to escape to with the family. Say hello to the koalas, watch the wild kangaroos, wander the many walking trails, and explore the depths of the Crystal Caves. There’s even a new adventure park in the treetops.


Perth’s Outback Splash, Bullsbrook

The waterpark offers slides for all levels and ages. While toddlers can splash around in Octopus Bay, the more experienced rider can plunge to the ground on the fastest slide in WA! When you want to dry off, why not play mini golf, make friends with the animals, or venture into one of the many iconic mazes.

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Image Credit: Outback Splash Website

Wanneroo Botanic Gardens, Wanneroo

These beautiful gardens offer a haven in the suburbs. Play mini golf amongst the shady trees, wander along the rocky paths and through the undergrowth, and listen to the native birds and waterfalls. When you’ve finished exploring, the wood-fired pizzas are delicious!


The Orchard Perth, Lower Chittering

Book a unique day out these school holidays, picking and tasting delicious Valencia Oranges with your family, picnicking under the olive trees, and feeding the friendly farm animals. There’s prizes to be won at the all day Scavenger Hunt and even tractor tours to enjoy.

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Image credit: The Orchard Perth website

Rottnest Island

Rottnest is offering lots of summer fun for all the family this January. With free ferry travel for the kids, check out the beautiful beaches, including sand sculpture challenges at Geordie Bay, the Wadjemup Museum, a variety of educational walking tours, and bike hire. For those who are staying overnight, there’s the Night Train to Oliver Hill and even a Family Quiz Night.


We hope you have an amazing Perth school holidays break and don’t forget to share it with us by using #perthhappenings!


Want more family events ideas? Head to our events calendar here.