We know being a teacher is hard work. We also know that organising and running a year group excursion or holiday camp for half the school while trying to manage your own classroom, mark assignments, sleep, eat and keep your own life in check is a serious balancing act. So, to make your lives easier, we wanted to give you a head start for 2020 with our take on the top Perth school excursions and holiday camps. We’ve got something for all kids – from adrenaline-filled zip lines to historical recounts at Fremantle Prison. We hope these give you some ideas for next year to help you mark one thing off that never-ending list of to-dos.
Forest Edge Recreation Centre & Camp
Location | 133 Weller Rd, Waroona WA 6215
Located 90 minutes from the Perth CBD, the Forest Edge Recreation Camp in Waroona is the perfect spot if you need to keep those kids active for the entire day. The team here are fantastic at managing large cohorts of kids and have activities for days. We’re talking abseiling across two-staged heights of 8m and 20m and the largest flying fox in the southern hemisphere standing at a sizey 200m. Other activities include the raft building centre where kids can work in teams to build their own rafts out of poles and barrels and race other teams to the middle of the dam and back.
Swan Valley Adventure Centre
Location | 58 Yule Ave, Middle Swan WA 6056
A great option for the day is the Swan Valley Adventure Centre located on the fringes of Perth. The team here pride themselves on customising group programs to suit each school and the curriculum. A typical day here can look like:
- Welcome briefing and introductions
- Team building exercises such as the mohawk walk, wire courses, island swings, Tarzan tyres and more
- Lunch breaks for the kids to enjoy the surrounds
- Rock climbing and abseiling
The array of activities on offer here will make sure your school cohort is kept busy and will be no doubt asleep on the way home.
Location | 133 Weller Rd, Waroona WA 6215
If you are a primary school teacher hoping to blend the perfect outing with the curriculum, you’ve found your answer. The guys at the Fremantle Prison pride themselves on offering tours that connect directly with the Humanities and Social Studies learning area. The convict history tour will open your student’s eyes to prison life and will guarantee thrilling stories about high profile inmates, their crimes and escape attempts.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
Location | 1 Short St, Fremantle WA 6160
Step inside the weird and wonderful Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for a day that the kids will never forget. Showcasing elaborate costumes and incredible stages, the very talented puppeteers are back in 2020 with their latest show – Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa. This performance is a joyous celebration of courage, honesty and pride with a central dilemma relevant to the social development of students. The best part? If you are a teacher, you can also download a huge list of resources to help prep the kids before the big day.
Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Location | 120 Gilchrist Rd, Lesmurdie WA 6076
If your kids have been working on endangered species and the ecosystem – then a trip out to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a must-do. This not-for-profit venture aims to collect endangered, orphaned or sick animals, before rehabilitating them and reintroducing them back into the wild. Housing furry friends such as the Short Beaked Echidna and the Tawny Frogmouth, the volunteers can take your class through how they rescue these animals and what’s involved in keeping the species alive. You can even get the kids involved in the nocturnal tour for a different perspective where they will learn firsthand about native Australian nocturnal animals.
Parliament of Western Australia
Location | 11 Harvest Terrace, West Perth, WA, 6000
If your kids are learning about Australian politics and how democratic governments function, then a trip to Parliament House is the perfect addition to your 2020 school excursion list. The best part? A visit is free and includes an interactive tour with an informative guide who can tailor the trip depending on your curriculum requirements. The tours are 75 minutes long and may be arranged for any weekday. However, the format will vary depending on whether Parliament is sitting at the time of the tour. If you time your run right, students can tour Parliament House and may have the opportunity to undertake a role-play in the Legislative Council or Legislative Assembly Chamber. Keep an eye out on their website for up to date information on when parliament is in action to avoid missing out.
Location | 1City West centre, Sutherland St, West Perth WA 6005
If you are a science teacher on the hunt for an interactive experience, then this one is for you. Scitech is the perfect spot to ignite your cohort’s curiosity and interest in science. With some of Perth’s best displays and exhibitions, Scitech welcomes groups of all sizes. You can find the pricing list and what to expect here.
Location | Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005
Last but not least, we couldn’t keep Kings Park out of this list as it has so many options for all school groups. The team at Kings Park offer so much such as:
- Bush camping survival skills: work in a team to address survival scenarios.
- Child v.s. wild challenges: this includes bush skills and includes activities such as shelter building, finding drinking water, making damper and delivering simple first aid. Perfect for kids studying Health and Humanities.
- Examining ecosystems: taking a close look at local fauna and flora.
- Bazaar botanicals: a deep dive into the weird and wonderful world of botanicals.
And there we have it! A list of the top School Excursions & Holiday Camps for 2020. We can also help organise your school transport with buses to suit all school cohorts. Touch base with our team today for a customised quote.