Semester breaks in Western Australia (WA)
Are you staying in WA during your semester break?
This page will help give you a few ideas of what you can do in Perth and regional Western Australia on your break. With plenty to do and see in WA, so there’s no reason to be bored on your break.
Check out our fun facts to get you started.
- Perth city was originally called Boorloo in the the indigenous Noongar language
- It’s the sunniest city in the world
- Perth Mint is Australia’s oldest Mint and home of The One Tonne Gold Coin (worth over 50 million Australian dollars)
- 5,000 years ago you could have walked to Rottnest Island instead of taking a ferry
- Kings Park in Perth is the biggest city park in the world – that’s right, it’s even bigger than central park in New York.
- Western Australia has over 12,500 kilometres of coastline – which means you can always find a quiet sunny spot somewhere in WA
- The Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere at 1.8 kilometres
- WA has the largest number of self-made millionaires in the world (per capita)
- The world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark (which is not a shark at all) is native to WA
- WA is also home to the longest stretch of straight railway in the world
Casual, part-time or full-time work during your break is a great way to save up some money for the semester ahead, and can help pay for trips and activities.
Did you know Curtin has a free career advice service and UniHub jobs board? Our careers team can even help with your resume, cover letter, interview skills, and much more.
You can access career resources, get advice on job applications, or meet with a Career Development Consultant to discuss your future.
The UniHub platform is a great way to connect with employers who want to hire Curtin students, just hop online and search following the instructions below.
- Sign in to UniHub (or sign up if you are a first time user)
- Click on “Jobs and opportunities”, on the left hand menu
- If you want to filter your search , simply go to “more filters”
- Add in your filtering criteria and click “apply”.
There are numerous recruitment platforms available on the internet, below are a few examples of the most popular ones in Australia. We encourage you to access our career advice support before you start applying, this will give you the best chance of success.
Get paid to make memories
Grab you friends this summer, escape the city and take a working holiday through regional WA. You can get your hands dirty, help regional businesses and discover some of WA’s iconic destinations. There is a lot to see and do, and plenty of work available in vineyards, hotels, orchards, farms, cafés and more!
You can access free or discounted short courses to help you get a job that needs training or qualifications.
Financial support may be available for accommodation and travel costs if you work on farms, orchards, vineyards and other agricultural workplaces.
Explore and travel in Western Australia
Perth is an outdoor city where nature and urban life exist in harmony. Where the locals soak up more sunny days than in any other Australian capital city, and you can visit nearby Rottnest Island, walk in leafy Kings Park and explore Aboriginal art, food, great coffee and history.
For local culture, wander the nearby city of Fremantle’s winding portside streets and visit their UNESCO world heritage sites, Perth city centre’s Arts and Culture Precinct or venture into hills and explore the Swan Valley vineyards to reconnect with nature.
Perth Cultural Centre has become a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. Situated between the city centre and Northbridge, it’s the cultural heart of the city with a vibrant mix of arts, music, food, entertainment and festivals.
Resident companies include:
- The Blue Room Theatre
- PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts)
- AGWA (Art Gallery of Western Australia)
- WAM (WA Museum of Natural History)
Many venues offer free, low cost and discounted tickets to students, for more information visit the Cultural Precinct website.
The City of Perth CBD (Central Business District) was established in 1829 on the banks of the Swan River and was originally called the Swan River Colony under the British Government. This is the ancestral home of the Indigenous Whadjuk Noongar people, who have lived in this region of Western Australia for more than 35,000 years.
Today the Perth city is the vibrant bustling heart of Western Australia, with the laid back feel of a country town and the skyscrapers of a modern metropolis, it’s unique charm and character is unlike any other city in the world.
Here are a few things you can do in Perth city over the break:
- Visit Elizabeth Quay, enjoying views of the river and large scale art installations
- Yagan Square is the perfect place to see street performers and sample Australian and international fusion cuisine
- From Hawkers Markets to Christmas Light trails there is always something to do in the city, see the City of Perth website for more info.
For a kaleidoscope of food, arts and vibrant nightlife, you can head to Northbridge.
The Perth Metropolitan (metro) area is is a long narrow city spanning approximately 125 kilometres from end to end, this means there is plenty to do in the surrounding areas before you even get to the countryside.
Metropolitan regions of interest:
Metro area highlights:
From whale watching and snorkeling the reefs of Ningaloo in the North, to exploring the caves and vineyards of Margaret River in the South. WA has an endless number of tourism destinations and types of activities to suit everyone.
Did you know that WA is known as the road trip state due to its diverse and extensive landscape? You can even download a Road Trip Guide to Western Australia to help you choose your first adventure.
There is so much to do in WA and usually the best attractions are insider secrets, why not try a day trip from our list of recommendations, ranging from the well known to the more secretive attractions on offer.
Day trips north of Perth
- Lancelin – perfect for sandboarding and off-road enthusiasts
- The Pinnacles – wander this ancient natural marvel
- Jurien Bay – indulge in Australia’s crayfish capital
Day trips east of Perth
- New Norcia – WA only monastic town, with the best fresh baked bread in the state
- York – The oldest inland town in WA and the gateway to the “wild west”
- Toodyay – visit the eclectic Coca-cola cafe / museum or the historic pioneer mills
Day trips south of Perth
- Black Diamond Lake – the most “insta-worthy” lake in WA
- Busselton – see the largest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere
- Wave Rock – surf the world’s only water free wave
- Lake Magic – take a float in this natural marvel
Longer journeys (several days to a week+)
Often referred to as the road trip state, WA has wealth of natural beauty and quaint rural towns. The best way to explore the countryside by road trip on longer journeys or by flight to our destination adventure hubs. Why not try on of our suggested trips below.
- The Goldfields and Kalgoorlie (highlights include the Kalgoorlie Super Pit – the world’s largest open cast mine)
- The South West Nature and Wine Drive (highlights include the world renowned Margaret River vinelands, Yallingup and Dunsborough)
- Great Southern Drive (highlights include Esperance, Albany and Denmark)
- The Avon Valley 500 loop (York and New Norcia)
- The Great Ocean Drive (Twilight Beach, Ten Mile Lagoon and Eleven Mile Beach)
- Indian Ocean Drive (Kalbarri, Geraldton and Port Denison)
- The Coral Coast Highway (Exmouth, Ningaloo reef and Carnarvon)
- Exmouth and the Coral Coast Region
- Broome Region
- Geraldton and Central Wheatbelt Region
- Kimberley Region
- Pilbara Region
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1,000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.
The Munda Biddi Trail is a long-distance mostly off-road cycling trail in Western Australia. It runs for over 1,000 kilometres from Mundaring to Albany.
Western Australia is a food lover’s paradise, boasting a wide range of fresh produce, excellent wines and a huge number of restaurants.
From coffee and brunch, to Dim Sum and divine Indian curries. WA is a haven for foodies and those open to exploring the tastes and cuisines of the world. Why not explore your options using the websites below.
From small laneways to beachside locations there’s always somewhere to stop off and cool down in the warm summer months in Perth. Here are a few options to start you off.
- Foxtrot Unicorn – eclectic and quirky, their cheesy jaffles are highly recommended
- The Royal Hotel – old school vibes, serving up all the Aussie classics
- Long Chim – Asian fusion and mixology combined to perfection
- Tiny’s – seasonal options makes for a near limitless menu
- The Flour Factory – housed in a renovated heritage flour factory, you’re sure to be impressed
- For more options see Urban List’s best picks
Sports and exercise
- Curtin Stadium
- Join a local Sports Club
- Check out our info about the The Bibbulmun Track (hiking) and The Munda Biddi Trail (off road cycling) under the “Longer trips and Adventures” drop down on this page.
Things to do with friends
- Stand up paddle board and kayak hire (Swan River)
- Strike Bowling & Holey Moley (Cannington)
- Fringe World Festival
- Rooftop yoga
- Check out “Secret Perth” for more ideas
Want to learn something new?
A hub for international students
StudyPerth provides international students with complementary resources to support their experience while living and studying in WA.
From support for professional development to help you gaining employment, to hosting student events to help you connect with other international students for community and social activities. There’s even a Student HUB in the city for you to connect with fellow international students and the StudyPerth support service team.
- Living in Perth
- Life in Perth
- Student Events
- StudyPerth Student Hub
- Safety & Support
- Studying in Perth
- Study areas
- Getting a Job
- Jobs in Perth
- ProsPER – job preparation support
- Volunteering in Perth
- Internships and work experience
- Migration options
- and more
Support during your semester break
Please reach out to our Curtin Connect team if you are experiencing difficulty whilst on your break.
Our support does not end when your classes finish for the semester and we encourage you to reach out if you are having personal or financial difficulties during your break. Our support services remain on call and ready to support you during semester breaks.