Unleash the Adventure: Your Ultimate School Holiday 2-Day Trip Guide to Cervantes

When school holidays roll around, it’s the perfect time to embark on a thrilling day trip packed with excitement, natural wonders, and family fun. Look no further than Cervantes, a coastal gem nestled on the western edge of Australia. There are activities that the entire family can enjoy, and memories can be made that will last a lifetime! In this ultimate school holiday two-day trip guide, we’ll unveil a fun and family-oriented itinerary that guarantees an unforgettable adventure for everyone.


Morning: Drive to Cervantes and Conquer the Lancelin Sand Dunes with Sandboarding on the Way

The scenic drive to Cervantes is one that gives you the opportunity to do some sightseeing on the way! The beautiful wildflowers are in full bloom from the end of July to the end of September, so as you look out the window you are able to appreciate WA’s natural landscape, plus, there are quite a few opportunities for photos! Further on your drive, you will pass Lancelin, which is the perfect time to check out the dunes and get some sandboarding in! The Lancelin Sand Dunes, which are the biggest dunes in WA, have free entry every day from 8 AM, and sandboards are available for hire for just $12.50 each! Whether you’re a novice or an experienced sandboarder, the dunes offer an exciting playground for everyone. And if sandboarding isn’t your thing, sit back with a book and relax in the beautiful landscape of the sand dunes. Capture the magical morning light as you zoom down the slopes, setting the tone for an epic day ahead.

Exploring the Enigmatic Pinnacles

No trip to Cervantes is complete without encountering the enigmatic Pinnacles Desert! Just one hour away from the Lancelin Sand Dunes, the Pinnacles is an amazing place to explore the surreal landscape of limestone formations. Take a leisurely drive or stroll through the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre, where you’ll discover the fascinating geological forces that shaped these unique structures. There truly is no other place like the Pinnacles Desert, and this is a chance for the whole family to be amazed by the wonders of nature!

Lunch at the Lobster Shack and Playtime

After a morning of adventure, satisfy your appetite with a sumptuous seafood feast at the Lobster Shack that the whole family will love! Delight in the flavours of locally caught seafood, including the renowned Western Rock Lobster, while enjoying the ocean view. Kids can unleash their energy at the nearby playground, while you can enjoy the beautiful waterfront view from our deck! Their family-friendly menu with options for even the fussiest of eaters has you covered. 

Stromatolites: A Glimpse into Earth’s History

Next, embark on a journey through time as you explore the stromatolites of Lake Thetis. These living structures provide a window into the Earth’s ancient past and showcase the evolution of life on our planet. Walk along the boardwalk and observe these remarkable formations, which are interesting and fun for the whole family!

BBQ Dinner and Sunset Spectacle

As the day draws to a close, head back to your accommodation at Cervantes Lodge for a family BBQ dinner. Relax and unwind as you gather around with your loved ones and relive the day’s highlights. And to top off the day, marvel at the breathtaking sunset as you have dinner with your family. It’s the perfect backdrop to wrap up your Cervantes adventure on a tranquil and memorable note. Find more information about Cervantes Lodge here: https://cervanteslodge.com.au/


Coffee and Toasties at the Lobster Shack

Before embarking on an enchanting sea lion tour, start your day on a scrumptious note on the deck at Lobster Shack. Indulge in the comforting smell of freshly brewed coffee that is the perfect start to your second day in Cervantes. Pair your coffee with delicious toasties, so you’re ready to take on the adventure-filled day! With your appetite satisfied and energy replenished, you’ll be fully ready to embark on an unforgettable sea lion tour that promises to be both educational and awe-inspiring.

9 AM: Dive into the World of Sea Lions

As the sun rises higher, embark on a sea lion tour with Lobster Shack that will take you on an adventure with the ocean’s labradors. The season starts back up in September – perfect timing for the school holidays! At 9 AM, set off on a guided boat tour in Cervantes Islands. Watch the playful antics of the sea lions as they curiously swim around the tour boat, showcasing their agility and playful nature. Or even better, jump in for a swim and watch them interact with you as they dip and dive showing off their underwater skills. Lobster Shack will provide you with a snorkel, flippers, and a pool noodle to make watching the playful marine easy. 

Lobster Factory Tour – Check out a Lobsters Journey from Ocen to Plate

Take part in this interesting experience through the vibrant heart of the region’s multi-million dollar lobster industry by immersing yourself in a guided tour of the LIVE lobster processing plant at Lobster Shack. Your adventure begins with an engaging video presentation that unveils the intricate process of capturing the elusive Western Rock Lobster in its natural habitat and transporting it safely to shore. As you step inside the processing plant, you’ll witness the lobsters’ incredible journey firsthand – from the meticulous sorting process to their stay in the live holding lanes, all the way to the live pack-out room where they are prepared for their global journey! Led by a friendly local guide with a wealth of knowledge on Western Rock Lobsters, you’ll gain insights into the industry’s inner workings. And don’t miss the highlight – the touch pool room, where you can get up close and personal with a live lobster for the ultimate selfie, capturing a moment that encapsulates the magic of this fascinating marine world!

Cervantes beckons with a perfect blend of adventure, discovery, and relaxation for your ultimate school holiday day trip. With sandboarding, sea lions, ancient landscapes, delicious seafood and beautiful sunsets, your family is in for an experience that will be one to remember! So pack your enthusiasm and curiosity, and prepare to make the most of your overnight stay in Cervantes!