School’s out forever, your WACE exams are done and dusted, and it’s time to paaaaaaaaarty! Every WA Leaver knows that Dunsborough is the place to be, but where to stay? We’ve got everything you need to know about this year’s celebrations, including why Dunsborough YHA is the best place to rest your weary head (spoiler alert: they’ll feed you dinner for free!) And yes, you do have to sleep at some stage!
Just 250 kilometres south of Perth, Dunsborough has fast become the place to be for all WA high school graduates to celebrate the end of school...forever!
Boasting a chilled out beach vibe, you can relax and soak up the sun by day and party all night. It’s the perfect way to reward yourself for all those years of homework, assignments and early wake-ups, and celebrate your newfound freedom with your friends!
The action will be happening all along the beautiful foreshore, with the bustling Busselton Jetty as the main focal point.
Right in the heart of town, your accommodation at Dunsborough YHA has been housing Leavers for over 15 years, so they’ll be able to answer any questions you may have about the week’s festivities! Where to go, which bars to kick on to, where to get a good feed – all sorted!
Please note: During Leavers, bookings are only taken by Dunsborough YHA over the phone - 9755 3107.
The official Leavers dates for 2019 are Monday 18th to Thursday 21st November, but plenty of people stick around for the whole week, from Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd November. Around 9000 Leavers are expected this year, and the number keeps growing!
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First things first, party animal! Upon your arrival to Dunsborough, you will need to purchase an offical Leavers wristband and ID to prove you finished Year 12 in 2019. More information on where to do this and the cost will be released closer to the date, but your wristband will give you access to all the exclusive areas just for Leavers!
Once you’ve got your band, you won’t have to look far to find your fellow Leavers. All the action will be concentrated around the Dunsborough Leavers Entertainment Zone, the biggest Leavers celebration zone in all of WA. A massive cordoned-off space just out of the town centre, it’s open each night from 7pm-1am, with plenty going on to get you in the partying mood. There’s DJs, a silent disco, rides, pamper tents, plenty of food and a fully equipped medical area! THE place to meet and mingle with fellow Leavers and party the night away - you’ll never have a bad night at the Leavers Entertainment Zone.
The good times keep rolling - on Wednesday 20th November, it’s Meelup Beach Day! From 10am to 2pm, the magical Meelup Beach will be absolutely rocking with an unforgettable beach party. The tunes will be pumping, good vibes will be flowing and there’ll be games and water sports all round.
If you’re over 18, during Dunsborough Leavers you will have access to all the brilliant bars and clubs in the area. If not, never fear! Plenty of Leavers will be in the exact same boat, and you can still have an incredible time in the Leavers Entertainment Zone.
It gets better - Dunsborough YHA offer free pickups and dropoffs to the parties in town. No need to stress about transportation while you’re trying to cut loose!
If you’re hungry to make the most of your holiday outside of the partying, you’ve chosen the right area.
The Margaret River region is home to stunning beaches, hip cafes, gorgeous natural attractions and infinite things to see and do.
You can visit a winery, explore natural caves, go surfing – the possibilities are endless.
The friendly folk at Dunsborough YHA will give you the insider’s guide, if you feel like getting off the beaten Leavers track and really absorbing yourself in the unique beauty of this area.
The experienced team at Dunsborough YHA are all about making sure your time is as easy, affordable, safe and fun as possible. They offer:
Trained, professional staff are on-site 24/7 so you can relax knowing that someone will always be around to help if you need them. They also know all the best spots in town to visit, the best places to get a bite to eat and the attractions you have to see when you want a day off from the crowds.
During Leavers, Dunsborough YHA operates a strict Leavers Only Policy, so you’re free to hang out and relax with like-minded Leavers without worrying about other guests. It also makes for an epic vibe - fun, chilled out, and friendly, AKA everything you want out of your Leavers accommodation.
Important: Because of this Leavers Only Policy, Dunsborough YHA will need to verify your Leaver status before confirming your booking. Leavers Bookings are only accepted by phone - call 9755 3107.
On top of all this, the location is superb – you can walk out of your room and you’ll be chilling on the beach with other Leavers in 30 seconds!
Within the property, there’s volleyball, basketball, table tennis, Foxtel and free Wi-Fi, for those moments you just need to refuel for a bit!
Nowhere else will you get such a personalised and friendly experience, where you’re made to feel welcome instead of a nuisance!