Each November, over 10,000 graduates flock to holiday hot spots around the state. This celebration, known as Leavers, brings together large crowds, hot weather and alcohol.

The majority of Leavers are well behaved, but a few partake in risky behaviour - including drinking and swimming. As part of the WA Police Leavers strategy, Royal Life Saving WA sends a group of volunteers to Dunsborough each year to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for all who attend.

The Meelup BeachFest is the biggest day event at the Dunsborough celebrations, with around 5,000 leavers attending to enjoy a DJ, giant inflatables, beach cabanas, lawn games and beach sports.

What to bring

Your Leavers checklist:
  • Two forms of ID. This includes proof that you were enrolled in school during the Leavers year, and a form of photo ID
  • Games, cards and sporting gear
  • First aid supplies
  • Any medication you need
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch (there may be less lighting in areas where you are staying)
  • A mix of summer and warmer clothes (the nights can be cold at the Zone)
  • Insect repellent
  • Blankets
  • Beach towels
  • Money wallet/neck pouch for your keys and cards to keep them safe and on you at all times
  • A good attitude!

Before you go

  • Download the free Leavers App on your mobile
  • Discuss your plans with friends, brothers, sisters and your parents or guardians. They will have some good ideas for a hassle-free Leavers!
  • Book your accommodation before departure. Camping in public places or sleeping in cars is not allowed and you could be fined.
  • Work out your budget for Leavers - and stick to it. Budget for emergency items including transport.
  • Check the terms and conditions and house rules in your accommodation contract. Contact your accommodation manager prior to Leavers if you have any queries.
  • Make sure you have transport to and from your destination with a safe and reliable driver. Check that the vehicle is also safe.
  • Provide your parents or guardian with your contact and accommodation details before departing.
  • If you're driving, get someone qualified to check the car's road-worthiness especially prior to departing for Leavers.
  • Know the laws that could affect you during celebrations.

Want to volunteer at Leavers?

We are seeking a dedicated team of enthusiastic volunteers to assist with Youth Water Safety Program activities during WA Leavers week in Dunsborough taking place in late November.

If you are studying a health course and looking for work experience, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience and knowledge that will be beneficial to future endeavours.

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volunteers at Leavers Meelup Beachfest

Volunteer at Leavers!

 We're looking for enthusiastic health students to assist in delivering Youth Water Safety Program activities during Leavers Week.

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