Situated on Australia’s West Coast, Perth offers residents and visitors a wonderful mix of city living and awesome natural beauty. While there are plenty of attractive paid activities available there are some wonderful free activities that may allow you to stretch your budget a little further.
A visit to the vibrant port city of Fremantle is just short drive from Perth and offers a range of free entertainment and activities. Buskers and street performers are regularly performing at the Fremantle markets and at various times throughout the city. The waterfront offers a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere and the view from Monument Hill is spectacular. If you love your rock and roll be sure to visit the statue of local boy Bon Scott of AC/DC fame. If you don’t want to walk around Fremantle, you can always get access to the free bikes available from the Fremantle visitor centre, the E-shed market and the Little Creatures brewery.
Perth’s climate makes a visit to the beach a great option on most days and the Perth area has a wide variety of beaches sure to suit everyone. Popular beaches include the famous Scarborough and Cottesloe beaches, while surfers will love Trigg beach. Keep an eye out for Dolphins and the occasional Shark.
Explore Kings Park and botanic garden which is situated only one and a half kilometres from Perth’s CBD. You can jump on the free shuttle offering access to the heart of the park. Kings Park extends over 400 hectares and offers visitors a rich sample of Aboriginal and European history and culture as well as viewing around 3000 varieties of wildflowers. Visitors can enjoy amazing views of the Perth skyline, the Darling ranges and Swan and Canning rivers. The park offers visitors the opportunity to explore bushland walking trails, children’s discovery play areas and astounding gardens and parklands. Kings Park provides a year-round calendar of events that will offer visitors a variety of fun activities. Visit the Kings Park website for more information.
Perth Cultural Centre
Located a short distance from the CBD in Northbridge, the Perth Cultural Centre is home to the West Australian Art Gallery, Museum, the state library, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Blue Room theatre and State Room theatre. A walk through the area will allow you to sample the atmosphere and street art without spending a dollar. There are also a wide selection of cafes and bars to visit.
View the public works of art that reflect the city’s past and present identity. By taking part in the art city walking trail. These works include works such as “Grow your own,””Koorden,””The mob of kangaroos on the terrace” and “Coexistence.” You can also view the city’s range of incredible architecture ranging from the Victorian gothic facade of the city’s town hall, the art deco building the Gledden building or the modern face of the Perth library. And if all else fails a walk, run or cycle along the banks of the Swan River is always nice.
Perth has a fantastic climate most of the year and there is plenty of cost-effective ways to keep you entertained year-round.