Just about every holiday has a budget that you need to work within. Adding in some of the free holiday activities that you can do in Perth can help you work within your budget. Perth and its surrounds in Western Australia have some pretty amazing free things to do that you will really enhance your holiday without breaking the bank. Perth is surrounded by a great mix of metropolitan lifestyle in the city with the nearby beaches to the west, wine vineyards to the south, and forested National Parks to the east. Here are 5 great things to do in Perth and surrounds that you can plan on for your next holiday:
Free Walking Tours of the City
Volunteer guides offer themed walks of Perth Monday through Friday. Tours include the city’s parks and gardens, arts and culture, convicts and colonials, icons of influence, or learn about Perth’s history in the gold rush era. Since these are free tours, feel free to join or leave at your leisure. The tours can take up to two hours long. If you like to be more independent, you can even download free audio tours and maps and go it on your own. The free i-City walking tours start at the Information Kiosk in Murray Street Mall. See Perth.wa.gov.au for more details.
Cottesloe Beach is one of 19 beautiful white sand beaches just minutes away from Perth’s city centre. Spend a relaxing day on the beach with a picnic lunch waiting for the magnificent Indian Ocean sunset or stay active surfing snorkeling or swimming. Cottesloe comes alive at night with plenty of bars and beach side cafes to dine at.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Perth has many different parks and gardens within the city. It is also home to the largest inner city park in the Southern Hemisphere, Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Picnic in the park, walk the trails, and make a day or at least an afternoon exploring the park. The flowers and plants in the park represent a large portion of Western Australia’s biodiversity with over 3,000 flowering plants, 319 species of native plants, and a 750 year old Boab Tree; most of the park is natural bushland. Because it is perched high on Mount Eliza, the park offers magnificent views of the Swan River, the city skylines, the state War Memorial, and the Darling Range off in the distance to the east. The wild flowers bloom all year, but they are especially spectacular during the winter. The free barbecue and picnic facilities allow you to include a low cost lunch or picnic in your day here. Families enjoy the time here too because of the free playgrounds available for the kids. There is also an outdoor cinema that shows movies December through March.
Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tastings in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is just a 20 minute drive to the east of Perth. Almost immediately, you will realize that, although a short drive away, the Swan Valley is very far from the city. There are many things you can do in the Swan Valley and the nearby Darling Range mountains; in fact, you can spend a whole holiday there. However, if you are just making a day trip and want to do something for free, visit the vineyards in the oldest wine region in Western Australia. Many of the businesses here are still owned by the descendants of early European settlers. Most offer free wine tastings and samples of the local cheese, chocolates, and other culinary delights.
Walk the Bibbulmun Track
Take a drive to the Perth Hills, just about 30 minutes east of Perth. The Perth Hills is home to one of the longest walking tracks in the world, The Bibbulmun Track. This famous walking trail runs from Kalamunda, in the Perth Hills to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. It covers over 1,000 kilometres in the scenic south west of Western Australia. The views and the experience is an amazing, once in a lifetime journey and just one of the many things you can do for Free in Perth and Western Australia.
SummaryWe hope these ideas have helped you plan an enjoyable adventure in Perth, Western Australia. Whether you are on a very tight budget for your holiday or just adding in some free additions to meet a bigger budget, these are excellent ideas for having fun in Perth for free. Opting for a Budget rental car is the best option for getting around Perth. The variety of free options is quite amazing, we hope you enjoy and your wallet both enjoy your journeys!