If you are needing to entertain the family and visiting guests on a budget, keep reading to find out the best free things to do in Perth.
1. Kings Park
With great views of the city of Perth, rich historical and cultural flavour, nature conservation and of course family friendly options galore, Kings Park is a must for your Western Australia to-do list. Join a free guided walk (departing 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm year round) or simply bring a picnic or barbeque to any of the parklands or children’s play areas and feel a world away from hustle and bustle of daily life. Visit the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority website to find out more. There are also regular free concerts and events throughout the year.
We also recommend a visit to Synergy Parkland, whilst you are at Kings Park, which is a great open space with a lake, kids playground, bbq facilities and of course Zamia Cafe, serving great food and overlooking the parkland. Click here to find out how to get to Kings Park
Fremantle is not just Western Australia’s biggest port but also has a wealth of historic aboriginal and colonisation significance emphasised by beautiful historic buildings, untouched by modernisation.
Take part in the infamous coffee culture of Perth with a pit stop at the Cappuccino strip, found in the section of South Terrace from the corner of Bannister Street to Parry Street. Stroll down to the Fremantle Markets and browse everything from gifts, soap and collectables.
The Shipwreck gallery is another worthwhile stop to make where for a small donation, you can get lost in some of the great adventure story of the first European visitors to Western Australia and the fates that befell their mighty ships. Find out more about Fremantle here
3. Perth City and Northbridge
Spend the day exploring the metropolitan city of Perth, filled with hidden gems, shops and more. Free events happen regularly (including the Twilight Hawkers Market), visit The City of Perth to find out what’s on. We recommend popping across the river on the ferry for some great photo opportunities of the city.
If you are in need of a good meal or drink, then head across the train tracks to lively Northbridge for bars, restaurants and nightlife. The WA Museum is also worth a visit. There are some fantastic new developments happening in Perth, find out all the new Perth Developments for 2018
4. Elizabeth Quay and the Bell Tower
The newly completed Elizabeth Quay, situated at the Barrack Street Jetty, has been a hit with visitors and locals alike. From restaurants and food vans to the kids play area, Elizabeth Quay is a vibrant destination with activities for all ages and plenty to see and do.
Don’t forget to visit the infamous Bell Tower, home to the Swan Bells. Filled with history and boasting a unique, iconic design, the Bell Tower is also home to the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which were sent over from London to commemorate Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. A fantastic new way to enjoy the Bell Tower is the Perth City Sightseeing Pass. Only $49 gives you a day pass to visit the Bell Tower, a Little Ferry Cruise on the Swan River PLUS a fantastic city walking tour with one of our fun bubbly tour guides!
5. Iconic Beaches
With so many beautiful beaches, it is really tough to narrow it down but here are our top picks. Cottesloe Beach is situated just north of Perth, with a sheltered sandy beach, cafes and relaxed vibe. It is also home to the iconic landmark of the Indiana Cottesloe, a historic restaurant serving modern cuisine.
City Beach provides wonderful sandy beaches with a wide range of facilities, including bbqs, playgrounds, picnic tables and more. Clancy’s Fish Pub is also well worth a visit.
A little further up the coast is Trigg Beach is a must-see with crystal clear water and spots for swimming and surfing. A family playground and grassed area with bbqs is situated nearby. Grab a coffee to go or a meal with a view from Kailis Trigg Beach.