Some like it hot! Those people go to Perth where the sun shines a lot and the nearby beaches make it feel like summer holidays all year round. But Perth is also a hot ticket for free activities too.
There’s tons of stuff to do, no matter what you’re into. For our money, if you’re trying to decide on a city to live, study or holiday, Perth really deserves a look-in.
Free activities Perth visitors always enjoy
Even the locals do these things because they’re just a lovely way to pass the time, and they don’t have to cost a cent.
- i-City walking tours – Spend a couple of hours venturing through some of Perth’s walking trails. These self-guided tours allow you to take your time or go as fast as you want. There are different themes: Convicts and Colonials; Boom or Bust; Icons of Influence and others.
- Get cultured – The Perth Cultural Centre is where you’ll find the State Library of WA, the Art Gallery of WA, the Western Australian Museum and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, all free to visit. Maybe you should plan a few days there!
- Go to market – Perth loves its markets! There are ‘home grown’ markets, craft markets, farmer’s markets, art markets and more. This list of Perth markets will help you choose. The historic Fremantle Markets are another excellent spot to visit for free.
- Fremantle Arts Centre – Enjoy the free wi-fi in the gorgeous gardens before heading inside the neo-Gothic style building that dates back to 1860. The Fremantle Arts Centre boasts an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings, jewellery, sculpture, photography and a whole lot more.
- Scope out the street art – Perth has a pretty active street art scene which features graffiti and murals. Less than 10 kilometres out of the City, in Applecross, you’ll find a 6-story high mural that was completed with the aid of a crane. Here’s a list of great viewing locations
Free things to do in Perth that might get you wet
It’s always fun to cool off in the water. Some of these activities will have you working up a sweat so you’ll definitely want to have a splash.
- Fish the Swan River – Throw a line in and fish for flathead, herring, grunter, yellow fin whiting, tailor or flounder. Here’s a map with the river’s best fishing spots.
- Surf, snorkel or swim the Indian Ocean – Cottesloe Beach is just 15 minutes by car from the City and you can get there by bus or the Fremantle train line. You do not want to miss a dazzling west coast sunset!
- Swim in a natural rock pool – Visitors love Mettam’s Pool for its calm water which make it perfect for swimming. It’s just like swimming in the ocean (with the ocean in full view) but without the turbulence and the depth is less than two metres. Prams and wheelchairs can be wheeled down the ramp to the water. There’s lots of marine life to see in the pool including sea mullet and buffalo bream as well as anemones, abalone and cushion stars. Take your snorkelling gear!
- Catch crabs and eat for free – At Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, you can go crabbing and even spearfishing. In various areas of the marine park, you can spot sea lions, penguins and dolphins! Keep a lookout for the shipwreck too.
More free activities for outdoorsy types
Don’t stay cooped up in your house, hotel or dorm! Get outside and be a part of the world! Perth is fun, friendly and pretty.
- Botanic Gardens and Kings Park – The 17-hectare Botanic Garden boasts an incredible 2,000 different indigenous plant species. Traverse the impressive 222-metre steel and glass bridge that takes you over the top of the eucalypt trees and have a picnic in a spot of your choice. There are free guided walks from the Kings Park Visitor Centre.
- Northbridge Piazza – A wonderful community space for people to come and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Northbridge Piazza boasts Perth’s first permanent LED screen which operates 24 hours a day. You could catch a free movie or watch a major sporting event in real time. The Piazza is a lovely spot in the daytime to sit and contemplate, catch up with friends or sip a coffee. At night, there’s always something happening … music, festivals, cultural activities. Drop by and see what’s on.
- Sleep under the stars – Less than an hour from Perth, you can camp for free in a couple of spots. Go a little further afield and there are even more free camping spots. This list outlines the facilities, distances from Perth and links through for more information.
Free activities that are a little out-of-the-ordinary
Bet you hadn’t thought of doing any of these things in Perth!
- Free didgeridoo lessons – Didgeridoo Breath in Fremantle is the largest specialty didgeridoo retailers in the country. If you’ve never played one before, you can get a free 15-minute lesson.
- Meditate on this – Would you like to join a free yoga class? Perth offers lots of opportunities to do just that, some only for women, some for singles, others for everyone.
- Geocaching – Think of it as a free treasure hunt. Fire up the Geocaching app on your smartphone and go in search of special containers filled with goodies. They could be anywhere! You may search for codes, neighbourhoods, landmarks or locations and you can search by distance from where you are. There are literally millions of Geocaching containers hidden away in nearly every country on the planet. Perth is definitely a rich source.
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