Visiting Perth, Western Australia on a budget? Need some ideas that won’t mean dipping into your wallet? Here are a few things to see and do that I did during my time in Perth that didn’t mean breaking the bank!
Kings Park and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest inner city parks in the world, even bigger than Central Park in New York City! It should 100% be at the top of your to do list! It is located a short walk from the CBD and has a spectacular view of Perth City skyline and the beautiful Swan River. On a day trip? Kings Park is the perfect location for a picnic so you can dine whilst overlooking the amazing views. OR, take a stroll on an evening and admire the panoramic view of the city being illuminated by the thousands of lights from the bustling city’s buildings and cars. (Excuse my extremely bad picture).
The Swan River
Peacefully flowing through the heart of Perth’s CBD the Swan River offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy! Walk or cycle through the gardens and parks that reside on the riverside and take in the beautiful surroundings. You will be joining the array of bird species’ in the area; pelicans, cockatoos and parrots to name a few. But don’t be just on the look out for birds, the Swan River is home to a range of different fish so you can always mosey on down and see if you can get a catch! (I would probably suggest looking online first to see where the best fishing spots are). Whilst it is frowned upon and isn’t advised, if you are feeling adventurous and fancy something different drive to Blackwall Reach, a section of the river where you can jump in the blue waters from the cliffs. OR, if you don’t mind spending a few dollars, spend the day renting a boat, paddle board or kayak!
See what’s going on in Perth!
Perth is a bubble of culture and keeping up to date is the only way to get in the know. Search online and look out around town for leaflets and advertisements for any exciting events popping up in the city! During my few months in Perth there were markets, festivals, gigs and all sorts of free stuff going on so make sure you stay in the loop! There is always things going in Perth’s cultural centre and make sure you look what’s on at Northbridge Piazza and Super Screen too!
You may end up spending money whilst you are there, but exploring the close-by city of Fremantle is completely free! Located just a short forty minute train ride away from Perth CBD, Fremantle is the perfect place to escape from the busy streets of the city centre. Best known for being home to a number of breweries like Little Creatures and Monk, a day in Fremantle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in Western Australian culture. The clean and modern streets of Fremantle are strikingly classy, with the locals adding a friendly and safe atmosphere. The Fremantle markets are open on Sundays where you can find a selection of food stalls, drinks stalls, and lots of weird and wonderful things!
Soak up that west coast sunshine
Perth is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia. Scarborough Beach, City Beach and Cottesloe Beach are all perfect shores to soak up the sun and admire the stunning seascape that WA has to offer. Cottesloe and Scarborough are both accessible via a short train journey where as City Beach is best accessed by car. Scarborough is probably the busiest of the three beaches as it accommodates a mixture of different restaurants and shops!
Western Australia Museum
Located in Perth’s Cultural Centre, the Western Australia Museum is a great place to go for an educational and fun day out for all. The museum houses an in depth of history of Western Australia culture presented through a range of exhibitions and interactive galleries. Zoology, anthropology, evolution, the list goes on but there is almost certainly something for you, and all for free!
New to Perth in 2016, Elizabeth Quay is a modern, sophisticated area home to bars, restaurants and a beautiful view of the Swan River. Whilst you may end up spending money on food or drink, there is nothing stopping you taking a lovely walk around the quay and exploring the latest addition to Perth!
Located near Perth’s bustling Beaufort Street, Hyde Park is a stunning, quiet park perfect for walking, jogging, or picnics on sunny days. If you’re into your fitness you can even use some of the exercise machines that are scattered on the outskirts.
Situated at the eastern end of the Swan River, Heirisson Island is home to around six wild kangaroos in their home territory. Explore this “sanctuary” and search around the trees and grassland and you might be lucky enough to find them. The best time would probably be later on in the day around 5 p.m / 6 p.m as the temperature begins to cool so the friendly kangaroos come out from the shade to say hello!
If you have a car and fancy a day trip out of the centre, Lesmurdie Falls is perfect. There is no plunge pool at the bottom so going for a swim may be out of the question, but there are a couple of different trails to choose from! Decide which walk you would like to embark on and be at one with nature whilst hiking through Lesmurdie National Park. It makes a change to get out of the city and there are picnic tables scattered around too so take some grub with you and enjoy!
Do you know of any other amazing FREE or even cheap things to see in Perth? Are you aware of any fun activities that won’t mean dipping into the wallet? Let me know!