We’ve teamed up with Bankwest to give you some inspo on how you can save some money and still live your best life. It’ll mean you’ll spend less time worrying about the BS (Bank Stuff), and more time enjoying the important things!
Just because money’s tight or you’re putting a lot away in savings doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun. There’s plenty of options to get you off the couch and out into the sunshine this weekend, and they won’t cost you a cent. Here’s 10 ideas to get you started:
Snorkel the Coogee Maritime Trail
We’re heading into peak snorkelling season with long, hot days thanks to fresh easterlies – winds that also happen to keep the ocean wonderfully glassy. Combined with tiny summer swells and Perth is an undersea explorer’s paradise this time of year. The Coogee Maritime Trail is easily accessed from the beach, and is filled with awesome little installations, structures and even artwork to discover along with of course the ship wreck. In recent times the Omeo Wreck has become the subject of a serious conservation effort from the City of Cockburn and WA Museum, becoming the centrepiece for the Coogee Maritime Trail, with over 55 structures to guide divers along their aquatic voyage – get the lowdown HERE.
Visit the spectacular new WA Museum Boola Bardip
It might be hard to believe given its awe-inspiring size, but the recently redeveloped WA Museum Boola Bardip won’t cost you a cent to enter. And it is a truly stunning experience, taking place over multiple floors with some incredible exhibitions tracking WA’s history over thousands of years. Up until January 31 you need to book ahead, but if you do find it’s too busy why not visit the nearby – and equally impressive – Art Gallery Of WA and/or PICA Gallery.
Park up at South Beach for the day
Much more than just a beach, South Beach is pride of the beach-going Freo massive. The beach itself is a little more sheltered than beaches further north, making for more peaceful – and child safe – swimming. Outside of that the rolling, pine-covered green lawns are a great place to hang out for the day. There’s also a full-size public basketball court and kids playground to keep everyone very busy.
Explore the antique shops of Guildford
So it’s obviously not free to purchase antique goods, but boy it can be a lot of fun to peruse the various antique shops around Guildford and check out all the weird and wonderful goods on offer. From Dr Russell’s to Curio Warehouse to Jones Of Guildford and Stories On The Wall, it makes for a fun and interesting afternoon. Down the road the Museum Of Natural History is also fascinating, and entry is pretty close to free. Get our full lowdown on Guildford here.
Walk the Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail
The only thing better than free activities are culturally enriching and important ones, so if that’s the kinda vibe you’re after why not check out the Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail? It’s an easily accessible 5km loop set within the Beeliar Regional Park, filled with interpretation panels going on a deep dive into the flora, fauna and lifestyle of the traditional land owners. It’s also a wonderful bird spotting location.
Take yourself on a self-guided Street Art Tour
Over the years Perth has worked hard to become a city filled with incredible street art, so the least you can do is get out and find it! Throughout the CBD and Northbridge, along with many of the outer suburbs, there’s some stunnings works from artists local, national and even international. To help get you started, here’s 16 great murals courtesy of the team from Streets Of Perth.
Spend the day really exploring Kings Park
Sometimes we Perth folk can forget what an absolute treasure Kings Park is, so maybe this weekend is a good chance to go and rediscover it? And given how much there is to explore, you might even need the weekend. You’ve got the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, the Botanic Garden, the Bushland Nature Trail, Rio Tinto Naturescape and so much more. It’s a truly special park that costs you nothing to walk around – so get amongst it (and maybe pop down to the Blue Boat shed for a quick gram while you’re at it).
Hit the hiking trails
We’ve become a city of hikers over the past few years, and with so many spectacular national parks within a short distance from the city, it makes a lot of sense. There are plenty to be found with varying degrees of difficulty, like Lesmurdie Falls, Bells Rapids and the Kalamunda section of the Bibbulmun Track. Closer to home you can find some equally spectacular walking trails, here’s 11 of the best.
Picnic at one of our picturesque parks
Kings Park is of course just one of many beautiful parks to be found around Perth, and all of which make beaut spots to settle in for a picnic with your pals. We’ve compiled a list of 13 great parks around Perth, from the obvious spots like Hyde Park and the Civic Centre Gardens to hidden gems like Harold Boas Gardens and Market Square.
Surf and skate the Scarborough Beach Foreshore
Since being redeveloped a couple of years ago the Scarborough Beach foreshore precinct has become an absolute hot spot for locals and visitors alike. And it’s jam-packed with fun and free activities to keep you going all day. Of course there’s the beach (and with a bit of swell some great surfing), but you’ve also got the huge skate bowl, a quarter basketball court, a mini rock climbing wall, a huge kids playground and the grassy knoll perfect for watching all the action go down.
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