There is just something so darn satisfying about getting something for nothing. Whether you’re a poor uni student surviving on ramen noodles and self-deprecating humour, or a wealthy CEO living on the Swan River, everyone likes a freebie! Since Perth has a reputation of being one of the more expensive cities to live in (did you just say $5 for a latte?!), here’s a list of activities in the West that won’t cost you a cent, courtesy of Alex Nissen from Like A Local Travel.
Trigg Beach by @_kate_oconnor_
We West Australians definitely don’t realise just how lucky we are when it comes to sunsets. Set up a picnic on the coast and you’ll be treated to an array of colours ranging from golden orange to bright pinks and purples painted across the sky! Pack dinner or hit up one of the many fish and chip joints lining the coast and take a little time to enjoy this miraculous sight which happens every day.
FREE WALKING TOUR
Every city needs a good walking tour! iCity tours run daily from the information kiosk located in the Murray St Mall. This is a great way to get a taste of Perth’s history and get your bearings for exploring the city on your own!
Rottnest Island by @blakehobson_
West coast is the best coast when it comes to beaches (sorry Bondi). Forget overcrowded sand and fighting for waves, we’ve got so much beautiful coastline that everyone can find a secluded spot to enjoy and you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding which beach to laze on all day. I remember once paying to just visit a beach in Italy that was ridiculously crowded and not half as picturesque as my local beach, Scarborough. Just remember to lather on that sunscreen though! No one digs the lobster look.
Photo by @vantage____
Freo is the perfect place to kick back and spend a lazy day wandering around. Stroll through the markets (open Friday night through to Sunday) to sample delicious treats while seeing some amazing local artisans displaying their work. If you’ve got time, also head to MANY 2.0 to browse the eclectic mix of fashion and art on display, it will definitely inspire your own creative juices!
PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE
Photo by @marischkaprue
Located in the heart of Northbridge, the Cultural Centre is the best place to get immersed in, well, culture! Check out the exhibitions on at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (my favourite is the Year 12 Perspectives display, how can young people be so talented?!), enjoy the activities held at the State Library, or check out the contemporary art at PICA. Alternatively just head to the PICA Bar for a tasty beverage once you’ve had your artistic fill.
INNER CITY PARKS
Photo by @matt.smith.89
Kings Park sits proudly above the Swan River overlooking the city’s skyline. This panoramic view is the perfect place to escape above the bustle of the city and enjoy the native Australian flora. Make sure to check out the DNA tower and the Pioneer Woman’s Memorial. Alternatively you could also head to Queens Gardens in East Perth or Langley Park if you are looking for another nice place in the city to enjoy a little picnic!
MEET SOME KANGAROOS
Photo by @davidmozzatti
Located on the Swan River just outside the city, you’ll find Heirisson Island, home to plenty of animals, including the iconic kangaroo. I guess when tourists ask if we have kangaroos just jumping around the city…well we kind of do! If you head to the south side of the island you’ll be likely to come across a few friendly roos which won’t mind you hanging out on their turf. Remember, they are still wild animals, so approach at your own risk and treat them with respect.
GET A QUOKKA SELFIE
Photo by @daxon
Ok, so heading over to Rottnest Island won’t be free, in fact it can end up being a little costly. However getting a picture with these gorgeous creatures is free of charge! These adorable animals which are only found on the island have become famous due to their adorable smile. Respect them (don’t feed them!) and you’ll most probably be able to get close enough to snap a quick Instagram shot. Unfortunately you can’t keep them as pets – I’ve looked into it.
Crawley Edge Boatshed by @mjvisions92
Photographers rejoice! Perth is an amazing place to capture some epic shots. Head to the Swan River for an iconic picture of the Crawley Edge Boatshed, or stroll around the CBD to capture some of the incredible street art on display (we’ve already got a handy guide for those HERE). We’ve got your nature photography covered too, just a quick walk around any of our parks and you’re sure to spot plenty of native plants and animals.