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11 FREE Things to Do in Perth for Budget Explorers

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The sun-soaked capital of Western Australia, Perth offers a number of activities that won’t cost you a cent. From pristine beaches to vibrant local markets, cultural experiences, and stunning natural landscapes, there’s an activity for every taste that is either cheap or completely free.

In this guide, we’ll give you our recommended fun yet free things to do in Perth!

Where to stay in Perth

Perth Australia

Perth offers a wide range of accommodations to fit any budget, from luxurious hotels to backpacker hostels.

For those seeking a touch of luxury, the central business district (CBD) is home to several high-end hotels, such as the Ibis Styles East Perth Hotel, that boast scenic views of the Swan River and city skyline, complete with amenities such as rooftop pools, fine dining restaurants, and state-of-the-art fitness centers.

Budget travelers can take advantage of numerous hostels and budget hotels, providing clean and comfortable lodgings without breaking the bank. Additionally, Perth has a variety of short-term rental options available in charming neighborhoods, offering a more local experience.

Free Things to do in Perth

1. Guided walking tour

Why not start your exploration at the heart of the city? The Perth City Visitor Kiosk offers free 90-minute guided tours led by knowledgeable guides, where you can learn about the city, including its must-see sights as well as history, culture, and arts. Start with the “Orientation Tour” to learn how to navigate your way around the modern city. For history lovers, learn about the development of Perth from the 1800s to the boom created by gold with their “Icons of Influence Tour” and “The Big Boom Tour.” If you love art, join the “Art City Tour” to see the city’s public art works.

Alternately, you can also do a self-guided walking tour by downloading the Perth Trails app in your phone and choose a walking trail that interests you!

2. Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Kings Park - one of the free attractions in Perth
Kings Park.

Sprawling over an area larger than New York’s Central Park, Kings Park is a green haven with unparalleled views over the city skyline and Swan River. It’s a perfect spot for picnics, leisurely walks among native flora and fauna, and even hosts free guided walking tours.

Don’t miss is the Lotterywest Federation Walkway with its treetop bridge, which offers pleasant views of the city, Swan River, and Mount Eliza escarpment.

There are ample things to admire at this park, you’ll easily spend a day here!

Kings Park is easily accessible by public bus, another reason it makes it to our list of best free things to do in Perth.

3. Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach - one of the free things to do in Perth
Cottesloe Beach.

Cottesloe Beach is one of the most iconic places in Western Australia and one of — if not the most beautiful — beaches in Perth. If you’re looking for free things to do in Perth, visiting this lovely beach is one you shouldn’t miss!

The idyllic sands and crystal-clear waters of Cottesloe are perfect for a day of relaxation and costal walks. This family-friendly beach is also renowned for its swimming conditions, beautiful sunsets over the Indian Ocean, and the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

There are plenty of cafes where you can grab a bite and drink, and there is also free street parking for 2 hours. The beach is also accessible by public bus for convenience.

Pro Tip: Visit here on a weekday to enjoy it with fewer crowds!

4. Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Art Gallery of Western Australia
(Photo by The Art Gallery of Western Australia)

Get your culture fix at the The Art Gallery of Western Australia, located within the Perth Cultural Centre, where you can admire a diverse collection of artworks ranging from indigenous pieces to contemporary masterpieces — all for free!

The gallery is home to both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a perfect activity whether you’re solo, on a couple date, or visiting with your family. It is open daily except Tuesdays, from 10AM to 5PM.

P.S. Another great (and free) museum to visit is the Shipwreck Museum. From there, you can also visit the Maritime Museum (with entrance fee).

Perth street art
Perth street art.

5. Discover street art in Perth

The most popular walking tour in Perth is the Street Art Walking Tour. You can book a guided tour, or discover Perth like a local and take a self-guided tour to see Perth’s eclectic art scene. Wander through laneways and alleys to find colorful murals and graffiti, which add soul to the city’s urban landscape.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a Google Map you can use to find the street art spots! Pro Tip: Some of the best street art can be found at Subiaco and Leederville.

6. Swan River

Swan River in Perth
Swan River.

The lifeblood of Perth’s natural charm is free to explore. Swan River meanders through the city, and you can cycle, walk, or jog along the scenic paths that follow the river, or simply find a spot to watch boats glide by. Put a book on your lap, spread out a picnic meal, or just enjoy the beautiful sunset by the river.

The river also offers opportunities for water-based fun such as fishing, kayaking, and cruises, though these come with a cost.

7. Heirisson Island

Kangaroo in Heirisson Island
Kangaroo in Heirisson Island.

Located between East Perth and Victoria Park, this island sanctuary offers winding nature trails perfect for a leisurely stroll. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident kangaroos who call this island home and don’t forget to snap a selfie with the iconic views of the Swan River.

Heirisson Island is a fantastic place to visit if you’re staying near the city but would like to see a slice of the wild outdoors. And of course, it’s completely free, too!

8. Lesmurdie Falls

Lesmurdie Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the hills east of Perth, within the Mundy Regional Park. It’s ideal for seasoned hikers or beginners, with different trails of varying difficulties, which will lead you through lush bushland to panoramic lookout points of the city skyline.

You can choose between the top and foot of foot trails — for an up close view of the waterfall, where you can feel refreshing sprays on your face, opt for the latter!

Since the Lesmurdie Falls is an easy hike, you can bring kids (and dogs) with you! Just remember to wear proper footwear as the trail becomes rocky close to the foot of the waterfall.

9. Marmion Marine Park

Fishes in Mettams Pool
Fishes in Mettams Pool.

One of the best beaches close to Perth, Marmion Marine Park is a great spot for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy the ocean views, enjoy a BBQ picnic, and let the kids play at the beach or shaded playground.

The highlight of this marine park is its underwater wonders — it is teeming with colorful fishes, playful dolphins, and even the occasional sea turtle, making it perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you want to stay close to shore, it’s also fun spotting crabs and seeing little fishes in the water. The area has showers and toilets. For those interested in snorkeling, the best time to visit is during the summer months, especially in the mornings.

10. Northbridge Piazza

This vibrant community space often hosts free movies, live music, and community events on its outdoor LED screen. It’s perfect for romantic dates or if you just want to spend time with family or friends.

The piazza is surrounded by restaurants, as well as pubs and bars, where you can enjoy dinner and drink.

11. John Oldham Park

Escape to this lesser-known green haven tucked near the city. John Oldham Park features a mini waterfall, beautiful duck ponds including a spot with an instagram-worth swing, playgrounds for kids, and plenty of spaces for resting and picnicking.

This park is also popular for bird spotters.

A few things to consider when you visit: the park has a small parking lot and no public utilities. Otherwise it is a nice spot for a quick city break.

With this guide on free things to do in Perth, you’re set to uncover the vibrancy of Perth without the price tag. As the saying goes, the best things in life are often free — and in Perth, there’s no exception!

Do you have other free attractions or activities to do in Perth? Let us know in the comment section below!

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