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Top 5 Free Things To Do in Perth

Destination(s): Perth

Don't let being on a budget stop you from enjoying Perth. From Cottesloe Beach west of the centre of Perth, down south to a stroll in Fremantle, or back to the crown of Perth to the glorious Kings Park, Perth's outdoor attractions are numerous and nearly always free. You can also see local, Aboriginal and international artworks at the Art Gallery of Western Australia or take a day hike in John Forrest National Park. read more about Top 5 Free Things To Do in Perth

Kings Park & Botanic Gardens

Kings Park & Botanic Gardens

Kings Park, Perth's answer to Central Park, is a short walk uphill from the city centre and has 400 hectares of parks and bush to enjoy. Views over the city of Perth and the Swan River abound from the front of the park, where you can walk the Federation Walkway and explore the Botanic Gardens with thousands of examples of native wildflowers, trees and birdlife. Stop for a meal at Fraser's Restaurant or grab a snack at the cafe; watch the kids play at the Synergy Parkland or if you're feeling fit, climb the DNA Tower.
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Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Beach

  • 109 Broome Street
  • Cottesloe
  • tel:+61 8 9285 5000
  • Visit website
  • Cottesloe, 6011

One of the most popular beaches in Perth, Cottesloe is easily accessible by train and sports a great array of cafes, restaurants and pubs along Marine Parade, the main street nearby. Take a dip with the local early morning swimmers, have a picnic lunch on the sand or on the grass under the pine trees, and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean in the evening. Regular patrols from the local Surf Lifesaving Club help make "Cott" a safe and fun place to swim.
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John Forrest National Park

John Forrest National Park

  • 28 km east of Perth
  • Greenmount
  • tel:+61 8 9298 8344
  • Visit website
  • Mundaring, 6056
Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia

  • James Street Mall
  • Perth Cultural Centre
  • tel:+61 8 9492 6600
  • Visit website
  • Perth, 6000

The Western Australian Art Gallery in Northbridge is visible from the central train station, so look up and see what current exhibitions are being advertised. Permanent exhibitions including an excellent collection of Aboriginal art are always free for all visitors, and guided tours are also available. You can relax in the art gallery's cafe afterwards or wander through the gift shop for some art-related souvenirs.
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