From the most expensive to the cheapest yet fun things to do, you can encounter all in Perth. Or maybe you’re looking for free activity in the city? This beautiful city in the Land Down Under offers you rich experiences that don’t cost you the earth. Keen to know? Read on!
10 Top Free Things to Do in Perth
With its dazzling beaches, greeny botanical gardens, bush-walking trails, good wine producers, and beautiful marine parks, Perth nearly has everything you could ask. This city is bathed in sunshine for an average of 3,000 hours every year.
That means it’s perfect to spend your summer, spring, or even autumn here while undercover loads of fun activities to do around the city. If you’re coming to Perth soon, check out this roundup list below and make sure you’re having fun!
1. Picnic at Kings Park
Kings Park in Perth is one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Hanging out in this park is definitely one of the best free things to do in Perth. Going picnic in the park never gets old, especially for couples or families who are looking for a more quality afternoon time.
Apart from the large variety of flora and fauna here, Kings Park is also located on top of a hill, offering you beautiful panoramic views of the Perth city and its skyline. You may also find free guided tours departing three times a day.
Pro tip: Take the Lotterywest Federation Walkway to experience the glass tree-top high bridge.
Address: Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005, Australia
2. Watch movies in Northbridge Piazza
Well, free movies are available to enjoy in Perth. Go to Northbridge Piazza, bring some delicious munchies from the nearby restaurants or takeaways, and watch a free movie in this trendy area!
On Saturdays, there’ll be children-friendly movies, while date night movies mid-week on Wednesdays. Make sure to check out the screen guide first before going. This place could be a romantic destination for couples too, where you can cuddle up on a Piazza beanbag under the stars while having a date night movie session.
Pro tip: This place is generally a communal outdoor space with a grassed section, showing free movies, live music, and exhibitions. So you may find other fun activities besides watching movies.
Address: Lake St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
3. Walk around Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay isn’t just a fancy bridge, the place offers you little bits and pieces of new things about Perth’s heritage. This place is where Perth’s city meets the Swan River, everyone’s a perfect place to relax, dine, and play.
Elizabeth Quay features a stunning 2.7ha inlet connected by 1.5km of continuous boardwalks and promenades which makes your afternoon walk will even be more exciting. The place also often hosts many free events throughout the year to keep the visitors entertained.
Elizabeth Quay is accessible by public transport. Transperth CAT Buses run in the central areas of Perth and will take you directly to Barrack Street Jetty’s front door – which is located just 400m away.
Pro tip: Come by taking the above-mentioned transport. Barrack Street Jetty is a popular spot for locals and visitors to explore the Bell Tower, go on a river cruise, or enjoy restaurants, Instagrammable cafes, and family attractions.
Address: 5 The Esplanade, Perth, Western Australia 6000
4. See Kangaroos at Heirisson Island
Going to Oz without seeing the cutie kangaroos? No way! Fortunately, when you’re in Perth, there’s nothing to worry about. There’s Kangaroos oasis in the city, on the island of the Swan River, within sight of the city skyline.
There are around half a dozen Kangaroos which you can enjoy watching them at their own habitat. Come in the evening before dark when the rangers come to feed them so you can walk through the gate and have a fun new experience!
Pro tip: Since it’s connected with the foreshores by the Causeway, you can simply walk 10-15 minutes from the city center. Enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge or a peaceful walk around the island in the afternoon.
Address: Heirisson Island, Perth, Western Australia
5. Enjoy the sunset from Swan River
Come by Swan River to get one of the best sunsets in Perth. Just across the Swan River on the South Perth Foreshore, there are many open grassed picnic areas by the water with great facilities. Besides, you can also see the dolphins put on a show in the evenings!
Pro tip: Our recommended spots are the Blackwall Reach, as it’s close to the river mouth and deep enough to allow the dolphins to herd large schools of fish in the area, such a great place to feed them! The second one would be in Matilda Bay to visit around dinner time.
Address: Southwest of Western Australia, Length: 72km
6. Join the food and wine trail
Australia is popular with its fine wine, so why don’t you take a wine tour while you’re there? Several companies offer great food and wine trail, where you’ll be going to different finest wineries and restaurants, including breweries, distilleries, and art galleries.
Pro tip: Purchase your wine after taste it because chance only comes once. You can join Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail if you want to have this kind of experience. Within 32km, you’ll have the most fantastic wine and food tasting in Perth.
Address: Meadow St &, Swan St, Guildford WA 6055, Australia
7. Coastal walk to the beaches
If you like free things to do in Perth with a bit of a workout, we’d suggest you go on a coastal walk to Perth’s picturesque beaches. Australia has numerous beautiful beaches and what’s even better is that they have paved walking paths that sit side by side with other beaches.
Pro tip: Here are our recommended walks; Leighton Beach to Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle Harbour to South Beach, and City Beach to Scarborough Beach.
8. Cultural visit to the art galleries and museums
Most of the museums and art galleries in Western Australia are free to enter, like the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Sometimes they also have a whole event free, such as art talks, exhibitions, and many more. Perth offers a variety of options for your cultural and artistic mind.
Pro tip: If you’re interested, here is the list within the Perth Cultural Center; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, State Library of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Blue Room Theatre, and State Records Office.
Address: Francis Street and, William St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
9. Soak yourself up at Fremantle Markets
Meandering through the many stalls, both pop-up and permanent, ain’t it fun? For all the market lovers, give Fremantle Markets a visit when you’re in Perth. This free thing to do (well technically applies if you don’t buy anything) is one of the must-visit places in the city.
Pro tip: Find over 150 shops with most homewares, pottery, jewelry, and many more in The Hall. Don’t also forget to visit The Yard to find an array of fruits to cupcakes that will overwhelm your hungry tummy.
Address: South Terrace &, Henderson St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
10. Take a free tour around Perth
The city of Perth is worth discovering. Let’s take a walking tour to see the city’s icons, arts, cultural, and history which will cost you nothing! There is a range of self-guided tours on offer for up to two hours. Join from the departing point or anywhere along the way.
The trail intersects with the city’s free CAT buses servicing East Perth, Northbridge, West Perth, central Perth, and the foreshore. Besides the free walking tours, there are also free guided city tours for the tourists!
The tours offer knowledgeable 90-minute orientation, history, and art tours from the Perth City Visitor Kiosk. Have a convo with the volunteers to keep updates about the city events, shopping, and fun activities that you can embark on.
Pro tip: If you’re going in a group, you better register first to get a slot. Please remember that volunteer tour guides are not available on public holidays. So it’s better to call at least a month before your visit.
After Perth, How About Sydney?
While you’re in Australia, why don’t you come to other vibrant and modern cities like Sydney? There are so many things you can do in Sydney, even in 48 hours only! So, no need to worry about having a limited time during your visit. Hurry, book your flight ticket to Australia now!