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6 things to do that are absolutely free in WA

Perth skyline at sunset
It doesn’t have cost an arm and a leg to enjoy Perth.

They say the best things in life are free. Here are six activities for budget-conscious students that are absolutely free.

1. Amble around Fremantle Markets

This indoor market started in 1897 and is one of the best known in Australia. Inside you’ll find 150 stalls to browse.

The historic port city of Fremantle is also worth a look, with many free attractions. The Roundhouse (gold coin donation) is the oldest building in WA and provides views over the harbour and the West End. Or you can watch performances from the buskers along Henderson Street.

2. Sample wine, chocolate, cheese and honey

The Swan Valley is the place to go to sample free food and wine, and it’s become one of WA’s tourist hotspots. You’re actively encouraged to ‘taste test’ so no need to feel guilty. The Swan Valley is a hive of activity, with vineyards, chocolatiers, breweries, honey farms and ice creameries to choose from.

Pick up a free ‘Food and Wine’ trail map from the Swan Valley Tourist Centre in Guildford before you start.

Perth central business district.
Perth’s CBD is served by the free CAT Bus service.

3. Tour the city by CAT bus

Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup are served by the free CAT Bus, which stands for Central Area Transport.

While they’re not specifically for sightseeing, they’re free and you can get on and off them as often as you like, making them an ideal way to explore the centre of Perth.

Take a tour of the Central Business District, see the famous West Australian Cricket Ground, the Perth Mint and St Mary’s Cathedral.

You may want to catch a bus from Barrack Street Jetty, close to the newly developed Elizabeth Quay and then travel to Northbridge, Perth’s nightlife precinct.

ECU Joondalup Pines outdoor theatre at night.
Perth has several outdoor movie theatres operating throughout summer.

4. Watch an open-air movie

What better way to enjoy a movie than by watching it in the great outdoors – for free. From September to March the Northbridge Piazza shows films, creative presentations, music and major sporting events.

Other free outdoor screens include the Northbridge Cultural Centre, Hillarys Boat Harbour and the Jacaranda Amphitheatre in Wanneroo.

5. Explore Perth’s colourful wall murals

Perth city is becoming renowned for its colourful murals, thanks to initiatives like the City of Perth Public Art Strategy and FORM’s PUBLIC festival.

Alleys and lanes are decorated with these magnificent pieces of artwork.  Many are hidden away, but you won’t be disappointed when you find them.

One of the most vibrant murals is on a large wall facing onto Errichetti Place in Northbridge. It was commissioned by the City of Perth who noticed that bins were being daubed with graffiti. The theme of the brightly-coloured mural is waste management and sustainability.

Swing Overlooking the Field, in Howard Lane, is a darker, eerie piece. Beastman on Murray Street has an array of bright colours and the Seahorse Hybrid Mural in Wolf Lane is incredibly intricate.

6. Take in a spectacular waterfall at Lesmurdie Falls

There are loads of natural attractions located close to Perth. One of the best waterfalls in WA is in Lesmurdie Falls National Park, in an area known locally as the ‘Perth Hills’.  To take in its full glory, you need to visit at the right time. In the winter months, the water rushes down in a torrent, but in the summer it can be a mere trickle.

The trail starts at the top of the falls and there is a short walk to a viewing platform with views of Perth. It will take you about 45 minutes to get to the bottom of the falls with a variety of trails to explore.


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