Spring is in the air and we’ve just spent a lovely weekend driving around the Swan Valley and cycling along Perth’s many (mostly flat) bicycle paths. It got me thinking about just how many free things we have at our fingertips to do in Perth and today I’d like to bring you a little slice of life from this beautiful city.
So without further ado, here are my Top 10 free things to do in Perth now that the weather is getting warmer.
1.. Perth is always hosting events. From marathons, to charity walks, music festivals, circuses and art festivals. Watch out for and diarise the free ones such as street art exhibitions – like the annual Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea below which is a fun event for adults and children and runs over a couple of weeks on Cottesloe beach in summertime.
2. Keep an eye out for a variety of interesting summer events held in Langley Park by the river, like the Buddhist Cultural Festival below.
3. Perth is a fabulous city to walk around, because the city centre is reasonably compact and there are pedestrian precincts and inter-joining malls linking two main shopping areas.Walk around the city centre, take some time out to listen to the street buskers and watch the street artistes. Breathe in the city vibe and be on the lookout for quirky sculptures like the one below advertising the show “Wicked” some months ago.
4. Go to the Northbridge Plaza when the weather is warm on a Sunday afternoon and lie on bean bags, do a crossword, chill out and listen to live music.
5. Visit one of Perth’s many beaches. As the sunniest city in Australia you’ll be sure of a nice day to visit the seaside in summertime. There are several beaches, each with its own appeal.
6. Pop up to King’s Park and have a picnic or just walk and enjoy that view. Right now the spring festival has started and the flowers are looking gorgeous. Not to mention the trees! Below you can see a tree the Queen planted, it’s dressed up in a tutu and tiara, really looking like The Sugar Gum Fairy peeping out from another tree covered in colourful bunting.
7. Go walking – there are so many other beautiful parks and wetlands in Perth besides Kings Park. I’m thinking of Herdsman, Lake Monger, Queens Park, Hyde Park, Whitemans, Maylands, to name just a few. Or just walk along the Swan River – there are so many lovely walks or directions you can choose.
8. Grab a map from the info bureau in Forrest Place and perhaps take off on a self guided Convicts and Criminals tour at your own pace to discover Perth’s history. There are still a reasonable amount of old turn of the century buildings in Perth often nestled beneath or between modern skyscrapers as in the feature image at the top of this post.
9. Head to South Perth at sunset and wait for the city lights to come on – if you’ve got a tripod or a steady hand, now’s the time for that iconic photograph.
10. Walk along the river to Claisebrook Cove in East Perth and just watch the world go by. With its canals (and interesting architecture opposite the street cafes) you could at a pinch imagine you’re in Italy – except it’s not as crowded!
I consider myself very lucky to live in Perth. I think it’s a hugely underrated city, and I often wonder for just how long we’ll have the privilege of being able to enjoy it’s beauty without big crowds.
So do come, won’t you, before the crowds do 😉 if you know what I mean! But sshhh, keep it a little bit quiet that you’re coming to Western Australia. We are the world’s best kept secret.
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Have any of you got any other ‘Free Things to do in Perth’ that you’d like to add to this list? Please add them in the comments.