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Free Things to Do in Perth for Fun That Won’t Break the Budget

For fun things to do around the city that won't hurt your wallet, these free things to do in Perth really get it right.

Little Creatures Brewhouse

Our city absolutely shines in summer, so why not use these endlessly sunny days to delve into the loads of free experiences that Perth has to offer. You don’t have to spend a lot (or actually, anything) to enjoy the city's natural beauty, cultural richness, and vibrant spirit. '

Just grab your sunscreen, pack a picnic, and get ready to make the most of this dreamy weather...without breaking the bank!

Read on for our favourite free things to do in Perth...

Kings Park

Explore Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Ready to escape the hustle and bustle? Kings Park is your nature sanctuary in the heart of Perth. One of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner-city parks, there’s plenty here to keep you busy and enthralled all day. Stroll along treetop walkways, walk the bush tracks and wander through the diverse flora, where stunning native wildflowers abound. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and a rug, because you’ll want to soak up those postcard-worthy views of the city and the sparkling Swan River. 

Fraser Avenue, Perth

Cottesloe Beach (Image Credit: Australia's Guide)

Catch a Cottesloe Beach sunset

Pack your beach gear and head to the grassy knoll down at Cottesloe beach for the main event. The Indian Ocean becomes a shimmering canvas as the sun paints the sky, in this glorious, quintessentially Perth, spectacle. Take a stroll along the sand, have a refreshing swim or simply lay back and soak up the balmy summer vibes. It’s a free, must-see show!


Perth Cultural Centre

Immerse yourself in the Perth Cultural Centre

Immerse yourself in art, history, and culture at the Perth Cultural Centre. Home to the WA Museum Boola Bardip, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the State Library, this precinct offers free exhibitions and events throughout the summer. Wander through the museum for fascinating exhibits, watch local talents in open-air performances, and explore the State Library. The only thing you'll be spending here is your time – and that's a cultural investment you won't regret. 

Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street & William Street, Northbridge

Elizabeth Quay Waterfront (Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia)

Wander the Elizabeth Quay Waterfront

Stroll along the river, take in the unique architecture, and soak up the city vibes. This waterfront precinct often hosts free events like open-air concerts and festivals - there’s usually something fun going on! There’s a great splash zone for the kids and plenty of spots to sit and people-watch, or simply enjoy the river views. 

The Esplanade, Perth 

Little Creatures Brewhouse

Hire a Bike at Fremantle's Little Creatures Brewery

Did you know that there was free bike hire at Little Creatures Brewery? Grab a bike for the day and explore the surrounding charm of the Fremantle community. Head to the Brewhouse upon arrival for more info. 

40 Mews Road, Fremantle 

Fremantle Markets

Explore the Fremantle Markets

The iconic Fremantle Markets are a sensory overload, and the best part? Entry is free! Stroll through the historic halls, smell the sizzling street food, stock up on fresh produce and explore the handmade arts and crafts. Stay and watch the talented street performers to really get a feel for the vibrant and unique atmosphere of Freo. 

South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle 

Matilda Bay Foreshore (Image Credit: Explore Parks WA)

Picnic at Matilda Bay Foreshore

For a peaceful day by the water, head to the Matilda Bay foreshore. With the University of Western Australia as a scenic backdrop, the grassy banks and shady Peppermint trees provide the perfect setting to throw down a blanket, unpack a gourmet spread and while away the afternoon watching sailboats glide across the Swan River. 

Matilda Bay, Perth

Fremantle Arts Centre

Visit Fremantle Arts Centre

Get your fix of art and culture as you spend the day enjoying the vibrant free exhibitions at Fremantle Arts Centre. Alternatively, pack a picnic and wander the beautiful grounds of this convict-built heritage building, full of gothic flare and history. It's a fantastic way to spend the day - and one of the best free things to do in Perth/Fremantle. 

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle

Lake Clifton Thrombolites (Image Credit: Explore Parks WA)

Check out the thrombolites of Lake Clifton

Thousands of ancient thrombolites jutting out of Lake Clifton are over 3,000 years old - and are an unmissable free thing to do just outside of Perth! The most striking things about the thrombolites are their limestone colour and rounded shape. They are very fragile, so an observation walkway has been built for visitors to enjoy these incredible formations whilst protecting them from damage. 

Believed to resemble the earliest forms of life on earth, Lake Clifton is one of the five sites in Western Australia featuring these intriguing rock formations just on the outskirts of Perth. 

Yalgorup National Park, Mandurah

Perth at Night (Image Credit: @doyle.snaps)


Due to it's smaller city nature, our city and its surrounding areas are full of pristine stargazing locations - and seeking out the sights of the night sky is one of the best free things to do in Perth.

Be it lying on a rug nearby Lake Clifton in Mandurah, in one of the Perth's prettiest parks, or down by the water at one of the best beaches in Perth, there are tons of places to stargaze in and around the city. So why not make an evening of it by packing a dinnertime picnic and hitting the road? The sky's the limit!

Loved this list of some of the best free experiences in Perth? You'll also enjoy our weekend guide to Perth, and why not check out our guides to the best cafes, restaurants and bars in town. 

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