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5 Free Attractions In and Around Perth

The city of Perth is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, for tourists on a budget, the city may seem a bit overwhelming. The good news is that you can invest your money in a great hotel in Perth as opposed to spending it in unnecessary tourist traps. Put these completely free activities in the Perth region onto your itinerary instead.

5. Explore the Bibbulmun Track

276) Bibbulmun Trek,  Conspicuous Beach, 121909

The city of Perth is proud to present locals and visitors with a one-of-a-kind walking trail. The Bibbulmun Track spans over 1,000 kilometers (or 653 miles), guiding walkers and hikers through the Perth Hills to neighboring towns along the southern coast.

166) Bibbulmun Trek, Northcliffe, 121209

The Bibbulmun Track is the perfect free activity for adventurous souls who would love and enjoy exploring the Australian outback. You’ll walk through forests filled with tingle and karri trees, through stunning valleys, and (if you dare) enjoy camping in one of the area’s 48 different campgrounds.

199) Bibbulmun Trek, Had lunch on top of rock, 121509

Choose to explore part of the trail in one day, or spend an entire 8-week summer walking from end to end. “The Bibb” is one hiking trail you’ll always remember.

4. Bask in the Sunset at Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe Main beach added 2nd August

Watching the sunset from the beach is an enlightening experience. Every coastline has dozens of beaches where watching the sunset is a spectacular experience, but each one has at least one beach that is extra special. Just 15 minutes away from Perth is the gorgeous Cottesloe Beach.

North Cottesloe added 2nd August

During the day, Cottesloe Beach is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. It’s a great place for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and all sorts of other water sports. The town itself is full of great cafes, restaurants, and shops, too.

Cottesloe Beach

The evening hours are especially enchanting. Relax on the beach with the one you love as you watch the sun dip into the simmering waters of the Indian Ocean. Top your evening beach picnic off with a glass of fine Australian wine and you’ve got the backdrop for a romantic evening you’ll always remember.

3. Munda Biddi Bike Trail

The Start of the Munda Biddi Bike Trail

Do you and your family love cycling? If so, the Munda Biddi Trail is the perfect destination for a weekend or week away. Literally translated to “path through the forest”, the Munda Biddi Trail starts in Mundaring and currently spans all the way down to Nannup. The current trail is about 498 kilometers (309 miles), but is currently incomplete. When the trail is completely built, it will span almost 1,000 kilometers (653 miles), taking bikers all the way to Albany.

The first challenge

The length of the trail you choose to travel during your vacation is completely up to you. If you plan on staying in Perth, you won’t want to go far, and taking the entire family on an afternoon or day trip will turn out to be the perfect adventure. If you love camping, you’ll enjoy cycling along the Top Trail, gazing at the gorgeous river valleys, and exploring the state forests before camping out each evening. There are plenty of shelters along the way, most of which are spaced about a day’s ride apart for the convenience of long-term riders.

2. Fishing at Palm Beach

Kent Street Rockingham

You don’t have to spend your entire vacation in shops, museums, or on hiking trails to have a good time. For a totally relaxing afternoon, consider heading about 40 minutes south of the city of Perth to spend the day fishing in the town of Rockingham.

Dolphin Rockingham Beach 024

The seaside town is, of course, great for the entire family – even those who don’t enjoy waiting for the fish to nibble at the line. Rockingham is known for its aquatic activities, ranging from trips to swim with the dolphins to snorkeling, sailing, and surfing. Soak up the sun on the beaches of Rockingham before retiring to your hotel room back in Perth for a relaxing, sleep-filled evening.

1. Visiting Kings Park

Kings Park Perth Western Australia

Kings Park is an incredibly popular tourist destination located right in the center of the city of Perth. Formally known as Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, you’ll find yourself working to decide which panoramic viewpoint you want to view the city from first.

DNA Tower, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

Inside the park you’ll find a cornucopia of wildlife– with more than 319 plant species and 80 different species of birds. The gardens have been meticulously cultivated and the natural bushlands have been carefully protected.

Kings Park had dozens of picnic areas, has clean public toilets, and has areas specifically designed for families with small children. Enjoy the scenery while the kids spend some time in the playground. A visit to Kings Park is an afternoon your entire family will definitely enjoy.

The city of Perth and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer, whether you’re visiting the city on business or simply need to stretch your vacation budget. Take a few days to enjoy the wilderness and outdoors without breaking the bank. You’ll make memories that are bound to last a lifetime!

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