With frequent blue skies and warm, sunny days, you don’t need to spend much money in Perth to make the best of the good weather. Whether you’re in the mood for a picnic, bike riding, sand boarding or wine tasting, we’ve compiled an easy list to help you make the most of Perth this summer.
Watch the Sun Go Down at the Civic Gardens
One of Cottesloe’s hidden gems – even for the locals here in Perth – is the elusive Civic Gardens. Like a secret garden from a mid-century story book, the cascading tiers of green grass shaded with Cottesloe’s quintessential pine trees are the perfect vantage point to watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean. You can access the Gardens from all sides, with lots of parking available on Napier and Broome street – we recommend bringing a picnic as you’ll want to spend some time here.
Free Live Music Every Sunday at the Fremantle Arts Centre
In celebration of summer, the Fremantle Arts Centre hosts a free gig every Sunday from October to March showcasing leading local and touring acts. The venue is housed in a very large and scenic front Garden at the Fremantle Arts Centre, surrounded by beautiful old trees and padded with lots of green grass for 800 or so patrons to pitch their picnic blankets, camping chairs and tables in front of the stage for a relaxing afternoon of music. To view the schedule, visit: www.fac.org.au
Spend the Day at the Beach
There are 19 world-class beaches that are within reach from Perth City, powdery white sands and the clean, cool turquoise and indigo blue waters of the Indian ocean have earned WA the reputation of holding some of the world’s best beaches. True to the old adage that ‘the best things in life are free,’ the beach is the preferred destination for many Perth locals on weekends in summer. The beauty of Perth is, if you go on a weekday, you’ll likely to share the beach with very little people. The Australian sun is harsh so bring a lot of sunblock and a beach umbrella so you can stay longer. In March, you’ll also find a free art exhibition called Sculptures by the Sea, an annual spectacle of amazing pop-up sculptures dotted all along the beach.
Tastings in the Swan Valley
A mere 25-minute drive from the Perth, the Swan Valley feels like an escape from the city with its natural surroundings, beautiful scenery and rich food and wine culture. Spanning over 32-kilometers is the Swan Valley’s award winning Food and Wine Trail, with more than 150 attractions to see along the way; from wineries, breweries, distilleries, arts and crafts and fresh produce – you can make an entire day of free tastings, such as wine, chocolate, honey, coffee, cheese and nougat. The trail is sign posted and you can pick up a Swan Valley Guide from the Airports, the WA Visitor Centre in the City, and the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Meadow Street Guildford, to help you navigate the trail as you sample some of WA’s most award winning wine, cheese and produce. For more information, visit: www.swanvalley.com.au
Perth Cultural Centre and WA Art Gallery
The Perth Cultural Centre is a Hub located a hundred meters away from the Perth Train line, home to the Art Gallery of WA. You’ll find free Wifi and an Urban Orchid to picnic in between gallery visits. The WA Art Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design. Entry is free, however a gold coin donation is requested upon entry. Visit: www.perthculturalcentre.com.au
Free movies and Yoga in Northbridge
The Northbridge Piazza film season kicks off in the summer months, showcasing a range of free outdoor films that you can watch from its inviting gardens, with plenty of shade under the umbrellas and seating either on the grass or on the many beanbags available for free use. Also home to a range of workshops and from Tai Chi to Music-enthusiast-meetups, the Northbridge Piazza is a lively and cultural epicentre in the middle of Northbridge. For information on movie, workshop and meetup times, visit: www.visitperthcity.com
Watch Swing Dancing Friday and Sunday Nights
Just a minute walk away from the Piazza, you’ll hear a live swing band playing all the standards from over at the Mustang Bar, attracting hundreds of swing dancers every Friday night. Free entry into the Mustang Bar will get you a live show of social dancing and the odd performance from the swing community of Perth. They also offer free salsa lessons! If you’re around the CBD on a Sunday evening, the Belgium Beer Café is also host to a more low-key night of swing dancing from 7.30pm, with swing DJ’s and plenty of seating around the dancefloor. Visit: www.mustangbar.com.au
With miles of undulating pure-white sand that peak three stories high, Lancelin is Australia’s favourite playground for sandboarding. The dunes are free and open every day from dawn till dusk and the sand boards are also free with a $10 security deposit to access 2 hours of free boarding. You can pick up your board from the Have a Chat General Store. Visit: www.lancelin.com.au
Explore Fremantle by Bike – Free Bike
Free-wheeling Fremantle offers free bike hire from the Fremantle Visitors Centre in Kings Square or the E-Shed on Victoria Quay. Hire is available from Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm and weekends until 3pm. With North, South and East Fremantle packed with cafes, boutiques and scenery, make the most of your mobility and find your way through quaint streets, parks and bike tracks to some of Fremantle’s most loved areas. Visit: www.visitfremantle.com.au
Lunch with a view at Monument Hill and Kings Park
Whilst exploring Fremantle by bike, pack a picnic and head up to Monument Hill. The tall green hill is covered with palms and home to Fremantle’s war memorial. With panoramic views of Fremantle and the Indian Ocean, it’s a beautiful spot to soak up some sun whilst the nicknamed ‘Freo Doctor’ (breeze off the ocean) cools your face. Or if you’re in the city, take a free CAT bus up to Kings Park and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the City and Swan River, take a picnic and read a book under the huge shady gum trees, walk the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, reflect at the State War Memorial, or even take a free Walking Tour. Visit: www.bgpa.wa.gov.au
Free Walking Tours in Perth City
The iCity Information Kiosk in Murray Street Mall offer free orientation walking tours to learn more about the history, arts and culture of Perth on one of four specialty tours. All tours are led by iCity volunteer tour guides. The tours are up to 90 minutes in duration and you meet the tour guide at the kiosk 5 minutes prior to departure. Tour options are: Icons of Influence (Mon 2pm), Art City (Tues 2pm), Convicts & Colonials (Wed 2pm), Town Hall (Thur 2pm), Boom or Bust (Fri 2pm). Visit: www.perth.wa.gov.au
Twilight Hawkers Market
Stroll around the Twilight Hawkers Market and take in the smells and sounds of Perth’s original and biggest Street Food Market, bringing the tastiest street food from around the globe to the heart of Perth. Held in Forrest Place in the city from 4.30pm – 9.30pm this is the place to be on a Friday night over summer – enjoy the ambience of this wonderful market serving up authentic, delicious street food with live local music to add to the atmosphere. The Markets run from October 14 2016 to April 28, 2017. Visit: www.twilighthawkersmarket.com