The Best Free Things to See and Do in Perth

The Best Free Things to See and Do in Perth

Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world and is one of Australia’s most vibrant cities. Filled with culture, attractions and exciting days out, there is something for everyone. One of the best things about Perth is that there is something for every budget. Even those without any budget at all.

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre is perfectly situated among the very best that the city has to offer. Whether you want to hit the beach, indulge in an alfresco picnic in the park or explore the many cultural activities available, you can keep your wallet in your pocket and do it all for free.

To help you make the most of your time in Perth; we have compiled a list of the best free things to see and do in Perth

Perth Free Transit Zone – for those staying at the Holiday Inn Perth City Centre, there is a free Transit zone for buses. The free transit buses are easily identifiable by the free Transit Zone logo on the bus stop. View the Free Transit Zone map for more information.


Kings Park & Botanic Gardens

No visit to Perth would be complete without a visit to Kings Park and the Botanic Garden. Not only is it one of the largest inner city parks in the world. It is filled with rich European and Aboriginal history, innovative designs and contemporary culture.

Within Kings Park, you will find the Western Australian Botanical Garden. Here you can discover more than 3000 different species of unique flora and fauna of the state. It’s one of the best places to take a picnic and a blanket to soak up panoramic views of the Swan River and Canning River.

You can also enjoy unprecedented views of the perfectly manicured gardens, the Darling Ranges and the city skyline. For those traveling with children, the discovery play area will keep them entertained. There are free guided walks that sweep you from zone to zone. These not only help you make the most of the park, but also provide an educational experience.

If you are taking a picnic with you, the Saw Avenue picnic area on the western side of kings Park is the perfect place to enjoy it. Expansive lawns, free barbecues and a natural play area that the kids will love can all be found. It’s easy to see why this park is crowned as the number one thing to do in Perth. If you don’t fancy taking a picnic, there are also plenty of cafes dotted around for a quick pit stop while exploring.

Walking Directions: Google Map from Hotel

Public Transport: Live Planner Times and Routes

Address: Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Kings Park, WA 6005, Australia.

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


City Beach

If you are visiting Perth, then a trip to the beach is an absolute must. Perth is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia and City Beach is the most popular for those staying in Perth City Centre. Just a 34 minute bus ride away from the Holiday Inn Perth City Centre, it is the perfect place to absorb that traditional seaside vibe. Strong waves rolling in off the Indian Ocean and fine sand make the beach a popular place for both surfers and families alike.

You will also find large grassy areas with barbecues that provide the perfect settings for a lazy outdoor lunch. Amenities such as public toilets, outside showers, kids playgrounds and changing rooms are also available. Activities such as Beach walks, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, fishing, cycling and bird watching are all available at City Beach.

There are also a variety of coffee shops and restaurants in the surrounding area. City Beach makes for a great day out for all the family. Surrounded by leafy reserves, modern residences and homes of the wealthy it is an affluent area perfect for relaxing and soaking up the best of Oceanside living.

Walking Directions: Google Map from Hotel

Public Transport: Live Planner Times and Routes

Address: City Beach WA 6015, Australia.

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Perth Cultural Centre

Perth Cultural Centre is just an 850 meter walk from the Holiday Inn Perth City Centre. You can also use the free bus service if walking is not your thing. The cultural centre has a lot to offer for all types of traveller. You can find the art gallery of Western Australia, which is filled with stimulating exhibitions covering art from around the world and the Indigenous people.

Other notable points of interest are the State Library, where are you can take in a movie screening, tour or exhibition. The Western Australian Museum is home to the state’s cultural and scientific collection. Kids will love the Wetlands. This freshwater ecology is home to many native species of invertebrates, frogs and fish. There is also a wealth of flora and fauna with opportunities for kids to get close to wildlife.

The Urban Orchard is also well worth a visit and demonstrates how important it is to grow healthy and fresh food in the places that we live. For those looking to enjoy a drink or two, The Mechanics Institute is a great place to pull up a barstool and enjoy artisan wine, craft beers and cocktails from around the world.

Walking Directions: Google Map from Hotel

Public Transport: Live Planner Times and Routes

Address: Perth Cultural Centre. Francis Street, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Northbridge Piazza

From September to May the Northbridge Piazza becomes an outdoor cinema screening free movies on the massive outdoor LED screen. Located just 750 meters from the Holiday Inn Perth City Centre, pull up a bean bag, kick back and relax. You can bring your own food with you or grab a bite to eat at one of the many food venues located within the vicinity.

There are also live music events and exhibitions running throughout the year. For those who enjoy Tai Chi or yoga, you can take part in the free classes that are put on in the morning. There are also evening screenings available which makes for a special evening under the stars. Whether you are looking to relax in front of the big screen, meditate with some Tai Chi or yoga or simply explore the area, you can find it all here.

Walking Directions: Google Map from Hotel

Public Transport: Live Planner Times and Routes

Address: Northbridge Piazza. Lake St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia

Opening Hours: Times Vary, Check Here..


Yagan Square

Located smack bang in the middle of Perth Central business district, yagan Square is as unique as it is entertaining .This modern complex is the perfect place to spend the day sampling delicious cuisines, exploring artwork and letting the kids run wild.

Discover the horseshoe bridge, one of Perth’s heritage icons. Aboriginal experiences showcase Bush tucker, wildflowers and public art pieces that reflect the cultures and traditions of times gone by. The digital canopies give a modern twist to an area with a rich history. The canopies have been styled in the shape of Lake Goologoolup, which once used to be where Yagan Square is built. The best time to view the digital canopies is in the evening when the light display truly comes to life.

The play park will keep kids entertained for hours on end while adults can kick back and relax with a cup of coffee and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Make sure you take a change of clothes for the little ones so that they can enjoy the water feature that operates every day from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. The outdoor areas at Yagan Square and the play Park are open 24 hours a day.

Walking Directions: Google Map from Hotel

Public Transport: Live Planner Times and Routes

Address:Yagan Square, Wellington St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Opening Hours: Outside Areas open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Perth Free Walking Tours

Perth has a collection of some fantastic free walking tours. For those with an interest in the history of Perth, the Convicts and Colonial walking tour guides you through the Swan River colony, which was established in 1829. Other walking tours include:

Depending on which tour you decide to take, it can last anywhere from between 1 to 2 hours. Not only does it offer some insights into some of the most historically important moments of Perth. But it also guides you through some of the cities hidden gems.

Each of the trails intersects with the free bus service in the free travel zone that services Central Perth, West Perth, East Perth and Northbridge. Maps are available to download to your Smartphone for added ease. Once you have finished your walking tour, you will never look at Perth in quite the same way again. Especially once its rich and historical past begins to unravel.

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Other Free Places of Interest in Perth

Free Bike Rides through Fremantle. If you fancy discovering the Heritage buildings of the port town while exploring the local markets and conflict history, you can collect a free bike at the E Shed markets in the area.

Relax in the Supreme Court Gardens. Located in the centre of the central business district, the gardens provide tranquility from the busy hustle and bustle of the city and are the perfect place to while away an hour or two.

Visit some roo’s. Heirisson Island is situated between Victoria Park and East Perth and is a great place to watch kangaroos going about their day.

See the Black Swans. Lake Monger is located in Wembley and is the best place to see the famous black swans of Western Australia. The swans are quite tame and love nothing more than being fed. However, you may want your running shoes as they are known to chase people.

These are just a handful of free things to see and do while visiting Perth. Nearly every single one of these attractions and places of interest can be reached for free by the free bus service in the Free Transit Zone.

While the beach is the furthest away from the Holiday Inn Perth City Centre, it is easy to reach by public transport and is definitely well worth a visit. One thing is for sure, and that is that you will never be bored in Perth.