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Snorkel Shoalwater Marine Park
Snorkel Shoalwater Marine Park
Entry to this snorkelling, diving and kayaking adventure playground near Rockingham is free. Star attractions include WA’s largest colony of fairy penguins, playful Australian sea lions, dolphins, seabirds, a dive wreck, reefs and seagrass meadows teeming with marine life.

Picnic in Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Picnic in Kings Park and Botanic Garden
With 400 hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and natural bushland, Kings Park is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world – bigger than New York’s Central Park. You’ll be spoilt for choice when you come to pick a picnic spot, many offering sweeping panoramas of Perth's city skyline and Swan River, surrounded by some of the 1,700 unique native species and spring wildflowers showcased in the park.

Go off-road in Lancelin
Go off-road in Lancelin
Lancelin’s seemingly endless mountainous sand dunes create the perfect free playground for four-wheel driving, quad-biking and sand-boarding. An easy day-trip from Perth, it’s just an hour’s drive away. You’ll find world-class wave and wind conditions here too, as well as sheltered fishing spots, so pack your tent, surf board, windsurfing gear, fishing tackle, mask and snorkel and make it a weekend break.

Seek cultural insights
Seek cultural insights
Right in the heart of the city you’ll find the Cultural Centre, home to the Western Australian Museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Library of Western Australia and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. All venues are free, with donations welcome , making it easy to fill a whole day with cultural insights.

Check out what’s popping up in Perth
Check out what’s popping up in Perth
There’s something new and captivating around every corner in the centre of Perth. The labyrinth of laneways is filled with urban art, street food and pop-up stalls. Forrest Place provides the stage for many free festivals and performances, and Northbridge Piazza hosts a year-round calendar of free live music, films, exhibitions and events.

Browse the famous Fremantle Markets
Browse the famous Fremantle Markets
Experience an icon that’s been bustling for over 100 years. From Friday to Sunday the markets are filled with the fresh and exotic aromas of organic produce, the creativity of local artists and the buzz of free live music and family entertainment. Head over to the historic hall and yard for some free fun at the Fremantle Markets .

Watch an Indian Ocean sunset
Watch an Indian Ocean sunset
The dazzling beauty of an Indian Ocean sunset is not to be missed, and with 131 clear days every year, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic and head for one of Perth’s 19 white-sand beaches to watch the sun go down, reflecting a brilliant array of colours from sea to sky. Top spots include Cottelsoe Beach, City Beach and Scarborough Beach.

Taste the Swan Valley
Taste the Swan Valley
You can sample some of the flavours of WA’s oldest wine-growing region for free on a self-drive tour of the Swan Valley’s cellar doors and producers of gourmet goodies. Tastings of award-winning wines, cheeses, chocolates and more can be found just a 20-minute drive east of Perth.

Catch dinner in the Peel Inlet
Catch dinner in the Peel Inlet
You can catch something to put on your plate year-round in the 155 square kilometres of waterways in Mandurah. Head to the river in summer or autumn to scoop some blue-manna crabs, prawns or king prawns. Cast a line off the landings under the estuary bridges, or take your boat out on the water. You can even enjoy a free day out at the annual Crab Festival in March.

Take a day trip to York
Take a day trip to York
Discover the pretty rolling pastures that lured early colonists from Perth to establish WA’s first inland settlement – York. With an impressive main street of fully-restored Victorian and Federation buildings, it’s one of the few places in Western Australia to hold ‘Historic Town’ status. Discover history, arts, crafts and a vibrant annual events calendar in York .

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