Free things to do in Perth and its surroundings
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If you are looking for a city that’s beautiful and doesn’t cost much to explore, then Perth should be your first option. Western Australia’s capital city is a treasure trove of activity and for the most part it won’t cause too much of a dent in your wallet. Choose from its crystal blue beaches, stroll through its wineries or bush walk trails, pay a visit to its marine parks – the choices are a plenty. Check out our breakdown of the activities that won’t cost much to enjoy in Perth and its surroundings.
Imagine a bridge that spans the length of the Swan River, with the swirling rapids beneath. Well, Bells Rapids is just that and more. In short it’s an astounding pathway to explore on a picnic or an unplanned bush walk. A little over 5km is the trail that offers varying views of the Avon Descent. The scenic landscapes of Bells Rapids, the coastal plains and a few kangaroos dotting the landscape make for a pleasant adventure.
Ellis Brooke Valley reserve
Rendering one of the most diverse displays of wildflowers and foliage, the Ellis Brooke Valley reserve is a floriculturists dream. To get there, the drive is about 40 minutes from Perth and will be worth the effort, especially with its vivid array of more than 500 varieties of wildflowers. Another plus point of spending time at Ellis Brooke Valley is that the trails are for any age group. There are those from beginner levels to the more challenging ones such as the sixty foot falls loop.
Situated within the National Park of Lesmurdie Falls, towards the east of Perth, the area offers spectacular views of some beautiful waterfalls. The Lesmurdie Falls are by far the most breathtaking of the waterfalls along the Darling Range slope. A two kilometer trail can be followed right down to the bottom of the falls and brings nature lovers into an up close view of unique Perth vegetation.
A pretty picture postcard of a beachside retreat, is how Perth’s locals envision its iconic Cottesloe Beach. Referred to by locals as ‘Cots’, the beach is very popular among visitors with young families, especially for its surfing, snorkeling and of course swimming. Visitors to Cottesloe prefer to hang out till sunset and then enjoy a glass of wine over a pleasant beachside dinner.