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Day-out by the Swan River
The Swan River, one of Perth’s prime recreational venues, meanders from the Darling Scarp to Fremantle. Enjoy your day by this picturesque water body of Perth, indulging in various activities. Fishing, swimming, running, biking or enjoying a picnic by the water’s edge are some of the free activities you can enjoy here.
For more information on Swan River, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/swan-canning-riverpark
Walk Trails Around the Swan River
The Swan River is blessed with gorgeous walk trails around it. The Point Walter Sandbar, as well as Point Walter to Blackwell Reach and Melville are two beautiful such walk trails. Further on, Matilda Bay to Nedlands and the Two Bridges trail are two more amazing trails for you to enjoy. These trails cover a distance of 1 km – 10 km and vary from easy to moderately difficult trails.
For more information on amazing walking and cycling trails, please visit; www.swan.wa.gov.au/Your-Community/Events-activities/Get-Active/Cycling-walking-trails
Paddle along the cycle as well as dual-use paths that form a comprehensive network in the city and beyond. Follow the routes that are clearly signposted to explore the city on your own, using detailed cycle route maps.
For detailed information on cycling trails, please visit; trailswa.com.au/?mapType=roadmap
Enjoy the complimentary Yoga sessions run by ‘Best Body’ every Wednesday and Friday at the Cathedral Square (January 13 – February 26, 2021). Feel and absorb the inner peace and tranquillity as you stretch, flex and release on your ‘bring-along’ yoga mat. Wonder at the impressive architecture of St. George’s Cathedral, the State Buildings and the City of Perth Library at Cathedral Square.
For more information, please visit; www.cathedralsquare.com.au/events/free-yoga-with-best-body/
City of Perth Library
Connect, learn and relax amidst stunning views to Perth’s largest living green wall from the open ground floor of the library. The library features a History Centre, Young Adult and Children’s floors, complete with a living Tree of Knowledge. The City of Perth provides free access to e-books, research material, newspapers etc. to residents, tourists, students and visitors alike.
For more information, please visit; www.cathedralsquare.com.au/businesses/city-of-perth-library/
St. George’s Cathedral
Visit St. George’s Cathedral and admire the beautiful cathedral made of handmade bricks by convicts. Consecrated in 1888, it stands as the principal cathedral of the Anglican community in Perth. Learn about its history about how it was built from uniquely Western Australian materials in the Gothic revival tradition. Enjoy the Anglican Christian community who are its patrons.
For more information, please visit; www.perthcathedral.org
Indian Ocean Sunset
Catch the stunning and serene Indian Ocean Sunset from one of the long, wide and clean stretches of beach in Western Australia. Spend time by the Indian Ocean that has a glass-like clarity. Bask in the afternoon sun at the Cottesloe, City Beach or Scarborough beaches and complete your beach outing with an astonishing Indian Ocean sunset.
Secret Beach Coves and bays
Explore the sun-kissed secret coves and serene bays along the Indian Ocean. Find out where the locals linger and join them at these quiet bays and secret spots on the beaches. Have a dip, swim or quietly read at the beach, basking in the glorious sun. Here are some of the heavenly hideaways of Perth and their secret locations revealed for you to explore and enjoy.
For more information on these secluded beaches, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/plan_your_trip/travelstories/pages
This hidden gem is squirrelled away between the historic Roundhouse and the boardwalks of the fishing harbour.
Vera View Beach
Crystalline water lapping a flat reef beside a mini bay with submerged rocks make up this little beach. This secret, yet very local, beach is situated north of Cottesloe Beach, opposite the road sign for Vera View Parade. This is one of the places where overjoyed dogs are allowed off-leash.
Fays Bay, Rottnest
Blissfully free of people, this fan-shaped bay lies book-ended by the mottled climbable rock on Rottnest Island.
Bennion Beach is the secret bay of grainy, caramel-hued sand and eroded rock formations thrust between the Trigg beach and Mettams Pool. This is a dog-friendly beach too.
Characterized by flat terrain and strong afternoon winds, as well as gentle waves and clear blue water, this beach lures kite surfers. This beach is situated in front of the Bib and Tucker restaurant.
South of Fremantle, where few travellers venture, sits the South Beach. An excellent café, food trucks, grassy park for picnics and a summer sunset market enhance your experience at this beach.
A local secret hidden just by The Kiosk Café is the Floreat Beach. The sandy playground and free-use barbeques are its assets. The viewing platform grants amazing ocean views.
Elizabeth Quay Public Art Walk
Elizabeth Quay reconnects the city with the waterfront and encourages locals and tourists to enjoy the river’s natural beauty. Go on this amazing Public Art Walk at the Elizabeth Quay to find artistic statues, mosaics, installations and lighting displays. The following are some of the outstanding pieces of art that you will discover along this walk;
This mosaic is exhibited on the walls of V-Burger Bar at Geoffrey Bolton Avenue. It represents the Swan Riverbed using a myriad of colours. The mosaic portrays the river and the play of light on it at different periods. It is created wonderfully by the artistic hands of Artist Eveline Kotai and Matthews and Scavalli Architects.
Spanda is located on The Landing at Elizabeth Quay. Its design represents ripples or elliptical orbits, connecting the ripples of water, the land and the sky. Designed by the internationally-renowned artist Christian de Vietri, the structure is appreciated from all angles. You can see it from afar due to its impressive height, and interact with the piece of art as you stroll through it.
This mosaic is laid at the base of BHP Billiton Water Park at Elizabeth Quay. Depicting the Dreaming story of the creation of the Milky Way galaxy, it was created by artists Sandra Hill and Jenny Dawson. The mosaic is also inspired by many elements of the Noongar people.
This work of art imagines wind travelling across the quay from all directions, amidst, around and over the sky coloured canopy. It is created by artist Penny Bovell, inspired by 17th and 18th century etchings of Albrecht Durer.
The EDGE, created by artist Stuart Green, emits animated lighting that is programmed according to the weather. This giant artwork runs the entire length of the inlet, creating a beautiful night-time light show.
Designed by renowned indigenous artist Laurel Nannup, this cast aluminium artwork stands tall at 5m, welcoming visitors to the quay. It is located at the William Street Landing. The piece of art depicts the arrival of European settlers to Perth, whom the Noongar people believed to be their past ancestors returning from the sea.
The Statue of Bessie Mabel Rischbieth
The bronze statue honouring Bessie Rischbieth, designed by artist Jon Tarry, is located on the island. Bessie championed for the preservation of the Swan River and Kings Park during her time.
The Signature Ring contains thousands of past school students’ signatures etched in copper plates. These were collected in 1999 as part of the millennium celebrations. This piece of art displayed at Barrack Street Jetty is by local artists Simon Gauntlett and Matthew Ngui.
Crawley Edge Boatshed
This iconic boatshed is known for being the most photographed attraction in Perth. It is one of the city’s famous photo hotspots for tourists and locals alike. Take home your fond memories of Perth with a photograph of you in this photogenic spot. You can board one of the Transperth buses from Esplanade Busport, Perth or from Stirling Highway to reach the boatshed.
Outdoor Airport Viewing Platform
Head out to the Perth Airport Viewing Platform and be amused with the aircrafts taking off and landing. Enjoy excellent views of aircraft traffic from the elevated and sheltered area. Afternoon or late morning is recommended for photography as an amusing pastime.
For more information, please visit; www.aviationwa.org.au/spotting-photo-locations/perth-airport-viewing-area-dunreath-road-west-of-runway-03/
Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop
Immerse yourself in indigenous culture, where there is no written language but art, being the primary means of recording their beliefs and stories. Seek out the deeper meanings and stories within the artwork of the aboriginals. Meet and talk to Aboriginal artists as they work. Purchase the beautiful pieces of art, handicrafts etc. and help boost their art & businesses based on their skills.
Visit this inner-city park, featuring natural wetlands, shaded walkways, bridge crossings and lawns. This park connects East Perth from Victoria Gardens through to Claisebrook Lake through walkways and underpasses. Chill off at the numerous cafés and restaurants overlooking the cove. Enjoy the City of Perth’s Christmas Lights Trail during December.
For more information, please visit; www.perth.wa.gov.au/en/forms-and-payments/Hire-and-Bookings/parks-and-gardens-hire/venues/claisebrook-cove
Claisebrook Cove Art Trail
Begin an adventure at East Perth along an unmarked trail, at the Claisebrook Cove. This will surely be something different from the usual bush-type trail. The starting point of this art trail is on Royal Street, right next to the bus stop.
Pieces of art at the starting point;
- Heritage Map by Malcolm MacGregor
- Small Figurative Bronzes by Greg James
- Theatre Seats by Mark Cox,
- ‘Peace Grove’
Second set of exhibits;
- Illa Kuri by Toogarr Morrison (the winding pathway)
- Yoondoorup Boorna by Alma Toomath
- Charnock Woman Mosaic by Jenny Dawson, Sandra Hill and Miv Egan
- Victoria Gardens Shelter by Ralph Drexel
Third set of exhibits;
- Trafalgar Road Culvert by Nola Farman
- Channel Markers by Malcolm MacGregor
- Macey Walk Sculptured Seats by Mark Cox
- Sea Queen and Standing Figure by Tony Jones
- Concrete Poem by Rob Finlayson and PlanE
- Steel Magnolias by Jon Denaro
Fourth set of exhibits at the industrial area;
- Diver and Guard Dogs by Russell Sheridan
- Smoke Stack Wind Vane by Stuart Green
- Drinking Fountain by Nola Farman
- The Source by Nola Farman with Tract (WA)
- The Weeping Wall by Nola Farman
- Old Fjord Tract (WA) by Nola Farman
- The Return of the Tea Tree by Nola Farman
- Turtle Walk by Nola Farman
- Sound Chamber by Nola Farman
- The Greenway Stream by Nola Farman
- The Impossible Triangle by Brian McKay
- Chinese Consulate by Kevin Draper
- Red Surveyor by Jon Tarry
For more information, please visit; www.downunderdiscoveries.com/claisebrook-cove-art-walk
Explore the beautiful Herdsman Lake Regional Park by walking or cycling. Situated 15-minute drive away from Perth CBD, this is a popular spot for locals to exercise and recreate in. It is also an excellent breeding ground for water-birds. Admire the diversity of landscapes here and scenic views over open waters. Explore the Olive Seymour Boardwalk over the south side of the lake.
For more information, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/herdsman-lake
Take some spare clothes and take your kids to visit the Water Labyrinth.
This is a beautiful water sculpture, created exclusively for Forrest Place by internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein. Little children love this attraction as they run and play through the water maze. It runs daily from 10 am – 6 pm all year around.
For more information, please visit; www.visitperth.com/en/see-and-do/public-spaces/Venues/water-labyrinth
Free Things to do in Perth
Perth is considered the most isolated city in the world
Perth is considered the most isolated city in the world. However, since Perth keeps on developing, it is becoming a very exciting place to live in with the vibrant feel which it gives out. New attractions keep on springing up and there are now many free things to do in the city of Perth.
The Mullaloo Beach
The Mullaloo Beach is a popular swimming beach which is ideal for those of all ages for both swimming and sunbathing on the soft white sand which is offered free of charge. There are playgrounds for children to enjoy themselves in and shady trees where you can have a homemade picnic at leisure. There is also a fishing spot for all the aspiring fishermen to enjoy their favourite pastime.
The Lancelin Sand Dunes
The Lancelin Sand Dunes located in the North of Perth is ideal for those who are in constant search of adventure in their lives. There are huge 45 degree angle dunes which you can enjoy sand boarding with the use of a dirt bike or a four wheel drive vehicle. Go to the top of the peak and be rewarded for your efforts with the spectacular view of Lancelin with its farmland as well as the coastline.
The Swan River
The Swan River is gorgeous and flows right through Perth into the Indian Ocean. You can enjoy a free walk or a ride along the Swan River. You will have the unique opportunity to view the cityscapes in its photographic glory while walking or cycling along the river. You can either view the city form the river bank or ride to the Kings Park to enjoy more lavish nature at its best.
These are some of the more popular free things to do in Perth, but are not by all means limited to these. There are a number of exciting adventures you can embark in with no cost in Perth. So what are you waiting for? Head over there…
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