Freemantle, located just outside of Perth, Australia, is a popular departure points for cruises taking place Downunder. Regular trains travel between the port town and Australia’s fourth-largest city, offering an easy option for guests looking to explore before their ship sets sail or after they disembark from their cruise.
So, if you’re planning to arrive early or stay a bit longer after your holiday at sea, here are three free things to do in Perth.
Walk Amongst Nature
Perth is well-known for having some breathtaking natural scenery, whether that’s along the coast or amongst the wineries of the Swan Valley. Some of the best views and landscapes are easily accessible and can provide a relaxing start to your trip if you love to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
Walks like City Beach to Scarborough Beach and Leighton Beach to Cottesloe Beach provide great views of the Indian Ocean and give you a small insight into why Perth’s beaches are considered some of the country’s best. Further inland, a walk up to Kings Park will be rewarded with the choice of a range of different activities, including looking around the botanical gardens, spending some poignant time at the various memorials and the chance to climb the DNA Tower.
Finally, the designated walking and cycle lane alongside Mounts Bay Road offers some of the most scenic vantage points you’ll find in Perth. Don’t forgot to take a picture in front of the iconic Blue Boat House.
Australia is home to some of the world’s unique wildlife and the good news is that you don’t necessarily need to travel to the remote areas to see it. One of the best spots in Perth for animal lovers is Heirisson Island. Kangaroos roam free on this patch of land in the Swan River and there is an abundance of bird life to look out for too.
If you’re more interested in aquatic creatures, venture further towards the mouth of the river. Blackwall Reach is a prime spot for viewing pods of bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the water. They are most active in the evenings as they round-up large shoals of fish.
An Eyeful Of Art
Dan arndt [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
If art is more your thing, you can still satisfy your cravings for creativity without spending a single dollar. If the weather is not on your side (it’s rare, but it does happen), head to the Perth Cultural Centre. Inside, there are regular complimentary events held, but the Art Gallery Of Western Australia is free all the time (donations are encouraged though). Here you’ll find works from Australian and international artists going back as far as the 1800s.
If, however, you don’t want to miss a second of the son, why not search for urban art instead? The streets of Perth form the canvass for a variety of different murals, meaning there could be something interesting to find around every corner. Major pieces include a group of hikers on the wall outside the Luna cinema in Leederville, a dedication to Seinfeld on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley and various creations from Perth’s own Stormie Mills.
Bonus: Ride The Bus
Visiting all of Perth’s attractions, free or otherwise, is made all the easier by the fact that you can get around the city using the free bus services. CAT (Central Area Transit) provides four different coloured routes around the neighbourhoods, enabling you to see much more on your trip.
If you would like to book one of our Australian cruises that visits Perth, call the team on 0800 035 0701 and we can discuss the different itineraries available.