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Published April 19th 2015
Add these free attractions to your list of 'things to do'
Whether you are visiting the loneliest city in the world or you are a local and want to experience the beauty of Perth and its attractions without breaking the bank, you can do so with the list below!
There is also unlimited free use of public transport within the Perth City Centre, for all information on this click here.
There is something for everyone with the list below and the best thing is they are all free!
1. Perth Cultural Centre When: All year round Where: Cnr James & William Streets, Perth Details: There are many free and ticketed events hosted at the centre. You can browse around the food stalls and permanent stalls around the centre. Click here for website.
2. Old Court House Law Museum When: Wednesday- Friday: 10am-2:30pm Where: Stirling Gardens, cnr Barrack St & St. Georges Terrace, Perth
Details: This is an unique museum to Australia and is one of the very small number of law museums worldwide and is the oldest building in Perth, being constructed in 1836! It showcases history of the law and legal profession in Western Australia.
3. Saint George's Cathedral When: Monday-Sunday: 7:30am-5:30pm Where: 38 St. Georges Terrace, Perth
Details: Situated in the heart of Perth's heritage precinct this breathtakingly beautiful English Gothic Revival building was consecrated in 1888. The Cathedral contains numerous icons, stained glass windows and memorials including the Villers-Bretonneux Cross hewn by soldiers after the famous WWII battle in northern France. It is certainly worth a visit. For mass times see website.
4. Russell Square
When: All year round
Where: Cnr Shenton & James Streets, Northbridge
Details: Russell Square is filled with history and interesting facts and being originally designed as modelled on the square fenced gardens built in London in the mid-19thcentury. Russell Square is certainly worth a visit with plenty of water features, thirty original sculptures plants & flowers and more to be admired...
5. Kings Park
When: All year round
Where: Fraser Ave, Perth
Details: With over 400 hectares, there is no doubt a shortage of things to do and experience at this park. With 250 species of plants and around 100 native animals to spot out, you can easily spend a whole day here! There are also a range of activities and events held at Kings Park, for all information you can visit the information centre near the Park.
6. State Library of Western Australia
When: Monday- Thursday: 9am- 8pm, Friday: 9am- 5:30pm & Weekend: 10am-5:30pm – closed Public Holidays.
Where: 25 Francis St, Northbridge
Details: The State Library is located in the Alexander Library Building and is part of the Perth Cultural Centre. It hosts thousands of books including e-books, publications, search for family history, exhibitions, performances, music, dance, talks & plenty more events and much more... Click here for website.
7. Government House
When: All year round – Exterior visit only. For visiting inside the building see website.
Where: 27/29 St. Georges Terrace, Perth
Details: This heritage listed building is set across 3.2 hectares of beautiful gardens, lawns and trees. You can walk through the gardens & lawns and admire the building. Inside you can hire The Government House Ballroom for an event. Click here for website.
8. Northbridge Piazza & Super Screen
When: All year round: 24/7
Where: Cnr James & Lake Streets, Northbridge
Details: This multi-purpose community building is filled with many free and ticketed activities ranging from performances, exhibitions, festivals, sporting events, cultural activities and plenty more. And of course the permanent LED Screen is the major attraction that operates 24 hours and features films, creative presentations, sport and music. Click here for website.
9. Forrest Place
When: All year round: 24/7
Where: Between Wellington St & Murray St Mall, Perth
Details: This al fresco public space provides an area to sit and relax and many free and ticketed events are held here ranging from school holiday programs, Christmas festivities, markets and plenty more...
10. St Mary's Cathedral
When: All year round – for mass times see website.
Where: 17 Victoria Square, Perth
Details: This Roman Catholic Cathedral is located at the peak of a hill in East Perth and features a beautiful Perpendicular Gothic edifice. Weekday & weekend mass are held at the Cathedral as well as Reconciliation and other events. Click here for website perthcatholic.org.au/parishes-priests/parish-details.cfm?loadref=47&id=83
11. City of Perth History Centre
When: Monday- Friday: 9am-5pm
Where: Level 1, 140 William St, Perth
Details: This Centre is the perfect place to get that question answered about Perth's History. There is a collection dedicated to collective and preserving items relating to the history of the City of Perth from early days of settlement to present. Some of the interesting collections include books, reports, pamphlets, photographs, memorabilia, postcards, local newspapers and more... click here for website.
12. Perth City Library
When: Monday- Friday: 9am-6pm , Saturday: 10am- 4pm, Sundays & Public Holidays closed.
Where: 140 William St, Perth
Details: This Library features over 50, 000 items including books, audio books, music CDs, DVDs, newspapers, multi language resources, and plenty more. There are regular events for all ages including workshops, seminars and author talks. Membership is also free! Click here for website.
13. Perth Town Hall
When: Monday- Saturday: 10am-4pm – closed Sundays
Where: Cnr Hay & Barrack Streets, Perth
Details: Built in 1870, Perth Town Hall is Australia's only Gothic-style town hall and it's the only town hall built by convicts! It is open for public inspections (unless there is an event being held), and features a small permanent exhibition of City of Perth memorabilia. You may hire the venue for weddings, cocktail functions, exhibitions, meetings and more events. Click here for website.