Tuesday is a great day regardless to go out for lunch. Most restaurants are open and if you want to save money there are some great fine dining lunch deals at some of our better restaurants.
Make sure you choose a restaurant that doesn't have a TV stuck to the wall (which rules out all the pubs and bistros) or else you will probably find you are forced to watch the race. Just be prepared for some pretty lousy (i.e. inattentive) service between about 11.55am and 12.10pm.
Go to the movies I am pretty sure that they don't stop movies to show a horse race, so if you decide to go to the theatre you should be quite safe. The other bonus of course, is that it is cheapskate Tuesday and most of the major movie cinemas have cheap tickets all day Tuesday.
So not only are you NOT wasting money on the sweepstakes that you never win because Jerry from Accounting always cheats, but you are saving money on your movie ticket as well. Here are some other cheap Tuesday ideas.
You could probably fire a cannon down any of the main streets in Perth and not hit a soul between 11.55am and 12.10pm. I'm not actually recommending this, but my point is that the streets will be quiet.
The naked thing is also not a recommendation, not unless you want to spend the rest of the afternoon at the East Perth lock-up.
Volunteer Do some good for a few hours.
Donate the money you would have spent on a new fascinator and bottle of Passion Pop and give it to your favourite charity.
Check out Volunteering WA and see if there are any micro volunteering events you can give a few hours to.
Visit the Australian Red Cross and donate some blood or platelets.
Go see your Nan.
Try Your Hand at Busking
If you have always wondered if you'd make it on Australia's Got Talent, why not try out your skills on a local crowd first. The City of Perth requires a busking licence but they're a bit more relaxed in Fremantle and anyone can have a go.
Check out the regulations here. At least if you're terrible, everyone else will be inside watching the race.
Get Some Culture
If the ponyies aren't your thing, then head along to the Art Gallery or WA Museum for some free 'kulcha'. With constantly changing exhibits, there will be something to catch your fancy and fill the afternoon.
A friend, far more cultured than myself, has duly informed me that the Perth Art Gallery is not actually open on a Tuesday. So instead I would suggest standing around outside, pretending you are sophisticated and disappointed and then duck into Northbridge for an ice-cream or laska.