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  •   Perth - Free


•   East Murray Street Precinct
Take a stroll through the historic East Murray Street Precinct, which is classified by the National Trust. The fine buildings date from the gold rush era, and include Kirkman House, with its enormous fig tree, and the Old Fire Brigade building, which now houses a Fire Museum.

•   Kings Park
Kings Park is a natural bushland reserve only a few minutes from the city. The Botanic Gardens are full of wild flowers in Spring. There are picnic facilities, walks, children's playgrounds, a floral clock and a war memorial.

•   Western Australia Museum
In Northbridge you will find the Western Australia Museum which focuses on the history of the state. Exhibits include some historic Perth buildings.

•   Art Gallery of Western Australia
Close by the museum is the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This gallery has an excellent collection of Western Australian art.

•   Fremantle Walk
Take a walk around Fremantle, absorbing the sights and sounds of this historic port area. You can follow the East Fremantle Heritage trail, which takes you past historic buildings, including the Fremantle History Museum. Originally the asylum, it is reputed to contain a ghost - admission is free (though a donation is appreciated).

•   Lake Monger
Go to Lake Monger in the northern suburbs at Leederville. The lake is a wild fowl refuge, and the famous black swans of Western Australia and other birds can be seen at close quarters. There are also picnic facilities.

•   Barracks Archway
At the top of St Georges Terrace is Barracks Archway. This is all that remains of the Pensioners Barracks, which was demolished in the name of progress. The public outcry saved the archway but nothing else. It is now a memorial to the state`s early colonists.

•   Stirling Gardens
Stirling Gardens, a tranquil oasis just off busy St Georges Terrace, was once the city`s only botanical garden. Stately trees offer cool shade in a spot very close to the spot where Perth was founded.

•   Take a bus
All bus and train travel is free in the central Free Transit Zone (FTZ). In addition there are free CAT bus services which operate around the city and in Fremantle. It`s a great way to get about, you'll be helping the environment by leaving the car at home and it won't cost a cent!

•   Beaches
A trip to Perth would not be complete without experiencing some of the fine beaches. Cottesloe Civic Centre has magnificent gardens, Swanbourne is a famous nudist beach, while Scarborough boasts the five-star Observation City. At the weekend, you can go to Scarborough Fair Markets.



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