Stingy, frugal, thrifty—whatever you want to call it—just because you’re broke doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. In fact, Perthlings are lucky to have a whole range of awesome things to do for well under $50. So raid that piggy bank and start looking for coins under the couch—here are the best cheap things to do in Perth.
1. Rock out and support local music at some of the killer live music venues in Perth. Our top picks are Fremantle Arts Centre (hello, free summer tunes), The Bird and Mojos.
2. Skip your weekly grocery shop and instead score some delicious fresh produce at your local farmers market.
3. Walk (don’t run) and soak in some special views around our pretty city. Of course, you have to reward yourself with a coffee and snack at the end.
4. Satisfy that hunger for a bargain bite with one of Perth’s best dinner deals. You’ll be bragging to your colleagues all week about all the pennies you saved.
5. Speaking of dinner deals, Perth’s very best (dare I say) is the Tre Amici. For just $35 you get—antipasto & beer or wine at No Mafia, a big plate of pasta at Francoforte and dessert at ChiCho Gelato. Only running until the end of October, get in quick or miss out!
6. Grab the gang and explore the Swan in a self-drive picnic boat. With eight people it will set you back less than $24 per person… leaving plenty of spare cash for the all important picnic supplies. And yes, doggos are welcome too.
7. Go chasing waterfalls— Bells Rapids, Lesmurdie Falls and Serpentine Falls are right on our doorsteps.
9. Fill up the tank with 50 bucks of fuel, grab a car full of mates and road trip to one of these spots near Perth.
11. BYO wine and order a feast at one Perth’s best cheap and cheerful Asian restaurants. Even with a good bottle, you’ll be hard-pressed to hit $50.
12. Catch a movie. Hump day is cheap at Luna—with tickets from $11.50. Smuggle in your own snacks.
13. Book into the Leftbank’s Beer Club for the best value tasting in town. It’s $10 and features a different brew each month. More partial to a vino? There’s also a Wine Club for $25.
14. Dance like no one’s watching… because, well, no one can actually see you at No Lights No Lycra. It’s $7 for a boogie.
15. Go fruit picking. Bullsbrook strawberry farm is the top pick—$10 to fill a container to the brim and eat to your hearts content. There’s also plenty of other orchards to visit across Perth. Bonus points if you wear overalls.
16. Explore Perth’s underwater world at go snorkelling at one these spots.
17. Pack the ultimate antipasto plate and go for a picnic in Kings Park. Top it off with a free-guided walk afterwards. There’s nothing better to put a spring in your step.
18. Hop from food truck to food truck at a summer sunset market. Some of the best are the Inglewood Night Markets, South Beach Sunset Markets, Scarborough Sunset Markets and the Twilight Hawkers Markets. Only downside: narrowing down your food selection.
19. Have a leisurely perusal of your neighbourhood bookshop. Two of our faves are Diabolik in Mount Hawthorn and Northside in Northbridge.
20. Fake some solid knowledge on a wine tour in the Swan Valley. If you rope in a designated driver, you’ll come in under budget. Don’t forget to make the most of the free samples at Providore.
21. Grab one of Perth’s best coffees. You’re almost definitely already doing this on the daily but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the best things ever.
24. Pretend to be cultured and tap those feet at the Jazz Cellar in Mount Hawthorn. With BYO food and wine you’re all set for a fun and cheap night. The Ellington Jazz Club is another goodie.
26. Catch the sunset. Yes, it happens every night but it doesn’t get any less spectacular. Especially for a beachside BBQ or fish and chips.
27. Grab a conti roll for less than tenner. Pack with it all the good stuff and it can almost double as lunch and dinner.
28. Take the dog and retrace the old eastern railway in Perth hills. Hit a local cafe for a bite afterwards.
29. Embrace ending up a crazy cat lady and visit Subi’s very own cat cafe.
30. Find a little balance and go stand up paddle boarding. You can hire one for the whole day at Shelley Beach for $45.
31. Pay what you feel for an all you can eat Indian buffet at Annalakshmi.
33. Oh my! Scones, finger sandwiches, tarlets, macrons and a glass of bubbly for $50? Yes please, darling. The George holds high tea every Saturday or Sunday. Bites by D also does a delectable high tea Thursday to Sunday.
34. Calamunda camel farm… yes it exists and we dare you to take someone there on a first date. Rides start at $30.
35. Enjoy in the clear WA sky and grab a drink at one of Perth’s best rooftop bars.
36. Why jet to Barcelona when you can find authentic tapas at Pinchos in Leedy? At just $1 each, you can eat 50 and still stick to your budget.
37. Coast around Freo on a bike without paying a cent with Free Wheeling Fremantle. While you’re at it, hit up the Fremantle markets and fill up on some free samples.
39. Unwind and treat yo’ self to a massage.
40. The most effective thirst-quencher we know—a visit to one of Perth's best breweries. Get busy taste-testing to get bang for your buck.
42. Get lost at one of Perth’s (almost) secret gardens in Gwelup or the Civic Gardens in Cottesloe.
43. Speaking of gardens—train your own green thumbs with a class for $50 at Perth City Farm.
44. Conquer your fear of heights (or just laugh at your friend in a harness) rock climbing at Rockface for $25.
46. Donate blood. You’ll walk away with more than just a warm, fuzzy feeling—you’ll also get FREE snacks.
48. Put all that useless knowledge to the test with pub trivia. You might even win free drinks. Clancy’s and The Local in Freo both hold weekly quiz nights.
49. Dive right in at one of Perth’s secret swimming spots.
50. Steal your dad’s fishing gear and see what you can catch. Even better if you can sweet talk a mate with a boat. Free fun AND dinner.
Don't have $50? Check out these free things to do in Perth instead.
Image credit: Elle Borgward