Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and is a hub of activity with plenty of things to do. Even though Western Australia is often thought of as remote and barren; however that is not the case with Perth, which is the 4th most populous city in Australia with about 2 million residents. Perth is known for its relaxed and care-free vibe. The climate is great and there are plenty of natural attractions, which lend themselves to a low cost or free holiday itinerary.

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Hiring a Car in Perth

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There are plenty of car rental locations in Perth where you can hire a car. When you hire a car, you can find the best places to visit and the best deals for your holiday. If you are in Perth City, then you can hire a car there. Other Perth car hire locations include the Perth Airport car rental or the Perth South car hire location near Framantle. When you are hiring a car, be sure to share your travel plans with the car rental agent so that they can give you the guidelines, road maps, safety restrictions, and holiday travel tips.

Visit Shoalwater Islands Marine Park

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The beautiful waters of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park are an excellent spot for swimming, diving, snorkeling, and much more. The clear waters have a high visibility and the ship wrecks always make for excellent marine life exploration. Bird watching and checking out the Little Penguins, dolphins, and rare Australian Sea Lions are also great activities nearby.

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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Kings Park is the largest inner city park in the Southern Hemisphere. It is filled with walking trals and open fields where you can witness the extreme biodiversity of Western Australia. There are over 3,000 flowering plant species and a 750 year old boab tree. During the winter, the colours of the wild flowers brighten up the park.

Walk the Bibbulmun Track

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The Bibbulmun Track runs from Kalamunda, in the Perth Hills to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. Spanning over 1,000 kilometres in the scenic south west of Western Australia, it is one of the longest walking trails in the world.

Explore Culture in the City

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While in Perth, you can take in some culture for just a gold coin donation charge for entry at the Western Australia Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the State Library. You can visit once or visit often because the exhibits change often.

Cottesloe Beach

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Cottesloe Beach is just a 15 minute drive from Perth’s city centre. The clear waters and beautiful sunsets are nature’s free gift to you there. Go swimming, surfing, bring a picnic, or people watch in this beautiful place.

Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet

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Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet are just about an hour drive south of Perth. The protected inlet waters are home to friendly dolphins and excellent crab and prawn fishing. You can not only visit for free, but catch your own dinner there.