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Fun, floating and for free – see our top ways to travel Perth City

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You can easily catch a train or bus to the city but if you choose to drive, why not time your trip to take advantage of City of Perth’s free parking.

Park for Free 

You can easily catch a train or bus to the city but if you choose to drive, why not time your trip to take advantage of City of Perth’s free parking. It won’t cost a cent for a leisurely three-hour stay if you go on the weekend or a public holiday and use His Majestys’, the Cultural Centre or Pier Street car parks. You’ll find a map with their locations here.  You may notice Perth is trialing a pay-by-phone parking App at its Newcastle Street and CPP Newcastle Street car parks. EasyPark does away with parking machines and has the advantage that you only pay for the parking you use. 

Catch a CAT 

Catch the big CATs in the City and you’ll ride all day for free. Red, yellow, blue and green; the buses are colour coded to identify the different routes and you can get on and off as many times as you like. CAT is an abbreviation of Central Area Transit – so you’ll only find CAT buses in the central business areas of Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup.  Perth’s Red Cat travels  an east-west loop from the WACA to Outram Street, West Perth, Blue Cat goes north-south from the Barrack Street jetty to Northbridge, Yellow CAT loops from East Perth to West Perth and Green travels from Leederville Train Station to Elizabeth Quay.

South Perth via the Swan 

Perth has a stunning river and the ferry ride from the City’s Elizabeth Quay to Mend Street jetty in South Perth is a magnificent way to enjoy it. You may be lucky enough to have the dolphins who inhabit this part of the river join you and there are big, beautiful black swans on the foreshore wherever you go. It’s only an eight-minute trip from shore to shore and it’s a Transperth service, so the cost is only about $3 for an adult. 

Little ferry has lots of charm  

The Little Ferry Company’s cute electric ferries, with their polished wood interiors have loads of charm, as they work their calm route from Elizabeth Quay to Claisebrook Cove in East Perth, stopping at On the Point and Optus Stadium in the way. The hour long ride (one way) is a relaxing and fun way to enjoy the river and her pretty foreshore. Make time to have lunch at one of Claisebrook Cove’s lively cafés and then for a change of scenery, hop the free CAT bus back to the city. 

Segway for fun

If you’re looking for a fun way to see the city a Segway tour fits the brief perfectly. It’s a curious electric powered machine, relatively new to Perth’s pathways, that boasts intelligent design sensing and responding to your body’s movements. Segway Tours WA offers a sixty minute Riverside tour, a ninety minute East Perth tour and a Kings Park ride. Those who’ve been rave about just how good it is to be shown Perth’s top sights in such an exhilarating way.