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Valentine’s Day on a Budget

It’s that time of the year again and whether you acknowledge it or not, this Saturday is Valentine’s Day. While it’s mostly regarded as a ‘Hallmark” day, it’s not a bad excuse to spend quality time with your loved one. Though the obvious option might be to go out for a swanky restaurant meal, why not try something different this year on a budet and embrace the wealth of activities presented everywhere to us in Perth along with fun, romance and sun. Remember, the best thing in life are free or at least does not have to cost you an arm and a leg.

Valentine's Day on a Budget

Kayak / Stand-Up Paddle Board
Paddle your way around the tranquil and natural surroundings of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park where you can see friendly little penguins, seal lions and dolphins. For calmer conditions, kayak or paddle board over at Rockingham Beach or Safety Bay. If this too far south for you, settle for Bathers Beach in Fremantle, Point Walter or Matilda Bay. Plan ahead and check out your hiring options at these spots.

Kayaking at Seal Island. Image courtesy of Capricorn Seakayaking

Kayaking at Seal Island. Image courtesy of Capricorn Seakayaking

Romantic walks on the beach

Who doesn’t love a walk on the beach? It’s a cliché but rightly so because it’s loved by anyone young or old. Here are a few of Perth’s best metropolitan beaches:
Point Peron
North Cottesloe
Leighton
South Beach, Fremantle
Marmion Marine Park beaches
Brighton

If you want throw in a snorkel while at the beach, visit the following check out:
Point Peron
Penguin Island
Rottnest
Reef beaches from Trigg northwards in the Marmion Marine Park
Reefs off south and north Cottesloe

  • Catch the city at sunset
    You don’t have to head to the beach to watch spectacular sunsets in Perth. Here are some other great spots around the city and suburbs (including some beach spots):
    Lake Monger
    Zig Zag Drive, Gooseberry Hill
    Kalamunda hills
    Watermans Bay, Watermans
    Park Street, Scarborough
    Araluen
    Hillary’s Boat Harbour
    Swan River, Crawley
    Como Jetty
    Trigg Beach
    Point Peron
    Safety Bay beaches
    Canning Bridge/ Raffles Hotel, Applecross
    Kings Park
    South Perth foreshore
    Cottesloe Beach
    Lions Lookout, Lesmurdie
Courtesy of beaumitchell.com

Courtesy of beaumitchell.com

Day Trip to Rottnest Island

We really don’t have to sell this idea to you at all. But if you need convincing, think picture-perfect beaches, turquoise waters with 63 beaches and 20 bays or so. It’s not going to be hard to find your own secluded spot. This might cost you a bit but it’s definitely worth the visit if you’re looking to escape Perth for a day of romance and fun just 30 minutes away on a boat ride to one of Australia’s best beaches (see http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/rottnest-island-tops-list-of-australias-travel-hot-spots-20140930-10o28b.html)

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The Giants are coming to Perth!
Produced by French outdoor arts event company Royal de Luxe, The Giants will depict the story of a girl in the Breaksea Island lighthouse off Albany who relayed messages to troopships before their departure for Gallipoli. The Giants will roam streets around Langley Park and the city, portraying an uncle and niece reunited 100 years after the Gallipoli landing.

  • Did you know:
    This will be the biggest free public arts event WA has ever seen
    The largest event in Australia to commemorate the Anzac Centenary

The free event will run over three days with different surprises on each day from 13 – 15 Feb.

More details here: https://2015.perthfestival.com.au/Whats-on-by-Genre/The-Giants/The-Journey

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There’s always a picnic in Kings Park or a visit over the weekend to the Margaret River Wine region, which never fails to disappoint.

 

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