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Perth summer fun isn t always expensive
Perth summer fun isn't always expensive

Summer fun in Perth usually revolves around sun, surf and sand.

We have plenty of all three and we generally know how to use it, be it a dip in the ocean, a lie on the beach or a picnic by the river.

And it's all free.

A Perth summer, according to the Tourism WA website, is about "lazy days spent by the sea and warm nights strolling on the beach or dining in alfresco restaurants".

"Perhaps best known for its easygoing lifestyle and glorious natural environment, Perth 'does' summer rather well," the website says. "Bars and restaurants dot the coastline from Fremantle in the south to Sorrento in the north.

"There is a range of options, from the casual cafe such as Cottesloe's Beaches, where dogs and thongs are OK, to the finer dining experiences at Indiana Teahouse and the Blue Duck."

But what if the lure of the beach - and those normal summer activities - starts to wane?

The Weekend West has undertaken to find other things to do over summer that don't cost a cent - or maybe just a few dollars.

We've tried to find things that are a little different and the search has taken us all over the metropolitan area. It makes for an interesting list.

Coincidentally, the RAC has launched a new website with loads of suggestions for "fun, free and affordable" activities all over the State.

"Our members tell us that it's getting more and more expensive to holiday in WA so we've created this campaign to highlight all the fantastic options people have - both in their own backyard and further afield," RAC executive manager of travel and tourism Michael Leary said.

"It's a one-stop shop for WA travel and activity ideas. The website also provides the opportunity for West Australians and visitors to upload their own photos, comment on their favourite destinations and offer suggestions of where to go and what to do."

To access the information, go to the Fun, Free and Affordable website.