If money is tight Fremantle’s bohemian atmosphere make it a great destination by Australian standards. This compact city can accommodate backpackers even on the tightest budget. Here are my top 10 cheap ideas ranging from completely free activities stretching to bargain $10 prices.
Fishing Boat Harbour
Take a stroll along the boardwalk at Freo’s working harbour, home to hundreds of fishing vessels. Enjoy the waterfront lined with restaurants and find the statue of Bon Scott from AC/DC. In winter keep warm with a bag of hot chips, just keep an eye out for the hungry seagulls!
Just off the Western Australian coast lies an island named after one of its rather cute inhabitants. Rottnest comes from the Dutch for rat nest, as the small, kangaroo-like quokkas were mistaken for giant rats by sailors in 1696. Nowadays the island is a popular holiday destination for locals being just a 25 minute ferry ride from the city of Fremantle. I recently hopped aboard to spend a day exploring the affectionately nicknamed Rotto.
Singapore is known for towering skyscrapers, shopping malls on every corner and, of course, the huge variety of tasty food. However visiting here doesn’t have to just be about the city, it’s easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and take a trip back to nature. An island small enough to explore in a day, yet interesting enough to hold your attention for a few more, lies just off the eastern coast of Singapore. Pulau Ubin mixes mangrove swamps and jungle teaming with wildlife, with the opportunity to experience a traditional kampong or village, as the mainland used to be.
The Middlewood Way is a 10 mile traffic-free trail created from a former railway line in Cheshire. This footpath passes by my childhood home and over the years I’ve spent many hours walking, cycling and horse-riding up and down the track. This weekend during a visit home I took the dogs for a walk along Middlewood to admire the late autumn scenery of orange leaves crunching underfoot.