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Fremantle’s Top 10 Things to do Under $10

 

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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!

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Los Frailes: the most beautiful beach in Ecuador?

Los Frailes. Source.

Los Frailes. Source.

Somebody told me that Los Frailes is the most beautiful beach in Ecuador, so of course I had to see for myself. Just down the road from the small fishing town of Puerto López, I found it hard to believe that it would be much different from the littered beach there. I jumped on a bus heading north out of town for 50 cents and after 15 minutes they dropped me off at the entrance to Machalilla National Park. There was no entrance fee but I did have to sign a form promising not to litter and some other stuff that I didn’t understand so just hoped I wasn’t signing my life away.

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Tales from Fremantle’s Cemetery Trail

A memorial to Percy, a speedway rider

A memorial to Percy, a speedway rider

I have a tendency to wander around graveyards. Reading epitaphs can give away much about a place, its people and history. It may seem like a morbid activity but cemetery’s aren’t really the dark, scary settings from horror stories but rather memorials to life and individuals’ achievements. In fact Fremantle has designed a signposted trail around its cemetery highlighting notable and notorious Western Australians for who this is their final resting place. As part of the Heritage Festival I took a guided tour of Fremantle Cemetery, including a few speeches by the ‘residents’ themselves!

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Visiting Singapore on a budget

Singapore, the Garden City

Singapore, the Garden City

Singapore has recently topped the list as the most expensive city in the world to live in. However, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be visited and enjoyed on a budget. Hostels, local food and free sights mean a weekend in the city isn’t necessarily going to mean a big dent in your wallet. I recently stayed three nights in Singapore and between two of us only spent S$300 (including a not so budget-friendly trip to Raffles Long Bar). Here’s how…

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Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

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It’s not everyday that a trip to the beach involves a giant goon bag, apart from in Cottesloe that is. Unfortunately, this one isn’t actually filled with goon, but is part of Sculpture by the Sea, an exhibition located on the golden sands of Cottesloe Beach with the sculptures back-dropped by crashing waves. Billed as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition it would interest both those with a keen interest in art and anybody who just fancies getting a photo of themselves “drinking” out of the giant goon bag.

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