Free things to do in Plett 

Free things to do in Plett - walk on the beach
Published: December 16th, 2019

Grab your moment in Plett without making a dent in your budget! Discover the best of Plett with our editor’s favourite places to play on a budget.

Having fun in Plett doesn’t require a lot of money; in fact, many things to see and do are absolutely free or lighter on the wallet. With a selection of beautiful beaches, priceless backdrops, and an abundance of unique activities, Plett offers fun and interesting options for kids and adults on a budget.

  • Stop by the Plett Tourism Visitors Centre at Melville’s Corner Shopping Centre on Plett’s Main Street to pick up a local map and calendar of events for this summer.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery and the waves at one of our beautiful beaches.
  • Try your hand at some angling, choose to reel it in from the lofty rocks or ‘beach chair’ it from the shore. Be sure to pop in at the Post Office in the Main Street for your day license (minimal cost). From Nature’s Valley to Robberg Beach, the fishing is excellent.
  • Walk or jog along our sidewalks and boardwalks. See the beautiful boats and marine life along the way or take a seat and enjoy the view from one of the benches or picnic tables.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint and take your bike for a spin around town.
  • Window shop at Old Nick Village and visit the weaving museum at the Mungo Mill.
  • Peruse local produce and sample fresh fruits at the Old Nick Village Farmer’s Market every Wednesday.
  • See (and hear) the barking seals at Robberg peninsula from the corner on Robberg Beach.
  • Do some birding along the Bitou Wetlands, in the Garden of Eden or along the Salt River Trail in Nature’s Valley. ÁÁ Explore the many nooks and crannies, the boutique shops and galleries along Plett’s Main Street.
  • Go tide-pooling along the beaches; such as, Singing Kettle Beach, Arch Rock Beach near Enrico’s restaurant or Mermaid’s Pool on the BI rocks at Robberg 1.
  • Run with the frolicking dogs on the sandy shoreline of Sanctuary Beach. While you are there, build a sandcastle, fly a kite or spot a dolphin. And yes, your dog is allowed off the leash.
  • Watch the sunrise from the Whale Tail bench
  • just above Lookout Beach.
  • Walk the beaches and spot a cormorant, recognised as the SA Bird of the Year.
  • Stretch your legs with a walk from Central Beach to the Boundary Stone of the Dutch East Indian Company from the late 18th Century, where Governor Baron von Plettenberg commissioned the Timber Shed, now a proclaimed national monument.
  • Meander across the road to the new Old Rectory Hotel, a five-star hotel that remains virtually intact from the days of the Dutch East Indian Company and has recently been renovated.
  • Feed and pet the angora goats at The Peppermill in The Crags.
  • Take a trip through the Plett Winelands and see the vineyards in The Crags and in Harkerville. This is South Africa’s smallest wine of origin region.
  • Drive to Angie’s G-Spot, through the Prince Alfred’s Pass (a 4 x 4 or an SUV are recommended) to witness Thomas Bain’s greatest work. It’s a long pass and presented almost every technical obstacle to the pass builders, who were Italian prisoners of war more than 150 years ago.
  • Take photos of the two Land_Art creations; Aartmoeders and Calling the Herd. Aartmoeders is in the Robberg Coastal Corridor area and is easily accessible via the Kranshoek village. Calling the Herd can be found on the road towards Uniondale.
  • Let the kids run off steam at the Saturday Harkerville Market while you enjoy a cuppa and the fine tunes from days gone by.
  • Cycle along the many kilometres of trails in the Harkerville Forest area of SANParks Garden Route Nature Reserve, truly a mountain biker’s paradise.

For more information, visit the Plett Tourism office at Melville’s Corner on Main Street.