Free things to do in Melbourne Australia
Take a stroll at the Royal Botanic Gardens
The gardens which are located on the south bank of the Yarra river take up 94 acres of land and consist of 10000 plant species. Head there to spend the day taking a stroll or having a picnic with your friends.
Appreciate the architecture
St. Michael’s Uniting Church, the Scots Church and the Gothic style St. Paul’s Cathedral are three impressive buildings that are worth a visit and all within walking distance of each other.
Soak up the sun at St Kilda beach
If you want to get out of the city head out to St Kilda beach for a more relaxed vibe. Go kitesurfing or if you’re not as energetic as that simply watch the kite-surfers from afar. Or sit in one of the cafes on Acland Street, treat yourself to some delicious cake and do some people watching.
Go to the market
There are so many markets in Melbourne and visiting them is a great way to absorb local life. They include Camberwell Market, Queen Victoria Market and the Rose Street Artists Market. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting in summer head to Victoria Market at night to get some delicious food, do some late shopping and enjoy great live music.
Enjoy street art
Don’t let the opportunity to appreciate the street art in Melbourne pass you by. Head to the cobblestoned Hosier Lane which is the main base of Melbourne’s street art scene. Among others, don’t forget to check out 122 Palmerston Street, Union Lane, Degraves Street and Finaly Avenue too!
Visit great galleries
There are some really awesome galleries in Melbourne which includes the Ian Potter Centre which hosts some amazing Aboriginal works on the bottom floor. The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is a true architectural masterpiece and definitely worth a visit. The National Gallery of Victoria is home to work by some of the biggest names in art. We also suggest for TV and film buffs heading to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Any fans of the hit Australian soap Neighbours which is of course set in Melbourne will be especially impressed.
Visit a rooftop bar
OK, you should buy a drink but entry’s free! And the rooftop bars in Melbourne are awesome so we couldn’t leave them out of the list. Some of our favourites for a drink or two with a view? Naked in the Sky, Rooftop at QT, Good Heavens and Feast of Merit.
Get a history lesson
At the Koorie Heritage Trust Culture Centre you have the chance to develop your understanding and appreciation the traditional life of Melbourne’s people before it was colonised by the British. In addition to the Centre’s permanent exhibition there are also different exhibitions during the year including work by Aboriginal artists.
Browse the books
With over two million books, visitors to the State Library of Victoria won’t be short of something to read. You can also gaze at some interesting documents and artefacts which include the armour worn by the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. The building is also pretty unique in its architecture.
Take a ride on the City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram is free to ride and a great way to explore the city. Hop on and off when you like!
Enjoy a festival
Throughout the year there are many different festivals which offer both free and ticketed events. Among them are the Comedy Festival in April which guarantees a few giggles for those who like to have a good laugh. Movie buffs will enjoy the Melbourne Film Festival in July. In September, the city hosts the Fringe Festival and finally in the October the Melbourne Festival takes place which is all about arts, culture and creativity.
Go for a walk