As Australia’s Garden City and a ‘Capital of Culture’ there are lots of interesting free things to in Melbourne.
Here’s a quick look at some of them – these have been chosen for their fun factor, Melbourne character, and the opportunities for great photos.
Free Things to Do in Melbourne – Outdoors
Melbourne Greeter Service
How cool is this? A trained local volunteer whisks you off for a free guided tour of Melbourne’s top sights. Book on (03) 9658 9658, or ask at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square.
City Circle Tram
This is a top way to explore the inner city and Docklands for free, taking in must-see landmarks such as Parliament Buildings. Look for the City Circle sign at any tram stop on the City Circle Tram route.
Southbank’s Water Sculptures
Great fun to play in on a hot day – especially after a beer or two at one of the bars dotting the river’s edge along Southbank.
Beachside Jaunt to St Kilda Pavilion
Walk, cycle or take a tram to this beloved heritage-listed Melbourne icon, located at the end of historic St Kilda Pier. On warm days, go for a dip in the sea, and then check out nearby historic Luna Park – entry is free.
Linger on to the evening to see…
Fairy Penguins at St Kilda Pier
Just before dusk, walk past St Kilda Pavilion along the breakwater to watch these cute penguins climbing up into their nests among the rocks. Magic!
NB: strictly no flash photography.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Located a stone’s throw from the CBD, these huge gardens are Melbourne’s finest. There are lots of top spots for picnics, people-watching, and romantic rendezvous.
Explore Street Art Galleries
Feast your eyes on some of the world’s best street art in Melbourne’s CBD. Head to: Hoiser and Rutledge Lane opposite Federation Square; Caledonian Lane and Union Lane off Bourke Street; Rear of 280 Queen Street in Finlay Ave; Centre Place between Collins Street and Flinders Lane; and 21 Degraves Street.
This iconic eye-popping 21st century piazza hums with activity all year round.
Free Things to Do in Melbourne – Indoors
Parliament House Tour
Be shown around by a knowledgeable guide, with a chance to sit and play politician in the Premier’s and Speaker’s chairs.
Old Treasury Building
Explore one of Australia’s finest 19th century piles and see Melbourne’s original gold vaults, plus several excellent exhibits – including rare and historic documents.
Take a trip back in time at the historic Block Arcade. This beautifully preserved architectural gem is packed with stylish shops and interesting people to look at.
Find more free things to do in Melbourne at Melbourne Visitor Centre.