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Free things to do in Melbourne Victoria Australia

If visiting Melbourne not only are there many free activities for tourists, travelers, backpackers and tourists, but also study and work in Melbourne for international students.


St Kilda Beach Melbourne Australia

St. Kilda Beach Port Phillip Bay Melbourne copyright Tourism Australia


From Lonely Planet travel guide:

20 free things to do in Melbourne.  Melbourne is consistently voted the world’s most liveable city and Melburnians are quick to tell visitors what makes this city such a great place to live from their favourite restaurants (‘400 Gradi makes the world’s best margarita, you know!’) to the laneway bars and cafes (‘better than Sydney’). But what makes a city really liveable is the stuff you can enjoy without opening your wallet.

Here is our guide to the best free stuff to do in the world’s most liveable city.

  1. Go gallery hopping.  The National Gallery of Victoria boasts an impressive collection with big names like Drysdale, Rodin and Constable among the many permanent works that can be seen for free in its international collections
  2. Tour the arty alleyways.  Over the past decade Melbourne’s laneways have gone from shortcut passages in the main city grid to proud canvasses for some of the world’s best street art.
  3. Cycle the city back streets.  Melbourne City government launched its public bicycle scheme in 2010 (you’ll see the blue bike kiosks dotted around the city) which makes exploring this cycle-friendly city even easier for visitors.
  4. Get high with rooftop views.  You’re not going to be popular with the publicans of these bars and pubs if you don’t bust out a note and buy a drink, but technically you can get a lot of great views of Melbourne without forking out on the Sky Deck at the Eureka Tower.
  5. Meander Melbourne’s many markets.  Melburnians love a good market, and the city is stuffed to the gills with them. In almost any neighbourhood you can find markets selling fresh local produce, handmade crafts, secondhand treasures or gourmet hawker dishes at some point in the week.
  6. Soak up beachlife at St Kilda foreshore.  When the city scene gets too much, head down to breezy St Kilda beach to witness a different kind of buzz.
  7. Appreciate Aboriginal history at the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre.  You may be wandering around Melbourne wondering what the place looked like before it was colonised by the British two centuries ago. 
  8. Lap the centre in the City Circle Tram.  This is your short-cut to seeing Melbourne city centre without breaking a sweat (although your ear drums may not thank you – the commentary is informative enough, but a little too loud for all but for the hard of hearing).
  9. Quiet reading at the State Library.  The State Library of Victoria isn’t as stuffy as the name may suggest. This heritage building was established in 1854 and today, the collection numbers more than two million books.
  10. Pack a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens.  Close to the hearts of all those who call Melbourne home the Royal Botanic Gardens is a top place to engage with local life.’

Click through here to Lonely Planet for the other 20 free things to do in Melbourne.

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