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15 Things to Do in Melbourne for Free

Although the best things in life are rarely free, visitors and residents of Melbourne have a huge range of activities, events and locations, which do not charge a cent. Do you know why? Firstly Melbourne is a colorful, diverse international city. There is no shortage of fun things to do and places to visit no matter what time of the year. Whether you are backpacker on a limited budget or have lived in Melbourne all your life and looking for affordable activities with your family, then don’t worry I’m sharing details of what to do in Melbourne for free.

Do you Love Comedy?

Go to spleen bar located on Bourke street, Melbourne on Monday evening, you will enjoy some comedy for free. Often you will need to book tickets we in advance as this free comedy gig is often sold out months ahead.

Free Gigs

In Melbourne, there are a lot of free gigs you will enjoy while others may be available in pubs. Melbourne is renowned for it’s live music scene, from head curling punk to classical music no matter your musical taste you can find an array of awesome music gigs each night.

City Circle Tram

Are you new to Melbourne? Do you want a good view of the city? Then board on city circle tram and move around the city. It operates within the CBD and takes the routes past some tourist attractions such as Melbourne’s Docklands, Collins Street and can drop people off at Crown Casino for those who want to test their luck.

St Kilda Beach

While Melbourne does not have the glamour beaches as found in Sydney or the Gold Coast there are a number of very popular beaches located within Port Phillip Bay. St Kilda beach is one of the most popular beaches and is ideal to witness some of Melbourne’s best sunsets. It’s not far from the city, surrounded by great restaurants and bars. As a sunbather and swimmer, it is more adventurous on beach water sports like sailing, surfing, and kite surfing. There are also games like volley or rollerblade, so it’s unto you to play.

Melbourne Street Art

Don’t be I hurry when you are in Melbourne; make some detours to discover some world famous street art. Melbourne authority and council allows artists to do their work in designated parts of the city. Do not miss since it is internationally celebrated and perfect for your travel Instagram photos sure to make your friends jealous.


Melbourne has very magnificent buildings and structures, from the old buildings like St Paul cathedral to the modern convention and Exhibition Centre. Viewing these structures will not cost you anything. As you admire the buildings you will understand why Melbourne is a root of Australia’s architectural design. Most of these grand old building where designed and built during the gold rush and complement the new building such as Federation Square.

Parliament House

You can visit the parliament any day when the parliament is not sitting, no need to book unless you are in a group of six or more. Visitors are allowed to watch house in action, hence you can visit the parliament when there is a sitting. Parliament House is located at the top of the CBD on Spring Street. You can catch the free tram and be dropped right of at the door.

Free Tourist Bus

Melbourne tourist shuttle is a perfect means of transport for anyone looking to explore Melbourne without spending their cash. The shuttle operates daily; they stop at popular attractions such as Chinatown, Victoria Market and Fed Square. The trip takes roughly 2 hours and has commentary stuff on board with great information.

State Victoria Library

This building is very precious. Either you love books or not, that does not matter a lot. The architecture itself is beautiful. You can go top to see the reading rooms and the work down to check on exhibit rooms.

Shrine of Remembrance

It is not far from Botanic gardens, and only a short stroll from the city center. The Shrine of Remembrance was built for remembrance of those who served in World War I. From the top you can catch a wonderful view of the city.

Explore Coffee Lanes and the Arcades

Melbourne is known for its lanes and coffee. So what not combine these, while you explore the hidden lanes you will discover hidden bars, coffee shops, and arcades or covered in street art.

Visit Melbourne Gardens and Parks

Melbourne has some most beautiful gardens and parks, the most popular being the Royal Botanic Gardens. It will not take you much time to reach the place as it lies south of CBD. You will find much variety of plants, trees and flowerbeds lying over 38-hectare land.

Visit Federation Square

At Federation Square, you will find cities cultural attractions, major events and a great selection of shops, bars, and restaurants. The square is the city’s meeting place and city’s most visited attractions.

Explore Yarra River

The Yarra River is one of the most famous residences in Melbourne. The great thing to do is stroll along this river daytime or at night. At night-lights of the buildings reflects on the water and close to Crown Casino each hour you can watch the massive gas flames that rise high into the night sky.