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4 Jun 2020

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Melbourne is a city with an unbeatable mix of things to see and do.

With heaps of unique laneways to scavenger through, a foodie culture to satisfy your cravings, loads of shopping to indulge in some retail therapy and, a national and international sporting calendar to cheer about, there will never be a lack of sightseeing within this lively CBD.    FREE THINGS TO SEE & DO IN MELBOURNE STATE LIBRARY

Of course, all the excitement can get expensive so, Discovery Parks – Melbourne Assistant Park Manager, Priscilla, is here to help you save a few pennies. She’s put together her list of FREE activities to do in Melbourne, so you can spend up on coffee stops and shopping bags. 

Leave the car behind and save on parking by catching the bus into the city centre. It’s a quick 30-minute ride and you can purchase your full-day public transport fare from Park Reception.

City Circle Tram

Just look for the iconic heritage trams. These trams are also known as Route 35 and ride in a circle around the city. They are a good way to get your bearings for the major attractions and landmarks in central Melbourne. Jump on, do a loop and hop on/off where you like. 

Free things to do in melbourne city circle tram

National Gallery of Victoria

The NGV is spread across two galleries and they are both a short-walk apart. There are lots of different artworks to look at from Australian art to Asian art to photography to sculptures. The galleries permanent collection is free to view but, they often have special exhibitions which charge a small entry fee.

Free things to do in melbourne National Gallery of VictoriaCredit: National Gallery of Victoria / Performance and Participatory

Graffiti Walls/Alleys

Melbourne’s laneways are full of artistic graffiti and are a popular spot for tourists. Hosier Lane is one of the most famous and you can stop for a coffee or some tapas at MoVida restaurant on the corner. These laneways are an outdoor version of the National Gallery. 

Free things to do in melbourne graffiti

Shrine of Remembrance

The well-kept grounds are lovely to stroll and the gardens have commemorative plaques, water features and sculptures to look at. The internal gallery with artworks and exhibits tell the stories of Victorian wartime. The exhibits change so you’ll learn something new every time you visit. If you do want more history, a guided Shrine Tour is available, you just need to be pre-book and there is a charge for this.  

Free things to do in melbourne ShrineCredit: Shrine of Remembrance / Visit Victoria 

Queen Victoria Market

Food, food, food, fresh food! This indoor/outdoor market has heaps of fresh produce on offer every day. Pick up some quality ingredients for a BBQ in the Camp Kitchen or a cheese platter on your cabin balcony or, you can have a taste test of some goods at certain stalls. The Wednesday night Market has become very popular, not only can you purchase your fresh produce, there is street food, bars and live music to keep you entertained.

Free things to do in melbourne queen vic marketsCredit: Visit Victoria / Queen Victoria Market

State Library Victoria

Not just one for the book worms, there are tours, exhibitions and galleries to look around. But, if you’re looking for some quiet time out, head to the La Trobe Reading Room and select your book from over five million titles! The space is impressive, especially from the viewing balcony above. 

Free things to do in melbourne state libraryCredit: State Library Victoria / City Of Melbourne

Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes

Brighton Beach is a well known beach featuring their iconic, bright bathing boxes on the sand - making for that perfect picture amongst family and friends. It is also just a short walk away from Church Street if you are feeling peckish or just need a refreshing drink on that warm summers day.


Free Walking Tour

Before you leave the State Library, head to the statue of Sir Redmond Barry and you can join a walking tour of Melbourne. The guides leave at 10:30am or 2:30pm every day and take you round the sights or Melbourne or to some of the city’s famous culture spots. These tours last about 3 hours so just make sure you have some comfy shoes on. 

FREE THINGS TO SEE & DO IN MELBOURNE free walking tour Credit: I'm Free Walking Tours

Royal Botanical Gardens

The perfect place on a sunny day to wander between the garden beds. Don’t forget to take time out to just sit on the grass and look over the Melbourne skyline or the relaxing pond. 

Free things to do in melbourne royal botanical gardensCredit: Rotal Botanic Gardens / Luke Baker 

Walk the Riverbank

The Yarra River runs through the city and between Princes Bridge and the Exhibition Centre, there is lots to take in by the water’s edge. Walk by some of Melbourne’s top restaurants, the Crown Casino and high-end shops. If you go at night, you’ll see the Crown Casino fire pillars which send fireballs into the air every hour. 

Free things to do in melbourne yarra  river

Pink Lake Under Westgate Bridge

You’ll be tickled pink at the sight of this lake under the Westgate Park bridge. On super hot days this lake has a rosy glow. It’s quite an extraordinary natural picture, perfect for an Instagram snap. You’ll just need to time your visit to see it.


RAAF Museum - Point Cook

One for the aviation enthusiasts. This base is a short 25-minute drive up the Princes Freeway and has a big collection of retired air force planes. There are interactive flying displays and, if you’re lucky, you may even be there at the right time to see one of the heritage aircrafts doing acrobatics in the air. 

FREE THINGS TO SEE & DO IN MELBOURNE RAAF Museum   Point CookCredit: Visit Werribee & Surrounds 

Organ Pipes National Park

Jump in the car to see this one, it’s just half an hour form the park. This landscape was shaped by a volcanic explosion and The Organ Pipes is a rock formation on a cliff face that looks like, organ pipes! This national park is lovely to hike through and you might just see an echidna, platypus or kangaroo. Pack a picnic (from the Queen Victoria Market) and spend the day. 

FREE THINGS TO SEE & DO IN MELBOURNE organ pipesCredit: Visit Melbourne

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