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15 Free Things to Do in Melbourne

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Melbourne

I promise you it is worth the trip! When you are tired of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, head down to the sizzling beaches of Melbourne and explore the galleries, theatres, and museums that make up this culturally-rich city.

This list of my favorite things to see and do in Melbourne is perfect for anyone visiting on a budget. There are tons of freebies in the city and it’s easily walkable. Melbs is bursting with eclectic culture and unique sights!

Be sure to explore the nooks and crannies of this city; there’s so much to be discovered. Here are 15 free things to do in Melbourne!

St. Kilda

Snag breakfast at one of the many amazing restaurants on Acland Street. I really enjoyed window shopping along this famous street.

There are some pretty eclectic boutiques and bakeries with delicious treats filling the windows. Hit the beach for a sunrise stroll and get a glimpse of Luna Park.

The St. Kilda Esplanade Sunday Market

Every Sunday, hundreds of artisans line the Upper Esplanade showcasing their artistry and craftsmanship. You can easily take a stroll here from Acland Street in St. Kilda and get an eye full of the colorful artwork.

The Royal Botanic Gardens

From the Esplanade, you can walk north past Albert Park Lake to The Royal Botanic Gardens. You could spend DAYS here exploring the massive gardens that cover over 36 hectares with more than 50,000 plants!

These are by FAR the biggest and most beautiful gardens I have ever seen.

You can grab a map from one of the kiosks located along the walkways, visit the visitor center or walk the paths and discover the gardens on your own!

Flinders Street Railway Station

When you’ve gotten your fill of nature head north of the Botanic Gardens on St. Kilda Rd. and cross the Yarra River to the CBD (Central Business District).

The beautiful and bright Flinders Street Railway Station was the very first railway station in all of Australia! You’ll know you’ve arrived in the CBD when you cross the bridge and run straight into the station.

The Ian Potter Centre

The Ian Potter Centre is part of the art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria and is located in Federation Square near the Railway Station on Flinders Street.

It is free to enter and full of incredible art. The exhibits rotate but when I was in Melbs there was a beautiful exhibit on Aboriginal art.

The Australian Center for the Moving Image

Screen Worlds is a free permanent exhibit at the ACMI that follows the development of the moving image through the story of film, television & digital culture.

There’s even an interactive Timeslice experience here inspired by the iconic ‘bullet time’ sequence in The Matrix. 36 cameras snapshots as you jump, flip, or strike a pose capturing a 360° video that you can email to yourself.

Needless to say, I spent far too much time here.

The CBD

The streets of the CBD are lined with tons of restaurants, cafes, and shops. Don’t be afraid to explore the alleyways as you never know what you might stumble upon. The best part of Melbourne was unexpectedly finding hidden treasures!

The Parliament Gardens

After walking north through the CBD head east on Lonsdale St. until you reach the statuesque Parliament building. The gardens here may be small, but the Coles Fountain is worth a visit.

This work of art turns into a splash zone as kids and adults alike pose inside the water! For this exact reason, it’s great for people watching and a good laugh!

The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Just north of The Parliament Gardens, if you take Nicholson Street, you will reach Carlton Gardens. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Victorian-era gardens and get a glimpse of the impressive Royal Exhibition Building that sits behind an incredible French Fountain.

The Melbourne Museum

The Melbs Museum is located in Carlton Gardens just beyond the Royal Exhibition so it’s an easy next stop. Ok, so it’s not free… but admission is only $10 so it’s still budget-friendly!

I never get sick of museums and could spend all day winding through the exhibits.

Aside from dinosaur fossils, the museum has rotating exhibitions as well as a particularly great exhibit, The Melbourne Story, that has over 1200 collection objects detailing the unique history of the city.

Fitzroy

Walking northeast from the Carlton Gardens you will eventually reach the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. This area of the city is one of my favorites with lanes lined with vintage shops, intimate cafes, and the Rose Street Artists Market on weekends.

Be sure not to miss brunch or a beer on Brunswick Street!

The State Library of Victoria

I am OBSESSED with libraries. There is something so nostalgic about ceiling-high shelves lined with old books. This library takes the cake!

The dramatic 6 story La Trobe Reading Room contains more than 32,000 books! The library is absolutely stunning and the outside lawn is a spectacle in itself- packed with students and lovers alike.

Chinatown

Heading south of the library you will reach Little Bourke Street. Home to fabulous food and Melbourne’s Chinatown! This Chinatown dates back to the gold rush days of the mid-1800s and is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world.

Stop by for a look at some Chinese history!

Melbourne Street Art

Make some detours along the way to discover the spray-painted city streets. You’ll never know when you might find something unexpected!

Melbourne’s Graffiti Management Plan establishes permits for artists and endorses their work in designated areas of the city. The artwork is internationally celebrated and is hard to miss.

Melbourne at Night

Last, but probably my favorite freebie, is strolling Melbourne at night. The City Lights Project, the intimate lighting of the alleys, and the amazing nightlife make this city something to truly marvel at!

As you can see, Melbourne is not only a budget-friendly destination, but it’s easily walkable! Be sure to let yourself get lost, chat with some locals, and discover your own adventures in Melbourne!

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I love Melbourne.I hope that one day my wish to visit Australia will come true.

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6 months ago

Will be. I hope.

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6 months ago

Joj, daleko je ta Australija, mada bih jako volela da idem tamo....Prva asocijacija je naravno gospodin kengur..... Pa voda, pa tek onda grad.....Mada u Australiji imas svasta da vidis....Naravno i nezaobilazni Australian open... Mešavina raznih naroda i njihovih kultura, ucinile su od Melburna veoma zanimljivo mesto...

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7 months ago

Aham, jesu.. ima se sta videti i doziveti. Za svakoga po nesto..

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7 months ago

Sta drugo kazet nego..blago tebi srečkoviču, da si sve to vidio.

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8 months ago

Hvala. Nisam jos sve.. trudicu se da obidjem jos i jos...😎😉🙃

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8 months ago

Sve je predivno, al druga slika me podseca na jednu igricu sto sam igrala, isto tako je ulica bila cak i iste nijansi boja uradjeno.

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8 months ago

Pa Jacoooo..., ajde onda da se nas dvoje igramo u toj ulici dok Mile i Koala traze restorane da veceraju. 😉

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8 months ago

hhahaha hajde da se igramo samo smisli cega cemo se igrati, deluje mi super za igru nema vozila. hocemo lastisa :D

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8 months ago

Moze! Pripremi se da izgubis! 😂

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8 months ago

When it comes to running in Melbourne, there is no shortage of waterside routes. You have ocean, river, and in this case, an enormous lake. Fortunately for runners, the architects of Albert Park had the foresight to build a nearly 7.5 km track along the water’s edge. You can start out anywhere you like along this hard packed gravel strip, but the southeast corner of the park is easily accessible by public transit. Start here, and if you still have energy when you complete the loop, you have easy access to extend your run to Catani Gardens and St. Kilda Pier for a rewarding view of Port Phillip Bay.

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8 months ago

You can take a bottle of water with you. Just like me. 🙃

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8 months ago

Water is understood, without water I don't go anywhere because I wouldn't want to dehydrate

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8 months ago

When I go for a walk in my city, I always take a bottle of water with me. It became a ritual for me. SO, can we walk together? 😉

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8 months ago

Sounds interesting. Always want go visit Australia, but the long travel duration doesn’t encourage me

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8 months ago

Too bad we can't get there by car a little faster.

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8 months ago

Lol true. To much to explore in Australia. When I plan my trip to Australia, I will surely visit New Zealand also

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8 months ago

Melburn! Moram da priznam da prvo trazim hranu i pice u tvojim tekstovima. Sta se dogodilo? Lepe turisticke atrakcije si opisao, ali dozivljaj nije potpun ako se ne dozivi kroz lokalju hranu i pice. Molim te, znaci, nemoj da se svadjamo 😁

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8 months ago

Hahaha, draga Koalo, ne ljuti se! U sledecem blogu ce biti i hrane i pica! Zamisli da tebe i Milana ostavim bez hrane u sred grada! No way! Hahah

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8 months ago

Onda cekamo ceo jedan clanak posvecen hrani i picu... I zelimo neki grad koji ima super hranu

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8 months ago

Hahhaa... biti ce! 😂

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8 months ago

Jednom davno sam dobio majicu iz Melburna, meni drag poklon, imam je i dan danas u garderobi. Australija je puna naših ljudi, a volio bih posjetiti Novi Zeland, nije teško pogoditi iz kojih razloga. Kažu da je to raj za ribolov, upravo ovaj kojim se ja bavim, fly fishing.

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8 months ago

Da, jeste! Ja nekako skoro pa te dve zemlje dozivljavam veoma slicnim. Valjda zbog zelenila, prirode.. madaaa.. mislim da je 'zdravija' zemlja Novog Zelenda. Nekad su moji rodjaci ziveli u obe drzave, vec davno su u Kamberi.. mada nije ni tamo lose.. ali ipak razlicito od Melburna i Sidneja.

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8 months ago

Volim da putujem izao mi je sto nisam imala prilike da to vise cinim. Hvala ti na ovim tekstovima jer pomocu njih otputujem makar "virtuelno".

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8 months ago

Upravo to i jeste svrha mojih postova! Drago mi je da ti se svidja i ovaj post. Ima vremena, za putovanja nikad nije kasno. Vazno je biti zdrav, pa sve ostalo.

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8 months ago

@travelnomad is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

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8 months ago

Thank you! 👍👍👍👍

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8 months ago

Milane kod mene si uvijek dobrodosao pa cak i ono da ja castim :D druze bas lijepo ovo ti napisah !

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8 months ago

👍

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8 months ago

kada procitah da se radio besplatnim stvarima nisam mogao a da se ne otmem utisku da ovogaputa u postu nece biti hrane, i bio sam u pravu, ali realno gledano nigde nema dzaba rucka, inace prelepo prestavljena destinacija

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8 months ago

Hahah hvala Milane. Upravo sam te ogovarao kod ove nase ljutite Koale,.. i ona bi da rucka. Valjda je ogladnela! Hah.. sledeci post o hrani i picu.. nadam se. 😂

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8 months ago

baci joj dve tri grane euklaiptusa i miran si :D

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8 months ago

Ahahahahha... trazice jos, plasim se da joj se ne usladi. 😂

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8 months ago

e pa sad naseci pola sume ebiga, al dok niko ne gleda i svima dobro :D

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8 months ago

Jos i kad bih prodao onu drugu polovinu te sume, pa ko je kao ja! 😂

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8 months ago

eto ideje za dobar biznis

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8 months ago

Hahah 🙃🙃🙃

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8 months ago