Free Things To Do In Melbourne

Melbourne is a vibrant city, full of history and culture. There are plenty of free things to do, which is perfect for travelers on a budget. You can walk to most of them too! Take a look below at some of our favourite free things to do in the city.

Explore street art

Free things to do in Melbourne: Street Art

There is lots of street art and graffiti all over the city in Melbourne. Some of it is easy to spot, with whole streets filled with people posing for pictures in front of the vivid colours (us included). There are also some fantastic hidden spots too. Take a detour down a side road or back alley to see what you can find. (Fans of Kim K are in for a treat down Snider Lane.)

Walk along the Yarra River

Free things to do in Melbourne: Yarra River

The Yarra River flows to the city centre through Melbourne Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens. There are easy walking trails along the river banks, and plenty of places to stop for a picnic. The river offers great views of the city skyline through the trees.

Shrine of Remembrance

Free things to do in Melbourne: Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial built to honour the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I. Inside there are exhibitions and videos to learn more about Australian involvement in the world wars, as well as a crypt where you can pay respect to the fallen. There is a balcony at the top of the memorial with breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline over the park.

St Kilda Beach and Pier

Free things to do in Melbourne: St Kilda

St Kilda Beach is located just south of Melbourne. It’s a sandy beach with a palm-lined boardwalk, and is a great spot to spend a day hanging out. Head along the pier to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay. You can also sometimes see penguins and native water rats from the breakwater.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Free things to do in Melbourne: Royal Botanical Gardens

Wander around the Melbourne Gardens to see thousands of different species of plants and birds. Stop by the visitor centre to pick up a map, or explore the gardens on your own. There are several excellent cafes if you want to stop for a snack or drink, or you can take your own picnic. Just remember to take any rubbish away with you, and don’t feed the birds.

National Gallery of Victoria

Free things to do in Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. It has a good combination of historic and modern artwork, artefacts, and experiences. It’s located on the edge of the Botanical Gardens, and is open daily 10am – 5pm. Spend a few hours here to explore and admire the art.

Cathedrals

Free things to do in Melbourne: St Patrick's Cathedral

Cathedrals are always beautiful to see, and they’re usually free. Melbourne has two great ones – St Patrick’s and St Paul’s. The exterior and interior feature stunning designs, and you can spend plenty of time trying to take in all the details. Heads up – St Patrick’s Cathedral does charge a fee if you want to take any pictures inside.

Pop-ups

Free things to do in Melbourne: Star Wars Pop Up at Radio Velvet

As with most large cities, there is always an assortment of different different pop-up exhibits, markets, and shops to browse and explore in Melbourne. One of our favourites while we there was a Star Wars pop up at Radio Velvet. It had fantastic artwork, and had some really cool items for sale including screen-printed t-shirts and augmented reality prints. To find out what is happening when you are there, you can check the official City of Melbourne website or look at hashtags and locations on social media.

 

 

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  1. Katie on 1st April 2018 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for sharing. I have never been to Australia before but i hear it is very expensive. It is nice to know that there are some cool free things to do. I’m a lover of street art so this would be great for me.

    • Kayla Saw on 2nd April 2018 at 11:40 am

      It can be expensive, although we found that the exchange rate worked in our favor with GBP. Prices looked high, but once we converted it, it wasn’t so bad. It definitely helps though that there are so many free things. Hopefully you can visit soon! 🙂

  2. Kate Rebel on 1st April 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I haven’t been to Melbourne but I’ve heard so many positive things that I would love to go one day. Great, that you can do a lot of things for free – love that so many things are outdoors, too! The Royal Botanical Gardens look very lovely!

    • Kayla Saw on 2nd April 2018 at 11:44 am

      I hope you get to go soon! Yes, we loved getting to spend some time outdoors! We needed the sun after all the clouds and rain in England 🙂

  3. Alexander Popkov on 1st April 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Never thought to visit Melbourne, to be honest. But you did a good job with listing free things. Cool that National Gallery is free too.

    • Kayla Saw on 2nd April 2018 at 11:45 am

      I don’t know if it would have been top of my list without family living there, but I’m so glad we went! We loved it even more than we expected. Would definitely recommend!

  4. Tif on 1st April 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I LOvE free guides!! I have never been to Australia but of course it is on my list!! I’m going to save for when I do go!!

    • Kayla Saw on 2nd April 2018 at 11:46 am

      We do too! There’s so many cool things you can do in most cities for free. I hope you make it there soon! 🙂

  5. sidrah on 2nd April 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I am so gonna shift to Australia and am glad to read your post. Who wouldn’t like free stuff and gonna bookmark your post

    • Joe on 2nd April 2018 at 5:28 pm

      You’ll have a great time there!

  6. FlySoulmates on 8th April 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Nice tips, we’ve been in Melbourne 2 weeks ago 🙂

    • Joe on 8th April 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Appreciate it! We loved Melbourne and can’t wait to go back. What were your highlights?

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