Tourists flock Melbourne due to its dynamic, multicultural, and edgy vibe. It is often voted as the world’s most liveable city, and for good reasons. The Gold rush-era architecture and museums will take you back in time, and the friendly people are always willing to show you around and welcome you with open arms.
But of course, as with any city or location, the best part is having to enjoy the place without breaking the bank. Here, we round up the things that you can do in Melbourne for free.
Spend a day at the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre
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Wondering what the city looked like two centuries ago? If you are an archaeophile and you love learning stuff from the past, then this is the perfect place to visit. Learn some important stuff about contemporary Koorie and aboriginal history.
Watch different bands for free
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Melburnians love live music. Free gigs can be found all over the city any day of the week. Cherry Bar is known to host rock bands, and offers free as well as paid-entry music gigs. If you are more into jazz, blues, pop, or even Australian hip-hop, then check out local street press such as Beat or RRR’s online gig guide. If you’re staying out of the city business district, then check out Northcote, Brunswick, and St. Kilda for live music scenes.
Try your hand at board games
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Play some board games with the locals and meet new friends! What’s even better is you can drink with the lot while owning them in a game of Monopoly or Jenga. Head on to the Royal Standard Hotel every second Wednesday at 6 PM, or check out other gaming groups’ meet-ups here.
Visit different galleries in Melbourne
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Melbourne is known for its amazing contemporary and street art. The National Gallery of Victoria exhibits a large collection including artwork by Drysdale, Rodin, and Constable. The premier gallery on St Kilda Road is complete with a lofty stained-glass atrium, which in itself, is already a sight to behold. If you want to see Aboriginal artwork, then head on to the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square. You can also visit and see the Australian Centre for Moving Image or ACMI, which features an interactive history of film and TV. A wide array of private galleries in the Flinders Lane precinct will satisfy your hunger for fine arts.
Admire the City from a rooftop
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Instead of spending tons of money for tickets at the Sky Deck at Eureka Tower, you can try going to the Rooftop bars instead. The Rooftop Bar & Cinema in Swanston Street and Madame Brussels in Bourke Street offer amazing views of the city. If you want a full experience of both bars, then check out their prices here for Rooftop Bar & Cinema and here for Madame Brussels.
Take your friends or family for a drive in the city
Melbourne is one of the easiest cities to drive in, and definitely one of the most interesting in Australia. Try self-driving all the way to the mountains and beaches of Melbourne, and experience breathtaking scenes of the city. To do this, you can rent a car in Melbourne from us. Although the hire isn’t for free, our rates are very affordable as we would love for you to experience our beloved city and country!
Relax at St Kilda’s shores
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If you want a more relaxed trip, then head on to St Kilda beach. Watch the fishermen in their boats or be amazed at the kite surfers catching some waves. Both locals and tourists love window shopping here, as the shops and cafes are all so cute, just looking at them would make you feel happy.
Visit the State Library of Victoria for a good read
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If you are up for a great read, then you should definitely visit the State Library of Victoria. It was built back in 1854 and houses more than two million books. The octagonal La Trobe Reading Room is the largest dome in the world. The natural lighting helps with making the ornate plasterwork visible. Go and get a map for a guided tour of the reading room, or join free classes, workshops, and talks to enhance your knowledge about books and arts.
Always remember to be open-minded and never be afraid to explore! Good luck and enjoy your trip!