Travel: Free things to do in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne

You can visit Melbourne at any time of the year and feel the buzz from Australia’s second most populated city. Visit in September, however, and you will feel an extra level of excitement – the AFL (Australian Rules Football) finals have hit town!

Whether you are visiting Melbourne for football, or you are just here for a long weekend, here are some ways to see the city…and the best part is that they’re free!

Free City Circle Tram

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New to Melbourne? Begin by catching the free heritage City Circle tram. It runs through the CBD, highlights some of the major tourist attractions and links other tram and train routes. The whole loop takes approximately 60 minutes and one arrives at a stop every twelve minutes.

Free Tram Zone

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A relatively new concept, if you catch a tram in Melbourne’s CBD you can ride for free – just make sure you are in the ‘green zone’. There will be signs at tram stops and/or the driver will inform you when you need to tap your Myki Travel Card (available for purchase at convenient stores).

Free Bus to Chadstone
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Love shopping malls? Head to Chadstone Shopping Centre for one of the best in Australia. Catch the free fashion shuttle from Federation Square (near the corner of Russell and Flinders Streets) and book online to avoid missing a seat. And no, I will not be held responsible for a credit card blow out on your arrival!

Federation Square

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Hosting daily events and activities such as lunch-time yoga, morning meditation and loads of school holiday activities (an outdoor cinema, children’s meditation, silent discos and loads more), Federation Square is a must-visit for any budget traveller. Art lovers aren’t forgotten with free entry to The Ian Potter Centre, which exhibits both Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day. My tip? Take the free guided tour of Federation Square and then visit your favourite parts again in your own time!

Markets

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From fresh produce to arts and crafts, Melbourne has an excellent selection of markets. My personal favourites include the Sunday Arts Centre Market (unique, handmade gifts for people back home), the St Kilda Esplanade Market (gorgeous scenery by St Kilda Beach and Luna Park), the South Melbourne Market (delicious produce and good coffee) and, of course, the Queen Victoria Market (a great selection of organic products).  

Gardens

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Surrounding the Melbourne city is a long list of parks and gardens, which are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle for a few hours. I adore the Royal Botanic Gardens, which offers 38 hectares of tranquility including a herbarium, tropical hothouse and even a children’s garden.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Are you a sporting nut who can’t afford an MCG tour? Then simply walk around the outside of the world’s 10th largest stadium! Home to the 1956 Olympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Cricket Club and annual AFL Grand Final, marvel at the statues surrounding the ground. Known as the ‘Parade of Champions’, these works pay tribute to some of Australia’s sporting legends – Ron Barassi (Australian rules football player), Sir Don Bradman (cricketer), and Betty Cuthbert (track and field) to name a few. 

Flinders Street Station

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Built in 1910, Flinders Street Railway Station is the oldest station in Australia. Located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, visit here to people-watch at peak hour, view its 700-metre main platform or simply to take a photo of the gorgeous building!

Famous Streets

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Need some exercise or run out of things to do? Walk some of my favourite streets! Visit Bourke Street for the famous Bourke Street Mall, window shop for designer labels on Collins Street, let your mouth water for Italian food on Lygon Street, observe the hipster life on Brunswick Street, and catch a sea breeze on Acland Street.

Now, dear readers, over to you! What are your favourite free things to do in Melbourne?

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