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Free Things to Do in Melbourne - Save your cash and stock up on experience!

Melbourne truly is a magical place to live and to visit. The options are many, even if you're on a budget. Let's look at the top things to do in Melbourne that are absolutely free.

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Visit the Shrine of Remembrance

Located off St Kilda road and completed in 1934, this utterly statuesque Shrine of Remembrance serves as a constant dedication to all the people, both men, and women who lost their lives during the First World War. Historical exhibitions generally shed light on all the sacrifices made and this Shrine of Remembrance is no different. It is the site where some of Melbourne's most important military and remembrance ceremonies such as ANZAC day are held. The shrine is visible all the way to the other end of the town. The town restricts any potential building from obstructing the view of the shrine, from all the way back as Lonsdale St to Swanston St. You'll witness some of the best views of the city as you climb up the steps at the shrine.

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Visit Melbourne's Architectural Gems

On the topic of architecture, the city centre of Melbourne is splendidly packed with many heritage protected buildings from many eras that boast many styles. As you wander across the area, you'll find many famous and iconic buildings, paintings of old advertisements and utterly futuristic structures. Highlights here include the Federation Square, Block Arcade, ANZ's headquarters, the Nicholas Building as well as the Flinders Street Railway Station. The city also hosts an annual Open House event where you can get access to many of Melbourne's architectural highlights that are otherwise off limits. If you're into photography, the area presents wonderful opportunities for some truly breathtaking street shots.

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Picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens is considered a prime location if you want to observe and engage with the locals. It is close to the hearts of everyone who calls Melbourne home. This massive 38-hectare block of greenery, opened in 1857, features a myriad of different themes and includes a lake right at its centre. Popular both amongst locals and tourists, it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a blissful afternoon picnic. The park also includes a purpose build Children's Garden suitable for families and incorporates a water fountain as well as a manmade creek to splash around in the summer. Accommodation in Melbourne serviced apartments is plentiful, like Oaks On Market for example.

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Reading at the State Library

A heritage building that was established in 1854, the State Library boasts a collection of more than two million books today. The building itself, however, is one of its greatest attractions. The library's epicentre, the octagonal La Trobe Reading Room which was completed in 1913 had the largest dome of its kind back then. You could grab a map at the front desk of the library and take yourself on a self-guided tour of both the reading room and its many exhibition galleries. The library also hosts many free classes, talks, kid's activities, exhibitions as well as workshops that you could take part in.

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