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21 Awesome Free Things to Do in Melbourne - Top 21 Free Activities for Tourists Exploring Melbourne

As one of Australia's most dynamic cities, Melbourne is a dream destination for the travelling masses. Here are twenty-one free activities everyone can enjoy in Victoria's capital.

1

Shop at the Queen Victoria Market

With exquisite souvenirs and local delicacies, a shopping spree at Queen Victoria Market is a unique retail encounter in Melbourne.

2

Tour the National Gallery of Victoria

Home to a whopping 73,000 artworks, the National Gallery of Victoria is a free museum highlight for all.

3

Catch a Live Act

Head to Melbourne Cherry Bar or The Esplanade to catch the best of live local bands and other musical acts.

4

Uncover the History of the Moving Image

Found inside the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Screen Worlds exhibition is a fascinating look back at the legacy of film and moving pictures as well as visual entertainment.

5

Engage in a Sculpture Hunt

The celebrated works of sculptor Deborah Halpern are scattered across Melbourne and visitors can scout the locations on this one of a kind scavenger hunt.

6

Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens

With more than ten thousand plants and flower species occupying its confines the 94-acre parkland is a free highlight for tourists.

7

Have a Pint at a Rooftop Bar

There's no better way to catch a bird's eye view of the city than by sipping a cocktail atop one of the city's sought after rooftop bars.

8

Celebrate Local Writers

A tour of the Wheeler Centre is not only a celebration of Victorian authors but an inspiring hub which hosts conferences and talks by literary giants.

9

Walk around South Bank

Home to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the Crown Casino, strolling around South Bank while hitting the high-end shopping hubs located on the banks of the river is a must.

10

Uncover Melbourne's Best Churches

From St Paul's Cathedral to the St Patrick's Cathedral with its medieval to the St Mary Star of the Sea Church, the city's architecturally captivating religious hubs are free to tour.

11

Ride around on the City Circle Tram

The City Circle Tram is the ideal way to see the main sights across Melbourne for free.

12

Go Penguin Spotting in St Kilda

St.Kilda is not only a beach haven for the masses but the only location where penguins are spotted daily.

13

Spend Time at the Koorie Heritage Trust

Discovering Melbourne's aboriginal heritage at the Koorie Heritage Trust is a great way to spend an afternoon in Melbourne.

14

Go Location Scouting

As a city that has been featured in countless Aussie TV shows, exploring the shooting locales of iconic programs such as Neighbours and Kath and Kim is a must for pop culture fans visiting the city.

15

Explore Street Art in Melbourne

The mural art form is alive and well in Melbourne's graffiti hotspots including Duckboard Place, ACDC Lane and Union Lane.

16

Visit the RAAF Museum

Explore the history of local aviation at the RAAF Museum. Visitors based at Oaks South Yarra, or any similar serviced apartments South Yarra can organize a tour of the museum via their accommodation provider.

17

Pay Homage to the Fallen at the Shrine of Remembrance

Pay respects to the World War I fallen heroes at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

18

Snap Selfies Next to Melbourne Landmarks

From Federation Square and the Eureka Tower to the Manchester Unity Building, snapping selfies with well-known Melbourne landmarks is a must.

19

Take Part in a Local Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are just some of the exciting local events that are free to experience.

20

Sit in on a Parliamentary Session

Sit in on a session of parliament at the Melbourne Parliament House on days when the public are allowed to enter the premises.

21

Put in some Reading Time at the State Library of Victoria

Larger than life, The State Library of Victoria and the La Trobe Room are the best places to catch up on one's reading.

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