Melbourne in Victoria Australia is a great place to visit and after booking your Melbourne Accommodation and paying to eat out and maybe see a few feature events it is good to know there are also plenty of attractions and events in Melbourne that won’t break the bank.
Here are our favourite Melbourne attractions that won’t cost you a cent to experience.
1. Melbourne City Circle Tram: A great way to introduce yourself to the City of Melbourne. The distinctively coloured burgundy tram operates daily on a circuit of Melbourne, passing a number of attractions and with an onboard commentary. The tram is a free hop on hop off experience. The Melbourne City Circle Tram operates daily from 10am to 6pm and to 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday during daylight savings
2. Flinders Street Station: Possibly Melbourne’s most recognised landmark, Flinders Street Station is the central focal point of Melbourne’s transport network. It is a popular meeting place, on the steps under the clocks and is open from 5am – 3am daily.
3. Federation Square: Located opposite from Flinders Street Station, Federation Square is a blend of unique and striking architecturally designed buildings which sits between the Melbourne CBD and the Parks and Gardens just across the Yarra River. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in ‘Fed’ Square as the locals like t call it and it is also home to the Ian Potter Centre.
4. The Ian Potter Centre – NGV Australia: This is home to the world’s finest gallery dedicated to Australian art. Its rotating exhibition represents all of Australia’s greats and often features some of Australia’s most significant and recognised works. Located in Federation Square Entry is free.
5. Australian Centre for the Moving Image: Dedicated to Australian and International Films and screen based art the ACMI is located in Federation Square. Some exhibits do incur a fee but entry to the Screen Gallery is free and is open from 10am daily.
6. National Gallery of Victoria: is a short walk from Flinders Street Station and is home to an extensive collection of international artworks. The Gallery is closed on Tuesdays but opens other days from 10am. Entry is free but special exhibits do attract a fee.
7. Royal Botanic Gardens (City of Melbourne): Located a 10-15 minute walk from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens include more than 12,000 different plant varieties and various Australian animals including wallabies, possums and bird life. There is a Free self guided walk and an audio presentation is also available.
8. Queen Victoria Market: The ‘Queen Vic’ or ‘Vic Market’ is in full operation each Sunday with a vast variety of produce, clothing, gifts, décor and other consumables. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants around the market and buskers perform regularly. The market is also open on a smaller scale Tuesday and Thursday.
9. Crown Casino: While the gaming tables are the centre piece of the Crown Casino Entertainment Complex there is also an extensive selection of shops and eateries which can provide hours of idle entertainment for those not interested in the gambling ‘opportunities’
10. Melbourne Beaches: Located on Port Phillip Bay Melbourne has a number of popular beaches which can be easily reached from the City. Kerferd Road Beach in South Melbourne and St Kilda Beach have long been the ‘places to be seen’ and offer cool and calm waters to cool off during warm Melbourne nights.