Melbourne travel guide – 14 free Melbourne attractions

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It is no secret that Australia is an expensive travel destination for many. That is also one of the main reasons that many have it on their bucket list for years. If we would not be one of the TOP 16 winners in Big Blog Exchange, Australia would also still be on our bucket lists.

Even though our accommodations, food and activities were covered by YHA Australia, we tried to have our expenses minimalistic. Instead of spending money for payable activities, we always tried to find free things, which we can do – it was nothing different in Melbourne.

Free Melbourne Attractions

1. Walk along Yarra River

A unique promenade area on the banks of the Yarra River is wonderful to walk around and see hustle and bustle next to the river. The view on Melbourne skyscrapers is wonderful and there are many cafes and restaurants too.

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Yarra River (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

2. Federation square

Federation square is a cultural and entertainment center of Melbourne. People come here to meet, protests or just having fun under the Melbourne sun. An eye catching glass building and amazing square, covered with 470.000 ochre-colored sandstone blocks brought from Western Australia is an unique sight. The Federation square includes also an Australian Centre for the Moving Image and tourist information centre.

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Federation square (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

3. Street art

Melbourne is one of the world’s capitals for street art. Not only we can find street art all around the city and its areas, street art in Melbourne is completely legal. The city of Melbourne post daily areas, where street art can be done, but where are some of the best examples, find out here.

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Street art (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

4. Bohemian suburb Fitzroy

If you want to know bohemian Melbourne at its best, head out to Fitzroy. Fitzroy is a place, where alternative scene is home. The area is full with pubs, cafes, restaurants and night clubs. To know the local vibe, spend at least one evening in Fitzroy.

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Fitzroy (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

5. Shopping Malls

Melbourne is known as the Australian shopping capital, so do not be surprised by the enormous offer of modern and antique shopping malls. There are also areas in Melbourne which are known for its outlets. If you travel light, you can easily stock yourself up here. Do not forget to walk into two most known shopping malls – The Block Arcade and the Royal Arcade.

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Shopping malls (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

6. China Town

It does not really matter where in Australia you travel, you will always see a China Town. It is no surprise as during the golden rush Australia was overwhelmed with Chinese people, searching for gold. Also Melbourne has a China Town, which is actually the world’s longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world. We can find everything here – Chinese restaurants, shops and traditional medicines. It is like visiting China.

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Ciha Town (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

7. National Gallery Victoria

If you like art, you should not skip visiting the NGV in Melbourne. It is completely free of charge and you will find everything from Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day. Opening hours 10am – 5pm.

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National Gallery Victoria (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

8. Queen Victoria Market

Markets are always fun and interesting, so visiting the city’s main markets is a must thing to do. The Queen Victoria market in Melbourne offers everything you can imagine –from souvenirs, to veggies and clothes. More about the Queen Victoria market here.

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Queen Victoria Market (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

9. Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s memorial to the men and women who have served Australia in armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations throughout the history. Going up to its view platform will also give you a nice view over Melbourne.

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Shrine of Remembrance (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

10. Seaside playground St. Kilda

The area of St. Kilda is a place where residents and visitors come to relax, swim and enjoy the warm sunny days. The area is expensive to live in and is packed during the summer. St. Kilda has lots of restaurants and cafes, but it is also famous for its long pier and marina. Do not skip the Luna Park and its laughing face.

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St. Kilda (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

11. Brighton Beach / Dendy Beach

I am not sure about you, but in our opinion, you don’t see the real Melbourne if not seeing the famous colorful beach huts at Dendy Beach, near Brighton Beach. The beach huts are owned by Melbourne wealthiest people, as one costs about 140.000 EUR. At the moment there are 82 of them. You can reach Brighton Beach by a train from the Melbourne city centre and from the station it is another 10 minutes coastal walk to them.

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Beach huts at Dendy Beach (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

12. City Circle Tram

Local transport in Melbourne is payable, but there is a free circle tram in the CBD available. Find number 35 and you will be able to see the city center free of charge.

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City Circle Tram (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

13. Royal Exhibition Building

The city of Melbourne was established in 1835, so one of the oldest and fascinating building was build in 1880-1881. The building was build because of the Royal International Exhibition, which was held in Melbourne. The Royal Exhibition Building is now under UNESCO protection and is part of the city museum.

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Royal Exhibition Building (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

14. Parks and green areas

There are 4 million people leaving in Melbourne. The city has lots of tall buildings, but the city center luckily still has many green areas and parks. Parks are very popular among Melbourne residents and as soon as the weather is nice they gather there with friends or just going out for lunch. 

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Parks and green areas (Free Melbourne attractions, Australia)

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4 Comments

  1. avatar

    I agree to these contents in your page. Everyone would enjoy everything about Melbourne. You mentioned FREE Melbourne attractions, you’re right! Don’t have to spend a lot, views in Melbourne are priceless.

    • avatar

      Hi Alex, glad you like the blog post about Free Melbourne tourist attractions 🙂 And yes, everywhere you go, there are free things to do, sometimes are just a bit tricky to find – luckily not in Melbourne 😉

  2. avatar

    Nina Travels thank you for sharing! What a lovely article and the photos are amazing too! I love how you put together these information on “Melbourne travel guide – 14 free Melbourne attractions”. Easy to read, very relatable and great tips! Can’t wait to read more!

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