You don’t have to empty your bank account to enjoy all of what Melbourne has to offer!

Voted numerous times as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne is renowned for its extremely diverse range of activities that make this city great. From trendy bars to artistic laneways, there is a little something for everyone who visits. But what makes this city really liveable is the stuff you can enjoy without ever having to open your wallet. That’s right, enjoy this buzzling city without being a big spender and follow our top free activities in Melbourne!

  • Enjoy the Greenery at the Botanical Gardens

    Spread across 94 acres of stunning greenery, the city’s Botanical Gardens are jam-packed with extraordinary sites to see. There are over 10,000 plants, 11 lawns, a giant walking track, and dozens of park benches to set up on to soak up the scenery further. The park is located right in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD, and is a great getaway spot to escape the constant buzz of the car horns and crowds.

  • Wander through the Queen Victoria Market

    Queen Victoria Market, affectionally known to the locals as Vic Market, is one of the best markets in all of Melbourne. Held in the inner centre of the city in the city’s historic sheds, the market offers fresh produce, delicious hot donuts, and packs of souvenirs and local craft goods. You don’t even need to buy anything to enjoy the experience, as the charming atmosphere and dozens of taste testers are sure to win you over. If you aren’t really a morning person, there is even a Night Market session available every Wednesday. So, you can turn your mundane hump day into an exciting night!

  • Listen to some local live music

    Melbourne is renowned in the music world, with the locals adoring live music. Every corner bar and pub are chock-a-block full of local gigs of every genre. Gigs are held every night, but for quieter nights including Tuesdays, Wednesday and Sundays, a pack of these sets are free to enjoy. Simply forked out a few dollars for a pot of beer and sit back and enjoy the local talent show off their skills!

  • Hitch a ride on the City Circle Tram

    Melbourne can be a pretty big place to explore, so there is no better relief for your tired feet then a ride around the city circle tram. The ride is completely free and allows tourists and Melbournians to easily venture around the city, hopping on and off as they wish. There is even a fleet of historical W-class trams that travels down La Trobe, Flinders, Spring, Nicholson and Victoria Street, so you can enjoy the stylish and historic transportation as you listen to the audio commentary on board as well.

Related article: Ultimate Itinerary for One Week in Melbourne

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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