Melbourne is very often dubbed as the “most liveable city in the world”.
From plenty of lush parks, towering skyscrapers and even a beach, Melbourne truly has something for everyone.
However, if you’re not quite at the stage where you want to live there just yet, but you do still want to experience this incredible Australian city situated in the state of Victoria, then we’ve got just the list for you!
Below you’ll find our recommendations of the 10 best free attractions in Melbourne, as well as the top 10 paid attractions in Melbourne too!
Spanning across an impressive 36 hectares, Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens are the city’s answer to a lush, green space right in the middle of the hectic city buzz.
The Gardens are punctuated by stunning views of Melbourne’s skyline, so you can be immersed in the beautiful nature, but still be surrounded by a thriving metropolis.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are completely free to enter.
Located within the Kings Domain in the city centre of Melbourne, the Shrine of Remembrance was a war memorial that was originally intended to remember those who served in World War I.
However, it now serves as a memorial to all Australian men and women who have served the country in any war.
The area around the Shrine of Remembrance is utterly beautiful and peaceful and it’s the perfect place in the city to spend some time...
Hamer Hall is actually a concert hall seating 2,466 people and is also the largest venue within the Arts Centre complex.
However, Hamer Hall is also a great part of the city to view some of Melbourne’s best stretch of skyline; especially at sunset!
Even if you don’t go inside Hamer Hall and watch a performance, make sure you still head over to that side of the river for exceptional views of the skyline in front of...
Southbank is one of the most popular areas in Melbourne and for good reason.
Home to a plethora of wonderful eateries, lively cocktail bars, not to mention the impressive views of some of Melbourne’s tallest buildings; it’s the perfect place in the city to hang out.
Southbank is completely free to wander around; the only thing you’d need to pay for is food and drinks if you want to visit one of the many bars...
There are numerous fresh produce and food markets in Melbourne but none of them quite compare to the Queen Victoria Market.
It’s the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere so you just know that it’s home to a plethora of goodies!
There are dozens of market stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg, smoothies, food trucks, t-shirt vendors and plenty of souvenir stalls to take advantage...
Melbourne Arts Centre is a lively complex located in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, within Southbank.
Home to numerous theatres and concert halls such as Hamer Hall, the Melbourne Arts Centre is an art and culture lover’s dream!
You can choose to watch one of the many shows inside the theatres and concert halls or stick around on a sunny afternoon and take advantage of one of the free outside art exhibitions.
Another one of the best green open spaces situated within Melbourne’s city centre is the Kings Domain.
With lush, green gardens, plenty of plants and shrubbery to admire, as well as numerous water fountains, the Kings Domain is such a lovely and beautiful part of the city.
It’s also home to the Shrine of Remembrance so you can tie your visit there in with wandering around the rest of the Kings Domain.
Located on Swanston Street in Melbourne city centre, the Rooftop Bar & Cinema is a hit attraction with both locals and tourists.
The rooftop offers one of the best free views of Melbourne city and while you should buy a drink while you’re up there, it’s not technically a requirement so count it as a free attraction if you’re looking for the best views!
The Rooftop Bar also shows several seasonal screenings...
St Kilda is a lively and bustling beachside area just outside the city centre of Melbourne next to Port Phillip Bay.
It’s a very popular area of Melbourne with backpackers who are visiting the city on a budget, so it’s a great place to find cheaper food, drinks and accommodation.
There are also plenty of fun and free things to do for families in St Kilda including a visit to the beach, a walk along the Esplanade or...
Hosier Lane is a famous street within the city centre of Melbourne renowned for its urban street art that covers the walls.
The ever-changing graffiti is absolutely wonderful to see and it’s refreshing to admire the work of such young and talented artists.
It’s a place in Melbourne that you’ll definitely want to bring your camera along to so that you can pose in front of the art and take as many pictures as you...
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There are many things you can do for free in Melbourne like booking free entry into some Melbourne museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.