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Top Attractions In Melbourne For Free

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!

Free Attractions in Melbourne

Top Rated Melbourne Attractions


Royal Botanic Gardens

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.

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Melbourne Bike Tour with Lunch

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  • You will enjoy this exciting mountain bike adventure tour to explore Melbourne on a two wheeler.
  • Great opportunity to spend a day discovering the north west region of Melbourne on an exciting private biking tour.
  • Ride along...
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Shrine of Remembrance

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...

Melbourne Bike Tour from Federation Square

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  • This is an adventurous biking tour to discover the beauties of Bayside Melbourne on wheels.
  • Explore more of Melbourne in a short duration of time with the most-experienced local guides.
  • Personalized tour to pay a visit at...
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Hamer Hall skyline

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...

Melbourne Bike Tour with Coffee and Drinks Including Yarra River and Southbank

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  • A bike tour of Melbourne
  • The visitors also pay a visit to Yarra river and Southbank
  • Live commentary is given by the guide to provide a bettre understanding
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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...

The Best of Melbourne Bike Tour

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  • A bike tour that allows all travellers, who participate, to see some of the best sites in the city of Melbourne
  • They are given the chance to know about the wide history of Melbourne and visit some of the iconic sites famous in this...
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Queen Victoria Market

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...

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Entry and Express Shuttle from Melbourne

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  • A half a day trip to create memorable experiences.
  • Travel to see the famous Penguin Parade when the little Penguins emerge from sea and waddle their way to the sand burrows.
  • Enjoy the picturesque coastline of Victoria.
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Arts Centre

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.


Boutique Journey of the 12 Apostles Great Ocean Road in stylish Mercedes-Benz

clock Duration: 12 hours
  • It promises a small-group intimate touring experience of 11 people.
  • An indescribable experience of beautiful coastline of sun-kissed sand and aqua-blue sea, sighting Australian wildlife and the natural wonders.
  • Travelling in a...
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Kings Domain

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.


Peninsula Hot Springs and Beach Boxes Day Trip

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  • A trip that promises a relaxing experience of immersing yourself in the natural mineral enriched hot springs.
  • A panoramic view from Arthurs seat eagle.
  • Witnessing a colourful and photogenic beach bathing boxes.
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Rooftop Bar & Cinema

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...

Private Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Express Tour from Melbourne

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  • A trip that promises comfort, luxury and peace.
  • Visiting, discovering and enjoying the marvels of Port Campbell National Park.
  • It is a tour hosted by an award-winning local tour expert.
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St Kilda

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...

Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne Including Lunch and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

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  • It is a day tour from Melbourne to taste some of the world-class wines and gourmet products in the beautiful Yarra Valley.
  • It is an exciting gourmet experience with an exclusive visit to Yarra Farm Fresh and get the opportunity to taste...
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Hosier Lane street art

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...

Phillip Island Penguin Parade and George Bass Coastal Walk

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  • It is a day tour from Melbourne to witness the famous Penguin Parade where thousands of adorable little Penguins cross the shore, one of nature's breath taking spectacles.
  • It is an incredible wildlife experience to settle yourself into...
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Melbourne

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.