Best Free Things To Do In Melbourne

How does the saying go? The best things in life are free?

Well Melbourne is no exception to the rule! As a local I thought I’d share with you my favourite free Melbourne activities.

Best Free Activities in Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens

Some of the most impressive botanical gardens in the world. Right by the city, not that you would know, because it is just so peaceful and quiet. Bring a picnic and while your there, head for a walk around Kings Domain and check out the Shrine of Remembrance…Also FREE!

Location: Birdwood Avenue,Melbourne

Open: 7.30am to sunset every day of the year

QVM Night Markets

The Queen Victoria Markets are worth a visit all the time. But my favourites are both the Summer and the Winter night markets, both held seasonally on Wednesday nights. Incredible food stalls from around the world, drinks, music, entertainment and craft markets. The best of Melbourne’s multiculturalism.

Location: Queen Victoria Markets, 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Open: The Markets are open a number of days during the week. The Night Markets are from 5pm to 10pm Wednesday nights seasonally.

Laneways, Arcades and Street Art

This is what Melbourne is famous for. You’d be a fool to miss it. Walking tours are available from Fed Square but you can also do them yourself. That’s Melbourne have a great walking tour map you can follow on your own. I’ve tested it out for you and can vouch that it will take you to the best spots. Stop for Coffee on Degraves Street and a drink at Hardware Lane!

DOWNLOAD MAP HERE! Have a look at some of their other walking tours while your there.


Whats better than a festival? A FREE festival! And Melbourne does them well. There are festivals every month of the year. My favourites are St Kilda Fest and White Night, both in February. I also love the Midsumma LQBTI Festival, Moomba, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and Chinese New Year.

Check out the full list here!

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Federation Square

Affectionately called Fed Square by locals this is a great hub in Melbourne for everything Free. If you aren’t checking out the plethora of free events in the square jump into ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image or the Ian Potter Gallery (both free). Visit the Koori Herritage Trust to learn more about our Indigenous history. You can also visit the Melbourne Visitors Centre here to find more free things as well as walking tours.

St Kilda

Melbourne’s favourite beach side suburb. Join locals who walk, cycle and skate under the palms on the foreshore or sail, windsurf or kitesurf on the bay. Keep an eye out for little penguins at the St Kilda Breakwater and visit the Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Arts and Craft Market. Stroll Akland Street and pick yourself a delicious cake form the windows of many bakeries.

Getting there: Tram -Number 16 from Swanston Street or number 96 from Bourke Street.

Degraves Street, Melbourne.

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Want more Melbourne travel inspo? Check out my favourite Melbourne Road trip!

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24 year old dysfunctional backpacker, creative & storyteller. Cannot do a cartwheel, but I can eat an entire lemon so if that’s not impressive I don’t know what is. Follow my (mis)adventures around the world!