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8 Free Things To Do in Melbourne This Summer


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Melbourne is consistently praised as one of our country’s best cities, but you may be wondering what it is that makes this Victorian capital so special. To many, it’s the long list of award-winning restaurants and locally-loved bars. To others, it’s the sheer amount of things to do, many of which are free. This list of eight free things to do in Melbourne this summer will help you enjoy the ultimate getaway without burning a hole in your pocket.


1. Walk the St Kilda Pier

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There’s arguably no better place to take in panoramic views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and the beach than from the St Kilda Pier. The historic pier dates back to 1853, and is the perfect place to nature and people watch.


2. Royal Botanic Gardens

There’s a reason roughly 1,800,000 people visit Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens every year. Check out the more than 12,000 species of plants, or let your little ones unleash their energy in the Children’s Garden. Summertime also means free outdoor movies and events on the lawn.


3. See Street Art in the Laneways

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Melbourne is overflowing with creative minds, and one of the best ways to grasp that is to wander the laneways that serve as outdoor art galleries. Massive, vibrantly-coloured murals cover the walls of buildings on the alleys off of Flinders Lane.


4. Check Out the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre

One of the coolest parts of visiting our country’s major cities is the opportunity to discover the days of Australia’s past. The Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, located in Federation Square, offers a permanent social history exhibition, providing insight into what Melbourne was like before British colonization. You’ll learn about Koorie history while also admiring works by modern-day Aboriginal artists.


5. Peruse the Queen Victoria Market

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The capital city is loaded with marketplaces that are free to wander; however, you’ll surely be tempted to make purchases once inside. The Queen Victoria Market, on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, is one of the best places to peruse stalls with vendors selling souvenirs, jewelry, meats, deli goods and so much more.


6. Catch a Free Event in Fed Square

Summer is the season for free events, especially in Federation Square. An ideal place for people watching, Fed Square sees more than 10 million visitors per year and is home to more than 2,000 annual events. It’s easy to hang out here for hours without spending a dime.


7. Hop Aboard the City Circle Tram

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The City Circle Tram is one of few ways to take a tour of the city without opening your wallet and while enjoying the cool comfort of air conditioning. The 1920s-style tram takes a loop around the city, while the commentary informs you about major landmarks and historic sites.


8. Don’t Miss the State Library

The State Library of Victoria offers peace and quiet in a stunning 1850s building. Choose from one of more than 2 million books and relax, or visit the front desk for a map and take a self-guided tour. Exhibitions, workshops, free classes and events for kids take place year-round, so check the schedule online before visiting.

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About the Author: Rachel Gross

Rachel Gross is a nationally-recognized author, women’s voice advocate and proponent of self-improvement. Her work can be found in several niche-interest lifestyle publications, blogs and more. A life enthusiast and natural creative, Rachel is driven by the strength within each of us. She believes in the power of exploration, travel which excites, and a good cup of coffee.

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