Melbourne is a city that is always up there with the best on the globe when it comes to livability. It boasts incredible dining choices, a great arts an culture scene and pulsating nightlife. But there’s no reason to continually punish your bank account when it comes to getting the most out of this fantastic city – there plenty to do whcih doesn’t cost a cent.
Firstly is you want to combine education, enlightenment and fun then schedule some time to visit one of the many galleries that make Melbourne such an enriching cultural and artistic environment. Take some time of the visit the National Gallery of Victoria which has some big name artworks. At the nearby Ian Potter Centre view some amazing Aboriginal artworks and round of an enlightening trip wit a visit to the ‘Australian Centre for the Moving Image’ and investigate the history of Australian film and TV.
Get on a city bike and go exploring. There’s a deposit for the use of the public bikes which are available for hire at the blue kiosks that dot the city. But if you plan your trip carefully the first free 30 minutes can give a you a great insight into what makes Melbourne tick.
If window shopping is your thing then explore a different take on the pastime by visiting one of Melbourne’s many markets. It’s not necessary to actually buy anything – just take in the atmosphere and get down to some serious people watching. try the trendy ‘Queen Victoria Market’ and you might even be able to score some free food and beverage samples.
If you want to escape the buzz of the city then head for the seashore, specifically St Kilda beach. Wander the promenade or simply take in the magnificent view. If you are into architecture wandering the area will provide some treats with Victorian architecture in abundance.
If you want to explore the city jump on board the City Circle Tram. Informative commentary and a relaxed vibe make this one of the best ways to simply take in the sights and plan the next step in your exploration of Melbourne. The trams themselves are a delight being faithful imitation of those which serviced the city in the early 1920’s.
To really relax and de-stress pack a picnic and take some friends or family to the Botanical Gardens in the city. The Royal Botanic Gardens were established in 1857 and boasts 38 hectare’s of pristine green space with a scenic lake slap bang in the center. Finish up your lunch and then meander through the Garden’s along one of the many paths. it’s a place that rewards exploration. take the kids along as there is a dedicated kids play area with fountains to cool down and a creek to really let the younger members of the party enjoy themselves.
Melbourne really does have a huge amount to offer – and much of it is free. Take some time off and explore this vibrant and fascinating city.