Winter is almost here and there is a horde of fabulous, free things you can to do in Melbourne to keep you cosy, busy and entertained.
From 4 July 2014 to 29 August 2014, Docklands sky will light up with brilliant colours of fireworks and the air will be pregnant with loud booming noises and burning smell of fireworks. Every Friday evenings in July and August, fireworks will kick off at 7pm on the dot. There will be additional live entertainment at 6pm which will herald the fireworks. Remember to rug up before you head down to Docklands with family and friends for winter night magic, courtesy of the City of Melbourne. The Piazza at Docklands, 429 - 437 Docklands Drive, Docklands will be the setting for the fireworks. Learn more by going here.
Public Lectures The University of Melbourne organises a plethora of free public lectures throughout the year. Lectures are hosted on a wide paradigm of subjects including gambling, feminism, climate change, international and social issues and so forth. Booking is absolutely essential. So why not take some time this winter to make yourself comfortable on a nice seat, in a warm lecture theatre, and lend your ears and attention to intriguing speeches by notable figures. Educate yourself about the free public lectures and make bookings by going to Melbourne University's website.
Film Screenings The State Library of Victoria hosts free movies throughout the winter. The Outside-in-cinema program of the State Library showcases free film screenings on certain Thursdays, with the movies starting at 6pm sharp in Village Roadshow Theatrette. Deckchairs and comfy couches are available for you to lounge in front of the huge screen, feasting your senses on contemporary documentaries and animated films from all over the world while devouring food and drinks. It is permissible to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Have a look at the official website for all that is on offer and make bookings for the films that take your fancy. Remember this website gets updated regularly to include future screenings. There is usually no restrictions on the number of free tickets you can book.
Guided tours Take one or more free guided tours this winter and immerse yourself in the rich history of Melbourne and its remarkable landmarks. Visit the Parliament of Victoria to learn about Victoria's glorious past or take a tour of Melbourne's enigmatic laneways to discover hidden gems. Find out about some of the most amazing free guided tours by perusing Top 4 Free Guided Tours in Melbourne.
Sightseeing Melbourne has much to offer to sate the thirst for new discoveries of even the most hardened explorer. Instead of rugging up and camping in front of your TV for winter, take some time to explore and experience Melbourne. Stroll around Melbourne and admire some of the iconic clocks spread all over Melbourne. Pack a lunch box and go explore one of the many free art galleries and parks. Read about the iconic clocks of Melbourne by reading this Weekendnotes article. Learn about some free tourist attractions in Melbourne by checking out The Essence of Melbourne - Top Melbourne Tourist Attractions.
Festivals Melbourne is always abuzz with a horde of free festivals. Keep an eye out for free events held throughout winter. Become a regular of the Federation Square website to learn about all free events to be organised in the Federation Square. Furthermore, visit the Weekendnotes website to remain privy to all the free festivals in Melbourne.
Grainger Museum Grainger Museum is dedicated to showcasing the creations, personal library and possessions of the eccentric Australian genius, Percy Aldridge Grainger. Located at the University of Melbourne, Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville, this museum is open from 1pm to 4.30pm, on Tuesday to Friday and Sunday. Admission is absolutely free. Be enlightened by more details by visiting the official website.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is home to the moving image of all forms from early cinema to the latest digital era. ACMI is equipped with two multi-format cinemas and the world's largest dedicated screen gallery with changing exhibitions. There is always an abundance of free public activities and free exhibitions. Entry to the ACMI is free. ACMI is located at the Federation Square and is open daily, from 10am to 5pm (until 6pm on weekends).