1. Visit an event – Melbourne hosts a huge number of events and festivals. The month of May marks the Indonesian Satay Festival and the St Kilda Busking Festival, amongst other things. In April, we had the Comedy Festival. March was the month of L'Oreal Paris Fashion Festival. At the showground, L'Oreal arranged for free makeup sessions and gave away free gift bags worth $45 AUD. Also present was Berlei Bra Bar which held free bra measurements accompanied by a giveaway of free gift bags. There were also free champagne, finger food and coffee. More events and festivals are scheduled for the rest of the year. So turn up, be entertained and score some freebies as you enjoy the rich variety of cuisines, cultures, brands and talents.
2. Be in the audience - Want to try something different? Why not participate in the audience for one of the popular TV shows? The 7pm Project, the Millionaire Hotseat and the X-Factor audition are only some of the many examples. Tickets are usually free and bookings can be made in the convenience of your home, by just emailing or calling them. Further, you could score freebies like foods, drinks and prizes with the added bonus of meeting and greeting celebrities. Take a friend, a loved one or just show up with a huge group and experience the glitz and glamour of media without paying a single penny.
3. Take a free tram ride - Feel like exploring beautiful Melbourne but do not want to walk? Take the City Circle Tram and enjoy the sights and sounds of Melbourne without going on foot everywhere. The City Circle Trams are old, vintage trams preserved for their historic values and are at your disposal to show you around the Melbourne CBD without having to pay anything. The circuit takes around 30 minutes and you are free to hop on and hop off as many times as you want. These trams are burgundy and gold in colour, their stops are specially marked and stand out by a mile from the modern green and white trams. And the icing on the cake is the taped commentary that plays within the City Circle trams introducing everyone to the various iconic sites of Melbourne.
4. Watch a free movie – This May, Southgate Cinema is screening free movies. Check out their website and make a booking for one of the free movies. Movies are screened every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and usually commence around 7pm. Turn up with friends, colleagues or loved ones and check-in an hour before the movie commences. Grab a deck chair, sit back and relax under the open atrium. Southgate cinema is the only silent cinema in Melbourne. You will be provided with individual headphones and audio kits to retire into the enchanting world of the movies, far away from your noisy surroundings. Enjoy!
5. Visit a market – One of the best free things to do in Melbourne includes visiting one of the iconic markets. Take a trip to Queen Victorian Market and check out the wide array of shops and goods. Breathe in the aroma of freshly baked doughnuts and bread. Queue up for one of the yum hotdogs. Feast your eyes on the wide variety of fruits. Check out the jewellery and clothing stores. Pop into the seafood market and be amazed by the size of the lobster tails. This market is open everyday for patrons except for Monday and Tuesday. South Melbourne market is another good option to check out fresh produce, clothing and jewellery. Open Wednesday to Sunday, this market has all the characteristics to gratify your soul.
6. Visit RAAF museum – The RAAF museum located in RAAF Williams is dedicated to an impressive display of old aircrafts. This museum aims to educate people about all of Australia's wars and conflicts. The RAAF Williams is held to be the oldest active military base in the world. Another highly attractive feature of this museum is the flying displays. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday flying displays are held around 1pm. These displays are followed by a 15 minute talk about the aircrafts and a question and answer session. The museum's location is RAAF Williams, Point Cook Road, Point Cook. On a sidenote, anyone over 16 must carry photo ID since the museum is located within an active military base.
7. Take a bike ride – Take a bike and explore Melbourne utilising the extensive bike trails. Check out the Bay trail. This trail commences at St Kilda Pier while progressing to the vibrant Achland Street cafes, past the St Kila Marina, parks, restaurants and sports grounds finishing in Brighton. 6km in length and 40 minutes in duration this bike ride is truly refreshing, entertaining and enjoyable with zero carbon footprint.