Melbourne offers so much to do, see and experience. Now if you are finding yourself with a light wallet or do not have two pennies to rub together, partaking in some of the free guided tours can be an excellent choice. Not only do you get to have some free fun by yourself, with friends and families but will also be exposed to the opportunity of enriching your knowledge about Melbourne and everything that makes Melbourne what it is.
Therefore, without further ado I present to you some of the best free guided tours of Melbourne. Enjoy.
1. Melbourne Free Walking Tour This tour undoubtedly takes the forefront when we commence a discussion about free tours in Melbourne. This tour is two and a half hour long and involves going on a walking expedition of one of the most beautiful cities of the world also known as Melbourne. The knowledgeable guides will give you a crash course in the history of Melbourne as they will guide you through the fascinating maze of Melbourne laneways, arcade and street art scene. You will find yourself discovering and sometimes rediscovering the stories, the legends and the chequered history of Melbourne as you wind your way through the numerous hotspots and captivating tourist attractions.
Australia's oldest and most architecturally distinguished building, the Parliament House is an enthralling place to be. On the days when the Parliament is not sitting, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of this prestigious establishment by joining in one of the free guided tours. These tours run at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Of 45 minutes duration, each of these guided tours will not only enhance your knowledge about the Parliament but also enable you to sit on the seats of the Premier and the Speaker.
The Parliament House is situated on Spring Street opposite the Windsor Hotel. No booking is required and you can just turn up to join one of the free guided tours.
3. State Library of Victoria Tour
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One of the oldest buildings in Melbourne, the State Library is renowned for its gorgeous architecture. Comprising of 23 buildings, this establishment is a source of flamboyant and fascinating artistic creations and offers more than just endless shelves of books. From panes of stained glass to murals and marble staircases, from the illustrious La Trobe Reading Room to the gorgeous foyer, the list of architectural interests goes on. The free guided tours are designed to deliver a delicious combo of history and culture as you embark on a journey to explore the various buildings, galleries and book shelves.
The State library is located at 328 Swanston Street, right opposite Melbourne Central and is open Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 9pm and on Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 6pm.
The free guided tours are held daily and can be booked by calling (03) 8664 7099.
Melbourne Town Hall stands gracefully in all its glory at the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne. An impressive architectural creation, this building has some wonderfully ornate high ceiling rooms and a superb wood panelled Council Chamber.
Free guided tours run between 11am and 1 pm from Monday to Friday. These one hour tours are magnificent tools to make yourself familiar with this historical building and get a healthy dose of culture. Bookings are essential and need to be made at least one day in advance by calling (03) 9658 9658.
I attended a free tour in Sydney recently and due to the large size of the group, a person was hit by a car. Not hurt but was knocked down so i would really consider free tours offered in the street in terms of management of the attendees.