Summer is the time for soaking up the sun, do outdoorsy things, go on adventures, seek out rooftop bars and open-air cinema, enjoy pool nights and barbeques, go on beach walks and so on. Here is a list of a free and fun things to do in Melbourne to make this summer a memorable one.
Go to the beach
Melbourne is home to some of the best beaches in Australia. This summer go on an adventure trail and explore and experience some or all of the iconic beaches of Melbourne. Get a surfboard or pack a picnic basket and seek out the exquisite beaches of Great Ocean Road, Wilsons Promontory, Brighton, Chelsea, Rye, Sorrento, Elwood, Mordialloc and so forth.
If you dare to bare you can venture to the nude beaches in and around Melbourne. Learn more about these nude beaches here.
Go on a hike Walking in nature is a free and fun activity. This summer put on your hiking boots and climb up 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk in Dandenong Ranges National Park or You Yangs Regional Park in the west. Entries to these places are free. Make it a group event and ask your family and friends to tag along for a fun day out.
1000 steps (Image by Wilson Afonso via Wikimedia Commons)
Visit Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre Pay a visit to the Koorie Heritage Trust's Cultural Centre in Yarra Building, Federation Square. This place is a paradise for information and artworks related to our southeastern Aboriginal culture. A gold coin donation is appreciated for entry to the centre. You can also partake in one of their tours priced at $15. Go here to discover more details.
Go on a picnic Just grab some food from your pantry, an old blanket and you are all set for a lovely picnic. You could to go one of the numerous parks dotted all over Melbourne. My personal favourite is the Royal Botanic Gardens, a 38-hectare swathe of lush greeneries with a lake right at the edge of the Melbourne CBD.
Visit a festival Melbourne has in store a plethora of fantabulous events for summer. These festivals are usually jam-packed with free entertainment, activities and exhibitions. Entry, activities, entertainment are usually free but rides may incur a fee. Some of the more prominent festivals this summer will be the Latin Summer Festival, Wominjeka Festival, Sunset Sounds Concert Series, Frankston Waterfront Festival, Australia Day celebrations, Chinese New Year festivals and so forth. Click here to learn about the free festivals taking place in summer. Take a free tour Take advantage of one of the many free guided tours to explore every nook and cranny of Melbourne. Educate yourself about the history of the Parliament house, discover the secrets of the Melbourne laneways, be wooed by the impressive architecture of the State Library or discover the elegant interior and the Grand Organ of the Melbourne Town Hall.
Tours are free but booking is essential. Learn more by clicking here.
Visit a gallery NGV International, the Ian Potter Centre and ACMI in Melbourne CBD all have free entries. NGV and the Ian Potter Centre have a huge collection of Australian and indigenous art collection. ACMI regularly holds various exhibitions on moving arts.
Visit a market Markets are one of the many coveted attractions of Melbourne. These markets not only offers fresh produce but also provides free live entertainment, samples and opportunity to buy delicious hot food. Entry and entertainment are free. Food and other products will require a cost.
Queen Victoria Market is the most popular market but there are others. Take your pick from South Melbourne market, Springvale market, Camberwell market, Prahran market, Monash Farmer's market and so on.
You can get around Melbourne CBD for free by riding the free trams and the free Melbourne visitor shuttle bus.
Remember Sid the Seagull from the Cancer Council's SunSmart program. Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. Remember to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade, slide on sunnies. Stay safe and healthy this summer.