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Published September 25th 2014
Everybody loves free things
Known as the city of gardens and the great food kingdom and boasting diverse and rich culture and arts this is one City you definitely want to explore... best of all you can do some things for free!
Getting around is also free, with the City Circle Tram offering us a very convenient way of getting around this city without spending a penny! It is a 'hop on-hop off' all day service. More information can be found on the website.
Below are fifteen free things that are ready for you to experience
1. Queen Victoria Markets
Where: Cnr of Victoria & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne When: Check website Details: Being the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century, this historic landmark is a must visit. Spreading over two city blocks and filled with fruit & vegetables, local & imported gourmet foods, cosmetics, clothing, souvenirs, beauty products and plenty more, it sure does make it the perfect browsing spot!
2. Royal Botanic Gardens Where: Birdwood Ave, Melbourne When: 7:30am to sunset- all year round Details: An inner-city oasis, filled with more than 10,000 plant species that are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture, sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees. Do keep an eye out for wildlife!
3. Gertrude Street Projection Festival Where: Gertrude St, Fitzroy
When: All year round – 6pm-midnight
Details: A free large scale arts festival which celebrates projection art and lets us see familiar spaces and buildings in new, inspired ways.
4. State Library of Victoria
Where: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne
When: Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm, Friday-Sunday: 10am-6pm, closed on public holidays.
Details: More than a library, with a huge range of exhibitions to be explored, film screenings, kids activities and plenty more...
5. Australian Centre of Moving Image
Where: Cnr of Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: All year round (except for Christmas Day) – 10am-5pm
Details: Immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture.
6. National Gallery of Victoria
Where: 180 St Kilda St, Melbourne
When: Monday- Sunday (except Tuesday closed): 10am-5pm
Details: Features art that covers both Eastern and Western hemispheres, ancient and modern, fine arts and plenty more...
7. Old Treasury Building
Where: 20 Spring St, East Melbourne
When: Monday- Sunday (except for Saturday closed) 10am-4pm
Details: Once known to be the home to Treasury Department of the Government, today it is a museum of Melbourne History.
8. Federation Square
Where: Cnr of Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: All year round – 24hrs (performances mostly occur during the day)
Details: Situated in the city centre, there is plenty of action here, you can hang out and watch the big screens, there is also a number of free events happening such as live music and dance performances, there is also free WI-FI!
9. The Sidney Myer Free Orchestral Concerts
When: Summer only, check website for more information
Where: multiple venues- check website
Details: The oldest orchestra that was established in 1906, and with gatherings of more than 250, 000 people it sure is worth checking out.
10. Fitzroy Gardens
When: All year round
Where: East Melbourne
Details: Spectacular landscaped gardens, perfect for picnic or sitting under a tree reading a book. The gardens contain an ornamental lake, a rotunda, and a band pavilion- be sure to keep an eye out for possums, lorikeets and at night flying foxes who all call Fitzroy Gardens home. Do check out the Cook's Cottage, the home of Captain James Cook's parents.
11. The Johnston Collection Museum
When: Monday- Friday, except for public holidays – check website for more information on times and tour times.
Where: Wellington Place, East Melbourne
Details: House-museum, Reference Library and Shop, filled with a wonderful collection of Georgian, Regency and Louis XV Art and antiques all set in a beautiful house...
12. The Melbourne Athenaeum Library
When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am-5pm, Wednesday: 11am-8pm, Saturday: 10am-2pm, Sunday: Closed
Where: 1st Floor, 188 Colin St, Melbourne
Details: Established in 1839, it is one of the state's oldest public institution. The Library has a large collection of classic and current fiction titles, and non-fiction genres such as travel and history.
13. Street Art
When: All year round – 24hrs
Where: Hosier Lane, Flinders Street, Centre Place (between Flinders Lane & Collins St),
Details: The above sites are the most famous for street art, so do be sure to catch this free to view eye-catching street art!
14. The Grainger Museum
When: Tuesday-Friday & Sunday: 1pm-4:30pm
Where: University of Melbourne, Gate 13, Royal Pde, Parkville
Details: Percy Aldridge Grainger is best known as the composer of Country Gardens, but this museum reveals many other wonders of eccentric Australian genius...
15. Parliament House
When: Monday- Sunday (except for Saturday closed): 8:30am-5:30pm
Where: Spring St, East Melbourne
Details: Explore the Parliament House and also do not forget to experience the sitting when the House is in sitting!