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Published March 7th 2016
No need to break the bank with these attractions
If you live in Melbourne, or are visiting or you just want to enjoy and experience fun and free attractions, then the list below is the perfect way to explore Melbourne without spending a dime! 1. National Galley of Victoria
When: All year round (Closed Christmas Day): 10am-5pm Where: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Details: This impressive gallery has an expansive collection that is set over three levels of European, Asian, American and Oceania collections, international art, exhibits, free 45- minute tours (daily - 11am-2pm), decorative arts collections and more. Click here for website.
2. Ian Potter Museum of Art When: Tuesday- Sunday: 10am- 5pm & weekends: 12 noon to 5pm Where: The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Melbourne Details: This museum showcases a rich and varied collection with holdings of Australian art in all media, European art, International Indigenous art, classics, and archaeology. There are over 14, 000 works on display and the diverse holdings form Australia's largest university art collection. Click here for website.
When: All year round Where: Cnr of Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne Details: There is plenty to see and do here. You can explore the unusual and unique design of the Square including the patterned forecourt that is paved with 460,000 hand-laid cobblestones from the Kimberley region, free & ticketed events are held here from time to time and an array of restaurants, bars and speciality stores can be found here. Click here for website.
4. Parliament House (Parliament of Victoria)
When: Monday- Friday: 8:30am-5:30pm
Where: Spring St, East Melbourne
Details: The public open sections of the Parliament House gives you the opportunity to see Parliament in action with public galleries open where the House is sitting, free tour, chambers viewing and more. Click here for website.
5. Australian Centre for the Moving Image
When: All year round (Closed Christmas Day): 10am-5pm
Where: Federation Square, Flinders St , Melbourne
Details: You will find exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops, ticketed exhibitions, collections, screenings, educational exhibits and more. Click here for website.
6. Centre of Contemporary Art
When: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am- 5pm
Where: 111 Sturt St, Southbank
Details: The centre holds permanent and temporary exhibitions, talks, lectures, workshops and more. Click here for website.
7. Queen Victoria Market
When: For all times see website.
Where: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Details: This is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and certainly one free attraction to visit. You can browse through the fresh produce markets, fashion, accessories, and unique items stalls, grab something to eat with the food stalls, enjoy the live music and more. Click here for website.
8. St Kilda & St Kilda Beach
When: All year round
Where: St Kilda
Details: You can take a romantic stroll across the St Kilda beach, enjoy activities such as rollerblading and cycling, read a book, volleyball, cricket, fishing, free events, restaurants, bars and more. Click here for website.
9. The Royal Botanic Gardens
When: All year round: 7:30am- sunset
Where: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
Details: The internationally renowned botanical gardens feature more than 10, 000 plant species from around the world, sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes, majestic trees, plenty of picnic areas, abundance of wildlife and more. Click here for website.
10. St Paul's Cathedral
When: All year round: 8am-6pm & Weekends: Saturday: 9am-4pm & Sunday: 7:30am-7:30pm
Where: Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Details: This old-style Anglican cathedral is a must see with its revival Gothic style architecture. Click here for website.
11. State Library of Victoria
When: Monday- Sunday: Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm & Friday- Sunday: 10am-6pm
Where: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne
Details: Explore the world-class collections, exhibitions, talks, discussions, workshops, tours, lectures, children & family activities and more. Click here for website.
A terrific list. The National Gallery so often has special exhbitions which cost that I think many people don;t realise the primary exhibitions are free to view. It's an impressive collection too, you could spend a lot of time there.