Today I thought I’d start a new feature post on the blog – one that I think most people will be verrrry interested in. In this day and age a free lunch is as rare as a teenager offering to help with the housework, but, we’ve put our thinking caps on, done the hard yards in the research department and pounded the pavement looking for the best free activities, tours and attractions in your favourite cities all over Australia. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Free Friday’s!
Melbourne is a city teaming with life. As Australia’s self-proclaimed “fashion capital” and the hipper, grungier sister to our biggest city, Sydney, Melbourne is really forging it’s way as one of Australia’s premier domestic holiday destinations. With plenty on offer in the way of tourist hot-spots, can you visit Melbourne without blowing a hole in you’re metaphorical pocket? You bet your bottom dollar you can. And here’s how.
RAAF Museum – The birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force, the museum tells one of Australia’s most important aviation stories, that of the second oldest air force in the world. Visit their website for more details.
Screen World’s -The Australian Centre for the Moving Image – Follow the development of the moving image, and discover the significant contribution of Australians to its story. Engage with spectacular interactive exhibits. Play classic and contemporary videogames. Celebrate the lives of prominent personalities. Orientation Tour’s daily between 11am and 2.30pm are completely free. More details here.
Self guided City Tour – The City of Melbourne has developed a series of self-guided walks to help you explore the city by foot. You can download informative maps and information on these great city strolls. Check out more information and download the maps here.
Federation Square – Federation Square is Melbourne’s meeting place and unique cultural precinct, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Victoria – receiving over 60 million visits to date. Fed Square is the biggest free Wi-Fi site in Australia, where visitors with a laptop and a wireless connection can enjoy fast, easy internet access. Not to mention a host of free events and activities most days of the week. For more information visit the website.
Royal Botanic Gardens – The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. They encompass two diverse sites at South Yarra and Cranbourne. Visit the world renowned Melbourne Gardens or the Cranbourne Gardens with its Australian bushland and the award winning Australian Garden at its heart. Check them out here.
Victoria Police Museum – From the largest collection of Kelly Gang armour in Australia to forensic evidence from some of Melbourne’s most notorious crimes, the Victoria Police Museum presents visitors with an intriguing insight into the social history of policing and crime. To miss it would be a crime! Get all the info on the website.
Crown Casino (not the casino part) – Obviously the free part does not include participating in casino activities. There is plenty on offer to the discerning tourist at Crown that doesn’t involve gambling. Crown Atrium with it’s stunning light show is a must along with the Kingsway Wall not to mention the host of free entertainment that’s constantly filling the bars and restaurants that litter the venue. Visit their world here.
Melbourne Markets – Melbourne is host to a fabulous range of markets that are guaranteed to suit most walks of life. Most famous of course are the Queen Victoria Markets, open most days, it is a treasure trove of goodies include fresh produce. A must visit when in Melbourne. New on the Melbourne Market scene are the People’s Markets, comprised of funky food vendors, live music and of the minute entertainment options, it’s a great place to spend your weekend. For a comprehensive list of Melbourne’s best markets head here.
National Gallery of Victoria – Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest public art gallery. NGV International houses an extensive collection from Europe, Asia, America, and Oceania and NGV Australia is the home of Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day. With up to 20 exhibitions at any one time you could spend a whole day browsing the unique and interesting pieces or take a free guided tour from 11am most days. Visit the website for more details.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl – free concerts – The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra holds regular free concerts at this fantastic venue. Head there at 7.00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays to indulge your musical ear and enjoy the warm weather and amphitheater setting. For dates and times head here.
Well that little list should tide you over sufficiently for your next couple of visits to the cosmopolitan hub of Australia. For accommodation options please visit the Affordable Holidays website or call our friendly reservations team on FREECALL 1300 468 268. And stay tuned for the next installment of Free Friday’s.