How to explore Melbourne for free
If you're visiting Melbourne and are looking for affordable ways to explore the city, one of the best things to do is to explore the area on foot or by public transport. This will give you a true sense of the local culture without the hassle of finding your own way around or locating a car park.
If you've recently moved to Melbourne or are heading to the city for work, it's a great opportunity to balance your responsibilities by putting aside some well deserved time for yourself.
So you can experience Melbourne without breaking the bank, we've put together a list of three places worth visiting to get you started:
One of Melbourne's most well-known landmarks and the site of many public festivals and events throughout the year, Federation Square has plenty to keep you busy.
You never know what you might find on a visit to the square, whether it's a cultural celebration, public art installations or a pop up food festival. Federation Square is also your gateway to other great institutions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
"If you've recently moved to Melbourne or are heading to the city for work, it's a great opportunity to balance your responsibilities by putting aside some well deserved time for yourself.
Flinders St Station
Even if you're not hopping onto a train, Flinders St Station is worth checking out during your stay in Melbourne.
Its iconic architecture, marked by the impressive clocks that take pride of place above the main entrance, makes it an easy meeting spot as well as a local landmark.
As the oldest station in Australia - opened officially in 1910 - it's something history buffs and architecture fans will want to take a closer look at.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The botanic gardens are a great place to stretch your legs and wander around in the sunshine, drinking in all of the lush greenery on display.
With diverse plant collections and various walks and tours available, you can easily spend a few hours exploring this natural beauty.