Oz is an incredible place to visit and, no matter what part of the country you end up in, you’re bound to find tons of incredible things to see and do. Some of us, unfortunately, are on budgets – and while that might limit us as far as deciding which things to do, our financial situations certainly won’t stop us from having fun. Are you headed towards Melbourne this summer? Here are 5 free attractions to keep you entertained.
5. Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne consist of more than 86 acres of gorgeously landscaped grounds and gardens. Inside you’ll find thousands of plant species from around the world. Guided walks through the gardens are offered free of charge. The park opens at 7:30am and closes at either 6pm or 7:30pm, dependent upon the time of year you visit.
4. Queen Victoria Market
Do you love to shop? If so, you simply can’t leave Melbourne without first making a stop at the Queen Victoria Market. Considered the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, the market has been a notable landmark for well over 100 years. The land has served several purposes over the years (including as cemetery grounds), but today is a produce market featuring other modern merchants.
3. City Circle Tram
Want to catch a glimpse of the entire city without making a bunch of stops? Consider hopping on the City Circle Tram. It’s free, and encourages visitors to hop on and off at any time along the circuit. You can stop to take pictures, or to visit some of the area’s hot spots, and then simply hop back on to get to your next destination. You’ll pass the Parliament House, Old Treasury Building, and many other historic sites. Don’t want to get off? Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
2. Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station is one of the most popular meeting places in Melbourne. Visitors will find that the station is the hub of the city’s transportation system, while also offering tons of gorgeous architecture (including the spectacular clock tower) for your viewing pleasure. If you want to be at the center of activity, you should consider looking for hotels near Flinders Street Station. You’ll never be far from any attraction, whether you walk or take public transportation.
1. Melbourne’s Beaches
No trip to Melbourne is complete unless you spend at least one afternoon relaxing on the gorgeous beaches. Yes, the Yarra River does run through Melbourne, but don’t forget that the city sits on Port Phillip Bay as well. There are dozens of great beaches to explore, including St. Kilda, Brighton, and a number of dedicated surfing beaches.
Ask the concierge at the hotel you choose to direct you towards some of the area’s least expensive attractions. There’s bound to be something nearby, whether you stay at the Atlantis Hotel Melbourne or one of the dozens of other affordable hotels in the area. Relax, don’t stress over money, and enjoy the city!