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5 Best Free Things to Do in Melbourne

If you’re an international student in Melbourne, here’s how to get bang for your buck.

By Ezanne

Studying abroad is one of those experiences that allows you to explore a foreign land and gain memorable insights into the lifestyle and culture of the people there. Indeed, one of the advantages of studying abroad stretches beyond just having quality education, but places importance on chalking up experiences that will last a lifetime.

For international students who choose to study in Melbourne, a vibrant hub that holds a beautiful mix of history and modernity, there is much to explore and what better to do it than to do it for free!

With that, we’ve rounded up some of the best free things you can do in the city.

City Circle Tram

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) offers a FREE City Circle Tram. The maroon and gold historic tram travels along the 35 lines around the central business district starting on the iconic Flinders Street.

If you’re going clockwise

The City Circle tram service operates within Melbourne's central business district. The service operates in a circular route passing major tourist attractions, as well as linking with other tram, train and bus routes in and around Melbourne. Trams run in both directions approximately every twelve minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and extended hours, 10am - 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Clockwise service: Flinders Street > Harbour Esplanade > Docklands Drive > La Trobe Street > Victoria Street > Nicholson Street > Spring Street > Flinders Street.

If you’re going anticlockwise

The City Circle tram service operates within Melbourne's central business district. The service operates in a circular route passing major tourist attractions, as well as linking with other tram, train and bus routes in and around Melbourne. Trams run in both directions approximately every twelve minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and extended hours, 10am - 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Anti-clockwise service: Flinders Street > Spring Street > Nicholson Street > Victoria Parade > La Trobe Street > Docklands Drive > Harbour Esplanade > Flinders Street.

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market, otherwise also known as the Queen Vic Markets or the Queen Vic, is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares (17 acres) is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. It is much more than just a fresh food market but also a historic landmark, a tourist attraction and a Melbourne institution.

The market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

National Gallery of Victoria

The NGV is Victoria’s oldest, largest and most-visited public art gallery! NGV Voluntary Guides conduct daily collection and exhibition tours so make sure to check out the website for details on new exhibitions!

General entry is Free

Operating Hours: 10am–5pm

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

The picturesque setting of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens extends over 36 hectares and displays more than 50 000 plants. Diverse plant collections, year-round events, unique tours and a reputation as one of the world’s finest gardens has made it one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions

The Gardens Visitor Centre is open seven days a week:

Weekdays 9.00am – 5.00pm

Weekends 9.30am – 5.00pm

Federation Square

Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place which can hold up to 10,000 people at a time. It is a unique cultural precinct and is home to many bars, cafés and other attractions. There are often large public events and Australia’s biggest sporting events are shown on the giant TV with people watching on the pavement and deckchairs. Federation Square rises slightly above street level offering spectacular views of the City of Melbourne, Southbank and the Yarra River.

Make sure to visit the Visitor Information Centre to make the most of your visit. One-hour guided walking tours are available each morning from Monday to Saturday, from 11am onwards.

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