The best free things to do in Melbourne, from Australian art to botanic gardens

Green spaces, historic buildings and world-class museums mean there is plenty to do in Melbourne without even spending a dollar Credit: visualspace

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With a lifestyle that seems to revolve around eating out three times a day, and Australia’s eye-watering costs, Melbourne can be budget busting. But if you’re happy to self-cater there are great produce markets to make use of, and there’s also plenty of things to do that cost very little. Most museums offer free entry to their permanent collections, laneways are brimming with street art and historic neighbourhoods seem purpose made for strolling. Parks and gardens for picnicing are plentiful, trams are free within the CBD and the inner neighbourhoods are cycling heaven, with an extensive network of bike paths and an enthusiastic riding community.


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