Free Things To do This Weekend in Melbourne

Free Things To do This Weekend in Melbourne

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Posted 2023-08-04 by Gypsy Rosefollow
Are you looking for something to do this weekend? The list below features all the top FREE things to do this weekend.

There is something for everyone, including nature, history, outdoors, culture, art, and more.
Garden Hopping

Melbourne has many spectacular gardens, making it the perfect free weekend activity, hopping from one garden to the next.

  • 1. Gardens include:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Fitzroy Gardens
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Parliament Gardens
  • Flagstaff Gardens
  • Alexandria Gardens
  • Treasury Gardens
  • St Kilda Botanical Gardens
  • Royal Park
  • Queen Victoria Gardens
  • Kings Domain

  • Click here for my article on Melbourne's Gardens.


    Admiring the beauty at Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory

  • 2.Exploring Landmarks

  • Melbourne is home to an array of historic and beautiful landmarks. Why not tick off all of the below landmarks this weekend?

  • Shrine of Remembrance
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Federation Square
  • Flinders Street Railway Station
  • Queen Victoria Markets
  • Old Treasury Building
  • Melbourne Town Hall (Free behind-the-scene tours)
  • Parliament House (Free tours)
  • Manchester Unity Building (Tours available-see website
  • Southern Cross Station


  • The stunning State Library of Victoria

    * 3. Get Artsy in Laneways

    Immerse yourself and get lost in Melbourne street art laneways. These include:

  • Hosier Lane
  • AC/DC Lane
  • Duckboard Place
  • Presgrave Lane
  • Union Place
  • Tattersalls Lane
  • Drewery Lane
  • Flinders Way
  • Blender Lane
  • Croft Alley
  • Warburton Lane

  • Click here for my article on Melbourne's street art.



  • Enjoy a Free Tour(s)

  • There is a free tour for all interests, including history, gardens, architecture, walking tours, scenic tours, and more.

  • Melbourne Town Hall
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Melbourne Sights Walking Tours
  • Parliament House
  • Royal Botanic Gardens


  • Discovering hidden pathways at the Royal Botanic Gardens Tour.

  • Getting Cultured at Museums & Galleries

  • Admire exhibits at some of these world-class museums and galleries:

  • NGV International (ever-changing art exhibits)
  • ACMI (Moving Image Museum)
  • Australian Music Vault
  • City Gallery
  • Koorie Heritage Trust (Aboriginal history exhibits)
  • Science Gallery Melbourne
  • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
  • College of Surgeons Museums (donations are welcomed)
  • Mary MacKillop Museum & Centre

  • Browse the Markets

  • Melbourne is home to several excellent markets that are free! Enjoy browsing the stalls or picking up a bargain or sweet treats.

  • Queen Victoria Markets
  • South Melbourne Markets
  • Markers Market at The District
  • Arts Centre Sunday Markets
  • Melbourne Book Market
  • Winter Night Market (until 30th August 2023)
  • Kensington Markets


  • Indulging our senses (and feasting) with delights at the South Melbourne Markets

  • Discover Historic Churches

  • Adelaide is not the only city of churches. Melbourne is home to some of the oldest churches in the country. Why not discover them all this weekend?

  • St James’ Old Cathedral (Built-in 1839)
  • St Francis’s Church (Opened in 1845)
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral (Built-in 1851)
  • Collins Street Baptist Church (Opened in 1862)
  • St Michael’s Uniting Church (Built between 1866-1867)
  • The Scot’s Church (Built between 1871-1874)
  • St Paul’s Cathedral (Built-in 1891)


  • The beautiful St Patrick's Cathedral

  • Less Talking, More Walking

  • Whether it’s a heritage, nature, historical, cultural, or art walk, the below list features all the best free walks across Melbourne.

  • Royal Park-The city’s largest green space is home to 170 hectares of Australian natives, grassland, wetland, bushland and many trails where you can enjoy walking, cycling or running. There is also the Trin Warren Tam Boore wetlands trail, which takes around 90 minutes. Click here for the website.
  • Garden walks at the several gardens mentioned above (number 1)- each garden offers something different.
  • Docklands Harbourside Arts Trail
  • Street Art Walks- see the above street art laneways (number 3)
  • Melbourne Music Walk Click here for website.
  • Melbourne Aboriginal Walk Click here for website.
  • Kings Domain- Walk past the avenue of poplar trees and nymph statues, and discover sacred indigenous sites market with the Aboriginal Burial Stone and a monument to war hero Weary Dunlop.
  • Iconic Laneways & Arcades Walk Click here for website.
  • Yarra River Discovery Walk Click here for website.
  • Classic Icons & Architecture Walk Click here for website.
  • Culture & Ideas Walk Click here for website.


  • Enjoying a stroll at Kings Domain and admiring the architectural beauty of the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • Scenic Drives & Day Trips

  • Spend the weekend enjoying scenic drives, or take a day trip and explore an area with the list below.

  • The Dandendong Ranges
  • The Silo Art Trail, The Mallee
  • Black Spur Drive, The Yarra Ranges
  • The Grand Ridge Road, Gippsland
  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Mt Macedon
  • Daylesford


  • The Great Ocean Road Sign

  • National Parks within a three-hour drive from Melbourne City

  • Get outdoorsy and explore some of the most beautiful National Parks near Melbourne. There is something for all interests, including lookouts, mountain biking, cycling, bushwalks, treks, water-based activities, wildlife spotting, birdwatching, and more.

  • Yarra Ranges National Park
  • Kinglake National Park
  • Organ Pipes National Park
  • Dandenong Ranges National Park
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park
  • Grampians National Park
  • Great Otway National Park
  • Twelve Apostles National Park
  • Wilson’s Promontory National Park


  • The beautiful and mighty Twelve Apostles

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