Melbourne is an incredible city filled with delicious food, diverse culture and excitement at every turn – but what’s a tourist to do when they don’t have any money to spend? Plenty of things, as it turns out. So put your wallets away and read on, because we’ve got four awesome ways to explore this city that won’t cost you a cent.

Free walking tours

Walking tours are a terrific way to see a new place, as it allows you to really get amongst the culture and see everything up close. But just because you haven’t got any cash to throw around, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. ‘I’m Free Tours’, as you might be able to tell by the name, provides free walking tours of Melbourne everyday from 10.30am – 2.30pm. That’s three solid hours of making your way through all the quirky lanes, artsy spots and historical landmarks that your feet can handle.

Spend an afternoon in the Botanical Gardens 

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Melbourne on a dry, sunny day, we recommend that you make the most of it and head to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. It’s not hard to get lost in this lush paradise or enjoy a few hours exploring with some fellow travellers. For a truly relaxing time, bring a packed lunch and sit on the grass watching the world go by.

Indulge your artsy side at the National Gallery of Victoria

If you’re the type of tourist who likes to stroll through galleries in every city you visit, this one is for you. The National Gallery of Victoria has a permanent collection of artwork that will cost you nothing at all to get into. Depending on your luck, you might even find yourself there on a day when one of their exhibitions are free as well. At the very least, you’ll be able to explore the world’s first major collection dedicated to Australian art – how’s that for a cultural experience?

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