10 Iconic Attractions In Melbourne That You Can Visit For Free

Royal Exhibition

Melbourne has been ranked as the most liveable city in the world for many consecutive years —and is not hard to see why. With many beautiful attractions located within the city and an abundance of exciting events all year round, it is not hard to see why this city has been so well-loved by everyone.

Some of the best things in life do not cost a thing and that includes admission to Melbourne’s best iconic destinations. From the stunning World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens to the majestic Flinders Street Railway Station, almost every corner in Melbourne is effortlessly Instagram-worthy. The best part is that they are accessible to the public for free!

Here is our guide to 10 Iconic Attractions in Melbourne that you can visit for free.



Brighton Beach is extremely famous for their long row of 82 colourful bath houses. The licensed bathing boxes are interestingly of the same height and they actually look the same since a century ago; each Victorian-style cubicle is built with durable corrugated iron roofs, timber frames and weatherboard. Till date, they remain disconnected from electricity and water amenities. While the bathing houses no longer serve the pubic, they are an important cultural asset to Melburnians.

4 Esplanade, Brighton
Bayside VIC 3186

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Carlton Gardens


Carlton Gardens is a beautiful world-heritage listed garden with a landscape that changes with the season; the park is covered with golden ash leaves in autumn and the scenery transforms drastically in winter as the European trees are stripped bare. We found ourselves hopelessly falling in love with its romantic ambience over and over again despite having visited it countless of times. Carlton Gardens is a popular wedding photoshoot destination with its breathtaking backdrop of the Royal Exhibition Building and gorgeous water fountain.

1-111 Carlton Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Fed Square Melbourne


Federation Square is not just the focal point of Melbourne’s arts but is also the 6th best public plaza in the world. Affectionately known as ‘Fed Sq’ by locals, it occupies 3.2 hectares of land and is renowned for their numerous art exhibitions. Crowds are often formed outside the photogenic architectural building to catch live events or sporting games on their outdoor giant screen.

Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000



Located on the corner of Flinders Street and the ever bustling Swanston Street is a popular tourist attraction and also a train terminal that services both students and working executives daily. With more than 12 operating platforms, the railway station is essentially a major part of the locals’ lives. Established since 1854, it is the oldest station in Australia and a symbolic icon of the Victoria state.

Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Street
VIC 3001

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Hosier Lane


Located within a stone’s throw away from the famous Flinders Street Railway Station is Hosier Lane – the most famous laneway in Melbourne. The laneway’s popularity is derived from its contemporary art-strewn walls. The murals are an expression of creative individuals that have been approved by Citylights Projects. However, illegal graffitis are evidently inevitable and the resulting is a cobblestoned pack street surrounded with the most unexpected street art. Bring your camera along and snap away! Like all the places listed in this guide, entrance to this unique passageway is completely free.

Corner of Hosier Lane & Rutledge Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

Botanical Gardens


Royal Botanical Gardens is home to a wide selection of over 10,000 plant species of which an abundance of wildlife reside in. Take a relaxing stroll around the lush vegetation and watch in awe as the blooming gardens reveal a kaleidoscope of colours. Despite its proximity to the city center, the Royal Botanical Garden is a tranquil sanctuary with its serene lakes and sweeping lawns.

Shrine Remembrance


The magnificent infrastructure was erected as a memorial for all Australians who have served in the World War I. Every year at the 11th hour of 11 November (Remembrance Day), Australians will hold their silence for a minute to commemorate for the noble heroes and heroines. The grandeur of the shrine is truly remarkable – view of the building from the city remains completely unobstructed to honour those who have sacrificed.

Birdwood Ave
Melbourne VIC 3001

Victoria State Library


The State Library of Victoria is an European-style 19th century building and is a landmark that one should not miss. Absorb the magnificence of the state library’s heritage interiors at its very best when you climb to the top of the domed ceiling of La Trobe Reading Room. The library boasts over two million books and there are free exhibitions that you can explore. You can also join one of the daily guided tours for a more thorough explanation of the library’s history.

328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Mon to Thu: 10am – 9pm
Fri to Sun: 10am – 6pm

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Melbourne St Kilda


St Kilda Beach is only 6 kilometres away from Melbourne city and provides you an instant beachside getaway. For an amazing panoramic view of the sea and the city, do walk through the St Kilda Pier. The landscape is a relaxing view of a myriad of yachts juxtaposed against Melbourne’s tall skyscrapers. Photographers will be thrilled to picture this. There are free exhibitions and events from time to time too that you can check out.

victoria market


They said you have not been to Melbourne until you have visited Victoria Market. Otherwise known as ‘Vic Market’, the market spreads over two blocks of land and you can sample their fresh produces or window shop through the merchandise area. Walking through the market itself is like navigating through a wonderland – there is so much to see and so much to absorb! They do have a night market every winter Wednesday night, which is a great way to see the market from another perspective.

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