Melbourne is a very exciting and vibrant city that’s full of cultural diversity due to visitors coming from all over the world. The fact that the locals also love Melbourne passionately adds to the wonderful feel of the city. Although there are many places where you need to spend money, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun if you are on a budget. There are plenty of activities and places you can do and go for free. You can always hire a bus, which will get you where you want to be and proceed to have a wonderful time.
Tour Melbourne’s Churches
If you are an architect buff, then the churches within Melbourne are a sight to behold. The churches you ought to visit include a church designed by a British architect William Butterfield. This is St Paul’s Cathedral which is located in the middle of the business district. It is designed in a neo-Gothic design and the nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is built in an intricate medieval-style design. St. Michael’s Uniting Church and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church are churches worth exploring as well.
Visit the Federation Square
It is almost a crime to visit Melbourne and not visit the Federation Square, which is also fondly referred to as Fed Square. The square happens to be the city’s centre of activity, where everyone meets for all sorts of activities. There are coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, with free events happening all year round. If you want to spend money, it is entirely up to you as there are free events almost every day of the year.
Take a Stroll in The Parks
Some of the most beautiful parks in Australia are found in Melbourne. The Royal Botanical Gardens is located near the Central Business District of Melbourne, and close by is the idyllic Yarra River. The Royal Botanical Gardens span an area of 38 hectares, and you can plan to spend an entire day by relaxing in the midst of the trees and flowers. The Royal Park is a whopping 180 hectares of land. You can move around using a train or a tram and spend some relaxing hours in the Zoological Gardens. Take some time to take a walk into Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens, which are almost adjacent to each other.
Take a Walk by the Yarra River
The Yarra River is thought to be the heartthrob of Melbourne and it is truly worth your while to walk on its banks. The riverbank is alive with fishing platforms and areas for picnics. If you are an avid jogger or biker, there are trails located along the river bank. The gorgeous street art and beautiful architecture are very exotic. You have the choice of taking a boat and rowing down the river or getting into one of the crafts and find your way to Herring Island Park, The Royal Botanical Gardens, or Melbourne Park.
Learn More About the Aboriginal History
The Koorie Heritage Trust cultural Centre is located in the Federation Square. This is the one place where you can learn about Melbourne’s history; before the British colonized Australia two hundred years ago, for free! Learn the history of the Wurundjeri people, who were the original inhabitants of the land, and the Koorie’s history and culture. Aborigine artists hold exhibitions and there are also various social exhibitions available throughout the year.