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  •   Melbourne - Free


•   Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens offer free guided walks. The gardens are attractively landscaped, with stately trees, gardens and lawns. There is a rainforest gully, which is home to a colony of fruit bats.

•   Fitzroy Gardens
Fitzroy Gardens is another delightful parkland area with a model Tudor village and the famous carved trunk of the Fairy Tree. Take a look at Captain Cook`s cottage, which was brought out stone by stone from Yorkshire in 1934 and was the home of Captain Cook`s parents. Around sunset you can see possums in nearby Treasury Gardens.

•   St Kilda
Take a tram to St Kilda. The pier is always bustling, and the grand old hotels are now cafés, cinemas and restaurants. Follow The Esplanade along the beach, where there is a craft market on Sunday. A ferry goes from St Kilda to Williamstown across the bay.

•   Williamstown
Williamstown seems slightly removed from the bustle of Melbourne. Follow the Heritage Walk around the former maritime village to appreciate the historic buildings and quaint pubs. Visit Nelson Place and get a great view of Melbourne from the beach.

•   Yarra on foot
You can explore the banks of the Yarra on foot. From Flinders Street Station, follow Flinders Walk before crossing the river via the footbridge. Follow Southbank Prom in either direction as it passes the Crown Casino complex and the Southgate complex, which are both worth a look. Beyond Princes Bridge lies Alexandra Gardens, a pleasant place to stop and watch the rowing crews on the river. If you're feeling energetic, you can hire a punt.

•   City Circle Tram
The burgundy and cream coloured City Circle Tram is free. It takes a circular route past many of the main attractions in the city area.

•   Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is a bustling food market on the north-western edge of the CBD. It is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

•   Melbourne Central
Melbourne Central is a large retail complex, incorporating a historic shot tower. There is a superb clock with Australian figurines, which move to the tune of Waltzing Matilda on the hour. It is well worth a look.

•   State Houses of Parliament
There is a free guided tour of the State Houses of Parliament when Parliament is not sitting. This imposing building on Spring Street is the centre of State government.

•   St Kilda Road
St Kilda Road is the stately boulevard of Melbourne. Take a walk along this tree-lined street and imagine you are in some European city - Paris maybe? Walk as far as the Shrine of Remembrance and glimpse the city through the trees.

•   Federation Square
Fast becoming the cultural icon of Melbourne with its ‘Fractal Façade’ system on each building in the square. The façade is made up of triangles made of sandstone, zinc and glass pieced together at different orientations and surface angles.

See it from the inside at The Atrium and the BMW Edge Theatre indoor amphitheatre. The Square is home to restaurants, cafes, bars and retail outlets as well as venues including the Melbourne Visitor Centre, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Australian Racing Museum and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia - dedicated exclusively to Australian art.



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