You can see much that Australia has to offer without burning too large a hole in your budget. In fact, many of the best activities – such as exploring Australia’s gorgeous coastline and beaches – are free! Here are our picks of the best valued activities in and around Australia’s major cities.
1. Free Museums
There’s free entry at the following museums:
Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney)
Australian National Maritime Museum (Sydney)
Old Treasury Building (Melbourne)
National Museum Australia (Canberra)
Queensland Museum (Brisbane)
South Australia Museum (Adelaide)
Western Australia Museum (Perth)
2. Free Galleries
Most of the major art galleries are free to enter. Our favorites include:
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney)
National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne)
National Gallery of Australia (Canberra)
3. Botanical Gardens
Each city has its own botanical gardens that are free to visit. Why not save money and visit the local market for picnic goodies and enjoy an alfresco lunch? Melbourne’s Victoria Market is one of Australia’s best.
4. Squares and Harbours
Darling Harbour in Sydney is an inexpensive day out for the family with plenty of free attractions to keep the little ones entertained. There’s also plenty to see and do for little or no money in Melbourne’s Federation Square. Brisbane’s South Bank area is a hive of activity on weekends and has a free man-made beach to enjoy!
Winery tours offer great value for the money, are an inexpensive way to visit the countryside and they give access to the best wineries and cellar doors. Important wine regions include Melbourne’s Yarra Valley, Sydney’s Hunter Valley, Adelaide’s Barossa Valley and the Margaret River region just south of Perth.