Free tours of iconic Melbourne places – part 2

Have you ticked off the seven free tours of iconic Melbourne places we revealed earlier? Even if you haven’t you’ll want to tackle these tours too, from the Fitzroy Gardens to a State Library of Victoria exhibition.

Fitzroy Gardens tours

This quiet, green oasis on the edge of the CBD beckons postcode 3000 residents and workers outside for lunchtime strolls. From shoppers to tourists, everyone loves the avenues of English elm trees, and the fern gully with its stream and ornamental ponds. The Fitzroy Gardens’ other points of interest include the 18th century Cooks’ Cottage, a model Tudor village and the Fairies’ Tree. Don’t miss a thing with the free tours, departing 10am every Saturday from the visitor centre.

Two people walking in a park surrounded by trees

Fitzroy Gardens

State Library of Victoria’s World of the Book Tour

From its columned facade to the majestic domed reading room, the city-block-sized State Library of Victoria is a 19th century treasure. Join the daily World of the Book Tour and get to know this iconic institution better. It starts on a grand scale in the La Trobe Reading Room, then focuses on the permanent World of the Book exhibition. Running all the way round the dome’s fourth-floor gallery, it showcases centuries of book design, production and illustration.

Culture Capital Free Walking Tour

Get a taste of all sorts of Melbourne icons on the 90 minute Culture Capital Free Walking Tour, which happens daily. From the grand old General Post Office to laneways famous for their street art, you’ll walk from the 19th to 21st centuries. Wonder at the Art Deco Manchester Unity Building, get the lowdown on AC/DC Lane, and check out some celebrated coffee shops. Tours are free, but you’re welcome to leave a tip if you enjoy their service.

People in laneways looking at street art

Discover Melbourne’s cultural landmarks, including ACDC Lane, as part of the Culture Capital tour

Secret Gardens walk

The Queen Victoria Gardens is the starting point for our self-guided Secret Gardens walk [PDF 521KB], which is free to download. This six-kilometre urban hike continues through Kings Domain before concluding in the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll see everything from an Aboriginal burial stone to Victorian-era monuments and the 20th century Sidney Myer Music Bowl. And, of course, some of Melbourne’s loveliest natural features.

Trees overlooking a pond in a park

Queen Victoria Gardens

Flinders Quarter Augmented art walk

Whether you’re new to Melbourne or want to take a trip down memory lane, the iconic Flinders Quarter district is a must visit spot for any city stroll seeker. A new  app allows visitors to take an augmented reality tour through the area, highlighting some of the stunning art that’s adorned this iconic Melbourne precinct. Pop in to one of the participating businesses to grab a map and see the past, present and future of Flinders Quarter unfold before you.