There’s so much to see and do in Melbourne that a lifetime isn’t enough to discover it all. Take a guided tour to fast-track your exploration. Take two, or more, because these walks are among the best things in life – free.
Explore the refreshed State Library
The library has emerged from a major renovation, so it’s time take a look around. There’s no better way to do it then at the weekly free Welcome to the Library Tour. Highlights include the aew-inspiring Dome Room. Be sure to check out the magnificent Queen’s Hall on your way out!
Another impressive 19th century public building is Parliament House. Wonder at the Gold Rush-era marble, chandeliers, gilding and polished wood. See inside the two parliamentary chambers and say hello to the statue of Queen Victoria and portraits of every Victorian premier. There are several tours every weekday, except when Parliament is sitting.
Go to town
Completed in 1870, the Melbourne Town Hall has played an important role in Melbourne’s past and future. Explore the council chambers, step out on the balcony and see the piano once played by Paul McCartney. Tours are at 11am and 1pm weekdays except Tuesdays, and bookings are essential.
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is among Federation Square’s tenants, and home to some of the nation’s most important home-grown art. Nearby, NGV International showcases the National Gallery of Victoria’s impressive international collection. Both offer regular free tours of the highlights and exhibitions, and gallery entry is also on the house. Impressed? Just wait until you see the art!
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Melbourne’s vibrant Royal Botanic Gardens on one of their free guided walking tours. Discover natural flora and fauna as you wander through rolling landscapes, towering trees and glittering lakes.
Guided tour of Fed Square
Opened in 2002, this modern piazza is one of Melbourne’s contemporary architectural icons. The Fed Square Guided Tour explores this three-hectare site’s distinct history and architecture. From the undulating sandstone paving to the buildings’ angular exteriors, it’s a must for design fans. Tours happen at 11am daily except Sundays, with no bookings required.