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Quirky Bars and Free Places to Visit in Melbourne

Immerse yourself in what the magnificent city of Melbourne has to offer!

Southbank precinct is the hotbed of Melbourne art and culture home to the Victorian Arts Centre, Malthouse Theatre, Recital Centre, and National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne's meeting place Federation Square combines art with architecture - with the Ian Potter Gallery and ACMI offering free exhibits year-round.

If you’re keen to explore, Melbourne is home to over 100 art galleries and public art spaces ranging from large public institutions to small artist cooperatives. To cap off a great day, be sure to catch the big names of the stage in a blockbuster theatre production at one of Melbourne's beautiful historic theatres.

Why not go on a self-guided walking tour around the city?


Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne Show offers a classic agricultural experience with carnival rides, animal exhibits, and artisanal displays, bridging the urban-rural gap in an entertaining and educational way.

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AFL Grand Final

The AFL Grand Final is a momentous sporting event, where the nation's passion for Australian Rules Football reaches a climax as two teams compete for the ultimate championship title.

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Melbourne Marathon

The Melbourne Marathon draws fitness enthusiasts and runners from all levels, offering a scenic route through the city's iconic landmarks and encouraging a sense of accomplishment.

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Melbourne Fringe Festival

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is a celebration of creativity and expression, showcasing boundary-pushing art across various genres and providing a platform for emerging artists.

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Melbourne Fashion Week

Melbourne Fashion Week sets the trends in motion, presenting cutting-edge designs and runway shows that highlight the city's fashion-forward attitude and style-conscious crowd.

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Spring Racing Carnival

The Spring Racing Carnival is a glamourous affair that brings together horse racing and high fashion, creating a vibrant atmosphere with the world-renowned Melbourne Cup as its centrepiece.

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New Year’s Eve Celebration

The New Year's Eve Celebration transforms Melbourne's skyline into a dazzling display of fireworks and festivities, inviting locals and visitors to ring in the new year with joy and anticipation.

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Australian Open

The Australian Open, a premier tennis championship, draws global sports enthusiasts to Melbourne each year, offering thrilling matches and an electric atmosphere.

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Midsumma Festival

The Midsumma Festival showcases the city's LGBTQ+ community through a range of cultural events, performances, and exhibitions, fostering a sense of inclusivity and pride.

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Moomba Festival

The Moomba Festival, a cherished tradition, brings together locals and visitors to celebrate Melbourne's diverse culture through parades, music, and water-based events along the Yarra River.

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Flower & Garden Show

The Flower & Garden Show is a vibrant display of horticultural artistry, where Melbourne's gardens transform into a living canvas of colours and scents, captivating visitors with its beauty.

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Melbourne Grand Prix

The Melbourne Grand Prix is a high-speed spectacle, as Formula One cars race through the Albert Park Circuit, combining speed and precision in a thrilling showcase of automotive prowess.

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival fills the city with laughter, featuring a plethora of comedic talents from around the world and hosting side-splitting performances across various venues.

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