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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?


Melbourne Royal Show

The Melbourne Royal Show offers a classic agricultural experience, held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from the 26th of September to the 6th of October 2024.

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Melbourne Fringe Festival

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is a celebration of creativity and expression, running from the 1st-20th of October 2024.

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Coldplay is back in Melbourne on November 3rd, 2024, bringing the 'Music of The Spheres World Tour' to Marvel Stadium.

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Australian Open

The Australian Open, a premier tennis championship, draws global sports enthusiasts to Melbourne each year, held at Melbourne Park from the 12th-26th January 2025.

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Midsumma Festival

The Midsumma Festival showcases the city's LGBTQ+ community through a range of cultural events, performances, and exhibitions across St Kilda from the 19th of January to the 9th of February 2025.

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Moomba Festival

The Moomba Festival, brings together locals and visitors to celebrate Melbourne's diverse culture along the Yarra River from the 6th-10th March.

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Melbourne Grand Prix

The Melbourne Grand Prix, held at Albert Park Circuit from the 13th-16th of March, combines speed and precision in a thrilling showcase of automotive prowess.

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Flower & Garden Show

The Flower & Garden Show is a vibrant display of horticultural artistry held in the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens from the 16th-20th of March 2025.

Only a 10-minute walk from the Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne.

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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 from the 26th of March to the 20th of April.

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