To get an overview of the City, you might want to start with a tour of Melbourne. And because this city is so awesome, many of them are for free!
Melbourne Tourism organised a free City Circle tram (No 35) which is also called the City Circle tram, and as the name already states, it circles the city. Hop on at Flinders Street/Federation Square and see where the tram takes you. It’s one of the greatest attraction in the CBD! The City Circle tram runs every 12 minutes from 10 am to 6pm from Sundays to Wednesdays and from 10am to 9pm Thursdays, to Saturdays. Alternatively there is also a free Tourist Bus departing from the same spot. The free tourist bus is a bit a longer tour and also includes the Docklands, the MCG/Botanic gardens and goes more into details. One round trip with the bus is about 90 minutes and it departs every 30 minutes.
If you do not feel like sitting through your tour you could go for a free walking tour of Melbourne. “I’m free” walking tours originated in Sydney by students showing of their city – which now also operates in Melbourne. The Students offer their services for free, though appreciate a good tip for the nice guide after a brilliant 3 hours in the city. Their slogan: “Join us in Melbourne EVERYDAY rain, hail or shine in front of The State Library of Victoria!”. Tours are always from 10:30 - 13:30 and 14:30 - 17:30 and starting point is at the statue of Sir Redmond Barry in front of the State Library of Victoria. No need to book just turn up and look for your guide in a bright green T-shirt.
Often missed by tourists, the laneways are the hidden treasure of Melbourne. They are versatile and hide many bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques in them. You can spend hours getting lost in them, without spending a cent - but seeing a lot.
Melbourne is known for its famous street art, which include stencils, paste-ups and murals. There are even Street Art Walking Tours, and the city is proud of its urban and hip vibe. On many walls, street art is allowed, though tagging is officially illegal. The best places to check out the artworks of many graffiti artists are: