You might have heard that Australia is an expensive destination to travel to. Truth be told, it can be. Because the average wage tends to be higher, so does the cost of living. But that doesn’t mean you’ll always have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the amazing sights and points of interest Down Under.

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There is a selection of amazing things you can do in Australia for free. Many of them involve enjoying the country’s spectacular natural landscape, while others are opportunities that you might have to pay for anywhere else. Check out these 10 free things that you should do in Australia.

10 Take A Photo With One Of Australia’s Big Things

Australia is famous for its many “big things” that are scattered around the country. Many of these are free to visit and take a picture with. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to spend the afternoon, you could always make a trek to visit one of the country’s large monuments and take a quick photo. These are normally located on the side of freeways and country roads, so they’re perfect for incorporating into a road trip!

A few of the big things you can see in Australia include the Big Prawn in Ballina, New South Wales, the Big Pineapple in Woombye, Queensland, the Big Lobster in Kingston, South Australia, and the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

9 Pay Your Respects At The Australian War Memorial

The Australian capital city of Canberra seems to fly under the radar of most tourists visiting from overseas. Many don’t even realize that it’s there! But there is a lot to do in Canberra and you’ll never be bored in this small but fascinating city.

One of the best free things to do in Canberra is visiting the Australian War Memorial. Inside, you’ll find a number of interesting exhibits that are interactive. There are also free tours of the premises and a moving ceremony that takes place every night to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of history.

8 Stroll Through Charles Darwin National Park In Darwin

Darwin is an ideal city for those travelers looking to experience the rugged Australian outback. Located close to the town center of Darwin in the Northern Territory is Charles Darwin National Park. Free to enter, the park boasts plenty of natural flora and fauna that you’ll see as you trek on one of the many hiking trails.

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The park is also a great place for mountain biking, and the views over the landscape that you’ll get from inside are truly unrivaled. For those who are interested in history, the park is also home to a number of bunkers that date back to World War II.

7 Climb Mount Wellington In Hobart

The Australian landscape is so diverse and beautiful that, often, the best way to spend your time Down Under is to simply admire the natural surroundings. When visiting Hobart in Tasmania, make sure that you climb Mount Wellington. At the top, you’ll get stunning views of the city that you’ll never forget!

While you can take guided tours of the mountain, there is no charge to drive up to the top of it. During some months, there is too much snow on the top of the mountain to reach the summit, but you’ll still get amazing views from various points near the peak.

6 Visit Sydney Harbour

Amazingly, one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks is totally free to visit. You could spend a lot of money in Sydney Harbour, even if you only spend an afternoon there, but you could also get away without spending a cent. If you just want to stroll by the water and take photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, it’s totally free.

Of course, there are lots of tours you can take in the area. There are also lots of high-end restaurants to eat in that will cost you quite a bit of money. But to just spend time there and soak up the ambiance, it won’t cost you a thing!

5 Enjoy One Of The Many Amazing Beaches

Australia is famous for its beaches, and rightly so. The country has endless stretches of pristine coastline where you’ll find blue waters, white sand, and total serenity. And the best thing about Aussie beaches? They are incredibly diverse; there’s the perfect beach for everyone Down Under!

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Whether you want to go surfing and need a beach with giant waves, or you want a popular beach where you can socialize, or you want a secluded, private beach all to yourself, you will find it in Australia. The vast majority of Australian beaches are free to enter.

4 Brisbane’s Man-Made Streets Beach

Many pools in Australia, on the other hand, will require you to pay a fee if you’d like to use them. However, Brisbane’s Streets Beach, which is actually a man-made attraction, is totally free to enter. Located at South Bank in the Queensland capital city, Streets Beach is just like a tropical island getaway—except for the fact that it’s located in the middle of the city.

The beach has sand and features the Boat Pool as well as the Aquativity water park. You could easily spend an entire summer’s day here.

3 Check Out The Melbourne Victoria Markets

Melbourne is one of the most popular cities in Australia and you’ll never run out of things to do in the Victorian city. Shopping is never free, but it is free to stroll around the Queen Victoria Markets. The largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, the Queen Victoria Markets have everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts to clothes.

In all honesty, you’ll probably end up spending a little money buying a souvenir from the markets, or at least a coffee. But strictly speaking, you could just stroll through the stalls and enjoy the atmosphere, without spending a cent.

2 See The Kangaroos At Perth’s Heirisson Island

One of the biggest misconceptions about Australia is that there are kangaroos hopping everywhere. You can definitely see them on your travels, but they’re mostly in wildlife parks and zoos, which cost a fee to enter. That said, there is a free way to see them, other than hoping one will jump out of the bushes.

Simply visit a location like Perth’s Heirisson Island, where you’ll see many kangaroos hopping around. You aren’t allowed to feed the kangaroos at Heirisson Island, but you can take lots of pictures of them.

1 Attend Writer’s Week In Adelaide

Adelaide in South Australia is famous for its Fringe Festival, which takes place every year between February and March. While many of the shows that come to the city during this time have an admission price, Adelaide Writer’s Week is free to attend.

During this time, various fantastic authors visit the city and speak on panels, give readings, and take questions from fans. If you’re something of a literary nut, this is an opportunity that is not to be missed! Attendance to most events is free, often taking place in the beautiful parks of the city center.

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