Free fun around Australia

Given that it takes such a long time to travel overseas, interstate travel is popular with Australians, Find out what our subscribers’ top five states to visit are and what you can do for free.

5. Western Australia
Western Australia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, but even if you’re no sand lover there’s plenty of free things to see and do in WA.

Bibbulmun Track
Situated east of Perth, the Bibbulmun Track stretches 1000km through native forest. While we don’t suggest tackling the full 1000km, it’s worth grabbing a day-pack and hitting the trail.
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Swim in the natural gorges
The north west of Western Australia is home to some of the most crystal clear gorge waters you will ever see. Slip into your bathers and explore the rock formations up close.
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Tour Burswood Park
Join one of the free daily tours around Perth’s Burwood Park, situated on the Swan River. The tours are guided by award winning hosts and depart at 11.50am from the Burswood Park Information Centre.
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4. Victoria
Coming in equal third with NSW, the rivalry between Australia’s two most populated states is mirrored in our survey results. Whether you base yourself in Melbourne, or one of Victoria’s regional towns, you don’t need to spend a cent to have fun.

Melbourne City Circle Tram
Jump on the No. 35 tram and get a feel for what the centre of Melbourne has to offer. Hop on and off at areas of interest, catching the next tram which comes along
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Great Ocean walking trail
At 104km, tackling the whole of the Great Ocean trail may be too much for even the keenest walkers. However, it’s worth selecting a section of the trail and enjoying the beauty of Victoria’s coastal gem.
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Tower Hill
The extinct volcano near Warrnambool is a beautiful place to have a picnic and see native flora and fauna. Visit the Worn Gundidj visitor centre and find out more about the aboriginal roots of the area.
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3. New South Wales
Although it may be home to the most recognisable Australian icons, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, there’s so much more to see and do in New South Wales for free.

Australian National Maritime Museum
Take a step back in time and get a feel for the first ships which travelled to Australian shores. Take in the museum galleries and enjoy the various special exhibitions on show from time to time. Entry is free on the first Thursday of each month.
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Sydney Coastal walks
Take a leisurely stroll along the Spit to Manly Scenic Foreshore walk and experience for yourself just why Sydney’s beaches are so highly regarded. Cool off with a dip in the sea at Manly beach.
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Botanic Gardens
Take some time away from the hustle and bustle of Syndey and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a few hours of quiet contemplation amongst the local and overseas plants, or take one of the free daily guided walks.
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2. Tasmania
A trip to Australia’s only island state is made all the more appealing by the host of sites and attractions, which you can enjoy, gratis!

Cataract Gorge
A gentle 15-minute stroll from the centre of Launceston is a haven for the local wildlife, Cataract Gorge. Walk across the suspension bridge and see what you can spot from the strategically placed lookouts.
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Mt Wellington Park
Take a stroll along the many walks in Mt Wellington Park, or if you’re feeling energetic, traverse the Wellington Ranges on a mountain bike.
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
For those days when the rain comes down in Launceston and there are a few, head indoors and explore the Queen Victoria Museum’s collection of colonial art, combines with contemporary craft and design.
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1. Queensland
It’s hardly surprising that the Sunshine State tops the list of preferred travel destination in Australia. But there’s more to sunny Queensland than just beautiful beaches.

Mount Coot-tha lookout
Enjoy the bright lights of Brisbane at their brightest. Head to the Mount Coot-tha lookout for spectacular views of the city, night and day.
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Free Port Douglas sailing
Every Wednesday afternoon sailors leaving from the Port Douglas Yacht Club invite visitors to join them for free.
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Airlie Beach Lagoon
Enjoy the beautiful blue waters of Airlie Beach lagoon, surrounded by tropical gardens and leafy shaded spots. It’s also one of the areas in which to enjoy stinger-free swimming.
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