Top 10 Cheap And Free Community Accesses Ideas.

Top 10 Cheap and Free Community Access Ideas In Melbourne

  1. Melbourne Museum
  2. Union Lane
  3. Watch A Busker.
  4. Have A Picnic
  5. The War Memorial
  6. Festivals and events
  7. Science Works
  8. Tudor Village
  9. Art Galleries
  10. Fed Square

Community access is an important part of life for a person with a disability, as it provides access to recreational tasks and social opportunities, as well as enabling an individual to develop skills and competencies. This blog is being (can delete this word) brought to you by Bryce, a fantastic participant here at DisabilityCo. Bryce called up our team to ask for some ideas on what someone living with a disability can do on their community access shift that doesn’t cost the world. You can check out the podcast that we did on the request of Bryce. 

Before we jump in….

Our beautiful city of Melbourne brings many opportunities for free and low-cost outings. Whether you live in the city, are visiting for the day or staying at Grattan House, check out all the information below to make the most of your community access time in our city.

To help plan your trip into our beautiful city, don’t forget to download the access and mobility maps covering the central city. 

CBD Mobility map

Are you using a mobility aid? Do you need priority seating on public transport? Find out more about using trains, trams and buses with greater accessibility for wheelchairs users and people living with vision or hearing impairments.

Victoria Public Transport Accessibility

  1. Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. Located adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building, it is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Free for kids and pension cardholders. Spending your community access time learning at the Melbourne Museum makes for a fantastic day out.

Image of Melbourne Museum. The building is mainly windows with a grey structure and large text reading ‘Melbourne Museum’.

  1. Union Lane

Get an insight into the vibrant street art scene in Melbourne and see works by local artists covering more than 550 square metres of wall space. Union Lane is also a fantastic place for photo opportunities and a place where you can work on your photography skills.

Image of Union Lane, a small city lane full of art. Up close on the left is a blue skull and on the right wall is red graphic writing.

  1. Watch a busker.

Are you a lover of the Arts? The City of Melbourne welcomes buskers and street performers of all varieties to perform on our city streets.

With musicians, singers, dancers, mimes, puppeteers, living statues, painters and chalk artists, there is something for everyone. Buskers can be found all over Melbourne.  Bourke Street is one of the many hotspots. Watching and enjoying a busker or group of buskers is a free activity, although small donations are always encouraged.

Image of two man on the Melbourne streets busking. Both men have long brown hair and are playing guitars.

  1. Have a picnic at a beautiful sight

Making lunch at home and packing up a picnic to visit your fav park is always a lovely day out. The city of Melbourne offers some great spots. You could spend your time next to the beautiful Yarra River or visit one of the many gardens within Melbourne, including Parliament Gardens Reserve and the Botanic Gardens.

Image of the Yarra River with clear blue sky. The river has one rowboat on it and city buildings standing in the background.

  1. Melbourne war memorial

Free entry to Melbourne’s war memorial allows you to Explore Melbourne’s iconic landmark to find peaceful reflection, discover the real-life stories of Australians in wartime and view breath-taking vistas of the memorial gardens and Melbourne. Open daily 10 am – 5 pm, with free admission for all.

ALT: Image of the Melbourne war memorial. This building is a classic-style stone building.

  1. Festivals and events

The city of Melbourne is well-known for its community festivals and events like Moomba making for a fantastic day out. Stay up-to-date on all events happening throughout the year at: 

Image of Moomba parade. The focus is on 6 women dressed in red, all holding one letter each to spell out Moomba

  1. Scienceworks

Scienceworks is your go-to Melbourne destination for curious minds of all ages. Interact with the exhibitions and experience how science really works. With seasonal exhibitions and workshops, there is always something new and exciting to do at Scienceworks. 

General concession tickets are free and available (can delete this) to Carer Card, Health Care Card, Pension Card and Student Card holders.

Image of the ScienceWorks building. The building is a round shape with an orange central point and large black text that reads ‘ScienceWorks’.

  1. Explore The Model Tudor Village 

This Melbourne Model Tudor Village is one of three villages built in the late 1940s by Edgar Wilson, representing a typical Kentish village during the Tudor period. It was a gift to the people of Melbourne in appreciation for the generosity they demonstrated in sending food to Britain during World War Two. Lord Mayor Cr Raymond Connelly formally opened the village on 21 May 1948.

Image of a small model town in a city garden. The small buildings are mostly an off-white and dark red.

  1. Visit the best free art galleries in Melbourne.

Getting up close to beautiful art is made easy with many free-entry art galleries to enjoy. Don’t be shy to talk to a gallery attendant and ask a question. We recommend checking out Buxton Contemporary, where admission is free with a fully wheelchair-accessible space. 

Image of Buxton Contemporary, a one-storey brick building. The building has a red built board/artwork showing a clock with a human lying on the big hand.

  1. Fed Square

With outdoor seating and comfort zones during summer, live music and many different free exhibitions combining to over 2,000 events each year, Fed Square is the place to be.

Opening in 2002, Fed Square has become an integral part of the city and a popular meeting place.

Visiting Melbourne City? Check out Grattan House, located at 16-20 Grattan Place, Carlton. Grattan House is the perfect location for your next respite stay.

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