You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great time Downunder. Just check out some of these fabulously free treats for tightwads…
Tourism Western Australia1. Priceless Pinnacles
Marvel at The Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia. Consisting of thousands of natural limestone pillars, some standing as high as five metres tall, they were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago and create one of the most unique natural scenes on Earth. The desert is especially beautiful at sunset.
2. Sunset Window Shopping
Take an evening stroll around the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets in Darwin. Window shop for souvenirs, get a massage, watch the buskers and performing artists or simply take in the atmosphere.
Tourism Australia/NTTC3. Get Minted
Watch one of the world's strongest robots make Australian coins at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. Displays in the museum gallery feature the 1930 penny, rare gold sovereigns and even some forgeries.
4. Forests For Free
A 30-minute walk through ancient Antarctic Beech forest in Mudgeeraba, Queensland, leads to ‘Best of all Lookout’, which lives up to its name by providing a panoramic view across Mount Warning to Byron Bay and Coolangatta.
5. Gardens Galore
Relax in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, a significant natural and cultural heritage landscape that is home to extensive Tasmanian native collections and some ever-evolving specialized gardens.
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6. Entertainment With No Price Tag
Take in the culture of the Brisbane Festival in Queensland, where acclaimed international and Australian productions sit alongside free outdoor events and homegrown performances each September. The Riverfire fireworks festival, which is part of the closing extravaganza, is a big highlight.