Australia’s probably one of the most expensive countries in the world. After living here for almost 5 months I’m still not used to the cost of things like food and accommodation. But what I absolutely love about exploring this country is that so many things are free! Besides food, transportation and accommodation traveling here doesn’t really have to cost you much. The beautiful beaches, gorgeous parks, impressive buildings and bridges, the culture and art. Most of it is for free.
One of the best free things that Sydney and Melbourne have to offer are the I’m Free Tours. Both cities offer free city tours that take approximately 2,5 to 3 hours. The guides are very passionate and knowledgeable. Tours start daily (except for Christmas Day) at 10:30AM and 2:30 PM. Sydney also has a very interesting Rocks Tour that takes you through the oldest part of the city, The Rocks, while hearing stories about murders and mysteries that took place here during the last few centuries. Probably my favorite tour! This one takes about 1,5 hours and starts at 6PM (not on Christmas Day and New Years Eve).
I’ve done all tours at least once and I’m pretty sure I’ll do all of them again some time this year!
What I also love about the I’m Free tours is that the funders are two Sydney students who came back from their travels through Europe and realised that Sydney had a “lack of accessible walking tours”. That’s when I’m Free Tours was born. Talk about a good idea!! Even after completing their studies they decided to focus on their business and expanded to Melbourne about 3 years ago.
Good to know:
- I’m Free Tours are free, but they work on a tip only basis. So don’t forget to bring some cash, whatever you can miss, because they’re definitely worth it.
- The city tours have a short (15 minute) snack/toilet break
- The tour guides wear a green “Follow me I’M FREE” t-shirt that’s easy to spot from a distance.