Put your money away: The best things in life are free

Australia really has it all. From crystal clear beaches and spectacular deserts to metropolitan cities and quaint country towns, we’re spoilt with culture and diversity.

However, to experience what’s on offer often comes with a price tag – those unexpected ticket fees. Well, not any more. Leave your wallet at home and experience what’s on offer for $0.

1. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne

When the sun’s out, why not treat your ears to some fresh tunes? Held at Melbourne’s iconic outdoor venue, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra treat the city to free concerts.

Concerts go for approximately two hours with a 20-minute interval. You can invite the whole family, pack a picnic and make it an evening to remember.

Fall in love with live music, watch the sun go down and turn a summer evening into a holiday highlight.

Cost: Free

2. Tea tree healing, Byron Bay

You don’t need to be a hippie to enjoy this healing remedy. Lake Ainsworth, in Lennox Head (just a 15-minute drive from Byron Bay) is one of the most famous fresh water lakes in the area.

Lake Ainsworth is infused with tea tree oil, thanks to the tea tree roots that grow around it – making it a natural healing experience. Boasting antiseptic qualities properties, a soak in the lake will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

If you’re after a super cleanse, you can also cover your body with the lake’s healing mud; allow it to dry and then wash it off. This is one experience you won’t forget.

Cost: Free

3. Sculpture by the sea, Bondi Beach

Want to get arty under the sun? From 22 October 2015, you can. Sculpture by the Sea transforms the Bondi to Tamarama walk into a two-kilometre art show. Boasting both local and international artists, it features over 100 beautiful sculptures that will surprise and delight.

Perfect for families, couples and those who love the sunshine, Sculpture by the Sea gives you the best of both worlds: art and the great outdoors.

Cost: Free

4. White Night Melbourne, Melbourne

They say Melbourne is the city of arts and culture. The White Night event truly encapsulates the city’s heart and soul.

Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, White Night invites Melbournians to celebrate art, music, food, theatre, fashion, film and design in one spectacular city-size art exhibition. Buildings are transformed into magnificent light shows; fountains into neon showers and laneways into technicolour mazes.

This unforgettable event starts when the sun goes down on 20 February 2016.

Cost: Free

5. Climbing and Bouldering, Melbourne

If you’re a real-life Spiderman, you’re going to love this. Secretly tucked under the Burnley Freeway is an open-air bouldering wall.

Parks Victoria and the Victorian Climbing Club designed and built three artificial climbing walls for adrenalin junkies and those who love to stay fit. But don’t worry if you’ve never climbed before, there’s rubber matting to ensure a soft fall.

The walls can be accessed from the Yarra Trail walking and cycling paths – just opposite Herring Island.

Cost: Free