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Getaway Freebies Pt II

Thursday, December 5, 2002
We have more holiday ideas and things to do that won't cost a cent. That's right — it's all FREE!


  • High Court of Australia
    Parkes Place, Parkes 2600
    Tours run Monday to Friday between 9.45am and 4.30pm
    Ph. (02) 6270 6811
  • National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes 2600
    Open seven days for self-tours from 9am to 4.30pm. Prior arrangements for groups can be made.
    Ph. (02) 6212 3600
  • Parliament House
    Canberra 2600
    Free tours run every half hour every day from 9am to 5pm.
    Ph. (02) 6277 5399
  • Royal Australian Mint
    Denison Street, Deakin 2600
    There are three tours each week day from 9am to 4pm. They run on weekends and public holidays from 10am.
    Ph. (02) 6202 6999
  • Australian War Memorial
    Anzac Parade, Campbell 2612
    There are free tours every day
    Ph. (02) 6243 4211


  • Sydney - Government House
    Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
    Tours run every 30 minutes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm.
    Ph. (02) 9931 5222
  • State Parliament House
    6 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
    Tours of the Upper and Lower House chambers (except on sitting days) are available between 9.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays.
    Ph. (02) 9230 2111
  • Brisbane - Customs House
    399 Queen Street, Brisbane 4000
    There are free guided tours every Sunday from 10am to 3pm.
    Ph. (07) 3365 8999
    State Parliament House Alice and George Streets, Brisbane 4000 Tours are available on non-sitting days to the Upper and Lower House chambers on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Weekends 10am to 1.30pm. Ph. (07) 3406 7562
  • Melbourne - Melbourne Town Hall Tours
    Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne 3000
    They offer free tours at 11am and 1pm each weekday and on the first Saturday of each month at 11am, 12 noon and 1pm. Please book the day prior.
    Ph. (03) 9658 9658
  • State Parliament House
    Spring Street, Melbourne 3000
    Tours are available on non-sitting weekdays at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 3.45pm. Bookings are required for groups of more than six.
    Ph. (03) 9651 8568
  • Adelaide - Adelaide Town Hall
    128 King William Street, Adelaide 5000
    Bookings one week in advance for Monday tours between 10am and 12noon.
    Ph. (08) 8203 7203
  • State Parliament House
    King William Street and North Terrace
    Adelaide 5000
    Free tours on non-sitting days Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm, but the public is welcome to view parliament on sitting days if space allows.
  • Perth - Perth Town Hall
    Barrack and Hay Streets, Perth 6000
    Tours are by appointment 24 hours in advance from Monday to Friday.
    Ph. (08) 9461 3444
  • State Parliament House
    Harvest Terrace, West Perth 6005
    Free tours are offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 10.30am.
    Ph. (08) 9222 7222
  • Hobart - State Parliament House
    Murray Street, Hobart 7000
    They offer tours on weekdays at 10am and 2pm, except sitting days and public holidays.
    Ph. (03) 6233 2200


Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides Association takes daily walking tours which last one hour. Visitors can also walk, cycle or take a train along the Oliver Hill Battery Heritage Trail. The Visitors' Centre is open from 8am to 5pm each day. Ph. (08) 9372 9752


See the parts of Melbourne you want to see, or don't even know about. Ph. (03) 9658 9658 or email:


  • Art Gallery of New South Wales,
    Art Gallery Road, the Domain Sydney 2000
    Open 10am to 5pm each day. Free guided tours every day. Free Aboriginal music/dance Tuesday to Saturday at noon. (Charges apply for some exhibitions).
    Ph. (02) 9225 1744
  • Melbourne - National Gallery of Victoria
    Federation Square
    Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne 3003
    Open 10am to 5pm each day and admission is free.
    Ph. (03) 9208 0203
  • Brisbane - The Queensland Art Gallery
    Melbourne Street, South Brisbane 4101
    Free admission, except to special exhibitions, weekdays from 10am to 5pm and weekends 9am to 5pm.
    Ph. (07) 3840 7303
  • Adelaide - Art Gallery of South Australia
    North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
    Free admission to permanent exhibition each day 10am to 5pm.
    Ph. (08) 8207 7000
  • Perth - The Art Gallery of Western Australia
    Perth Cultural Centre
    James Street Mall, Perth 6000
    Open 10am to 5pm every day and free except to special collections.
    Ph. (08) 9492 6600
  • Hobart - Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
    Free admission from 10am to 5pm daily.
    Ph. (03) 6211 4177
  • Canberra - National Gallery of Australia
    Parkes Place, Parkes 2601
    Free entry to the permanent collection from 10am to 5pm every day.
    Ph. (02) 6240 6501


  • Sydney: One of Sydney's most beautiful walks is along the winding coast road linking Bondi and Bronte beaches. There are cafes at both ends for a pick-me-up.
  • Brisbane: The 5km Brisbane River Walk starts at the Regatta Hotel in Toowong, along Coronation Drive, over William Jolly Bridge to South Brisbane and past the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. You then follow the riverside walkway along the South Bank promenade, over the Goodwill Bridge, around the Queensland University of Technology and into the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Another kilometre further on takes you to Eagle Street Pier where markets are held each Sunday.
  • Melbourne: St Kilda Walk passes the beach, Luna Park, Acland Street with its famous coffee and cake cafes, to St Kilda Marina and finishing at Bay Street in Brighton. The 6km walk is along a designated foot/bike path beside the water. The Esplanade Markets are at St Kilda every Sunday.
  • Perth: The Bridges Walk starts at Barrack Square and heads towards Narrows Bridge. You pass the Old Mill, cafes at Mends Street jetty and great views of the South Perth foreshore. At the two bridges crossing the Swan River at Heirisson Island you will see the resident kangaroo. Then it's time to head back to the city alongside the Swan River.

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