A trip to Melbourne needn’t make a dent in your budget. In fact, many of the city’s top attractions are free! On top of that we’ve got a whole list of wallet-friendly activities to enjoy:
Queen Victoria Market –Absorb the atmosphere, the architecture and the Australiana before grabbing a bargain and a great value lunch at Melbourne’s oldest and most vibrant market.
Shrine of Remembrance – This memorial to the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) is free to enter and has an observation deck with views towards to city.
Royal Botanical Gardens – The city’s green lung displays thousands of diverse, rare and indigenous plants. Discover wetlands, an Aboriginal heritage walk and a wonderful children’s garden.
City Circle Tram – This free tram does continual circuits around the city’s most popular attractions with commentary on the most significant sights.
Eureka Skydeck – Gain a different perspective of the city with a 360-degree view from the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower. Tickets start at A$17.50.
Arcades & Laneways:
Explore the street art in Hosier Lane (opposite Federation Square on Flinders St) and wander through the Victorian Royal Arcade and The Block.
Museums & Galleries:
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is free to explore as is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Admission is also free to the wonderful NGV (National Gallery Victoria) on St Kilda Road and the NGV Ian Potter Centre. The museums are conveniently clustered together along Southbank and in Federation Square so no public transport is required!
For a small entrance fee you can also visit the excellent Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens and the Immigration Museum on Flinders St.
Hire a bike and ride the Yarra Trail out to Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs. Visit the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) for a tour or a game of AFL. Go window-shopping on Chapel Street, Brunswick Street or Sydney Road. Catch a tram down to St Kilda and spend the day on the beach!