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7 Ways to Explore Melbourne On a Budget

Melbourne may be one of the most liveable cities in the world, but it’s also one of the most expensive. It has a lot of character as it is known as the culture capital of Australia – from the music and art scene to the diverse restaurants, you are sure to find something worthwhile to do in Melbourne. What you don’t know though, is that there’s actually plenty of things that you can do in the city that would require little to no funds at all! We discuss some of it here:

Enjoy a picnic at St. Kilda Beach

Being minutes away from the CBD, St Kilda is definitely one of the most visited beaches in the city. Prepare a food basket and have a picnic on the grass or on the sand, whichever you prefer. You can even lay around on the grassy areas, or sunbathe along the shores. If you’re in for a swim, then go ahead and dive into the water!

Listen to live music
Support the local musicians by attending their free gigs and listening to their own tunes and covers. Head on to Brunswick, where you can find plenty of bars that offers free live gigs. Sydney Road has a great variety of bars as well. They also have the best beer gardens in Sydney Road, which is a great pairing with live music!

Ride a bicycle
Melbourne is full of green bike lanes, making it a great city to ride a bike in. The motorists are used to seeing people on their bikes, so you never have to worry about a thing when on the road. The city is mostly flat, so seeing it while riding a bike is probably the cheapest and wisest thing that you will do.

Hop on the free tram and take some pictures
The free tram takes you through the CBD all the way to the Docklands. Melbourne has a lot of sculptures and amazing buildings, which look super cool in photos. You can also enjoy the city by getting an affordable car rental, which will give you all the time you need to appreciate it. For us, this the best way to fully experience and see the area!
Take a walk along Yarra
Speaking of walking, this is great place to start your journey in the city. Yarra is probably one of the most famous rivers in the whole Australia, with it signifying the unity of its people. The river is surrounded by skyscrapers and awesome sculptures, making it a relaxing activity for tourists and visitors. If you’re lucky, you can even catch the rowing clubs in their dragon boats.

Visit the ACMI
Learn more about the country and its culture by visiting the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. This museum has no entrance fee, and you can definitely come and visit for free.

Eat like a local for less
Visit the Queen Victoria Market and buy fresh produce for way less! It has everything from fresh food to souvenirs, making it the perfect one stop shop.

Have tons of fun and enjoy Melbourne!