So you may have heard that Australia isn’t the cheapest of countries to travel around. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ve heard correctly. Australia is widely recognised for having a high cost of living, however it is possible to visit on a budget, as long as you’re thrifty about what you choose to do!
I’m going to show you that exploring Melbourne on a budget is possible. From lush, inner-city gardens to riverside walkways, there’s no shortage of places to explore, all of which cost absolutely nothing!
Well they do say that the best things in life are free…
The best thing about Melbourne is that there’s so much to see within the city. Walking is a great way to explore on a sunny day, and a free walking tour will give you an insight into the cities impressive sights, history and culture! As with most walking tours,
2. Explore Federation Square
Fed Square is the main hub in Melbourne. Hosting restaurants, bars and cultural attractions and events, its no wonder its a popular meeting point amongst the cities residents! Here you’ll find Melbourne’s Visitor Information Centre.
3. Walk along the Yarra River
Flowing from the Yarra Valley straight through the heart of Melbourne, a walk beside the Yarra River should not be missed off any travelers itinerary for the city! Don’t miss the free BBQ spots on Alexandra Avenue.
4. Stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens
Don’t forget to explore these beautifully picturesque gardens; containing over 8,500 species of plants from all across the world! Take a gondola ride on the lake or simply stroll around enjoying the view.
5. Take advantage of the Free Tram Zone
This offers free transport between the main tourist attractions.
6. Marvel at Flinders Street Station
Don’t miss visiting Melbourne’s iconic railway station – it’s the oldest in Australia!
7. Explore the Fitzroy Gardens
It’s easy to see why Melbourne claims to be the garden city of Australia. Only a short walk from the city will bring you to these picturesque gardens, where you’ll find The Fairies Tree, Tudor Village and Captain Cook’s Cottage, which was dismantled, shipped to Melbourne and restored in 1934 as a tribute to Captain James Cook. The gardens are also home to many cheeky possums that are easily spotted at night!
8. Admire Hosier Lane
One of the main locations where you can find Melbourne’s unique and impressive street art. Located near Federation Square, the walls come to life with vibrant colours and energy on this inner-city lane.
9. Look for a bargain at the Queen Victoria Market
This market has been a part of the city for over a century! Located within the Free Tram Zone, here you’ll find fresh, local produce, clothes and cosmetics.
10. Get the train to St Kilda
A popular suburb amongst both tourists and locals. Although not completely free (you do have to pay train fare) for only a small amount you can enjoy spending an afternoon on the beach before strolling along the pier. Don’t forget to look back at the impressive city skyline! Keep an eye out for the Little Penguins that inhabit the rocks and crevasses; sunrise and sunset are the best times to spot these Little Penguins (though we were lucky enough to see one that had stayed behind at mid-day!).
11. Take a ride on the City Circle Tram
A free service that allows you to hop-on and hop-off around the main tourist attractions.
12. Visit The Shrine of Remembrance
Built in order to honor the fallen soldiers from the First World War. Climbing to the top of this impressive, iconic monument will provide an incredible view of the city.
13. Use the Free Wifi
Many hostels in Australia charge for the use of wifi, which makes living in a city that offers free wifi in popular areas even more important!
14. Walk along South Bank
Melbourne’s waterfront hub, hosting a plethora of restaurants and cafés, shops and the beautiful South Wharf Promenade.
15. Marvel at Luna Park
How could you not go to Melbourne and get a picture with St Kilda’s well-known amusement park and its clown-faced entrance?!
Have you been to Melbourne? Did you find any other free things to do? Let me know in the comment section below!
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