Travel and Money Saving Tips – Melbourne, Australia


Travel can be expensive and often the littlest tips can go a long way. Whether you’re living, visiting or traveling through – major cities can be expensive. Melbourne, Australia is one of my most favourite cities in the world. Join me in the next few posts to experience Melbourne and many of the amazing gifts of travel it has to offer.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help those budgets along the way.

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Money Saving Tips

  • Tuesday: Entertainment costs are often halved or discounted (movies, theater shows, restaurants)
  • Queen Victoria Market: Every day that it is open (Delicious borek lunch $3-just one example)
  • Wednesday: Night Market (The Vic); tons of ethnic cuisine & yummy treats for under $10
  • Sunday: On the trams, the entire cost of a daily ticket is far less than during the week and is valid within a few zones for no extra fee
  • City Circle Tram: Free all the time and makes stops around the loop of the CBD
  • Melbourne Visitor Shuttle: Tourist bus costs $5 all day (kids under 10 are free) making stops around the city
  • Food: Visit local markets and supermarkets to prepare your own food/snacks
  • Sushi shops: Towards end of business day some rolls are discounted prior to close
  • Shop Markets: Queen Victoria Market, Sunday Arts Market, St. Kilda Markets
  • Shop at DFOs: South Wharf, Docklands and Spencer Street
  • Costco: Credit cards with Costco membership work internationally
  • Reward Cards: Get reward cards from any place you regularly frequent=discounts
  • Entertainment Book: Costs a bit of money but if you use the coupons it’s worthwhile
  • Salon schools: Offer discounted hair cuts and manicures done by students
  • Sky Bus: Inexpensive transport from Tullamarine Airport to Spencer Street Station (no rail link to airport)
  • Lentil as Anything: Restaurant in St. Kilda; pay as you see fit (delicious)
  • Low Cost Airlines in Australia: Virgin Blue/Tiger Airways/Jet Star

Free to See and Do in Melbourne

  • St. Kilda beaches: kite surfers, dog beaches, kayakers, beach combing, penguin sightings
  • People watching along The Yarra and in Federation Square
  • Walk/Run along The Tan
  • Picnics in the parks
  • Enjoy the markets: Queen Victoria, St. Kilda, South Melbourne, Arts Centre
  • The Shrine any day (but especially the dawn service on Anzac Day)
  • Free WIFI available in Federation Square
  • Some summer concerts in the parks (ex: symphony in Sidney Myer Music Bowl)
  • Window shop the bakeries on Ackland Street, the boutique shops on Chapel Street or the funky bookstores of Brunswick Street
  • A drive down the Great Ocean Road (incredible scenery every way you turn)
  • Some festivals year ‘round (ex: Moomba)
  • Mostly all Australia Day events (26 January)
  • Head to Arthur’s Seat or the Dandenongs for quaint towns of Sassafrass & Olinda
  • Get a workout on the 1,000 Stairs by Mount Dandenong
  • Walk the beach path from Port Melbourne to St. Kilda beach
  • Traipse through the halls of Crown Casino (open 24 hours)
  • Wander Melbourne’s laneways
  • Live sites when international sport is in town (ex: Australian Open)
  • Take in nature in the Botanical Gardens on St. Kilda Road

Do you have any Melbourne travel/budget tips to share?

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Enjoy your time in this city I am lucky to call my second-home.

Wishing you safe and happy travels.

9 responses »

    • Thanks for reading, Julie. Great suggestions-they appear in a few other upcoming posts on things to do in Melbourne (AFL-fabulous sports; as well as the eateries on Lygon street-but neither are free)…promise you’ll see them shortly. Hope all is well with you and the family. Cheers.

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  2. Very useful Travel and Money Saving Tips for travel to Melbourne! I am interested to visit the Melbourne after my niagara falls ny tours . I must follow your recommendations and must visit the St. Kilda beaches because it sounds amazing free attractions to see there. I think one can enjoy an amazing budget travel by following your tips.

    • Thanks so very much for reading and for your kind words. St. Kilda beach is beautiful and filled with fun things to do and see. Let me know if I can help you at all in your planning. Safe and happy travels. Cheers, Stacey

  3. Definitely staceylynn! You can guide me because you have massive knowledge about tourism to Melbourne, Australia. Let me know about the best things to do at St Kilda Beach and the affordable nearer hotel to stay there. It can be helpful for me enjoy a budget travel.

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