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.
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.