Melbourne is a fantastic city that is often regarded as the cultural capital of Australia and it is not hard to see why and the city is absolutely brimming full of character and culture. Melbourne as city has so much to offer, from the characters who call the city their home to art and music scene, there is always something to do and enjoy.
Unlike many other cities in Australia or the rest of the world for that matter, the city has plenty to do without it costing you a fortune. Melbourne welcomes thousands of tourists each year and many of these are students enjoying a gap year or travellers who are looking to see as much as they possibly can without breaking the bank. Here are just 10 ideas about what you could do if you are visiting the city on a budget.
- Take a walk along the Yarra River
Like many cities, the river running through the centre of them is a focal point and brings people from all walks of life together and indeed the Yarra River in Melbourne is no different. As you walk down the banks of the river you will see various sculptures and in the evening times you will see the rowing clubs go past in their dragon boats.
2. Experience the famous music scene
If you are a keen music fan then Melbourne is great place for you to visit. The main focus is often centred round the Brunswick area of the city. This is where you will find lots of the local musicians and Sydney Road in the area, has several music bars all within walking distance of each other. You can sit back, enjoy a beer and listen to some excellent live bands – the best part of all is that the entertainment is absolutely free.
3. You can eat cheaply without compromising on quality
Everyone wants to eat fresh food and this is certainly possible in Melbourne. The Queen Victoria Market which is located on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria and has everything that could ever wish for and that doesn’t stop at food. If you are being particularly frugal, you can go an hour or so before it closes and the food is even cheaper. It is not unrealistic to eat for a week for $20.
4. Go to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
The ACMI is in the centre of Melbourne, located in Federation Square and is a free museum that features many interactive toys that show the evolution of television and regardless of where you come from, this is something that is certain to appeal – especially if you are visiting Melbourne on a budget.
5. See the city on a bicycle
Public transport in Melbourne is certainly cheap but what better way to see such a magnificent city than on two wheels? You don’t need to be a super athlete or in particularly good condition as the city is very flat. If you are a nervous cyclist, you don’t need to be concerned as most of the main routes have a green lane (cycle lane). Not only is it a great way to see the city, it keeps you fit and you can also beat the traffic at busy times!
6. Visit St. Kilda
There aren’t many beaches that are in easy travelling distance of Melbourne but one that is St. Kilda. There is a picturesque boardwalk and pier along with lots of grassy areas that mean a picnic at the beach is the great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
7. Go to Federation Square
Federation Square or Fed Square as it is often affectionately known to the locals is a great place to spend a few hours. There is always something going on such as street performers and even fashion shows during fashion week not to mention what you might see during the comedy festival.
8. Look at the various stunning buildings and sculptures around the city
You don’t have to travel far in Melbourne before you come to a beautiful building or a carefully crafted sculpture – they are quite literally on every corner. If you want to see even more you could take the free tram that travels from the docklands and through the central business district. You can’t fail to be impressed by the number of sculptures that are around.
9. Visit the Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are a great place to visit, especially on a glorious summer day but don’t let the weather determine if you go or not as there is plenty to see in the pavilions. On a good day you can take a picnic and do a little bit of people watching!
10. Be part of a live audience
Following on from the ACMI, if television and broadcasting is your thing then why not go along and watch a recording of one of the many shows that are filmed in the city? Tickets to be an audience member are usually free.