Ah, Melbourne. It wasn’t named Australia’s Most Livable City this year for nothin’! Its got that whole grungy, creative, funky, hipster thing happening. And I love it!
What else do I love? Of course. Not spending my entire savings on a weekend away. A little something I’ve learnt since my graduation – you don’t have to be a uni student to want to live on the cheaper side of life (or am I just cheap?).
No matter if you’re a local Melbourne resident or you’re travelling there – here are some tips for doing Melbourne on a budget.
Melbourne On A Budget
1. First Up - Are You Looking For Work?
Because I don’t know if you’ve heard, but that’s kind of what OneShift is all about. One-off shifts, casual jobs, part time gigs. The extra cash will help you pay off all those side-ally coffees and vintage clothes you’ll no doubt indulge in.
Check out jobs here: Casual jobs in Melbourne
2. Next up – Free Stuff.
Who doesn’t love something that is 100% free? After all, the best things in life are free (how true is this saying?).
- City Circle Tram
This baby is a winner! A free tram that goes around and around the Melbourne CBD. Such useful.
- Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Located in Federation Square, this unique building often is holding exhibitions and the occasion film screening. For all those films buffs!
- Queen Victoria Market
A popular tourist attraction, but let’s be serious. It’s huge and full of stuff you’ll regret buying.
- State Library of Victoria
I’m a sucker for a beautiful library. If you’re a Melbourne resident, you can even hire out some books for freeeeeee!
- WiFi hotspots
Sydney could take a few tips from Melbourne – including this one. Free WiFi hotspots around the city? Do they actually work?
- Federation Square
Fed Square, arguably the most recognized Melbourne attraction! There’s always something on.
- Royal Botanical Gardens
Take a stroll. Take a picnic. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens. The warmer months they play host to events such as outdoor cinema and theatre.
- National Gallery of Victoria
If you want to get real touristy, check out this iconic Melbourne gallery. If you feel that way inclined!
3. Lastly – Cheap Stuff.
Not everything is free (imagine…)! Things that cost less than $50.
- Melbourne Zoo - Adult tickets $30
- Bounce Inc - Tickets $16.50
- Carlton United Brewery - Take a Tour for $25
- Scienceworks - Get Geeky for $10!
- Melbourne Aquarium - Entry for $30.40
- Peninsula Hot Springs – Entry $30 (Umm...yes, please)
- Coffee At Any Café