Melbourne On A Budget

Tuesday 4 November, 2014

Melbourne on a Budget


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
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