Parking in the city on the weekend is much easier than on weekdays, but it can still be pricey.
You can be lucky enough to get a spot on the street sometimes, but you cannot count on street parking being available in the CBD. Metered street parking in the CBS is $5.50 per hour, and is usually for a short duration. Some spots carry no charge in the evenings.
Booking a spot ahead of time is convenient and can save you a few dollars. The disadvantage of booking ahead is that last minute changes of plan can cost you dearly.Secure Parking has many locations in the CBD, with weekend prices starting from $5 if you book online. If you don't pre book, expect to pay two or three times the cost of the online booking price.
Wilson Parking is the other big commercial car park operator, with several of their car parks offering weekend flat rates. The cheapest is their Latrobe Street car park, with a weekend rate of $6 per day.
To help your find an available spot in the city as well as compare prices, check out new website Parkhound. You can't filter by weekend rates, but it is a handy tool regardless.
Another option is to avoid parking in the city entirely. Leaving your car in a nearby suburb and taking the tram in may be inconvenient, but it is certainly cheap. The Docklands has many cheap parking options such as the Harbourtown car parks and is serviced well by trams running to the CBD and back.
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Finding hassle free parking will take the stress out of your your city trip. Image: Pixabay.