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Forty Cheap or Free Things to Do in Melbourne

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Published December 10th 2013
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Grab your spare change and hit the city


1. Grab lunch at Crossways

2. Hit up the Moonlight Cinema on Cheap Tuesdays

3. Check out Half Tix for a last-minute half-price ticket to a show

4. Meander through the Queen Victoria Market, or the Suzuki Night Market

5. Grab some budget-friendly custom-altered denim from Dejour Jeans

6. Go on a Busker Tour of Melbourne and soak in the free talent on offer

7. Pick up some cheap make-up or perfume at Chemist Warehouse

8. Hit the beach!

9. Explore the laneway art

10. Check out the free exhibitions at ACMI

11. ...Or at the National Gallery of Victoria

12. Hire a bike and explore the city on your own wheels

13. Head to your local library for a day of free books, magazines and internet access

14. Host a Low Tea Party

15. Shop the bargains at Melbourne's best factory outlets

16. Pack your own food and enjoy the scenery at a beautiful local picnic location

17. If you prefer an indoor atmosphere, try these top happy hour locations for a drink that's easy on the wallet

18. Get your mixed bag of sweets at a favourite lolly shop

19. Don't worry if the local cinema is expensive, here you can grab a movie at a discount rate

20. Look for something seasonal, for example the City of Melbourne Christmas Festival

21. Catch a free movie at Southgate Cinema

22. Head to St Kilda for a free music festival

23. Indulge your senses at Melbourne's Food and Wine Festival

24. While you're in the free-festival mood, check out the Sustainable Living Festival

25. Go to picturesque Abbotsford for the Makers Market

26. Explore history science at the Melbourne Museum

27. Get colourful at Midsumma Festival

28. Check out the Flea and Farmer's market in the Docklands

29. Get Geeky with Melbourne's thriving nerd subculture

30. Grab a cheap read and a coffee at Second Edition Bookstore and Cafe

31. Join in the fun at Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival

32. Explore Muslim Womens Style in Australia at the Faith Fashion Fusion exhibition

33. Admire a history of gorgeous stage cosumes

34. Prick up your ears at RMIT's Melbourne Me: Forty Years of Mushroom Records exhibition

35. Put the haute back into couture at the Melbourne Fashion Festival

36. Grab a few coins and find a local Trash and Treasure market

37. Strap on your sneakers and head to Ferntree Gulley for the iconic 1,000 steps climb

38. Take your dog for a leash-free run at some of Melbourne's best dog parks

39. All you need is a few dollars for a day trip on the busy 96 tram line

40. Lie back at relax at the Blue Lotus Water Gardens
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Hey, nice job to compile this list! Good idea :)
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