Strapped for cash but still love to travel the world and see the sights? Here are some tips for budget travel in Melbourne.
Free City Tram
Transport Melbourne offers free transport on the city circle tram, which runs along the perimeter of the city square, passing major tourist attractions, every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am - 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
There is also a free Melbourne Visitor Shuttle bus which stops at 13 key attractions, operating daily every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Or for $2 for the first hour, hire a Melbourne Bike Share and buy a $5 helmet from a 7 Eleven store then explore without having to rely on timetables.
As a walkable city, you can also walk to many attractions from the city, such as Melbourne Park (sporting centre), Royal Botanical Gardens, Lygon Street, South Wharf, Queen Victoria Market, and many more sights - so put on some comfortable shoes and start walking.
Attractions Melbourne offers many free outdoor activities. Explore infamous laneway art; relax in beautiful parks and on sandy beaches; exercise along numerous walking and riding tracks; listen to live music and entertainment at markets, Federation Square, and from street buskers along Southbank and Bourket Street; visit free art exhibitions at various galleries; take a free tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens and Melbourne Town Hall; join in the celebrations at one of many festivals throughout the year.
Food For budget eating, pick up some products at the market, or in commercial (Coles and Safeway) or Asian supermarkets and prepare your own meal.
Alternatively, head to Chinatown, along Swanston Street, or Victoria Parade for Asian food under $20; to pubs in Fitzroy and Brunswick for affordable pub fare; Sydney Road for Turkish food; to Lentil As Anything in St Kilda for vegetarian food by donation; and in food courts in shopping malls for hearty servings. With these ideas, you'll have more change in your pocket for a drink or few. Cheers!
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