Five cheap things to do in Melbourne

Flinders St, Melbourne. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Continuing our series on “five cheap things to do” in Australian cities, here’s a list of things to consider when you next visit Melbourne.

Melbourne is a fantastic arts, cultural, festive city with so many things to browse, taste, see and experience. Let’s take a look at some of the cheaper options that still give you a great time in the city.

Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is a landmark of Melbourne and a wonderful place to get fresh produce, deli goods, clothing, plants or even pets or simply browse. Entry is free.

Hang out in Fed Square
All the action in Melbourne takes place in and around Federation Square – a great place to people watch or catch any ongoing events or even protests. The The NGV Collection of International and Australian art is always free to view in the Ian Potter Centre.

Art gallery hopping

The urban adventures tour from VIP Backpackers.

Melbourne is littered with art galleries, so much so it’s almost impossible to know where to start. However some good areas to do a bit of gallery hopping include the shops and streets around the Princess Theatre (plenty of good street graffiti in this area too) and along the Yarra River. Alternatively head to the NGV Collection in the Ian Potter Centre for free viewing.

On an aside note if you do rather fancy exploring the Yarra River a little more we offer a kayak tour at night for just $99. And our other tour option taking in arty areas is the $39 urban adventure tour taking in Federation Square, the Yarra River, Flinders St and other local sights.

Take the tram
Trams are a Melbourne icon and wonderfully the City Circle Tram is free! The 30 minute circuit even allows you to get on and off as many times as you like! Score.

Walk in the Dandenong Hills
If you have a car you might like to head to the hills for a day to enjoy some pristine Victorian forest. The hills are dotted with art galleries, antique shops, cafes but also parks, gardens and walkng tracks.

If you’re keen to visit Melbourne do check out our accommodation and other tour options.

We will be adding more cities to this “cheap things to do” series in coming weeks. Stay tuned.

See other posts in the “five cheap things to do” series: Brisbane | Sydney | Melbourne


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