Melbourne Budget Holiday Guide
Melbourne is a fun city to visit and explore even if you wear pants with the shallowest of pockets. For a start a bohemian atmosphere, there are often street performers to watch and street art to look at, but wait there’s more…
Day 1: Take a stroll, sniff out a bargain and enjoy a few experiences money can’t buy:
- Melbourne’s market obsession means bargains in clothes, souvenirs, toys and more. Try out the Queen Victoria Market in the city and the Mediterranean feel of the Preston Market. Grab some breakfast down there and be ready to pounce on a deal.
- Take a tram down to St Kilda Beach. Grab a tan on the sand and a dip in the sea, wander along the esplanade before ducking into The Espy for beer, wine and lunch with a view.
- If the killjoy Romans hadn’t outlawed gladiators, they’d be playing every weekend at the MCG – Australia’s shrine to AFL and cricket. You can tour the stadium for $20 and even run out on the hallowed turf basking in the raucous applause of 100,000 vacant seats.
- At the four-legged friendly Moroccan Soup Bar in Fitzroy North, feast on ridiculously large vegetarian main courses for under $15 or gorge on a bloating $17-per-person banquet
Day 2: No theme for the day, just a taste of eclectic Melbourne’s finest and cheapest:
- Do a tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol. Amongst the macabre and historic see where Ned Kelly pondered, “Such is life” before dropping through the floor. Or wait until after dark and do a Hangman’s Night or Ghostseekers Tour.
- Sandwiches and symphony makes wonderful music at the Melba Hall Free Lunch concert series each week during semester where staff, students and veterans unleash some bowed strings, woodwind, brass and percussion magic.
- Amongst the fun at Melbourne Planetarium and Lightning Room are interactive rooms and special effects shows where boffin looking people do really cool and normally illegal things with over 2 million volts of electricity (Adults $8, kids free entry).
- Share a plate of economic and delicious dumplings at the Shanghai Dumpling House in Chinatown. If you're stumbling around the city after midnight, head to the Supper Inn for a Cantonese late night feast.
Day 3: Jump on a tram and discover what all this Melbourne culture malarkey is about:
- At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square you can see uber cool retro films and changing exhibitions, try hands-on activities and even join in nerdy image discussions.
- Right next door is the National Gallery of Art, hording some of Australia’s best-known artworks. And you can wander the hallways for free.
- Have dinner at the famed Pelligrini’s Espresso Bar on Bourke Street, where you can dig into huge servings of mains such as spaghetti and lasagne for around $15.
- And if you happen to be around Bourke St on a Monday night you’ll find chickens, Irishmen and blondes crossing the road to Spleen Bar’s free comedy night.
Recommended Melbourne Budget Hotels:
- Save money for the waking hours by saving on the sleepy time at the funky Victoria Hall Accommodation where you can shack up in a dorm room or family room near CBD hotspots such as Chinatown and the Princess Theatre.
- Stay near the stylish shopping of Chapel Street , South Yarra at the Claremont Guesthouse, with shared and private rooms available and breakfast always included.
See the list below for more Melbourne Budget Hotels.
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