5 things to do if you’re on a budget in Melbourne!

You’ve made your way to Melbourne, now what to do?

Australia can be pretty expensive if you’re not earning the $$$, and Melbourne is definitely no exception. During my time here I have come up with 5 fun things to do if you find yourself squeezing out that last drop of Goon, and saving all of your 5 cents (we’ve all been there).

1. Asian Beer Cafe

Asian Beer Cafe is a quirky bar based in Melbourne Central Shopping Mall, with an outside balcony overlooking Swanston Street and the State Victoria Library. It has a really quirky decor, filled with Buddhas, funky wallpaper depicting the streets of somewhere like Tokyo, and even Hello Kitty and floral themed toilets. They do fantastic cheap food, with Pizzas starting at just $5, and other meals for around $10. The Chicken Katsu Curry is one of my faves!

The atmosphere in the evening is great as they host amazing DJ’s and are open until 1am. My tip is to get there before 8pm before happy hour ends, and score yourself some $8 jugs of beer. Bargain or what!

2. Nova Cinema on a Monday

Who doesn’t love going to the movies? We all do right, and with Melbourne’s unpredictable weather sometimes a day at the cinema is perfect. Nova Cinema in Carlton is the cheapest cinema in Melbourne on a Monday, with films before 4pm just $7, and only $9 after! Considering movie tickets are normally around $20 that’s a massive saving. Find out more info and what’s on here.

3. The ACMI

I’ve already mentioned the Australian Centre for Moving Image in another post here, but I wanted to mention it again in this post because I had heaps of fun there and it’s free. The interactive displays are great, and if you’re into film and media you can really learn some cool stuff. I’ve never really been fascinated by it but even I found it a great way to spend a few hours.

4. Strike on Sundays

Strike Bowling is a great place to have a few laughs with your mates. It’s a bowling alley but they also have Karaoke, giant games, a bar and some good food. If you go on a Sunday and spend $6 at the bar (which is like one drink ya know) you get a game of bowling for free. Grab some food and some beers and you can spend all night playing for free! Deffo something fun to do if you’re a but short on cash and don’t feel like having a Sunday Sesh. Find out where the nearest Strike to you is here.

5. City Circle Tram

Melbourne CBD’s free tram zone is great and so convenient so get around. For a free tour of the CBD and an informative commentary with your ride hop on the number 35 City Circle Tram. This historic tram stops at all of the major sights and attractions, and gives you handy facts about each place. It’s a nice way to familiarise yourself with the city if you’re new to the area, or to give you some ideas on where to go in the future.

This image is not my own, I got it from https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmelbourne/3436843423ย .

If you’ve got any more ideas share them below!

Gemma

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Melbourne – My first stop on the east coast of Australia

 

Melbourne! One of Australia’s best cities!

So I’ve been in Australia about 8 months now (blog posts on my time so far coming soon!) but Melbourne is my first stop on the east coast. Melbourne is an amazing city, full of art, music and fun things to do. It’s home to the oldest tram system in the world and is the place to be if you’re looking to have fun and party. I’ve been in the city nearly two weeks now and here are some of the things I’ve done so far and what I would recommend! (besides getting drunk in one of the many bars..)

Hosier Lane – Street artย 

Hosier Lane is a cute little lane (duhh) just next to Federation Square in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. It is a pretty big tourist attraction for Melbourne and it is always busy with people taking photos. The walls are lined with amazing images and quotes and the place is so lively and colourful. I would definitely recommend popping by if you’re in the city! There is also a little coffee shop / vintage store on Hosier Lane, I stopped in and bought an amazing jumper for only $4, hurrah! Day made.

Cost – FREE

Royal Botanic Gardens

https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

The Royal Botanic Gardens in central Melbourne are a really good place to soak up some nature, take in the views, or just escape from the bustling city for some r&r time. They’re pretty massive and have many different areas to visit. There are exhibitions in the park as well as cafes, running spots, and the Shrine of Remembrance, furthermore there are also some really pretty trees and plants to go and visit! Definitely check out the gardens on a sunny day.

Cost – FREE

 

ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image

https://www.acmi.net.au/

This museum in Federation Square is great for a bit of free daytime fun. They have displays showing the evolvement and development of film and media with interactive displays, games, shows and more. I was particularly impressed by the BAFTA and Oscar awards they had on display as well as other memorabilia from movies and the VR headsets you can play around with. Another feature is the option to make a Timeslice Animation, which is when you do something cool like a crazy jump , and it’s captured by 36 surrounding cameras and then made into an animation like something out of The Matrix! It was pretty cool.

Not the best quality of pictures, apologies! You’ll just have to check it out yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

Cost – FREE

 

Eureka Skydeck – Observation Tower

https://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/

The Eureka Skydeck is just your bog standard observation tower found in most major cities, however it does have amazing views over Melbourne from the 88th floor. I unfortunately went on a gloomy day so my pictures are not the best, however I imagine on a sunny day or at night time (last entry 9.30pm) the views would be spectacular.

Cost – $20 (or buy one get one free if you have an International Youth Travel Card! https://www.isiccard.com.au/youth-teachers-cards/)

 

So those are my favourite things so far that I’ve done in Melbourne; there are loads of cool places to visit. Also check out the Queen Victoria Markets, Flinders Street Train Station, Melbourne Central (shopping mall), and the suburbs of St. Kilda and Fitzroy. I’ve still got a few places to Melbourne to experience so I may post a few more ideas and options in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Gemma

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