Studying abroad for the semester did not leave me with much extra income to splurge on exploring Melbourne. With that being said, I still wanted to do all that I could while I was in the beautiful city. So, I put this collective guide together of some of the best things to do in Melbourne that won’t hurt your bank account.
Luna Park is a historic amusement park in Melbourne that overlooks Port Phillip Bay. Though the rides and food cost money, is free to enter the park, so you can simply come to enjoy the exciting atmosphere.
Check out the iconic colorful bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. There are 82 of these distinctive multi-colored huts lining the beach of one of Melbourne’s most classy and exclusive neighborhoods, creating one of the most photographed spots in the city. Do it for the ‘gram.
This is probably one of my favorite markets, as it brings together all of the local artists. These markets are constantly going on in Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and The Bellarine Peninsula. Check out Only Melbourne to see when the next one is.
Over 80 local artisans flood the lawn of Art Centre Melbourne every Sunday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. You can find art and homemade goods made by some of the most artistic people in the city. There’s also live market music if the weather permits it. You’ll be sure to find something new and one-of-a-kind here each week. SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS.
This is a great place to go and learn more about the social, architectural and political significance at Melbourne’s historic Town Hall. Bookings are required with at least 24 hours of notice, but the tour will provide you with tons of knowledge on the city, something that doesn’t always come cheap!
I know, I know–SO MANY MARKETS, but I’m a sucker for local events. Every Wednesday from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, the Night Market is held at Queen Vic Markets. You can look forward to this event every week for some of the best food in Melbourne, bubbly drinks, music and people watching!
Watch Eddie McGuire make Australian’s dreams come true. People ages 15 and older can get free tickets to be a part of the audience for the Millionaire Hot Seat show. Just go online and complete the form to attend!
8. Laneways Walking Tour
This tour is a little different because it is self-guided. Using this map, you can walk through Melbourne discovering all of the city’s unique cafes, shopping centers, restaurants, art, history and more. This is a great way to disperse yourself into the culture of the city.
I hope these 8 activities gave you a good idea of where to start, but, as always, I am open [and begging] for more of your own suggestions, so feel free to comment them below!
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