Experience Melbourne, Australia on a Budget

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If you’re planning on visiting Australia, Melbourne should be on the top of your list. Rich in culture and history, this capital of Victoria, which hosts the second largest populous in Australia, is a  mecca for fashion, sports and the best part of all, food. Whether you’re visiting the 150 year old Cricket Ground, watching the Formula One Grand Prix or simply taking in the sights, sounds and smells, Melbourne will not fail to impress even the most seasoned of travellers.

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Melbourne Tram, Flickr © Andrew Phelps

Named one of the best cities to live in in the world, it’s no wonder that the Capitol of Victoria is home to a plethora of bars, museums and adorable little shops to pop into when winding through the city streets. If you first want to get a feel for what’s going on in the city, try taking one of the free antique trams, also the largest network in the world, through the city circuit to see the sights and get acquainted with the surrounding area. Check out the Eureka Skydeck 88 for a full 360-degree view of the city. With all the glitz and glamour that comes with being a world destination to live and visit, Melbourne is also one of the most expensive places to be in Australia, but don’t let that discourage you. As you can see with the trams, we’re off to a great start when it comes to getting through the city cheaply while still leaving with the best, most full experience it has to offer.

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Espalande Market, Flickr © Scott Edmunds

If you want to jump right in and experience everyday life in Melbourne, try taking a walk through Queen Victoria Market bazaar, where you can find everything from fruits and vegetables to keepsakes and world cuisine. To keep in theme, try heading down to the waterfront on St. Kilda for the Esplanade Market craft fair or look up one of the many weekly festivals that the city hosts in celebration of the life and culture that can be found in Melbourne. No matter where your feet will take you, it’s good to remember that Melbourne offers an extensive public transportation system to get you where you need to go, from trams to busses to metros.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Flickr © Rene Cunningham

You could probably spend an entire week meandering through the many gardens that Melbourne has to offer, but if you have to choose, the Royal Botanic Gardens across the river from Olympic park will not disappoint. Also, for museum and cultural enthusiasts, Melbourne offers free admission into the National Gallery of Victoria, which hosts collections from across the globe, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) if you want to explore the history of cinematography through year-round exhibits, rare screenings and numerous special events.

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Federation Square, Flickr © Reinis Traidas

When you find yourself near the ACMI, you will be directly in the center of Federation Square, one of the busiest public venues in the world and home to some of the best restaurants, cafes, galleries and sights that Melbourne has to offer. Aside from the shopping and the tantilizing smells that drift through the air, here you will also find a number of tourist attractions, such as guided tours, cruises, tourism services and bikes to rent for a true city experience. No matter what you choose to do with your time, Melbourne is a city with tons to give: they love to entertain and they do a lot of it.