There are times when a traveller may have the funds to get to a place but maybe not enough to pay for tourist attractions at the destination. Times like these call for budget travelling and touring as much as you can with as little as you can spare to spend. If you’re travelling to Melbourne on a budget, there are still a lot of things that you can do here without having to take out a huge chunk of your savings.
Saving on your trip to Melbourne can start with taking an affordable taxi from Melbourne airport to the city. Once you’re in the city and checked into a cost friendly hotel, here’s a list of things to do and places to visit.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most famous public art museum of Australia. This is a must visit for all tourists of Melbourne and for the budget travellers, the good news is that the entry to the museum is absolutely free of cost, except for some select exhibitions and shows. The NGV is housed inside the Federation Square which is a popular tourist attraction because it is a famous arts and culture hub.
Next you should visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts on the Southbank. It is an architectural gem which has a revolving calendar. There are many more private galleries located in the Flinders Lane precinct where work of a lot of local and international artists is exhibited.
2. Lanes Of Art
Melbourne is home to some of the world’s best street art and that gives you a chance to explore the city while admiring some beautiful art by famous local artists. Right after you’re done visiting the Federation Square and the many galleries it houses, go to Hosier Lane which is right opposite to the Federation Square. Follow the laneways here towards the North direction and enjoy all that it has to offer. There’s so much to see in these laneways that you might feel like you’re getting lost, but don’t worry, you’re only getting lost in art. However, if you’re too worried about getting lost, then carry a walking tour map with you.
3. Market Tours
There are plenty of markets worth exploring in Melbourne and they will fit perfectly well in your budget travel plans. In almost all neighbourhoods of Melbourne there is always one market that’s selling fresh produce, local handicrafts, pre-owned treasures, trinkets, dishes and more. Since there is no charge to roam around, browse and click some Instagram worthy pictures of the market, this is one place that can really tell you a lot about the city, so put it on the list.
The most famous market is Queen Victoria Market which should be a must see on your list. Apart from that, there is the Camberwell Market which is good for a Parisienne flea market. You can also try the Rose Street Artists Market located in Fitzroy for the creative vibe and if you want to add a bit of rural experience to your Melbourne trip, check out the Farmers Market at Abbotsford Convent or the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Commuting within the city is also a great way to explore and understand the culture of the city. You can either book silver taxi service in Melbourne or rent a cycle to move around. The more that you walk around a city, visit its public places and interact with the people, the better you’ll understand the culture and city life.