Melbourne is a city in Australia which, on a map, looks like a head of T-Rex trying to eat the Port Phillip. It’s the second-biggest city in the Continent.
More than two millions of tourists reported visiting this city in 2015 only. Melbourne has a wide range of tourism attractions from skyscraper building, museum, to ocean nature.
In this article, I would like to share you 5 cool (but cheap) things to do in Melbourne. Enjoy!
Picnic Lunch at the Royal Botanic Garden
Famously called The Melbourne Garden, this cool place is located at Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 3004. The entry access is free! And this place opens every day of the year.
To reach this place, you can go either by bus or tram. You can take bus Route 605 (Melbourne Observatory/Birdwood Avenue). Otherwise, take Tram Routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 (Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda Rd).
You can visit this beautiful garden from 7.30 a.m to sunset. This is a great place for you (and your family or friends) to bring a picnic mat and foods and enjoy it together. Having a lunch in a royal garden between beautiful plants and bird voices surrounding you, where else could you get that?
Note: picnic lunches are welcome here. But doing barbecue is prohibited.
Wander the Fitzroy Gardens
This peaceful kid-friendly garden opens every day from 9 am to 5 pm. This park is located at Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. The entry to the park and the conservatory is free, while the ticket for Cooks Cottage is around $6.20 for adult and around $3.20 for a 5-15 years old kid.
The Fitzroy Gardens offers a serenity as the escape from the heat of the day. You can find a plenty of flowers and shady trees. This place is perfect for an afternoon picnic or a morning walk.
Selfie in front of the Street Art
One of the most important thing in traveling is photography. It’s the easiest and probably the most beautiful way to prove that you’ve been there on the destination. Luckily, Melbourne has a wide collection of street art where you can capture many beautiful arts with meaning. You can see the creativity on Union Lane, Flinders Court, Croft Alley, Russel Place, Centre Place, Presgrave Place, Caledonian Lane, Finlay Lane, Blender Lane, and many more.
Relax at the Beach
As I said above, Melbourne on the map looks like a head of T-Rex which is trying to eat the Port Phillip. That makes Melbourne got a lot of beaches. Some of the best beaches you can enjoy on Melbourne are :
- Brighton Beach. Such an instagrammable beach and I am not only talking about the sea. This beach has boxes in many colors forming a scenery to capture.
- Williamston Beach. One of the most famous beach in Australia. This is a friendly beach for swimmers.
- St Kilda Beach. A super relaxing beach with pretty quiet atmosphere and very low wave.
Shop at the Queen Victoria Market
Dive into the big collections of cool souvenirs in Melbourne. In this market, you can get souvenirs, arts, toys, fruits, and clothes for an affordable (and negotiable!) price. If you feel hungry while doing shopping, throw yourself to the food court with awesome collections of foods.
The market is closed in Sunday and Wednesday. So if you stay in Melbourne for several days, try to choose the right day to visit this market.
Queen Victoria Market is located on Corner Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. If you want to reach this place by public transportation, you can choose between the tram or train. The market is very close to Melbourne Central and Flagstaff Stations. If you want to go by tram, take the 19, 57 or 59 to Stop 7, Elizabeth St or Tram 58 to Stop 9, Peel St.
Melbourne is an expensive city. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to discover with a low budget. Those things above are examples of how to enjoy Melbourne in super cheap ways.