12 Cheap Things to do in Melbourne That Aren't Boring

Updated: Mar 17

You want to have fun, but you don't want to break the bank. So now you're here. No worries, we have hand-picked affordable things to do in Melbourne on a budget for friends, couples, and even solo!


1. Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market is in the heart and soul of Melbourne. Known for its fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great coffee and food, souvenirs and clothing.


Surround yourself in the good vibes that the atmosphere gives off! The best time to go is at night when live music, entertainment, and festivals take place.


Cost: $0

Location: Open in Google Maps

Website: https://www.qvm.com.au


2. St Kilda

St. Kilda is a beachside suburb that has so much to offer. Some of the best places to visit are Luna Park, St. Kilda Beach, and Esplanade Market.


If you love little penguins, you can watch them waddle home every night at sunset from the St. Kilda pier.


Another great place for nature lovers is the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens that are open from sunrise to sunset every single day.


You can take part in local groups that walk, bike, and skate along the path under the palm trees; or join surfers and kiteboarders on the ocean!


Cost: $0

Location: Open in Google Maps

Website: https://www.stkildamelbourne.com.au


3. Laneways Street Art

So much aspiration is taken from walking through these laneways that artist use to express their thoughts and emotions. Follow the link below to find the closest one near you, or visit each one in a road trip!


Cost: $0

Location: Map of the Best Street Art Locations

Website: https://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/melbourne/twist/laneways


4. Nat’l Gallery of Victoria

Home to Australia's oldest and most-distinguished public art museum. It has been the most visited art museum since 1891, woah! Entry is free every day from 10am-5pm! You may have to make multiple trips to this museum as it houses over 73,000 art works through it's extensive gallery.


Cost: $0

Location: Google Maps Location

Website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au


6. State Library of Victoria

Okay, now before you start thinking... Library? Fun? Don't judge a book by it's cover.

Not only does it have a world of information and stories for you to browse and choose from, it is also filled with daily tours, exhibitions, events, and family fun. It was established in 1854, and is one of the world's first free libraries ever created, and certainly Australia's oldest library.


It's a great place to take stunning photos, and meet new people!


Cost: $0

Location: Google Maps Location

Website: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au


7. Shrine of Remembrance

One of Australia's most important and meaningful landmarks, it serves as a war memorial built to show support for those who fought and sacrificed their lives in World War 1. Shrine Tours run from the visitor centre daily at 11am and 12.45pm, and Services of Remembrance are held every half-hour beginning at 10.30am. During the service, a ray of light illuminates the word ‘love’ on the Stone of Remembrance embedded below the Sanctuary’s marble floor.


Cost: $0

Location: Google Maps Location

Website: https://www.shrine.org.au/Home


8. Federation Square

In the heart of Melbourne, Australia, Federation Square's abstract architectural form is home to major attractions, world-class events, and amazing tourism experiences. Inside you will find a variety of restaurants, bars and unique stores; which is why this modern piazza has become the city's go-to spot for hanging out and watching all the action.


Cost: $6 for Casual Parking

Location: Google Maps Location

Website: https://fedsquare.com


9. Royal Botanic Gardens

A haven for nature lovers, Royal Botanic Gardens is the best place to be if you want to escape the city life for a while. The picturesque gardens are home to a vibrant and diverse collection of native and exotic vegetation. Relax and enjoy the breath-taking scenery that can be found at every twist and turn!


Cost: $0

Location: Google Maps Location

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


10. Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Although they are closed for redevelopment until mid-2020, the build-up of excitement is definitely worth the wait! Discover their free interactive Screen Worlds exhibition and an ever-changing program of world-class exhibitions that can be found all throughout the building. There's always something new to see or do all year round!


Cost: $0

Location: Google Maps Location

Website: http://www.acmi.net.au


11. Yarra River


Grab your boo, or a group of friends, and go for a stroll alongside the Yarra River. The best time to go is at night when all the nearby gleaming lights are reflecting off of the river's surface. Alternatively, during the day is just as beautiful, seeing that this is the time when local artists and venues showcase their favorite pieces of art!


Cost: $0

Location: Google Maps Location

Website: http://yarrariver.melbourne


12. Melbourne Zoo


This is a great family fun trip if you don't want to travel to far outside of the city, and you're on a cost-conservative budget. Your kids deserve a break from all of their hard work, and so do you. Step away from the bustle of city life, and enter the gates into a world of wildlife!


Cost: Kids under 15 are Free. Adults are $38/admission or $9.50 a month!

Location: Google Maps Location

Website: https://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/

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