Sightseeing on a Budget in Melbourne
Along with Australia’s other big cities, Melbourne is not known for its affordability. With some advance planning, though, it’s possible to check off the top attractions of Australia’s second city without breaking the bank. Here’s how.
Book a Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tour
Melbourne’s attractions are scattered throughout the city and its suburbs, so transport between them can be costly and time-consuming. Save time and money with a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour, which covers popular attractions such as Melbourne Gaol, Luna Park, and Cathedral Place and lets you explore at your own pace.
Take a Combo Tour
Combo tours combine two or more activities and experiences at a discounted rate, making them an ideal choice for budget-conscious travelers looking to cover more sights in less time. Top choices include tours that blend a Great Ocean Road trip with a Melbourne city tour, a Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary admission ticket, or a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train.
Choose a Tour That Includes Tastings
Dining out in Melbourne can be expensive, so opt for a sightseeing tour that includes lunch or tastings to save money on meals. Nearly all tours of the Yarra Valley wine region include ample wine tastings, but for the best value, look for those that also include nibbles, lunch, and even chocolate.
Buy an Attraction Pass
As well as letting you create a flexible schedule, attraction passes grant you discounted admission to some of Melbourne’s top attractions—which include the SEA LIFE® Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, and the Old Melbourne Gaol. Plus, you can choose between several packages to suit your budget and the length of your stay.
Explore Melbourne’s Green Spaces
With their diverse range of flora and fauna, Melbourne’s parks and gardens beg to be explored on foot; the best part is, they’re all completely free to enter. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon exploring either the Royal Botanic Gardens or Albert Park.