|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$71.45|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$18.00|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$3.38|
|Loaf of white bread||$2.74|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$11.50|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.40|
|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.88|
Traveling in Melbourne is an expensive thing to do and so as taking a vacation there. However, you can still enjoy traveling and touring Melbourne even if you are on your budget. Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia and is the state capital of Victoria. This city is located near the Port Phillip Bay. Although it is not Australia’s capital, Melbourne is the cultural hub and capital in which you can see Victorian-era architecture, galleries, museums, theatres, shopping malls and great and beautiful parks and gardens. There are many reasons why you should visit Melbourne such as exploration of the city and surrounding regions. There are several deals that you can get online for cheap flights to Melbourne, especially from Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia.
Experience a fancy tour around Melbourne for free by taking the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle. This shuttle will tour the city and you can enjoy the sightseeing experience of places such as Docklands, Southbank, The Shrine of Remembrance, Chinatown and The Melbourne Museum. If you want to get around the city, your option for touring using public transportation system will be trains, trams and buses. Hiring a taxi is expensive. Visit the Public Transport Victoria because it coordinates public transportation and it can provide you with the timetables as well as map of the city and journey planner. Renting a bike is also possible if you are planning to tour nearby areas, but to fully enjoy the trip, you may want to get use to the local transportation system since Melbourne is a huge city.
Melbourne has vibrant art scene and you can visit some of the galleries here with free admissions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and National Gallery of Victoria. Enjoy also the Wine Tour in the Mornington Peninsula or the open air market style in Queen Victoria Market. In the Phillip Island, see the parades or the Penguin Sunset. If you want to just relax and be one with nature, go to Dandenongs, Yarra River, Royal Botanic Garden and Como House and Gardens. If you are looking for nightlife here, go to St. Kilda.
Cheap flights in Melbourne are usually in tandem with hotels in Melbourne. Hotel stays can cost around 90$ per night. If you want cheaper accommodations, get hostel stays that will cost from $26 to $80. A $10 can get you far in your food exploration, but avoid eating at high-end restaurants.