Can you believe January is almost over?

The Christmas decorations have come down, the annual January heatwave has truly made its mark (and melted a couple of roads while it was here) and kids everywhere are gearing up for another year of school.

Cheap things to do in Melbourne

Save for a lucky few, the majority of us are well and truly settled back into our normal routines - before you know it, summer will be gone and you might be regretting not taking full advantage of it!

Melbourne offers a whole host of “summer-y” good times, for locals and visitors alike. If you’re in town in the next two months, we’ve put together this list of fantastic activities and attractions. All of these are great ways to make the most of the great weather and enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer in summer.


Summertime markets

Queen Victoria Night Market

While most visitors may be familiar with Queen Victoria Market, fewer know about the night markets the Queen Vic runs every summer.

Observant readers will probably remember us blogging about the Night Market in a previous post for budget-conscious travellers.  And you're right, we did - trust us though, the night market is definitely worth talking about again!

Now in its 20th year, the  Queen Victoria Night Market takes the charm of wandering the stalls during daytime and combines it with the magic of twilight, summer street food and live entertainment.

Get there within 20 minutes by either the 234 bus or the 58 tram.

St Kilda

For something a bit quieter, there’s also the St Kilda Twilight Market. Wander under the palm trees of Luna Park for handmade artwork, jewellery, knick-knacks and delicious street food from around the globe.

Catch it every Thursday night from 5-10pm until the 15th of February.

The 96 tram will drop you right outside Luna Park, next to O’Donnell Gardens, where the market is held.


The Moonlight Cinema

What would happen if you were to take the classic drive-in cinema experience, remove the car and replace it with a picnic rug?

The answer: Moonlight Cinema.

Based in the middle of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the Moonlight Cinema is a fantastic and unique way to spend your evening. Rock up with a picnic rug, an esky of cold drinks and enjoy the warm summer breeze, the magic that comes with twilight and most importantly, a solid film.

With a mix of new releases and classics, there’s certainly something for everybody at the Moonlight Cinema! Our picks from the next few weeks?

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Saturday, 3rd February)
  • Pitch Perfect 3 (Tuesday, 6th February)
  • Grease Sing-A-Long (yes, you read that right!) (Tuesday, 27th February)

Keep an eye on the second release - the March program will be released mid-February!

Getting to the Moonlight Cinema

Either walk, or catch the 234 or 236 bus up City Road, and then catch the 58 tram down Kings Way. Twist up Park Road and then hop off on Domain Road, right outside one of the garden’s many entrances.


White Night Melbourne

I don’t know about you, but the sense of discovery that comes with wandering a city aimlessly just can’t be beat. And Melbourne is one of the most exciting cities to explore, with hidden hole-in-the-wall establishments and a thriving laneway culture.

And that brings us to White Night. On Saturday, 17th of February, Melbourne’s streets, landmarks, laneways, and parks come to life with dazzling light shows, intricate sculptures, and live performances - from 7pm until 7am.

There’s something new to be discovered in almost every corner!

Whether you fancy yourself a bit of an urban explorer or find yourself drawn to shiny things, White Night is sure to make you look at Melbourne in a whole new (pardon the pun) light!

Getting to White Night

The best way to reach all the action of White Night from Urban Central is by tram. Catch the 12 tram up Clarendon Street, and within just a few minutes you’ve hit the southern border of the CBD. Let the exploring begin!


A little something for music-lovers

What’s the only thing better than live music? Why, free live music of course!

Rock up to the St Kilda foreshore on the 11th of February for the annual St Kilda Festival.

Showcasing a range of local artists in genres ranging from pop, to electronic, to rap to Bollywood, this whole-day festival is sure to have something to suit any musical persuasion. There’s even a dedicated kids’ area with its own stage and performances from Hi-5 for the little ones!

On top of that, there’s also a huge range of food and drink vendors as well as rides, live entertainment and even events such as a wrestling showcase, bubble soccer and dance lessons.

How to get to St Kilda Festival from Urban Central

Getting to St Kilda from Urban Central is just a hop, skip, and jump: head north by foot for a few minutes and turn left down Whiteman St until you hit the Clarendon Street Junction.

From there, hop on the 96 tram, sit tight for 10 minutes until you reach Jacka Boulevard, and voila: you’ve reached the St Kilda Foreshore!


Slap on the sunscreen and hit the beach

You didn’t think we’d forget this Aussie tradition, did you?

While not quite as famous as Sydney’s Bondi or LA’s Venice, Melbourne’s beaches are certainly worth a visit… especially as the mercury rises! Head down to St Kilda, Chelsea, Brighton or any of the fantastic sandy shores along Melbourne’s coast for a swim, a picnic or just to chill out on a hot day.

While it mightn’t be the flashiest activity on this list, Melbourne’s beaches are certainly worth the visit - sometimes the simplest (and cheapest!) activities really are the best!


Budget accommodation in Melbourne

If there was ever a time to come down to Melbourne to see what’s going on, it’s now!

The Australian Open may be wrapping up, but there’s so much left to do for the rest of summer. While these affordable events are great ways to get the most out of your summer, they’re by no means the only things the city has to offer!

Located in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct only a couple of minutes walk away from major attractions and public transport hubs (including the boundary of Melbourne’s free tram zone), Urban Central is proud to offer clean, affordable, and budget accommodation in Melbourne.

Regardless if you’re here from Sydney for a weekend or visiting from overseas on an extended backpacking trip, we’ve got a range of affordable accommodation options for you!

From dorms to private rooms, we’re sure to have something to suit your travel plans… and your budget!

If you’re coming down to Melbourne this summer and haven’t arranged a place to stay just yet, don’t delay - book online now!

Got a question? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or give us a call on 1800 631 288.