Travelling Australia can be expensive… but it doesn’t have to be!

Backpackers in Melbourne Urban Central

This week, Urban Central shares some great (and simple) ways you can get the best bang for your buck, even in Australia’s second most expensive city.

Here’s how!

1) Take advantage of our great public transport options

Right off the bat, you won’t have to worry about venturing too far to see everything Melbourne has to offer.

Our great city is highly centralised, which means that many of the sights, sounds, food and music are either located in the CBD or in our trendy fringe suburbs that surround the city.

And did we mention that there’s a specific tram line that runs through the city that’s 100% free to use?

WIth frequent services and tracks that criss-cross the entire CBD and beyond, it’s easy to get just about anywhere in Melbourne using our extensive tram network.

Another option is to rent a bike. Melbourne Bike Share is the city’s most popular. Not only is it affordable, but it’s also a great fun!

And for anything further out, you can always load a couple of dollars onto your Myki card and use our train and bus network.

Heading to Melbourne for the first time? We’ve written a great blog post to help you understand our public transport system - so click here to read it!

 Melbourne public transport - train and tram

2) Check out all the free events and attractions going on

One of the best things about living in a city of 5 million people is that there’s always something going on.

And the good news is that many of these events are 100% free!

We’ve got a little bit of something for everybody, with highlights including:

  •         Green gardens and parks for nature lovers
  •         Want to get a tan? We’ve got beaches for days
  •         Museums galore for history and nature buffs
  •        Queen Victoria Market for window-shopping

And that’s just the free stuff.

There are plenty of places you can go to enjoy yourself that only charge a nominal fee.

In the past we’ve written about some of the more affordable venues in Melbourne’s music scene - if you’re looking for a good time, you can’t go wrong with these places.

Long story, short, you don’t always need to shell out the big bucks to have a good time!


3) Get a job

If you’re going to be staying here long-term, finding a job is a must!

Do you have experience using an espresso machine? Know your way around a shop floor?

If so, you’ll have an easy time finding work.

There’s always somebody looking to hire in Melbourne - luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of job search resources you can use to fund your stay here.

Another good idea is to register with Gumtree, Fiverr,  or check the local paper for odd jobs.

Just make sure your paperwork is in order and that you can legally work in the country.


4) Cheap eats for backpackers in Melbourne

Melbourne likes to style itself as a bit of a foodie city.

Luckily for you, foodie doesn’t have to equal expensive - it’s entirely possible to feed yourself for the duration of your stay without having to blow your budget.

Need help finding a cheap meal? Here are our tips:

  •         Stray from the beaten path - our laneways and alleys are home to many great gems that won’t put a dent in your wallet
  •         Check for specials - scout out the pubs and cafes near where you’re staying for lunchtime specials or happy hour!
  •         Use discounts - register with sites like Groupon or even Entertainment Book to receive discounts
  •         Follow the students - you can find cheap venues near RMIT or Melbourne Universities

Read this blog post for more tips on finding cheap eats in Melbourne!


5) Cook your own food

Going out is great, but as backpackers know, it’s not the most cost-effective way to stay fed, day-in, day-out!

Cooking your own food where possible is hands-down the cheapest way to eat.

And nope, it doesn’t need to be unhealthy or boring! In fact, we have many guests from all around the world meeting new people purely due to a love of cooking and discovering others’ favourites local dishes!

We recommend cooking with non-perishables in order to stretch your meals our further, especially if you’re moving around the country. These are filling foods like quinoa, rice, oats, granola, and a variety of canned foods.

Find out some more great tips about cooking when you’re in a hostel in this blog post.

 Budget accommodation Melbourne

6) Find budget accommodation in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of Australia’s most popular hot-spots for tourists from all over the world?


Well, we hear it’s our amazing culture, great coffee, stunning beaches, and awesome nightlife that keeps people coming back for more (and sometimes even making our city their new, permanent home!)

If you’re only planning a visit, we recommend finding a hostel - one of the most budget-friendly accommodation options available.

When it comes to the time of the year, remember that peak periods exist, and demand for any type of accommodation will spike around major events, like:

  •         The Australian Open in January
  •         The Grand Prix in March
  •         Easter, which falls at the end of April in 2019
  •         Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival in November


Choose Urban Central for affordable accommodation in Melbourne!

Travelling Melbourne on a budget? You can’t go past Urban Central!

Our Melbourne hostel ticks all the boxes for budget-conscious travellers:

Are you a backpacker in Melbourne? Looking for a place to stay while you’re here?

Click here to book your room today!