So you’re planning your next backpacker trip overseas. The first decision? Deciding where you’re going to go!
If you ask us, if there’s one destination you can’t miss, it’s Melbourne. Whether it is your first time travelling to Australia or you’re going back for the second or third time, Melbourne has plenty to offer.
What should be at the top of any backpacker in Melbourne’s to-do list?
More importantly, where can you find affordable accommodation in Melbourne?
Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities, winning the title 7-times in a row. Sure, we were beaten out by Vienna the last time, but we’ll be back, don’t you worry!
If you want to see this great city however, you’ll need a place to stay.
And as any seasoned traveller knows, accommodation is one of the most expensive parts of your trip, up there with flights and other transportation.
Luckily for you, there’s a place you can find affordable accommodation in Melbourne.
Located in the heart of Southbank and on the fringe of the city centre, our Melbourne hostel offers travellers like you a convenient place to stay that’s close to all the sights and sounds of Melbourne.
Best of all, we do it without breaking the bank!
With a range of different room options for different travellers – and budgets – we can make your trip to Melbourne more affordable.
Places to visit in Melbourne
Okay, so you’ve added our city to your upcoming journey.
You’ve found affordable accommodation. Now for the next step: figuring out exactly where in Melbourne your trip will take you.
As a city that’s crammed full of art, food, music and culture, there’s always something to see – we’re sure you’ll find something just by wandering (or by asking one of our friendly staff).
If you ask us however, no trip to Melbourne is complete without these essentials – consider starting your trip to Melbourne with one of these sights or attractions!
Flinders Street Station
If you plan on getting around using public transport, chances are you’ll pass by Flinders Street Station anyway!
Flinders Street Station is one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks – no trip to Melbourne is complete without witnessing this piece of architecture!
Listed in the Victorian Heritage Register, Flinders Street Station is an architecture fan’s dream. From its iconic towers, clock, arched entrance and prominent dome, we’re sure it will take you back in time.
So why not swing by and take a couple of selfies while you’re there?
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Are you a big fan of visual art? If so, you’ll want to put the NGV at the very top of your list!
As one of Australia’s leading art galleries, there’s always something here for art-lovers.
You could check out the month’s major exhibit – alternatively, you could take a leisurely wander through one of the gallery’s huge permanent exhibits spanning a whole world of art (all of which are FREE to enjoy).
Classical Renaissance paintings? It’s here.
Funky 60s-flavoured pop art? You bet.
Ancient artworks from east Asia? Of course.
Whatever your favourite era of art history is, you’re sure to find something to appreciate here. Art-lovers like yourself are in for a real treat!
Located directly across from Flinders Street Station and a mere 15 minutes walk from Urban Central, Fed Square is yet another destination you should add to your itinerary.
Think of it as Melbourne’s answer to New York’s Times Square, London’s Piccadilly Circus or Paris’ Place de la Republique.
Sure, it may not be as well-known as higher-profile destinations – if you ask us however, that’s a good thing. That means it’s less crowded, making it a more comfortable destination if you just want to sit down and order a coffee.
What’s more, it’s also home to plenty of free, daily events!
Not only that, but it’s also home to…
Australian television and film has a long and storied history – why not learn about some of it while you’re here?
Located directly underneath Federation Square, ACMI acts like a who’s who of Australian media for backpackers in Melbourne.
Explore the history Australian media, from The Story of the Kelly Gang (the world’s first full-length movie, which happened to be shot in Melbourne), to modern icons like Mad Max.
Melbourne is famous for its laneway culture.
Once dingy side alleys used to drop off delivery and stock, these have been transformed into a city within a city, complete with some of the city’s most famous restaurants, cafes, bars and boutique shops!
Located around Flinders street and Collins street, these laneways are a mosaic of modern Melbourne, and played a huge role in the city’s revitalisation.
Not to mention, exploring Melbourne’s laneways is also a great way to find cheap eats!
Get a glimpse of unique and colourful artworks from these various laneways once you stroll around:
- Centre Lane
- Hosier Lane
- AC/DC Lane
- Tattersalls Lane
- Meyers Place
Click here to discover Melbourne’s art and culture scene.
Queen Victoria Market
Looking for cheap groceries you can prepare while staying at your Melbourne hostel?
Interested in souvenirs to take back home with you? Or do you just want to explore, and perhaps pick up some odd bits and bobs?
Whatever you’re looking for, Queen Victoria Market has it!
Even if you aren’t planning on shopping, it’s still worth paying a visit to Queen Victoria Market.
With its unique atmosphere and huge range of eclectic goods, this market is a great place to visit, and a unique experience to add to your stay in Melbourne.
Catch an AFL match
It wouldn’t be a trip to Melbourne without attending a match of Melbourne’s very own homegrown football code!
If you’re a sports fan and you’re looking for a truly unique way of capping off your Melbourne experience, you can’t afford to not go to the footy.
Can’t afford the ticket? That’s alright – you can get the same experience by visiting a pub while a footy match is going on and still get the same crowd experience!
Free things to see and visit in Melbourne
In addition to a variety of activities and attractions listed above, there are also a number of FREE things you can enjoy in and around the city.
- Visit the Botanical Gardens
- See the famous Brighton Beach Boxes
- Catch a tram in Melbourne’s free tram zone
Looking for affordable accommodation in Melbourne?
As you can see, there’s plenty for visitors to Melbourne to enjoy while they’re here.
Of course, between planning your daily adventures, you’ll also need to book a place to stay.
Finding affordable accommodation in Melbourne can be one of the hardest parts of planning your trip. Luckily, our hostel in Melbourne makes that part easy!
Our mission is simple: to eliminate the stress that comes with looking for accommodation, and allowing you see everything Melbourne has to offer without having to worry about accommodation eating up all your budget before you can even go out.
Best of all, we’re in a great location – we’re just outside the CBD proper, and are within walking distance to many of these sights and sounds too!
We offer a range of options if you’re in the market for affordable accommodation in Melbourne – all you need to do is reserve your accommodation!