Backpackers Guide to Melbourne
If you're backpacking round Australia, you're sure to land in Melbourne at some point. The beautiful city is full of things to do and some even say it has the best shopping in the country.
Here's just a few of the places to stay, activities, restaurants and bars that should make it onto your must-do list in the wonderful city of Melbourne..
The chic and modern Space Hotel is one of the top choices according to Hostelz customers. It's a perfect choice for anyone seeking a stylish hotel stay on a budget in the centre of all the bars and restaurants. There's also a workout space, movie room, games room, lounge area and a bar and restaurant too.
Shared rooms from 25.99pppn and private rooms from $30.00AUD
Another option if you want to stay in the city centre is the City Centre Budget Hotel. It's a small hotel with rooms at great prices. You'll share a bathroom with others on your floor, but your room is private and you can choose from twin, double, single or family rooms.
Private rooms from $32.60AUD
If you'd rather stay close to the Docklands try Quality Hotel Batman's Hill on Collins. It's a large hotel in an excellent location near the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre and all the docklands restaurants. Rooms are sleek and stylish with all the usual hotel facilities available.
Private rooms from $45.70AUD
Things to do on a budget
Of course, no backpacking trip to Melbourne is complete without checking out that cul-de-sac you grew up in, Ramsay Street. The Neighbours Tour - including a trip to the street, past Erinsborough High and a meeting with one of the cast - costs from $50AUD.
The Philip Island Penguin Parade is free to watch and well worth your time. You'll see the Philip Island Fairy Penguins wobble and shuffle their way in single file back to their homes after a tough day foraging for food. Philip Island is just two hours drive from Melbourne and if you want to spend a few dollars for a premium view you can book a spot via the Melbourne Tour Co.
Join a Hidden Secrets Tour to really discover the best of Melbourne. They'll take you round the best food, art, fashion, wine and architecture in the city. Tours start from $60AUD and some include dinner - money well spent! Make sure you do this on the first day so you can make the most of your knowledge during the rest of your stay.
While in Melbourne do as Melburnians do and watch a game of Aussie Rules football. Whether you understand the game or not, the atmosphere is always electric - its the Geelong Cats that are at the top of the game and you can see them at the Etihad Stadium or the MCG.
Where to eat
As for cheap eats, check out the wealth of delicious pie shops in the city. They're a great choice if you're on the run. Try Dinkum Pies, Red Hill Bakery or Pie in the Sky for the official best pies in Melbourne.
Indulge in the incredible array of fruit and vegetable stands at the Queen Victoria Market. With all the fresh international produce here you'll definitely find something delicious to include in your picnic in the park - you can also get loads of free samples too, nom nom.
Where to drink
Just 20 minutes away from Melbourne is the suburb of St Kilda - this is where all the trendies hang out so you'll find the coolest in restaurants, bars and music venues. Check out The Vineyard - it's a cafe, live-music venue, restaurant and bar all rolled into one. The inside is stripped out like a cellar with rustic floorboards and dinner by candlelight.
If you like your nights out a bit crazier and eclectic get yourself to The Espy in the Esplanade Hotel. The iconic St Kilda pub plays hip hop, dance and metal and in the past has attracted some big names in the world of music.
Kaia's stay in Melbourne wasn't complete without Discovery Melbourne .
Wednesday nights at Turf Bar is one of the biggest backpacker parties in Melbourne. Brunswick Street and Bridge Road Richmond are good for shopping.
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