Melbourne is a city unique to Australia, boasting a more European feel to it. The streets here are layered in art and the best bars, restaurants and coffee are to be found in the alleyways or side streets. Vastly different to most Australian cities where the franchises try to make themselves bigger and more noticeable with signs and lights, whilst the streets of Melbourne remain more ‘hip’…secluded almost.
I fell in love with Melbourne the first day I got there. I mean, the city has more cafe’s and restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world. To top that off, the city provides a free inner city tram service to make all this accessible. I’ve never seen this anywhere else to date.
If you like Asian food, then you will never want to leave Melbourne (like most people I meet here and myself included). Order some dim sim and/or dumplings during your stay. Check out Degraves Street to find the best breakfast in the city.
To get to know Melbourne, I totally recommend taking on a free walking tour. Get to know the history of the city and learn of the best little cafes and bars in the area. It’s the best information you can get without knowing a local.
With all the positives I have for Melbourne this is still Australia, which means expensive for backpackers. Here is my list of average expenses:
- Hostel (mixed bed dorm): $30-$50 AUD
- Hotel: $150-$250 AUD
- Food: Sit Down Restaurant $20 AUD – One weeks groceries (+/-) $100 AUD
- Transportation: Skybus return from the airport $36 AUD – Free Tram service within the CBD – Tram outside CBD fare $3 AUD approx.
- Beer: Pint in the CBD $13+ AUD
To lesser your expenses I would recommend taking in all the markets Melbourne has to offer, free walking tours, and work on that tan at St. Kilda beach. Also have a wander around Fitzroy Gardens. Why not even work for your room in your hostel? I met so many people here that were then travelling and now settled in Melbourne…be prepared to face the same dilemma.
Ultimate Tourist Review: ★★★★ Recommended Days: 7
Yarra River – Federation Square – Old Melbourne Gaol – Collins Street – Philip Island – Queen Victoria Market
Cherry (live rock and roll) – Section 8 – The Deck (Southbank) – Naked For Satan