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On a budget? Students can do a lot in Melbourne for under $20!

For the seventh year running, Melbourne has been named the world’s most livable city.

This probably comes as no surprise to our ACU students in Melbourne and its appealing news for those considering Melbourne as their study destination!

Victoria’s capital is known for his trendy cafes, bars, laneways and its multicultural community.

As mid-semester break is just around the corner, what better time to explore Melbourne and see why this city is once again topping the list of livable cities!

If you’re studying elsewhere in Australia – keep an eye on cheap flights – Sydney to Melbourne can be done for as little as $100 if you keep an eye on sales!

Here are eight things to see and do in Melbourne for under $20 as a student:

Melbourne tram in from of Parliament House

Ride the City Circle tram: All trams are now free in Melbourne’s city CBD but the City Circle tram is like a sight-seeing tour which takes you past many of Melbourne’s attractions – with a running commentary! It’s hop on/hop off service means you can check out the attraction and get back on the tram when the next one comes past, which is every 12 minutes, and continue your city tour. The running commentary also gives you a description of the historical, cultural or architectural significance of places such as Princess Theatre, Old Treasury Building and Parliament House.

Enjoying coffee and tea at a cafe in a laneway, shallow depth of view

Laneways bars and cafes: The café culture in Melbourne is like no other and the back alley laneway bars are the hidden gems all over the city. Whether it’s a coffee during the day or a cocktail at night, you’re bound to find something appetizing. To get you started here are some of the laneway bars that are the best kept secrets and the top 20 Melbourne cafes of 2017!

Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens: When the weather is nice this is the perfect place to go for a walk, relax, read or explore! The gardens are 94 acres of flowers, trees and everything in-between including both native and exotic vegetation with over 8500 individual species. The gardens are open every day of the year at 7.30am and close at dusk with guided tours also available.


Queen Victoria Markets: It’s all there – from jewellery, clothing, souvenirs, local fresh food fruit and vegetables, imported gourmet goods and more! Known as the ‘heart and soul’ of Melbourne, the historic landmark is spread over two blocks and open five days a week from Thursday to Sunday and also on Tuesdays – they open and shut early most days so it’s best to start your day off with the markets! See more here.

Brighton Bay Beachhouses melbourne

St Kilda Beach: It’s iconic with those colourful huts and the place to go in summer when you want to get relief from the heat and spend a day by the seaside. If it’s not swimming weather it’s a hot spot for walkers, joggers or lunch with a view. There’s also a chance to spot the resident little penguins who live down at the breakwater! Keep up to date with what’s on.

View of modern buildings in Melbourne, Australia

Eureka Skydeck: For the best views of Melbourne this is the place to go. In the Eureka Tower you’ll get 360 degree views of the city from the 88th floor observation deck. As a student you’ll get a concession priced ticket (bonus!) so from $15.50 you can see the city from above from 10am to 10pm. If you head there around sunset you would get a pretty stunning view!


Moonlit Sanctuary: See some rare and not so rare Aussie animals! You can cuddle up to koalas, meet wombats, kangaroos and dingoes and native birds. Moonlit sanctuary is set on 10 hectares of bush-land and is about an hour outside of the CBD so make sure you’ve got enough time to spend a few hours there. A student concession is $19.


Big shopping: This one may not stick to that $20 limit if you can’t help yourself, but Melbourne’s Chadstone Shopping Centre in Malvern East is the biggest shopping centre in Australia and also the southern hemisphere! With about 530 stores and 9300 FREE car parking spaces you will probably find something that you want to buy! And you can say you’ve been to the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere – a bit of a novelty brag but still fun!

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