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Things To Do In Melbourne - that don't cost the earth

If you're after things to do in Melbourne, well, you'll find elsewhere on this site details of the coach tours that are very popular and offer a great way so see the city and its surroundings. All well and good, but they don't come cheap.

On this page, I'll offer some suggestions for activities you can take part in that don't burn a hole in your pocket.


This is a suburb of Melbourne about five miles from the CBD. A charming area, it can be reached via a ferry ride departing from Southbank that takes around one hour.

Port Melbourne

A short tram ride gets you to the seaside! Port Melbourne, as well as having a beach, features a port where large container ships often dock.

St Kilda Beach

A slightly longer tram ride gets you to this area of Melbourne on the coast, where you'll find a superb stretch of sand, as well as the Luna Park fairground.

Skydeck 88

This is an observation area on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, at 975 feet high, the tallest building in Melbourne. You'll be treated to superb views of the city. Try out The Edge, if you dare!

Old Melbourne Gaol

Found on Russell Street, this building operated as a prison between 1845 and 1924. Within its walls, many notorious criminals met their end - including the famous bushranger, Ned Kelly. It now exists as a museum.

MCG Tour

"MCG" is what Melburnians call the Melbourne Cricket Ground and, if you're a sports fan, you're bound to enjoy a tour of the place.

Rod Laver Arena Tour

Another sport stadium tour, this time the arena that holds the Australia Open tennis tournament.

Victoria Market

As things to do in Melbourne go, if you're anything like me, this is definitely one for the ladies. A huge, sprawling market, selling all sorts of things, it can be accessed using the free shuttle bus.

The Melbourne Aquarium

Found right next to the river, this state of the art installation is a fascinating way to spend a few hours.

Horse and Carriage Ride

Horse and carriage ride around Melbourne

You can take a horse and carriage ride around the city. They can be seen along Swanston Street waiting for fares, the drivers being dressed in a sort of period outfit. It's a bit expensive though, this, as it costs around $100 for a half-hour ride.


Melbourne is choc-a-bloc with cyclists, mainly using this mode of transport to make their way around the city. However, for avid fans of pedal power, there are interesting cycle routes that take you further afield.

As I am in no way a cyclist myself, for further information, I'll defer to experienced cyclist Steve Coulson. As part of his global bicycling adventure, Steve and his wife Karen cycled through Melbourne from Wilson's Promontory on their way through to Adelaide. Their account gives a good introduction to the best way into the city from the south.

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