Melbourne isn’t exactly the cheapest city to visit. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t cheap things to do! If you’re looking for discounted tours, Backpacker Deals offers a whole range of activities at affordable prices. You can take a day trip to the Yarra Valley, explore the Great Ocean Road, or go on a food tour of the city itself.
But if you’re looking for fun things to do under $50, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top 5 affordable things to do in Melbourne.
How do you feel about the cold? What about enjoying a cocktail while bundled up in a snow cape, ugg boots, and gloves? IceBar Melbourne is a fun and frosty -10 degree C room where you can sip on creative drinks, play games, or marvel at the 30 tons of ice sculptures that surround you. That’s right, 30 tons of ice!! We won’t give too much away because it’s a really awesome experience! But when you go, make sure to try a Crunchie shot to warm you up! Oh, and say “hi” to the friendly polar bear! Okay, we’ll let you find out how cool it is on your own! Bundle up!
Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
Explore Melbourne from a different perspective! Hop on a sightseeing cruise that will take you along the Yarra River. You’ll spend an hour passing under bridges and looking up at the skyscrapers. Specific highlights include the Westgate bridge, Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct, World Congress & Trade Center, the Polly Woodside, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Crown Entertainment Complex, Eureka Sky Tower, and Flinders Street Station. The cruise is a cheap, fun way to get acquainted with the city — especially on a warm, sunny day!
Melbourne Star is one of the top 10 tallest observation wheels in the world! Walk over to the Docklands to find the big circular wheel. A single flight is as cheap as $16.50! But it all depends on the kind of experience you want to have. For instance, you can choose to sip champagne while enjoying the views or opt for a yoga in the sky experience. When you walk into the private cabin, you’ll get 360-degree views of the city of Melbourne. The wheel spins around at a leisurely pace while audio commentary provides a brief introduction to the history and significance of the landmarks below.
Free Walking Tour
Another great way to acquaint yourself with Melbourne is on a free walking tour! You can opt to learn about culture and history, or do a sightseeing tour. A guide will take you around the city and explain the street art, food, markets, and landmarks. Wear comfortable walking shoes for this experience as it usually lasts two to three hours. Walking tours depart every day.
Eureka Skydeck is the tallest building in Melbourne. You’ll notice it because the top of the building is coated in gold. You can zoom to the top for $23. At 285 meters above the ground, you can walk around the floor to ceiling windows for incredible views of the city. Can you spot Albert Park Lake, Port Phillip Bay, and the Dandenong Ranges? There are about 30 viewfinders to help you spot specific attractions. Don’t leave without stepping into The Edge! It’s a glass cube that suspends you nearly 300 meters over Melbourne. Eeek!