Melbourne Journals

Melbourne on a budget

A December 2003 trip to Melbourne by +AmY+

Quote: This journal takes a little look around Melbourne, Victoria. A backpacker myself, it basically covers things that are free or cheap.

Melbourne on a budget

Overview

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- The gardens around Melbourne are beautiful. I'm not usually into going and looking at gardens, but they are definitely worth a look even if you just take a book and lie in one spot! - Bridge Road is shoppers' heaven. Factory outlets as far as the eye can see! - Out of Melbourne a bit, you have Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. Do them! Even if you can't really afford it, I can guarentee it's worth it (especially the start of the Great Ocean Road).Quick Tips: -Melbourne is a really friendly city. If you're a little lost, just ask, because everyone there will help you when they can. Half the time, you don't even have to ask - just hold a map and look puzzled and so...Read More
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Staying here will set you back about $21 a night (plus a $30 key deposit), and for that amount I honestly think you could easily find a much nicer hostel. The Ritz is located about the Elephant and Wheelbarrow Pub, which isn't a problem if you don't mind a little bit of noise. There are 2 stories of accommodation so if you're willing to pay a little bit more you can get a bed on the 2nd level if you can't handle the noise. The pub is actually the host of the Neighbors Night, which any British backpackers would consider a bonus! However, the accommodation itself leaves a lot to be desired. The hostel isn't very clean - it's supposably cleaned daily, but I was there three days and our room was n...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 2, 2004

Ritz for Backpackers
169 Fitzroy Street
Melbourne, Australia
1(800) 670 364

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The Greenhouse is the best backpackers I have ever stayed in. It's a bit more expensive than most backpackers ($27 p/night, $25 p/night weekly rate) but it's well worth it. It's located near Flinders station and the Yarra river which is fairly convenient. The beds are comfy and new. Most dorms have four beds in them, although some have six. The bathrooms are big and clean with plenty of hot water! The staff are friendly and willing to help you when they can. The common area is quite large with a big TV room, a little games room, a few couches out of ear shot from the TV, a large dining room & a huge modern kitchen. They have a rooftop garden as well which is an awesome little place to chil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2004

Greenhouse Backpackers
228 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Australia
1(800) 249 207

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This is a brilliant looking place if you're looking for something that costs about the same as McDonald's but want real food. The deal is for about AU$6.95 you can have all you can eat. Considering the price, the food's quite good, and they have a nice selection. Most of the food is Asian type stuff but they also have chips, basic veggie's, salad, and bread. There are Asian meats and veggie type dishes and noodles.

For the price this place is definitely worth a look, especially if you're travelling on a tight budget but feel like eating out one night.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2004

Melbourne Bar and Bistro
168 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, Australia
+61 9650 6888

Bridge Road

Attraction

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Bridge Road is a shopper's paradise. Basically, this is the location of all the clothing factory outlets in Melbourne. They have everything here - from all the top brand names at quite good prices (still too expensive for me, though), to unknown brand names at really cheap prices (I got this awesome shirt to wear out for only AS$5!), to underwear factory stores (picked up this nice little bra reduced from $25 to $5!). It's really easy to get to as well! From the city, trams run regularly (it says Bridge Road on the front, so it's easy to catch), or you could even walk from the city, it's so close. My opinion: if you want to do a little shopping while you're in Melbourne, try here. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2004

Bridge Road
Bridge Road, Richmond
Melbourne, Australia

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Queen Vic Market is huge. As you'd expect from a market, you can get damn near everything here - fruit, veggies, meat, clothes, shoes, cheap touristy stuff ... you name it, they have it. Now, back to the food. I would estimate that about half the market is food. There's a large fruit-and-veg section, which is brilliant because you have a huge selection at a fraction of the price of the supermarket. The meat section is great as well. Every type of meat imaginable, and the store owners still manage to smile at you when you ask for "two sausages, please." It's nice - especially in markets - when shop owners are still nice to you even when you only buy 60 cents' worth of meat. They also ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2004

Queen Victoria Market
513 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, Australia 3000
+61 (0)3 9320 5822