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Melbourne Money-Saving Tips

Wild Weather

Melbourne’s weather has an unfortunate reputation: wet, windy, wild, and prone to extremes. It’s either very hot or very cold – frequently both on the same day! So no matter when you plan your trip make sure you pack clothes for almost any season.

Go Skating

In-line skating has become a tradition along the Esplanade at St. Kilda, especially in the summer months when the change to daylight saving time means the sun doesn’t go down until well after 9pm. Rentals are available next to St. Kilda Pier.

Learn the Rules

For the ultimate Australian experience, catch a game of Aussie Rules football at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on a Saturday afternoon (011-61-3-9657-8888;, or stake out a spot on the boundary line of a suburban game and watch as a bunch of middle-aged men relive their glory days.


The American tradition of tipping is not a custom in Australia, and is not expected. However, if you receive good service you may choose to tip at cafes or restaurants; 10% of the bill would be reasonable.

Daylight Savings Time

From the end of October to the end of May, the whole of Victoria, along with several other Australian states, runs on daylight savings time, when clocks are advanced forward one hour.

Smartvisit Card

A great way to save money is to purchase a Smartvisit Card (available in 1- or multi-day options), which grants free access to Melbourne’s best museums, galleries, wildlife parks, cruises, and sightseeing tours. It also offers great shopping and dining discounts and can be used in many of Victoria’s regional areas including Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula, Macedon and Dandenong Ranges, and the Yarra Valley.

The Main Events

Melbourne is Australia’s events capital, hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament, the Formula One Grand Prix, and Australia’s most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup.

Consider a Hostel Stay

Hostels are the best, least expensive housing options almost everywhere you go, and an increasing number offer free breakfast. If you're staying a while in one place, speak with the manager about cleaning for your room - you'll clean house for a few hours in exchange for free boarding.

Shop Queen Victoria Market for Bargains

The largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, the Queen Victoria Market offers a huge range of souvenirs and great-priced clothing. While there are bargains-a-plenty, don’t miss the fabulous produce section with hundreds of vendors selling everything edible; closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

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