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Here's How To Visit Melbourne Without Emptying Your Bank Account

Dream the impossible dream.

Everyone knows that Melbourne is damn cool. But sadly, it can also be pretty expensive, unless you know some handy tips and tricks.

All prices in this post are listed in Australian dollars.

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Jetstar and Tigerair have the cheapest flights to Melbourne, with return prices from capital cities ranging from around $120 to $350.

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Airbnb is often the cheapest accommodation option in Melbourne.

The Nunnery is a great option if you'd prefer the backpacker vibe.

Space Hotel is another great place to check out if you're on a budget.

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Melbourne's breakfasts are famous for damn good reason, and they don't always cost a heap.

And when it comes to lunch there are even more affordable options around town.

Dinner is often the most expensive meal of the day so it's important to know where to go for cheap, good food.

And of course, you can't go to Melbourne without hitting a bar or two.

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In Melbourne, it's all about the myki.

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Melbourne is super easy to get around on foot, but trams are the public transport of choice. Grab a myki Visitor Value Pack, which costs $14 (full fare) and includes $8 myki money for travel (you’ll need to top up on Sunday).

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Have a picnic by the water.

Book a seat at the outdoor cinema.

Or go penguin spotting in St Kilda.

Wander the city's laneways, taking in the much-snapped street art on Hosier lane.

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Or head to Fitzroy for more al fresco art and a bohemian vibe. Free.

Spend some time strolling through the markets and exploring the state library.

And head to the National Gallery of Victoria for an afternoon, enjoying everything it has to offer.

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