Travel Tips: Budgeting Melbourne For A Family Trip

Travel Tips: Budgeting Melbourne For A Family Trip

Planning a family trip to Melbourne? From free activities to discounted attraction passes, here are some quick travel tips to help you save money.


Travel Tip #1: Ride the Famous Tram

Grab a window seat and ‘hop on, hop off’ using the City Circle Tram – for free! Pass famous sights like Federation Square, the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the Princess Theatre. Federation Square is a great spot to watch the city go by. Afterwards, walk the family down to the Yarra River for lunch at one of the many nearby restaurants.


Travel Tip #2: Join a Free Walking Tour

Every day I’m Free Walking Tours offers three walks with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide. Tick off iconic spots along the 3-hour Melbourne Sights Walk or go off the beaten path on the 1.5-hour Culture Capital Tour. Both of them are family-friendly. And if everyone enjoys the experience, you can choose to tip your guide.


Travel Tip #3: ‘Brrrrr’ in Melbourne

Melbourne is great fun to visit year-round. However, it’s good to note that the city can be quite cold during winter. The good news is, during this time, from June to August, you can benefit from winter travel deals and awesome hotel rates. And you can bet the city is still vibrant! Be sure to check out the official destination site’s ‘What’s On’ section for seasonal happenings. For example, The Queen Victoria Markets run winter night markets and join the locals as they gather for the spectacular Friday night fireworks at Docklands. The foodie scene is as alive as ever too.


Travel Tip #4: Amazing Discounts

Another super-wise way to budget your family trip is to purchase online tickets to your favourite attractions beforehand.


LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne

Rain, hail or shine, the country’s first LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is excellent fun for the whole family. It’s the ultimate indoor playground with two rides, 11 LEGO® build and play zones, a 4D cinema, and so much more. Book your tickets here.


Otway Fly

Up for a nature adventure? Less than three hours away from the CBD lies an action-packed world of ziplining and treetop-walking. There are breathtaking views of the Otway Ranges and guided ranger trails to learn about the rainforest. Book your tickets here.


SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Enter a magical underwater world; home to hundreds (and thousands!) of incredible sea animals. Meet the ‘locals’ up close – cheeky penguins scuttling around your feet, massive rays gliding above you, and bumpy colourful starfish against your fingertips. Book your tickets here.


Travel Tip #5: Awesome Attraction Pass

How about 2 great attractions for 1 low price? The Melbourne Big Ticket lets you combine your visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and save up to $29.50. Find out more here.


Travel Tip #6: The Ultimate Attraction Pass

Imagine 12 months of unlimited entries to 10 top attractions across Australia and New Zealand. The Merlin Annual Pass gives you just that, along with discounts and invitations to exclusive events. You get access to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne, SEA LIFE Aquariums in multiple cities, Otway Fly, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Illawarra Fly, Sydney Tower Eye and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. This is an excellent option if you’re travelling about.

Do Melbourne on the cheap!