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Cheap things to do in Melbourne

Whether you're a student, a spendthrift, have been sucked dry over Christmas or just wanna stick it to the man, these freebies around town are perfect for you

Photograph: Richard Kendall

There's a special joy in doing, eating, drinking or wearing something fabulous that you've hardly paid a thing for. If you know where to look, you can get by in the city for a lot less than you'd think. Sadly, the only thing we can't help you with is rising rental prices. 

Hot tip: when looking for places to eat, you're guaranteed to save money at these BYO restaurants or by eating a big breakfast to tide you over until dinner.

Experience Melbourne on the cheap

Cheap shopping
Shopping

Cheap shopping

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Tours, talks and more
Things to do

Tours, talks and more

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Kids' activities
Kids

Kids' activities

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Museums and galleries
Museums

Museums and galleries

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Music and dancing
Music

Music and dancing

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Health and fitness
Sport and fitness

Health and fitness

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Cheap eats under $20
Restaurants

Cheap eats under $20

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Watch the sunrise
Things to do

Watch the sunrise

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More activities on a budget

Free art galleries
Art

Free art galleries

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Beaches
Attractions

Beaches

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Barbecue spots
Things to do

Barbecue spots

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Rainy day activities
Things to do

Rainy day activities

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