Cheap things to do in Melbourne

No money? No problem! Here is the ultimate guide on how to eat, drink and have a great time in Melbourne on a budget

50 dollar note in wallet
Photograph: Carmen Zammit

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.

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