Your guide to a day in Melbourne for less than $100
Lune, Melbourne CBD
Start the morning at one of the city’s best croissanteries, Lune at 161 Collins Street.
With delectable Pan au Chocolat and Ham and Gruyere croissants, or a Lemon Curd cruffin, your day will be off to a sweet start.
Opt for the Pain au Chocolat at $6.80 and save some pennies for later in the day.
Once you’re done, arevo will help you find the quickest route to your next destination based on real time traffic and public transport data. Jump on the number 72 tram, departing from City Square (Stop 11) heading towards Melbourne University. Stay on for two stops and get off at the Arts Precinct (Stop 14) on St Kilda Road – all within the free tram zone.
Walk about one minute to your next destination – the National Gallery of Victoria.
National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank
True to tradition, the National Gallery of Victoria at Southbank (and Federation Square) are free to visit. Even though the occasional exhibition is ticketed, the gallery’s permanent collections and majority of exhibitions are free of charge.
Check out Krystyna Campbell’s Pretty AM and Family Suffrage Research Collection about the women’s suffrage movement in the UK, or the International OA-RR, a new video work by celebrated visual artist Reko Renni, before heading to your next destination for some well-earned lunch.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Cost: Approximately $25 for lunch. Between $2-4 for the tram.
Grab a takeaway lunch and coffee from one of the many eateries around Southbank and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens for a picnic.
According to arevo, a combination of walking and tram should get you there in under 22 minutes from the NGV.
On arrival, head to the Arid Garden and Sensory Garden, which are both new attractions.
Or if you love keeping fit and growing your step count, why not take a walk around the Tan Track that borders the Gardens?
Once you’ve soaked up the sun for an hour or two (Melbourne’s famous weather permitting!), head back into the CBD for some more Melbourne culture using the same route you took to the Royal Botanic Gardens.