Backpacking Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is situated on the coast of south-eastern Australia in the state of Victoria. A bed in the larger shared rooms in hostels is available for around £22 per night with twin rooms from around £50 per night.

A great way to see the city on a budget, perfect for anyone backpacking Melbourne, is to use the free shuttle bus which operates in all the main tourist hotspots. The tour takes around an hour and a half in total and you can hop off at any of the 13 stops on the way including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Aquarium and Chinatown. It runs every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

For anyone backpacking Melbourne, a visit to Chinatown is a must for a visit to its renowned eateries or a quick history lesson at the Chinese Museum. The Greek Quarter is also worth a visit for some great food.The Harbour has attractions such as NewQuay and Waterfront City with shopping and restaurants. There are also several large museums including the Melbourne Museum for a spot of local history, the Immigration Museum, the National Sports Museum and Scienceworks where science is made fun with interactive displays. At nearly 90 acres, the flora of the Royal Botanic Gardens will keep you busy for a few hours.

Another idea is a day trip to the wine-making region of the Yarra Valley, about an hour from Melbourne by car. Famed for its natural beauty, the landscape includes valleys and forests and a hot air balloon ride is the best way to see the sights. A bit of a splurge but it will ensure you never forget backpacking Melbourne!