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Under $100: Melbourne, Australia

by Jenna Payesko

Jul 22, 2017

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Under $100 / Australia

If you’re looking for some of the best experiences across Melbourne, Australia, at a great price, say no more. Check out our list of top attractions and restaurants less than $100. We’ve picked some of the best places on a budget to ensure the journey is great.

Start out at The Kettle Black, a gourmet café plus a food cart, in a chic terrace house with green chairs and modern lighting, and all-white marble, gold and green coloring. Enjoy a designer breakfast like toasted coconut, chia, mango, raspberry sorbet, macadamias and maple, $18, or soaked muesli with Australian grains, house-made yogurt, seasonal fruits and flowers for $14. The staff sources and prepares ingredients similarly to some of Melbourne’s better dinner destinations, obvious in dishes like chili scrambled eggs with cured kangaroo, feta and leaves, $19.50, and cape grim beef with house-made mustard, seasonal fruit, relish and leaves on kettle black bun for $23.

Take a late morning self-guided street art tour. Most guided graffiti tours of the CBD or Fitzroy will set you back $50 or so, but search free art tours Melbourne and you’ll find DIY walking directions to some of the best art in town.

If the sun is beaming and you need to refresh, take a dip at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, a premier sports and recreation facility, featuring a world-class arena and a fully equipped fitness center. If you’re a member, admission is $7 to access the adult lap pool, or $8.20 for a non-member. If you’re feeling adventurous, practice your bodyboarding skills on the FlowRider static wave, $17 for members and $20 for non-members.

For lunch, head to Queen Street Rescue. This chilled, rustic-look restaurant and bar serves contemporary Australian fare with unique flavors combinations. The shabby chic white wall panels include baby green and lilac hues, long timber tables and bucolic-style wooden chairs. Order several sides to split like the QSR dip board with rosemary-, garlic- and chili-marinated olives, feta cream and house made dip for $15; the potato and fresh mozzarella croquettes with chipotle, coriander and lime aioli for $12; and pulled pork tacos with apple, purple cabbage salsa and apple bourbon barbeque sauce for $14.

Spend the afternoon outdoors at Ricketts Point, just 30 minutes southeast of Melbourne. The 115-hectare marine sanctuary of Ricketts Point is a veritable playground for marine biologists or naturists. Pack a picnic, snorkel and sunscreen and make a day exploring the wonder’s nature offers. With the diverse range of habitats at the site, a variety of plant and animal species can be found.

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