Enjoying the best of Melbourne doesn’t have to cost the earth. Try our insider tips to wine, dine and enjoy more for less.

Claim back 25% on entertainment experiences

From Tuesday 29 March, you'll be able to score 25 per cent back on eligible entertainment experiences when you spend $40 or more. Think cinema sessions, exhibitions, museums, galleries, zoos, live performance, comedy, theatre and heaps more. Just like Melbourne Money, it’s only available while funds last. Visit the Victorian Government website for more information and a full list of what you can claim.

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Museums are included on the entertainment rebate scheme

Feast on the best cheap eats

Looking for lunch deals? Soak up the Bangkok atmosphere at Soi 38. It’s a popular spot in the unlikely setting of a car park, where a lunchtime bowl of boat noodles with pork or beef costs just $10. The secret’s in the heavenly pork broth, and there’s a meat-free laksa for vegos. Dessert might be the $9.90 crepe brûlée sensation from Uncle Tetsu. Crack through the caramelised sugar crust to get to the creamy custard underneath that fills the crepe. Discover more cheap eats here.

Ice skate and mini golf for less than $12

Forget Zoom trivia, get the crew together for a day of IRL activities instead. For just $12pp you can while away an afternoon at Australia’s first 18-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf course. Don’t forget to drop into what is possibly the world’s smallest bar for post-putt refreshments. Or give ice skating a go at O’Brien Icehouse. If you visit on Tuesdays, entry is only $11 (plus skate hire).

Several adults and a child on an ice skating rink.
O'Brien Icehouse

Find the last cheap movie night

Most cinemas have dropped cheap Tuesdays and discount tickets all together. But on Mondays thrifty film buffs can still head to the Kino Cinema, where tickets are $8.50 all day. Whether your passion is art-house films or the latest blockbuster, you’ll have plenty of change for a choc top.

Theatre tickets from $10

If you've always dreamed of winning the lottery, here's your chance. Download the TodayTix app (available on the App Store and Google Play) to try your luck at nabbing discounted tickets. You'll find some of Melbourne's biggest theatre shows including Hamilton for a steal at just $10.

The inside of a theatre
Try your luck for Hamilton tickets

Score unlimited yoga classes

Unwind and stretch your way through two weeks of unlimited yoga at Yoga Corner. Available to new yogi students, the intro offer is just $55 for all the yoga you can squeeze into your schedule. After the two weeks, drop-in classes are $30. If you'd rather a free workout, get outside and join the free tai chi sessions on the deck in Docklands. The practice is made up of meditation and movements to workout both your body and mind.

Grab the best happy hour deals

Time things right, and a chilled cocktail can be yours at a bargain price. Visit the tequila experts at Mejico on a Monday for $10 margarita madness all day. Prefer to mix things up? Every cocktail at The George on Collins is half price on Thursdays. Head there between 4pm and 6pm to sip your way through the list, there's $12 espresso martinis, mai tais and more. For a $10.50 Aperol spritz and a taste of Milano, swing into Brunetti on Lygon Street. Find even more happy hour deals here.

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Score a spritz for less at Brunetti

What's free every day

Explore an exhibition of iconic Australian music

If you’re musically inclined, the Australian Music Vault is a must. It’s a great overview of Melbourne’s backstage sounds and stories. Watch rare footage and see iconic objects like Kylie Minogue’s stage outfits and notebooks belonging to Nick Cave. The free exhibition is permanently on show at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Take a crash course in cinema

Get behind the camera at ACMI’s free exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image. From the birth of film to today’s digital wonders, there’s more than a century of movie history to explore. And you can get hands-on at this fun cinema showcase, with animation and sound effects to play with.

Go for a stroll in the gardens

Looking for a bit of serenity? Take a meander through Melbourne’s magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens. This 38-hectare urban oasis is home to over 8,500 plant species, a wide variety of wildlife and even a volcano. Pack a picnic then choose from one of the 11 picturesque lawns to enjoy spectacular views of the city.

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Royal Botanic Gardens

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