Backpacker Tips & Tricks
Backpacking is awesome, but can be hard at times. Check out all the best backpacker tips we can offer to make your stay that much easier. Have a read through these tips and book a room today.
MYKI Card | Tram | Train
Getting around Melbourne is super easy. With a MYKI card in hand, you have instant access to the city’s network of trams, trains & buses. Discovery Melbourne is conveniently located close to major stops for all modes of transport.
MYKI is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. The reusable smart card is easy to use. Purchase from any 7/11 or train station and top up when every your credit gets low. Simply “touch on” and “touch off." There is a FREE TRAM ZONE in the city which you can hop on and off at any time, free of charge.
Train and tram services run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Thursday, with extended hours to around 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trains and trams run from 7am to 11pm. Just travelling around the inner suburbs or the free CBD, take the tram. Looking to head a bit further out or in a rush, catch the train.
V/Line provides convenient, comfortable and reliable train and coach services to a wide range of destinations across Victoria. High frequency services run to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Kyneton, Seymour and Traralgon. V/Line offers a variety of flexible ticket options. See their website for more details on getting around Victoria.
Food & Shopping
Queen Victoria Market | Melbourne Central | Aldi Supermarket
One of the major perks of staying at Discovery Melbourne is that we are right next to the famous Queen Victoria Market. Fresh produce or stylish clothing await. Want more conventional shopping, head down to Melbourne Central. A cheap ALDI Supermarket is just down the round for those looking to cook there own dinner.
Queen Victoria Market is Victoria’s premier open-air market. It’s a thriving and vital place pulsating with life. The friendly competition between stallholders, and their concern for customers, is what gives the Market its Old World charm and the addictive power to draw millions of visitors each year. Check its location.
Melbourne Central is a large shopping center, office, and public transport hub in the city of Melbourne. Filled with shops to keep you browsing for hours and plenty of foods outlets to grab a bite to eat, Melbourne Central is truly a one stop shop. Check out their website for info and a list of all the shops you can explore.
ALDI is a discount supermarket that offers backpackers incredibly high quality items at the lowest possible prices. Just down the road from Discovery Melbourne this supermarket is ideal for stocking up on anything you might need. Check out the map and stock up on arrival.
Post Offices | Banks & ATMs | Foreign Embassies
Even in this day and age it is necessary to know where your closest post office is and technology hasn’t advanced enough for us to send packages as an email attachment, so see below. We also have info on your nearest banks and ATMs as well as a list of all the foreign embassies in Victoria in case you find yourself in a bind.
The nearest Post Office is Franklin St Post Shop, 58 Franklin St or you can head to Melbourne GPO Post Shop, 250 Elizabeth St. If you want to post something a bit bigger home, Pack & Send is a good option. They’re at 53 Dryburgh St, West Melbourne. For more info on the Australian post service click here or for more info on Pack & Send click here.
There is an ATM in our lobby, but also plenty around us too. Commonwealth Bank ATM – 463 Elizabeth St or ANZ Bank ATM - Queen Vic Market, Queen St. Also if you need to set up a bank account or do some personal banking you'll find Commonwealth Bank – 360 Swanston St and ANZ Bank – 353 Elizabeth St close by. Click on the links for more info.