Having been crowned the world’s most liveable city in seven out of the last eight years, Melbourne is a diverse cultural hub with endless exciting and creative pockets to be explored. While we always recommend speaking to a local to find out what’s on, if you’re more inclined to have an independent night on the town, these apps can help you do it right. Wear clothes you didn’t pack, see shows you didn’t pre-book and explore with people you’ve only just met.
Here are five niche bits of tech that make Melbourne easy, accessible and affordable to explore.
A great way to participate in Melbourne’s nightlife begins with experiencing its theatre scene. If you didn’t book a show months in advance, don’t worry, there’s still hope! Having only just arrived in Australia on 7 January, this theatre-ticketing app quickly made ticketing an easy entry into Melbourne’s arts and culture scene. This app gets users into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child months ahead of the wait time and offers theatre experiences at up to 75 per cent off the box office price!
When travelling light, you generally don’t pack a gown or a high end dress, though sometimes the occasion calls for one. Melbourne is known to be the fashion capital of Australia – so fancy parties, the theatre, Melbourne Fashion Week or the famous races can be ‘dress up’ events. Don’t worry, the Volte has you covered. The rental app allows you to borrow designer clothes for a fraction of their retail price, so you’ll be ready for any occasion.
Travelling alone and want to make and share some memories? This one’s for you. The Travello app will connect you to a network of like-minded people who want to explore the city, make friends and share real life experiences. The app also recommends things for you to see and do, based on your interests, with more than 50,000 activities in its back pocket.
Getting from place to place is easy and affordable with Taxify, an alternative to Uber that pledges to be five per cent cheaper, with lower commission rates, and limited surge-pricing. While the CBD is well equipped with public transport, accessing other hubs such as St Kilda, Chapel St or Fitzroy just became much easier.
Go beyond the city to explore the wineries at Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley, or drive the Great Ocean Road for jaw-dropping coastal backdrops, all just hours outside of Melbourne. Renting a campervan with Camplify can act as your transport and your home, and maximise your Melbourne adventure.
Will you be travelling to Melbourne anytime soon? What other apps would you recommend from travellers? As always, let us know in the comment section below.