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Top things to do for free in Melbourne

We've loved our 'Ultimate Year Out' adventures in Melbourne, so we thought we'd give you guys a round up of the best things to do for free.
 
If you find yourself in Melbourne and are a little short of funds, then this list of freebies is perfect!
 
1. Free city circle tram - there's a tram that runs every day surrounding the CBD. It takes around 40 minutes to go round the whole circuit and it's a great way to get to know the city as there's a voice over at every stop!
 
2. Victoria market - you...
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Melbourne Madness

 
Hi everyone! We've just left Melbourne for the warmer climates of Alice Springs, preparing for our trip to Uluru in the morning and thought we'd update you!
 
After 10 days in Melbourne, we think we've seen everything it has to offer, and we loved it! It's true that it's a city with four seasons in one day, so layers and trousers can come in handy. We had to make an emergency stop to outlet mall to buy some!
 
It really is cafe culture, with lots of cool and funky coffee bars down little...
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University, or the universe?

To all of you younger whippersnappers, it's come around to that time of year again. You're either starting your first week or uni (and hopefully loving it!) or thinking of applying for next year, and we appreciate it's a massive decision for anybody. Question is, do you know if uni's definitely for you, or if a year out would help you along your way?

A few weeks ago, we saw an article which talked about travelling boosting your grades at university. Now we can't prove this for ourselves, but...

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Round The World, or Round The Block?

Here at RG, we know big RTW trips aren't for everyone. To set out on a 6 month+ adventure, you need to be reasonably prepared, travel savvy and have exploration running through your veins. Others understandably, prefer to stick to one continent or even more specifically- one country. So how do you know what option's best for you? We've come up with a little criteria which can help you decide whether you're a RTW or a RTB (round-the-block, to you and me) type...

You know Round The World's for...

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Backpackers Budget: Your Questions, Answered!

Australia is ONE popular country to visit if you’re a Real Gapper... we send hundreds of you off RTW each year, and as we’re approaching prime Aussie departure time, we thought we’d fill you in with everything you'll need to know if you’re one of the lucky ones swanning off (and if you are, can you make room for us in your suitcase- pretty please?).

Budget: If you’re heading out to Australia to work Down Under for a year, you’ll need to have a fair amount of saving’s- $5000 AD to be exact....

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Backpackers Budget: Frugal Fun in Australia

As an Australian born traveller who's straight out of school, I can empathise with the many backpackers shocked at the cost of travelling in Aus (perhaps it’s even more surprising for me given the fact that I've lived there for the vast majority of my life!). If I found prices to be sky high, how must foreigners feel!? However, this is where my advantage lies; in that I could use a number of insider secrets to lessen the damage on the wallet. These secrets, or a few of them anyway, I’m...
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Backpackers Budget: Australia!

We can picture it now… cocktails on the beach at Bondi, soaking up the sun in Sydney, diving in the Great Barrier Reef... (and that's without even mentioning the excitement of having a whole new country to explore!). There's no denying that Australia is an awesome backpackers destination, and over the next week we’re going to be launching a mini ‘backpackers budget’ series- giving you guys all of the goss on life Down Under.
 
We’ll be dishing the dirt on budgeting for your year abroad, from...
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A Sporting Tour of Australia

With Australia fast losing its reputation as a gritty, never-say-die sporting nation following yet another crushing Ashes Test defeat, a demolition by the British & Irish Lions (even though the Wallabies should have wrapped it up by the second match), and last year's dismal Olympics showing, what is happening to sport in the good old Aus?

Although no longer at the competitive peak of 2001 when Australia's trophy cabinet consisted of... *deep breath in*... a Rugby Union World Cup, a Rugby...

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My Experience: Australia Outback Ranch Training

Real Gap customer Chloe headed over to our Australian Outback Ranch back in April, and it's fair to say that she loved her experience! Prepare to roll up your sleeves up though... 

Being a self-proclaimed lazy person, the ranch experience was a far cry from my usual lifestyle. And that's exactly why I went for it. 6:30am wake-up call? MARVELLOUS. Sarcasm? Me? Never! But after the first day I realised I was genuinely happy to be getting up in the dark. How rare! What challenges, giggles and...

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Sophie's Aussie Bests...

Now my posts on the good old Aus are coming to a close, I thought I'd recap on where, and what I think is best in Australia!

Best City: Melbourne

This really is the most liveable but most jaw dropping city I have ever had the pleasure to experience. Everything works so well here. Despite being voted the 4th most expensive city in the world (it has leapfrogged 5th place Sydney) there are always things to do to keep you entertained! Alright, the city might not have the beaches of Sydney but...

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