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Fun activities around Melbourne that students can do in groups for under $50

Trinity College Foundation Studies

Wed Jun 08 2016

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WONDER what things you can do around Melbourne with your friends that’s fun and affordable? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Lyn Ee, Evelyn Xu and Wang Diting recommend three places under $50 that students can go to in groups for fun! 

After a long week of studying in school, the last thing anyone would want to do is hit the books again. But with so many things around Melbourne to do and see, finding something to settle on can be hard, especially if you want to find something that’s affordable for you and your friends.

We’ve whittled down some of the best activities that students can do for under $50 that is sure to get your blood pumping and your adrenaline racing.

Strike Bowling
Melbourne Central (Level 3, 211 Latrobe St, Melbourne) | Weekends: 10.00am – Late

Tucked away in a cosy corner on the third level of Melbourne Central, Strike Bowling offers easy access and convenience for students not looking to go too far to hang out. All you have to do is to gather up some friends, head to Strike and you are all set to bowl!

The atmosphere within Strike is really upbeat and fun. Strike not only provides bowling games but also laser tag sessions too. Pool tables are also available on site if you wish to take a break from bowling.

Furthermore, Strike Bowling is also located right next to Hoyts Cinemas, so if you have time to kill before or after a movie, one game of bowling would be a great way to kill some time.

For more information about Strike Bowling, check out their official website for more details

Luna Park 
18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda | Various times

Melbourne’s Luna Park is a historic amusement park but is usually only open on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. To get to Luna Park, students can catch either the 3a, 16 or 96 tram heading towards St Kilda, and then get off stop 137.

Luna park is free to enter, however to go on rides you will need to buy a ticket.  The park has 18 rides and attractions including:  the Scenic Railway, the Twin Dragon, the Spider, the Power Surge, the Enterprise and the Silly Serpent.

If you’re here in Melbourne, Luna Park cannot be missed no matter what your age!

For more information about Luna Park, visit the amusement park’s official website. 

Ice Skating at the O’Brien Group Arena
105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands | Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00am; Sundays: 9.00am – 10.00pm

Taking trams 35, 70 or 86 on the way to Docklands, the O’Brien Group Arena (formerly known as the Medibank Icebank) is a great place for groups of people to hang out and ice skate. By simply paying $24 when you present your student ID, you can skate here for as long as you want.

Don’t know how to skate? O’Brien Group Arena provides 15 minute free sessions teaching skating where you can rent equipment that can help support beginners. For those eager to learn more about ice skating, classes for ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and much more are also available.

What’s more is that you can also have fun, exercise and relax all in the one place!

For more information about the O’Brien Group Arena and what it offers, visit the ice skating arena for a better idea of what to expect

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