Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia and has a lot to offer. Tourists visiting Melbourne have a limited time and budget. With many free and ticketed ways to get around the city, tourists do have options on what to see and how to get there.
What would you recommend is the best way to get the most out of a visit to Melbourne?
Melbourne City Circle tram and Visitor shuttle bus are some free ways to commute through Melbourne CBD. Otherwise, green trams are good options for exploring Melbourne and with the added benefit of zone1 applying to all tram routes you end up paying less for your travel should you venture further outside the CBD.
I would do most of my travelling on weekends if possible as you can go anywhere in any zone all over the cbd and metropolitan melbourne unlimited travel on trams/trains/buses for a mere $3.40 for the whole day.
There are many specialty tours offered in the city to cater for different palates so it would also depend on what you are most interesting in seeing in the city, and then design your trip accordingly. The best way to get the most out of a visit to Melbourne or any city is to read up on what the city has to offer before your trip. Borrow a book from the library and ear-mark the places you want to visit, or design an itinerary on your smartphone.