Melbourne, Victoria

Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, the southern-most city of mainland Australia is a thriving and cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of beautiful old buildings and stunning new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens. Melbourne is Australia’s leader in the arts, sports and fashion and has some of the finest restaurants in the country. Melbourne is renowned for its festivals and sporting events, staging an exciting variety of entertainment each year. Melbourne has the most live music venues in Australia and an ever-increasing number of chic inner-city bars for every level and style of socialising imaginable.

As the world’s most liveable city five years running, Melbourne has received perfect scores for healthcare every year. Victorians are a group of healthy and active citizens, but when our health deteriorates, we’re lucky to have one of the strongest healthcare systems in the world.

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Sitting at the mouth of the Yarra River, where the river flows into Port Philip Bay, Melbourne is the metropolitan capital city of Victoria, Australia.

Ranked as the World’s Most Liveable City for seven years in a row according to an index in the Economist magazine, Melbourne attracts millions of visitors every year, making it one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.

Federation Square

Flinders Street Station is the city’s most iconic building on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Street. It is the central railway station for the train network that services the suburbs of Melbourne. Opened in 1854, Flinders was Australia’s first railway station.

Melbourne Laneways

The centre of Melbourne is threaded with quaint laneways; which have become a mecca for coffee shops, cafés and unique shopping boutiques. Start at Flinders Street station, wander down Degraves Street, and explore the city’s beautiful arcades and street art around every corner – including from England-based graffiti artist Banksy. Head down Collins Street to visit the exquisite Block Arcade for a step back in time.

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in Melbourne. Also called the “Vic Market” or “Queen Vic,” the market features many stalls selling all kinds of items from meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables to crafts, plants, souvenirs, clothes, jewellery, toys, shoes, pets, hardware tools, watches, gadgets, and lots more. Note the market is closed on Mondays, Wednesdays and most public holidays.

Eureka Skydeck 88

The Eureka tower is the second tallest building in Australia. The Skydeck is on the 88th floor and is the highest public viewing area in a building in the Southern Hemisphere. There is a small outdoor viewing area called The Terrace which is closed in high winds and another area called The Edge, a glass cube projecting three metres out from the building.

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Most shops in Melbourne are generally open from 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday to Wednesday and 09:00 to 21:00 Thursday to Friday. In all stores and shopping centres major credit cards are accepted and tax-free shopping is possible within the city. Walking is the best way to shop, especially along Melbourne’s arcades and laneways.

Popular Shopping Destinations in Melbourne include:

Restaurant & Dining

A melting pot of cultures and cuisines, Melbourne offers plenty of options for dining from cafes to bistros to bars to fine dining and everything in between.


Melbourne enjoys warm summers, glorious springs, mild autumns and crisp winters. With its variable climate, Melbourne hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring).

Average daytime temperatures in October are around 20°C (68°F). However, the mornings can still be cool with temperatures falling to an average overnight low of 10°C (50°F).

Helpful websites:

Visit Melbourne

What’s on Melbourne


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