Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria and it is Australia’s second most populated city with both scenic and cultural attractions. Melbourne was ranked the world’s most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Melbourne is a diverse and multicultural city, also known as “the Garden City” and “the Cultural Capital of Australia”. The Australian society is made up of people from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. Melbourne’s cultural diversity is reflected in the city’s restaurants serving various international cuisines, that allows you to enjoy dishes from your own country whenever you feel home sick.
There are many festivals and special events organised in Melbourne throughout the year, as Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian film, television, art, dance and music, and Victoria is the place Australian Rules football originated from.
Melbourne hosts many events each year, such as:
- Australian Open (January)
- The Chinese New Year Parade (February)
- St Kilda Festival (February)
- L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (February – March)
- Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March)
- Moomba Waterfest (March)
- Australian International Airshow (March)
- Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show March (April)
- The International Comedy Festival (April)
- The International Film Festival (July – August)
- Royal Melbourne Show (September – October)
- The Melbourne Fringe Festival (September – October)
- The International Festival of the Arts (October)
- Melbourne Cup (November)
In winter, you can visit the snow fields and some are just a day trip north from Melbourne.
The shopping in Melbourne cater for all types of lifestyles, from international brands, to Australian brands and speciality shops. There are department stores, several shopping malls and small laneways situated within and around the metropolitan city, as well as boutiques and famous markets such as the Queen Victoria Markets and the Prahran Markets.
Melbourne has a well developed public transport system which allows everyone to get around easily by trains, trams or buses. Find more information about the routes and fees on Public Transport Victoria.
Staying in Melbourne, you will have a great opportunity to go on weekend trips to explore more about the state of Victoria. Victoria is one of the smallest of the mainland states in size but the second most populated. Victoria offers a wide range of attractions; there are National Parks, forests, wildlife, and seaside villages, vineyards, beaches and galleries to enjoy and explore.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives along the Southern Ocean, including The Twelve Apostles, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls.