Melbourne is a vibrant city, home to around five million people from all across the world. It’s a clean, green and friendly place, and was voted the most liveable city in the world for seven years in a row by The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index. We were voted the friendliest city, too, in a survey by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
Easy to get around
Accessible public transport allows you to easily explore the city after classes. Glorious parks and gardens, elegant streetscapes and diverse ethnic communities combine to make Melbourne one of Australia's most popular destinations for migrants and tourists alike.
Lots to do and explore
There’s always something to do in Melbourne. Spend your days exploring the city's famous laneways, museums, parks and sporting offerings. At night, experience live music and theatre, and discover some of the best bars, cafes and restaurants in Australia.
Melbourne is a wonderful base for day trips to beaches, mountains and national parks. With bus, rail and plane connections close by, exploring the rest of Australia is easy.
It’s important to know about Melbourne’s weather. Expect warm and cool, rainy and dry, windy and calm, all in one day! Summer can see temperatures soar up to the high 30s (degrees Celsius), while the winters can get cold enough to ensure coats and scarves are needed.
Festivals and events
Melbourne is alive with regular cultural festivals and events. Popular events include the Food and Wine Festival, Film Festival, Fringe Festival and the Festival of the Arts. Add to that fashion, comedy and writers’ festivals, flower and air shows, and the spectacular Chinese New Year. There’s something going on year-round.
Food capital of Australia
Melbournians love their food. Be prepared to choose from a vast array of restaurants, cafes and bars that serve a delicious choice of food. You’ve come to the right place too if you like coffee. We were recently voted the best in the world by booking.com.
Pick up a copy of The Age Good Food Guide or just explore for yourself. Bustling Chinatown serves up the finest Asian cuisine and many city streets are dedicated to Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French and Greek food. If you’re cooking for classmates, head to Queen Victoria Market. It’s the place for fresh food and is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere.
Sports capital too!
Many of Australia's most significant sporting events are held in Melbourne. There’s test cricket, Australian Open tennis and Grand Prix motor racing. The Bells Beach Surf Classic and the Spring Racing Carnival, also help to create a lively sporting atmosphere.
You’ll get used to Melbourne’s obsession with Aussie rules footy – a sport you will learn to love. Did we mention soccer/football? Local teams, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart play here too.
Melbourne means shopping
The city centre’s cool laneways and tree-lined streets are filled with interesting, small boutiques. Bourke Street Mall is fashion central, and for a range of designers under one roof head to GPO Melbourne, Melbourne Central, QV and Emporium Melbourne. Outside the city centre, Chapel Street in South Yarra, Acland Street in St Kilda and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy are popular shopping areas.