Melbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria. It is situated on the Yarra River, around Port Phillip Bay with its beautiful beaches and water sports facilities.
It is a beautiful spacious city with all the parks, gardens, sporting venues and scenic places that Australian space and natural resources allow.
The National Museum of Australia opened as part of Australia’s Centenary of Federation celebrations in 2001. It is co-located with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in the nation’s capital city of Canberra and adds to more than 1000 museums throughout Australia.
Melbourne is a world-renowned cultural, artistic, financial and communication centre served by an international airport, passenger seaport and rail links to neighbouring States.
Melbourne, ranked as the world’s ‘most liveable city’, enjoys clean fresh air and beautiful parks and gardens.
Melbourne is considered to be the shopping capital of Australia and offers some of Australia’s biggest shopping complexes as well as sophisticated, exclusive boutiques and a host of lively and popular markets.
One quarter of Melbourne’s population was born overseas making it one of the world’s most multicultural cities. There are now people from 140 nations living harmoniously together. This broad ethnic mix has brought many benefits to the city including a wide range of cuisines and over 2,300 elegant restaurants, bistros and cafes. Melbourne has an excellent public transport system with trams, trains and buses providing an extensive network throughout the city and suburbs. The population is approximately 4 million. Melbourne is a sprawling city with suburbs extending up to 50km from the centre of the city. The city centre is on the banks of the Yarra River, 5km from Port Phillip Bay. The city centre features world class department stores, historical, architecture, theatres, galleries and arts centres. Melbourne is only a short distance from many beautiful beaches as well as the Victorian mountain regions, where skiing is popular during winter.
The city and surrounding suburbs are well serviced by a public transport network of buses, trains and trams. A multicultural city enriched by 170 ethnic groups. Sometimes called the culinary capital of Australia, Melbourne has a vast array of restaurants, offering a variety of international cuisine. Bustling Chinatown in the heart of the city, serves up the finest of Asian cuisine and culture. Several other Melbourne streets are dedicated to Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian and Greek food - cuisine to suit every palate and many to suit a student’s budget.
Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons in the year - spring, summer, winter and autumn.
Below is a guide to the average daily temperatures.
SPRING: September - November 12-22 degrees
SUMMER: December to February 28-32 degrees
AUTUMN: March to May 12 - 20 degrees
WINTER: June to August 10 - 15 degrees
Melbourne does not have a specific wet season - it can rain at any time of the year.
Sports and other outdoor activities are possible at all times of the year.
International sporting events
Overseas students are welcomed in Australia because they:
Spring Racing Carnival (Melbourne Cup)
Australian Open (Grand Slam tennis)
Grand Prix Motor Racing
World Series and Test cricket
Bells Beach Surf Classic