There is much to love about Melbourne. Just ask the locals. This sophisticated world city in the south-east corner of mainland Australia inspires a deep passion in those lucky enough to live here. They love its vibrant energy, staggering choice of restaurants, funky boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, luscious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character.
Melbourne, a relatively modern city which is less than 200 years old, never sits still. New futuristic designs add to the fascinating mix of architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing. Melbourne is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been named in an international poll as the world’s most liveable city.
Melbournians embrace three things in particular:
They even embrace their notoriously changeable weather. A standing joke in Australia is that Melbourne can experience four seasons in a day. But, really, it’s just another example of how they have it all!
- (Australian Rules football is almost a religion);
- (the look is chic with a dash of quirky); and
- (the calendar is packed year round).
Sometimes, the best part of visiting a new city is when you unexpectedly depart from the tourist trail and glimpse the city’s “real” side. While the big attractions can be great fun, often it’s the more subtle “insider” experiences that leave you feeling really satisfied.
Here is some inside information to help you discover Australia's second largest city (also the capital of Victoria).
Focussed around a central business district (CBD), Melbourne's 8,800 sq km of suburbs spread more than 40 km to the south, are hemmed in by the picturesque Dandenong ranges 30 km to the east, extend up to 20 km to the north and sprawl across vast, flat basalt plains to the west.
Australian Eastern Standard Time is GMT plus 10 hours.
Daylight Savings - last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in March.
Winter - 9 hours, 32 minutes (June 21)
Summer - 14 hours, 47 minutes in summer (December 22)
Melbourne has a well-deserved reputation for its changing weather. Over the course of a day it can be possible to experience a little something of the four seasons. A tip for any visitor to Melbourne is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear shorts!
Melbourne has a temperate climate of mild temperatures with four distinct seasons.
|Summer (December to February) warm to hot.
Average maximum temp 25°C (77°F)
Average minimum temp 14°C (57°F)
|Autumn (March to May) mild
Average maximum temp 20°C (68°F)
Average minimum temp 11°C (52°F)
|Winter (June to August) cool to brisk
Average maximum temp 14°C (57°F)
Average minimum temp 7°C (45°F)
|Spring (September to November) cool to mild
Average maximum temp 20°C (68°F)
Average minimum temp 10°C (50°F)
International Student City Ambassador Program
City Ambassador volunteers are trained volunteers who rove the city centre retail core in distinctive red uniforms answering all kinds of queries from Melbourne's diverse community - from people who've come from across the world to those who've come from across town.
Volunteers provide their services without financial payment and offer a friendly and informative welcome to visitors.
The International Student City Ambassador Program encourages international students to get involved and be trained as a City Ambassador for a three-month period.
For more information or to register your interest in the International Student City Ambassador Program contact the City of Melbourne on (03) 9658 9658.
Discover Melbourne Student Guide 2010
Please visit the above link to gain access to the guide that contains all the information you need to make the most of the city and live like a local – including places to visit, free things to do and special insider’s tips.
The official travel website for international visitors to Melbourne Australia is http://www.visitmelbourne.com. Please visit this site to find out more about destinations, accommodation, festivals and events.
Cost of living (All prices are in $AUD)
Melbourne is one of the cheapest cities in which to live. Compared to other major Australian cities it provides a very high quality of life that is also affordable.
As a general guide, accommodation, food, transport, clothes and expenses could cost between AUD$9,000 to AUD$17,000 or more a year, the cost of accommodation various between $300-$800 per week. For a married person with a dependent, he/she will need at least another $6,000 - $10,000each year. If there are children, the living expenses required are approximately $3,000 for each child.
Fruit, vegetables and meat are available fresh and at reasonable prices. Clothing and personal effects are usually good quality and available at a wide variety of prices. Below are links to some of Melbourne's Supermarkets. This is only a guide. Remember that you can shop around for items such as clothing and shoes to find a cheaper source.