Melbourne city life
Melbourne has all the ingredients of a vibrant metropolis, from an international atmosphere full of diversity, with welcoming bars, restaurants and boutiques, to fantastic cultural events, festivities and street art, plus a hectic nightlife.
Melbournians also share a common appraisal for sports and they come together for major events, including AFL matches, cricket, soccer and the rugby codes, Australian Open tennis and Formula One racing.
Popular tourist attractions in Melbourne include: the Federation Square (with free or cheap entertainment), Queen Victoria Market (for groceries shopping), the Eureka Tower (has a viewing platform at the top of the 297th floor), Southgate (shopping centre), the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Zoo, the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, or the Royal Botanical Gardens, among others.
You can also visit museums like: the Melbourne Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Ian Potter Centre or the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
In the weekend, you can check out the music scene in Brunswick, tour the Yarra Valley, see the penguins at Port Phillip Bay, swim with seahorses around the piers of the Mornington Peninsula, or meet up with your peers for a picnic on St. Kilda’s beach.
International atmosphere in Melbourne
In Melbourne, you will find an eclectic social environment, mixing many different cultures. Approximately 40% of Melbourne residents were born outside Australia. The majority was born in the UK, followed by communities of Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Greek and New Zealanders expats. Every suburb in Melbourne is distinct and you can see the influence of each culture across the city.
Melbourne has a reputation for fast changing weather. The city enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild springs and autumns, and cool to brisk winters. The average temperature in the summer (June-August) is 25°C (77°F), while in the winter (December-February) it drops to 14°C (57°F).