Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do


    The stylish and cosmopolitan Melbourne is the coastal capital of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city. Situated on the southern coast of Australia’s eastern seaboard, Melbourne is located on a coastal plain at the top of Port Phillip Bay which also functions as the mouth of the mighty Yarra River.

    In 2017, Melbourne was heralded the “world’s most liveable city” by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the seventh year in a row. Not only is it considered the financial centre of the Asia-Pacific region, it is also Australia’s cultural capital; recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and hub for all things creative, including street art, music, contemporary dance and theatre.

    Melbourne is comprised of a diverse collection of inner city neighbourhoods so whether you’re a foodie, a sports fan or a culture vulture, the city is sure to have something for you.

    • Language: English
    • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
    • Time Zone: AEDT (GMT+1100)

    International Travel

    Melbourne Tullamarine Airport hosts both domestic and international flights and is located about 22km north-west of the city centre. International visitors may find it necessary to fly via Sydney Airport.


    For more information on where to stay and accommodation, check out our dedicated Accommodation page.

    Things To Do

    Royal Botanical Gardens – Spread over 94 acres and featuring more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world, the Melbourne Gardens are a perfect place to take a stroll in beautiful surroundings.

    Hosier Lane – Hosier Lane is the place to visit for interesting street art, offering graffiti, stencils and art installations.

    National Gallery of Victoria – Home to more than 70,000 works of art, the National Gallery of Victoria has an extensive collection of work, including Picasso’s Weeping Woman and Rembrandt’s self-portrait.

    St Kilda Pier – For a fantastic view of the Melbourne skyline, visit St Kilda Pier at sunset. The breakwater which protects the harbour of St.Kilda is also home to a colony of penguins; visit at dusk for the best chance to catch a glimpse of them!


    March is the start of autumn in Melbourne but average daily temperatures are around 19°C with an average high of 24°C so we would recommend bringing a light jacket or jumper with you, especially for the chillier evenings. Although not particularly frequent, please note that there is usually some rainfall in March. We would always recommend checking the weather before you head out in the morning to ensure you are adequately prepared!

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