The Coffee Capital
Melbourne is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world for the quality of its lifestyle and wellbeing. The city is known for its laneways, multiculturalism, excellent dining options for all budgets, and amazing street art. It’s also known for being the coffee capital of the world and its nightlife is second to none. The city’s centre has plenty of bars, plazas, and restaurants by the Yarra River.
In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of the Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, with an abundance of Australian and indigenous art. Known as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a hidden gem around every corner and uncountable things to discover.
World Sporting Events
The city also annually hosts two of the world’s biggest sporting events, the Australian Open and the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Whatever your preference is, Melbourne is a city that will inspire your creative flow and indulge your taste buds.
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Four seasons in one day
Melbourne has the so-called Oceanic Climate. It has mild winters (with an average of 6.5 to 16.5 degrees) and relatively warm summers. The wettest month is October and the drier months are in the middle of summer. However, Melbourne’s weather is rather known by its changing conditions where you can have “four seasons in one day”.
- Shared room (Centre of the city): $175 -$250/ week
- Shared room (Outside of the centre): $150 – $230/ week
- Private room (Centre of the city): $230 – $350/ week
- Private room (Outside of the city centre): $200 – $300/ week
- Fresh bread: $3.10 – $3.50
- Eggs (12): $4.70
- Rice or Pasta (1kg): $1.50 – $2.70
- Chicken breast (1kg): $10.50 approx.
- Milk (1 litre): $1.50
- Standard meal: $15 – $20
- Fast Food: $11 – $13
- Cup of Coffee: $3.50 – $4.50
- Movies: $20
- Haircut: $15 – $25
- Petrol: from $1.29/ L
Melbourne offers comprehensive public transport services. The city has many transport options such as; buses, trains, trams and ferries to get around the city and surroundings. These are affordable and safe. There’s also the free City Circle Tram to help you get around to see all of the city’s major attractions.
To access public transport in Melbourne you will need a Myki Card (https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki) or you can simply pay for a single trip ticket. However, if you are thinking in staying in Melbourne for a while, we suggest getting the card as it is rechargeable (Similar to the Opal Card used in Sydney).
If you prefer a cheaper and healthier option, Melbourne offers many facilities for cyclists. The city has more than 135 km of bicycle paths, which are increasingly being used by the population. Over the last 10 years bicycles use has increased and this is predicted to increase further over the next few years.
Melbourne has a broad range of accommodation options whether you are here for a long period of time or just for a short holiday. If you are going to live here for a while, we recommend that you visit the following websites:
If you decide you want to get accommodation before your arrival to Australia, we can help by finding you a homestay in an area that suits your needs. Contact one of our experienced consultants to find out more about accommodation options in Melbourne.
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Things to do
Yarra River Cruise: You will have prime sights of the Docklands, Crown Entertainment Complex and Government House as well as other iconic places. Every cruise usually has a rooftop so you will be able to catch some sunrays whilst seeing the sights.
Federation Square Contemporary Public Centre: Federation Square is a venue where you will be able to see art exhibitions, culture and public events. It has a great atmosphere and there is always something cool happening.
Laneways and Street Art: Melbourne is the Australian capital for art, culture and creativity. There is always something new and cool to be discovered around every corner in the city’s laneways such as (AC/DC Lane, Croft Alley, Centre Place and many more).
Cafes and Restaurants: Melbourne is all about chilling, wandering around the streets and backstreets and having great food. The city’s food and cafe scene is remarkable. You will see and smell the small restaurants and cafes as you walk through the streets and then it will be up to you to find the place that catches your senses!!
Puffing Billy Railway: You can also catch the oldest operating steam train in Australia and travel east of the city to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges through stunning rainforest scenery.
Great Ocean Road: This trip offers one of the most stunning coastal and rainforest views in the world. Take a quick photo at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch and enjoy the ride through the amazing scenery to end up at the 12 Apostles which is considered one of the wonders of the world.
Phillip Island: About 140 Km south from Melbourne CBD you can find the amazing Phillip Island. Besides being an island, you can get there by car (through San Remo bridge), there you can see the iconic penguins at Summerland Beach or visit the Seal Rocks Centre (now called Nobbies Centre) to watch the colonies of Australian Fur Seals.
Yarra Valley Wine Tour: Considered as one of the main wine areas in Australia, Yarra Valley is a must-go if you are in Melbourne. You can enjoy the amazing wines on a wine tour or simply have a remarkable lunch/dinner with amazing views. The valley is only about 1 hour away from the city.
FACTS ABOUT MELBOURNE
- Melbourne was going to be called “Batmania” originally due to one of its founders John Batman
- Almost 40% of Melbourne’s population was born overseas
- Melbourne has the highest number of cafes and restaurants per person in the world
- Australia’s first traffic light was installed at Melbourne in 1912
- Victoria (Melbourne) became the first place in the world to enforce seat belt legislation.
- Between 1901 and 1927 Melbourne was Australia’s capital city.
- Melbourne has the 4th largest tram system after Europe
- A person that comes from and lives in Melbourne is called “Melbournian”
- Melbourne is home to the highest Italian and Greek populations in the world outside their own countries.
- Until 1966 all pubs in Melbourne had to be closed by 6pm
- Melbourne is considered Australia’s unofficial sporting capital and is the only city in the world with five international standard sporting facilities.
- Melbourne is known for its unpredictable weather, and it’s often possible to experience four seasons in one day.
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