Australia is progressive, thriving and beautiful. Our cities are urbane and cosmopolitan, and our landscapes range from pristine sandy beaches to perfect snowy mountains.

We’re also one of the world’s most culturally diverse nations. In the Australian state of Victoria, 45% of people were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas.

In Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, you will hear people speak more than 150 different languages.

Melbourne is safe, well-designed and easy to get around. The city boasts:

Arts and culture

Melbourne hosts a number of international cultural events and festivals each year. The Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are favourites. Federation Square, in the heart of Melbourne, often holds free special events that celebrate the multicultural nature of the city.


Melbourne is home to major sporting events, including the Australian Open (tennis), the Boxing Day Test (cricket) and the Spring Racing Carnival (horse racing). In winter, Melburnians flock to the Australian Football League (the AFL, or just ‘the footy’) – pick a team and join in.

Cafes and restaurants

Melbourne is famous for its coffee, thanks in large part to the influx of southern European migrants that came here in the 1950s. We also love food, enjoy a variety of ethnic cuisines, and celebrate a food and wine festival each March.


Melbourne enjoys a true seasonal climate with sunny summers, mild autumns, crisp winters and warm springs. Don’t be surprised if you experience all four seasons in one day.

In the summer period starting from December – February, temperatures are between 14 – 25.3°C (57.2 – 77.5°F).

In winter time (June – August), average temperatures range from 6.5 – 14.2°C (43.7 – 57.6°F), and snow falls in the north-east of Victoria, known as High Country.

The city is always alive. You’ll find Melburnians unwinding at bars, beaches and restaurants all year round.

Additional information about Melbourne can be found here and here.