Melbourne is one of the safest cities in the world to live, work and study. The locals are friendly, and the city’s multicultural vibe means you’ll instantly feel at home here. Whether you’re heading out for a bite to eat, exploring the parks and leafy boulevards or catching the tram to uni, you’ll always feel secure and welcome.

Foodies Unite

The melting pot of cultures in Melbourne is reflected in its restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. You can feast on a dizzying spread of the world's great cuisines or just follow your nose down a cobblestoned laneway in search of the ultimate caffeine hit.

Culture and Creativity

Melbourne kicks up its heels all year round, offering everything from opera and Broadway spectaculars to contemporary dance and comedy. The art scene evolves with constant displays at museums, galleries, public art spaces and artist-run venues throughout the city.

White Night 2017 (TimeOut)

The Sporting Capital

Melbourne’s sporting calendar is packed with electrifying events. Cheer on your favourites at the Australian Open Tennis Championships, Formula 1 Grand Prix and Melbourne Cup Carnival or head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the ultimate Aussie Rules football experience.

Melbourne's sporting precinct is just a stone's throw away from the bustle of the city centre, surrounded by lush parklands. (Tripadvisor)

A Shoppers Paradise

With locally-designed originals and the best of international brands to choose from, Melbourne shoppers are spoilt for choice. Lose yourself down a laneway, find a bargain at our many markets and immerse yourself in a true shopper's paradise. For the more adventurous, discover Chadstone - the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere!

The Melbourne Emporium shopping centre is one of our best! (Jacaranda)

Easy to Get Around

Melbourne’s public transport system is reliable and easy to navigate. Trams, buses and trains operate throughout the city and its suburbs. It’s also bike-friendly, with a public hire bike service making it even easier to get around.


Melbourne's tram network is extensive and runs frequently throughout the day and night. (WikiCommons)

Explore Victoria

Melbourne is located in the Australian state of Victoria. There are lots of unique attractions that are easily accessible as day trips, including:

  • Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles
  • Thermal spas of Hepburn Springs
  • Penguin Parade on Phillip Island
  • Wineries of the Yarra Valley
  • Snowfields in Victoria’s High Country
  • Healesville Sanctuary, where you’ll come face-to-face with some of Australia’s unique native animals.

For more information, please see Visit Victoria.

Image: Victoria's 12 Apostles from the above. (Visit Melbourne)

Explore Australia

Melbourne is also a great spot from which to see the rest of Australia - you can take a ferry to Tasmania, fly up to the amazing Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, head to gorgeous Sydney to check out the Opera House or take in the stunning Northern Territory, including Uluru and Kakadu National Park.

For more information, please see Tourism Australia.

Heart Reef

Heart Reef, The Great Barrier Reef - far north Queensland (ABC)

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