Melbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria. It is situated on the Yarra River, around Port Phillip Bay with its beautiful beaches and water sports facilities.
It is a beautiful spacious city with all the parks, gardens, sporting venues and scenic places that Australian space and natural resources allow.
Melbourne is a world-renowned cultural, artistic, financial and communication centre served by an international airport, passenger seaport and rail links to neighbouring States.
Melbourne, ranked as the world’s ‘most liveable city’, enjoys clean fresh air and beautiful parks and gardens.
Melbourne is considered to be the shopping capital of Australia and offers some of Australia’s biggest shopping complexes as well as sophisticated, exclusive boutiques and a host of lively and popular markets.
One quarter of Melbourne’s population was born overseas making it one of the world’s most multicultural cities.
There are now people from 140 nations living harmoniously together. This broad ethnic mix has brought many benefits to the city including a wide range of cuisines and over 2,300 elegant restaurants, bistros and cafes. Melbourne has an excellent public transport system with trams, trains and buses providing an extensive network throughout the city and suburbs.
The population is approximately 4 million. Melbourne is a sprawling city with suburbs extending up to 50km from the centre of the city.
About 36 per cent of Victoria is forest. The Murray is the State’s longest river and there are a number of large inland lakes.
Victoria’s vast coastline extends over 1600 kilometres, bordering the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait and separating the Australian mainland from Tasmania.
Victoria is the most densely populated of 8 States and Territories of Australia.
Some 26 per cent of all Australians live in Victoria and, of those, most reside in Melbourne, the nation’s second largest city and capital of this state.
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Melbourne is only a short distance from many beautiful beaches as well as the Victorian mountain regions, where skiing is popular during winter.
The city and surrounding suburbs are well serviced by a public transport network of buses, trains and trams.
A multicultural city enriched by 170 ethnic groups. Sometimes called the culinary capital of Australia, Melbourne has a vast array of restaurants, offering a variety of international cuisine. Bustling Chinatown in the heart of the city, serves up the finest of Asian cuisine and culture. Several other Melbourne streets are dedicated to Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian and Greek food – cuisine to suit every palate and many to suit a student’s budget.
Melbourne has been voted the Top Sports Events City and the Ultimate Sports City of the decade. An “unparalleled track record reputation” for hosting sporting competitions with versatility, stadia, atmosphere and a local passion for all sports.
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Historical Bells Beach, home of the longest running surf competition in the world celebrates it’s 55th anniversary this year.
Steeped in tradition, rich in heritage and history, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has become a rite of passage for World Surf League athletes to compete against themselves and fellow surfers for an opportunity to ring the bell.
Defending winners are Mick Fanning, three time world champion and Carissa Moore, two time world champion.
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Since 1844, the Festival of Sails has played a key part in the Victorian and Australian yachting calendar. Highly competitive and diverse, the event caters to all levels of sailing from high performance racing machines to family cruisers.
The Festival of Sails offers something that no other regatta in Australia does, combining first-class racing with a brilliant Shoreside Festival, which sees 100,000 visitors flock to the stunning Geelong waterfront to soak up the summer atmosphere.
Visitors to Geelong and local residents will come together to celebrate the Festival of Sails, incorporating the Australia Day public holiday, over a week long Festival in 2017, with an abundance of activity and entertainment. With live music, a variety of market stalls, a dedicated kids area, family friendly activities, free on and off the water come try activities, Discover Sailing, fantastic food on offer, there is something different to experience and enjoy each day.
Whether you are a sailor or prefer your feet on more solid ground and are looking for a fun way to entertain the family across the Australia Day holiday, this event provides something for everyone to enjoy.
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There are few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as Test cricket, and the Boxing Day Test is at the pinnacle. Be a part of the action at the MCG.
Bring the whole family along to day three of the Test, and buy a Family ticket for four and only pay for two adults. Buy a Family Pass to get two free children’s tickets (aged 15 or under) with your two full priced adult.
The MCG has lowered food prices for the season, making a day at the cricket more affordable.
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Summer in Australia is tennis. Balmy nights, world-class tennis players, colourful fans, live entertainment at Grand Slam Oval and all the tennis action live on the big screen at Garden Square. For two weeks in January, Melbourne Park has it all.
Witness the drama unfold as the world’s greatest athletes dominate the courts at Melbourne Park and test each other’s skill, determination, courage and endurance. More than mere sporting heroes, the likes of Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, Maria, Victoria and Serena are global superstars, all striving to claim the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season. Every year the Australian Open gets bigger, better, more intense and more breathtaking as these stunning athletes leave nothing to chance in their quest for the ultimate prize.
Visit the Australian Open website, or sign up to Australian Open Update for all the latest news and offers from the Australian Open.
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It’s that magical time of year again, when the legends of two wheels journey to The Island and take your breath away with their adrenaline fueled athleticism at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The Phillip Island race track is a sacred place for any fan of two wheels. Where epic turns are cast against a stunning backdrop. World class athletes race against gravity and mates unite at the track where the piston pounding, adrenalin pumping action is set to return. This is motorcycle racing’s best address.
But book quickly and do not miss the electric atmosphere as riders battle it out for the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. If you love bikes, you know you are up for this.
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Melbourne will again play host to the opening round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship™ on Sunday 26 March, 2017, at the iconic Albert Park Circuit.
The 2017 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix promises to redefine your experience of entertainment and luxury when Formula One descends on Melbourne and the city comes to life.
This world class event will present something for everyone as it takes excitement and opulence to the next level, creating one of the spectacles of the year with an entertainment line up so extravagant, you can’t experience it anywhere else.
The worlds eyes will be on Melbourne as anticipation for the event at Albert Park will reach fever pitch and the sport’s international superstars, past winners and present champion ready themselves to fight for victory on the track – Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo amongst them.
The speed, exhilaration and glamour of the Formula 1® is unlike any other event. Set against the stunning Melbourne skyline, the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix is the most glamorous event on the sporting and social calendar.
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Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons in the year – spring, summer, winter and autumn. Below is a guide to the average daily temperatures.
Spring: September to November: 12-22 degrees
Summer: December to February: 28-32 degrees
Autumn: March to May: 12 – 20 degrees
Winter: June to August: 10 – 15 degrees
Melbourne does not have a specific wet season – it can rain at any time of the year. Sports and other outdoor activities are possible at all times of the year.
There is a reputation for rain in the city, which is statistically unfounded as Melbourne receives only 50 percent of the average rainfall of either Brisbane or Sydney. Perhaps it can sometimes be a little unpredictable, however, it is a comfortable environment to be in whatever the season.