Melbourne has been repeatedly named one the most liveable cities in the world by The Economist’s liveability rankings, which surveys over 140 cities around the world. People living in Melbourne enjoy a safe city, world-class education, an extensive public transport system and a healthy environment. Melbourne is one of the most multicultural cities in the world so no matter where you are from, you are welcome in Melbourne.
Popular Places to Visit
There is so much to see and do across Melbourne that you might not know where to start. Some of Melbourne’s top attractions include:
- Federation Square
- Melbourne Museum
- Melbourne Zoo
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Eureka Tower
- State Library
- Botanical Gardens
The best way to see and do everything in Victoria is via the public transport system, Public Transport Victoria (PTV).
Accessible public transport allows you to easily get to and from campus and explore the city. An extensive network of trains, trams and buses covers the city, running late on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends.
When travelling in and around Melbourne, you’ll need to buy a Myki – these are re-usable, pre-paid cards that can be used on all public transport. You can buy a Myki card at major train stations or online.
Food and Cuisine
Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, which is reflected in its restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Feast on Greek, Italian, Chinese or many other of the world’s great cuisines. Whether you are fine dining or eating cheaply at one of our great markets, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes and budget.
Sports and Recreation
Aussies love their sport. We love playing it and we love watching it. And nowhere more so than in Melbourne with its reputation as Australia’s sports capital.
In autumn and winter Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Football, Australia’s national sport. In spring, there is the world famous Spring Racing Carnival, which features the Melbourne Cup, the race that literally ‘stops the nation’. During summer, Melbourne hosts cricket matches, golf tournaments and is home to the Australian Tennis Open and the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Whatever the time of year, there is always sports to watch and enjoying playing. It can be a great way to get involved with local culture and meet people.
Melbourne is world famous for its strong arts and culture scene. Any day or night of the week there are dozens of world-class shows and exhibitions to go and see.
Melbourne offers one of the highest densities of commercial art galleries in the world, with the National Gallery of Victoria housing the largest permanent collection of art in Australia.
The world famous laneways of the CDB are full of street art and graffiti and are just like their own outdoor, living gallery.
The live music scene is also thriving with over 3000 live shows happening across the city every week.
Make a point of finding out what’s on, getting some friends and immersing yourself in the melting point that is the Melbourne arts scene. It’s a great way to discover the city.
Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities, so you may not want to leave, but there are lots of wonderful places to visit nearby on weekends on during holidays.
Victoria has many beautiful attractions, whether you’re in the mood for a winery tour, a mountain road trip or a swim at the beach or in the hot springs. You can get almost anywhere in Victoria via bus or train. Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) often offers trips away just for students for if you feel like exploring with friends, this is a great way to travel.
Melbourne has been described as having four seasons in one day and its fickle weather can take some getting used to although can still be enjoyed all year round.
While Melbourne does have clear seasons, you can never be too prepared for sudden changes in temperature so it’s good to always carry an extra layer and an umbrella – especially in the colder months.
In summer it can get very hot and it’s easy to get burnt. It’s important you protect yourself by wearing high SPF sunscreen and wearing sun smart clothing including a hat and sunscreen.