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Culture Corner

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What's Melbourne Like?

Melbourne and its suburbs envelop the Port Philip Bay shores and are connected with an extensive tramcar system. Like the city itself, the city's residents represent extremely diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Whether it's Greek or Italian, Chinese or Indian, Melbourne's international districts line streets with cafes and restaurants offering the best multicultural experience and cuisine.

Melbourne has a diverse history and a wealth of art, culture and sports. The heart and soul of Australian performing arts, from rock music to opera to ballet, are set here. Melbourne's visual arts scene is equally as diverse, offering exhibits from Aboriginal drawings to photography to modern sculpture. As the sports capital of Australia, Melbourne is constantly playing host to international sporting events, such as the Melbourne Cup horse race, Australian Rules Football's Grand Final, surfing's Bell's Beach Classic, or tennis' Australian Open. There is always something going on in this thriving capital city. Melbourne is one of the safest cities in the world to live, work and study. 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

Region and Population

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. With a population of over 4 million, Melbourne has one of the highest international populations of any city. Over 25% of the population was born overseas, with a large population of Asian residents and the largest Greek-speaking population outside of Europe.


Melbourne has a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months and can cause very strong cold fronts to form. Averages range from a low of 43 degrees - 57 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, and 57 degrees - 77 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.
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