Get to know Melbourne
With its great live music, vibrant culinary scene, world-renowned street art and inner-city laneways packed with hidden bars and cafés, Melbourne is a culture-lover’s dream. Often described as Australia’s ‘cultural capital’, Melbourne is the country’s second largest city after Sydney and has been ranked first in the Economic Intelligence Unit’s World’s Most Liveable Cities ratings six years in a row. Melbourne is a diverse and multicultural city with a population of just over 4.5 million - 35% of whom were born overseas.
Quick Facts about Melbourne
Population: 4.5 million
Popular sports: Australian Rules Football and Cricket. Soccer is becoming increasingly popular.
Traditional owners: The Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people who make up the Kulin Nation.
Famous Melbournians: Kylie Minogue, Chris Hemsworth, Steve Irwin, Shane Warne
Things to see if you had 24 hours in Melbourne: The Queen Victoria Market, The Melbourne Cricket Ground, Federation Square
International student support: Study Melbourne (and IDP, of course)
Public transport: Public Transport Victoria
In and around Melbourne
Central Business District
Melbourne’s centre is full of exciting laneways, historic buildings and hip eateries. A fun mix of workers, students and tourists, there is always a buzz day or night.
Carlton & Fitzroy
The Italian cuisine available on Lygon Street is some of the best you will find outside of Italy. Melbourne’s famous coffee is also a major reason to check out these trendy suburbs.
North Melbourne & Parkville
Universities, hospitals and Victorian-style terraced houses dominate the northern edges of Melbourne. Explore historic markets, sip a coffee on Errol Street, or stay outdoors in Melbourne’s largest inner city park.
Brunswick & Northcote
Brunswick and Northcote are known for their community atmospheres, and both are home to a wide mix of cultures and religions. The area is popular for its cool vibe and easy access to the city centre and beyond.