|Consistently rated as one of the world's three most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Melbourne’s quality of life is the envy of the world.|
Melbourne has a vibrant multicultural community, outstanding arts, food and wine, Australia’s best shopping, and diverse sporting and leisure opportunities.
The city has temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Although Melbourne can get quite warm in the summer, coastal breezes and a cool change are never far away. It’s an ideal climate for a wide variety of open-air sports and leisure activities. More details are available on the Visit Victoria or City of Melbourne's - That's Melbourne website.
|In 2010, Melbourne was named the world's Ultimate Sports City, ahead of Singapore, London, Berlin and Sydney for the third consecutive time.|
Melbourne was singled out for its strong track record for hosting major annual events, and praised for its excellent facilities, strong government support and planning, and weather.
Room to breathe and play
|Melbourne is Australia’s garden city, with nature never very far away. You’ll invariably find a beautifully-tended park or sports ground a short walk from your home. |
Melbourne has an extensive network of bike trails spanning the CBD, bay and bushland.
Victoria’s unique and varied regional destinations include sweeping coastlines, pristine beaches, national parks, and lakes and mountains. Skiing, fishing, rock climbing, hiking and wineries are accessible as day trips. Melbourne has five wine districts within an hour’s drive.
|Melbourne is a great place to bring up children. There are excellent government and private schools, offering a vast array of choice – our education system is ranked fifth in the world by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). |
Three zoos, an aquarium, plus urban icons such as the Collingwood Children’s Farm and the Ian Potter Children’s Garden are great places to get kids close to nature and animals.
|As well as a homegrown fusion of the world’s great cuisines, Melbourne boasts a café or restaurant – sometimes an entire district - for almost every one of the 200 or more nationalities living here. |
You can find a taste of home everywhere you look. Vietnamese in Richmond and Footscray, Italian in Lygon Street Carlton, Middle Eastern food in Brunswick, Chinatown in the CBD, the Greek precinct in Lonsdale Street, and Eastern European delis and eateries in the south-eastern suburbs.
Open-air markets such as Victoria Market in the CBD, and Footscray, Prahran and Preston are great places to visit to stock up on fresh and deli foods, and simply to soak up the atmosphere and sample some of Melbourne’s excellent coffee.