Melbourne is the second-largest city in Australia and is known to be Australia’s most cultured city—although some Sydney-siders would contest this. The city’s main features are museums, galleries and theatres, large green areas and the Yarra River flowing across the urban centre. Melbourne has seen wave after wave of immigrants with Italians, Greeks, Chinese and Vietnamese all adding ingredients to the cultural and culinary mix. And there’s the sports-mad, of course. Each year, Melbourne lays host to some of the world’s major international sports events such as the Australian Open in tennis, and Formula 1 racing.

The city developed during the height of the Victorian gold rush in the late 1800s, which is shown in the Victorian-era architecture in some neighbourhoods. However, developments over the years have also left their mark, recently with the new and modern Federation Square complex, and the Docklands re-development. But, probably, the most famous characteristic of Melbourne is the television series ‘Neighbours’ recorded here and broadcasted across the world for more than 20 years.


Population 4.1 million
Electricity 220 to 240 Volt. Three pin plugs.
Emergency numbers Ambulance, fire or police: 000
Telephone Country code: +61 Area code: 03


1. Australian Embassy, Immigration Section

Email: immigration.beijing@dfat.gov.au
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