Melbourne


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.

Facts

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

Embassy/Consulate

  • 1. Australian Embassy, Immigration Section
    Email: immigration.beijing@dfat.gov.au
    Tel:(010) 5140 4424
    Fax:(010) 5140 4164
    Add.:21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing 100600, China
    Postal/Zip Code:100600
    District:Beijing municipality,  Tianjin municipality or Hebei province
  • 2. Australian Consulate General Shanghai
    Email: immigration.shanghai@dfat.gov.au
    Tel: (021)6279 8098
    Add.: Australian Consulate General Shanghai, Visa Office, Suite 401 Shanghai Centre 1376 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai
    Postal/Zip Code: 200040
    District:Shanghai, Chongqing, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Henan, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Tibet
  • 3. Australian Consulate General Guangzhou
    Email: visaenquiries.guangzhou@dfat.gov.au
    Tel: (020) 38140250
    Fax: (020) 38140251
    Add.: Level 12, Development Centre, No.3 Linjiang Da Dao, Zhujiang New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou ,China
    Postal/Zip Code: 510623
    District:Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Hainan

  • 1. Federation Square
    Shanghai's best-known street is impressive at any time of day, but it's at its most glam in the evening when floodlighting illuminates the colonial piles and the neon across the river in Pudong gaudily glitters. Take a stroll along the waterfront walkway and watch Shanghai go by.
    Address: Federation Square
    Web: www.federationsquare.com.au
  • 2. St Kilda
    One of the liveliest and most colourful areas of Melbourne right on the Hobson Bay. Acland and Fitzroy streets are the main roads with bars, restaurants and shops. The cake shops are just too tempting! In the late afternoon, take a stroll along St Kilda Beach to watch the sunset.
    Address: St Kilda
    Web: www.stkildamelbourne.com.au
  • 3. Royal Botanic Gardens
    Arguably one of most beautiful botanic gardens in the world and the perfect place for a relaxing and picturesque picnic. It displays more than 50,000 plants and one of Melbourne's most popular tourist attractions.
    Address: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
    Web: www.rbg.vic.gov.au
  • 4. Brunswick Street
    One must visit bohemian style Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, which is well known for its many bars, cafés, restaurants and unique boutiques that come to life at any hour of the day.
    Address: Brunswick Street
  • 5. Phillip Island
    This nature reserve offers plenty to entertain the visitors, but the highlight is the nightly parade of penguins returning ashore and heading to their sand dune homes at sunset after spending the day fishing. Expect anything from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand penguins.
    Address: Phillip Island
    Web: www.penguins.org.au
  • 6. St. Paul's Cathedral
    St. Paul's Cathedral is located in Federation Square. This beautiful and historic building is set right next to modern buildings and is a good example where old meets new. The cathedral is built in neo-Gothic style and was consecrated in 1891.
    Address: Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
    Web: www.stpaulscathedral.org.au

Melbourne's ethnic diversity is reflected in its culinary world, and as gastronomic outings are a bit of a local obsession, there are a vast variety of restaurants to choose from. It's no surprise that Melbourne is dubbed the eating capital of Australia. Many of Melbourne's areas have a culinary character all of their own—from the Greek atmosphere of Lonsdale Street or Carlton's "Little Italy," to the wide choice of Chinatown around Little Bourke Street. Near the Yarra River, at the Southgate complex you can enjoy striking views of the city and spectacular waterfront while you dine. You'll find something for every palate and price range—from fine dining to fast noodles, from focaccia to fish of the day. It is said that to truly discover Melbourne is to embark on an adventure for the taste buds.

  • 1. China Bar Signature
    China Bar Signature is the largest buffet restaurant in Melbourne and offers the best of Asian cuisine. The food is prepared by some of the finest chefs from all over Asia, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Here you can enjoy dishes like sushi, sashimi, fresh oysters, Peking duck, yum cha, noodle and traditional Asian soups.
    Address: 222 Exhibition Street
    Web: www.chinabarsignature.com
  • 2. Cerberus Beach House
    This lovely, small hidden gem in the heart of Black Rock serves fresh sea food and healthy classics in an open fronted restaurant. Friendly staff, amazing food and a stunning view over the bay, what more can one ask for?
    Address: Boat Shed 212, Half Moon Bay
    Web: www.cerberusbeachhouse.com.au
  • 3. Red Orange
    Red Orange offers a mix of modern Australian and international cuisine located just opposite the famous Prahran Market. The Porterhouse steak is mouth-watering.
    Address: 194 Commercial Road, South Yarra
    Web: www.redorange.melbourneaustralia.com.au
  • 4. Baraki Upo Mezethes
    The restaurant offers a mouth-watering selection of distinctive Mediterranean mezethes to share. Don't miss out on the signature dish! And, as the menu suggests, "ask for lots of bread and feel free to make a mess."
    Address: 168 Lonsdale Street, City
  • 5. French Brasserie
    The French Brasserie in the top end of town boasts an internationally renowned chef who produces modern French cuisine. This culinary delight is served in a chic environment with an inside and outside seating area.
    Address: 2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne 3000
    Web: www.thefrenchbrasserie.com.au

Melbourne is a centre for art, music and theatre as much as it is for designer shopping. Its neighbourhoods have evolved distinctive identities, from fashion-conscious South Yarra to retro Fitzroy, funky St. Kilda by the bay and the bargain-shopping inner hub of Richmond.

  • 1. Myerc
    Myer is a city institution established over 80 years ago and the biggest single department store in Australia.
    Address: 314-336 Bourke Street
    Web: www.myer.com.au
  • 2. The Walk Arcade
    Inside The Walk Arcade you will find a variety of fashion and accessories suitable for various ages, shapes and sizes.
    Address: 309-325 Bourke Street
  • 3. The Block Arcade
    This arcade on Collins Street - Melbourne's main shopping street - is a grand Victorian building, which is reflected in the exclusive shops selling elegant leatherwear, glassware and couture.
    Address: 282 Collins Street
    Web: www.theblockarcade.com.au
  • 4. Royal Arcade
    The Royal Arcade, connecting Bourke and Little Collins Streets, is at the heart of Melbourne's shopping district and is lined up with souvenirs, travel, food and jewelry shops.
    Address: 335 Bourke Street Mall
    Web: www.royalarcade.com.au
  • 5. Melbourne Central
    This urban inner-city arcade is a style-laden destination for shopping, eating & entertainment with over 300 stores to explore.
    Address: 211 La robe Street
    Web: www.melbournecentral.com.au

The Melbournian sense of hospitality shines through in the hotel services the city offers. Everything from classic Victorian to hip and modern and back to the pure basics.

  • 1. The Windsor
    This five-star hotel is a clear example of Melbourne's gold-rush days and is one of Australia's grand Victorian hotels, which is famous for its afternoon teas. It is located close to shopping and restaurants.
    Address: 111 Spring Street
    Web: www.thehotelwindsor.com.au
  • 2. Lindrum Hotel
    Stylishly decorated and suited to make you feel at your best - you'll find it hard to leave your room - especially if you make the right choice from the pillow menu!
    Address: 26 Flinders Street
    Web: www.hotellindrum.com.au
  • 3. Batman's Hill Hotel
    Bursting with pride at its modern-day look, this trendy hotel is very chic and located in the heart of Melbourne. This four-star hotel offers affordable quality accommodation.
    Address: 623 Collins Street
    Web: www.batmanshill.com.au
  • 4. Crown Promenade
    The Crown Promenade Hotel is upscale with a great location, right in the centre of the Southbank entertainment precinct. Close to the CBD, this hotel is sumptuous and has a clean, modern and open architectural style. If you want to work out, you have an indoor pool, gym, steam rooms and outside decks.
    Address: 8 Whiteman Street
    Web: www.crownpromenade.com.au
  • 5. Hotel Causeway
    In the heart of Melbourne, the Causeway is an elegant and tastefully styled boutique hotel. Shopping, cafés and restaurants are right around the corner and the Melbourne Convention Centre and Docklands are only a short walk away. The roof terrace is perfect place to kick back and relax.
    Address: 275 Little Collins Street
    Web: www.hotelcauseway.com.au

  • 1. Airport
    Melbourne Tullamarine airport is located 25km north of the city. A shuttle bus – Skybus - offers service from the airport to Melbourne city and operates 24/7 from every 10 minutes daily. Tickets are 1/3rd price of a taxi. Skybus can also pick up and drop off at most hotels in the city from 7am-6:30pm. Airport Taxis are available from the ground floor level outside all terminals.
  • 2. Public Transport
    Trains cover the city centre and suburban areas with Flinders Street Station as the main hub and run from 5am-midnight. Trams cover the city and inner suburbs and run every 6-8 minutes, but less frequently on late nights and weekends. Buses cover the whole city and suburbia. A Metcard can be used on all services and can be bought in stations, in shops carrying the Met flag or online.
    There is a free City Tourist Shuttle and a free City Circle Tram both stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city and runs daily from 10am-4pm every 15 minutes. For those who enjoy a more environmental friendly way of seeing the city can jump on one of Melbourne's CityBikes, which carries two passengers. A one-hour sightseeing tour costs about A$55 per vehicle. You can also use the Yarra River as a means of transportation, where boat cruises, water taxis and even gondolas will take you on board.