Visit Melbourne - Best of Melbourne

Cultural capital of Australia and an important tourist destination, Melbourne is truly every traveller’s paradise. Established in 1835 by settlers from Tasmania, and named in honour of the then British Prime Minister, Melbourne has grown from a collection of wide streets to a thriving city. Much of this growth can be attributed to the massive influx of people that happened due to the 1852 Victoria gold rush.

In the latter half of the 20th century, the people realised that Melbourne’s rapid expansion and drive towards modernity was threatening its architectural and cultural heritage. This sparked of some pretty intense preservation efforts that have been by and large effective, even though they started quite late.

The city’s people are an interesting mix: Celts, Jews, Chinese, Greeks, Italians and other southeast Asians. Moreover, the city also has some vibrant art scenes in addition to musical concerts, sports, film festivals, a vastly blended food and drink culture and clubs galore.

All in all, the city is a mixed bag of delights, but we really recommend visiting in the winter, when the temperature is pleasant. It’s just murderous in the summer. Each one of you should visit Melbourne at least once and experience all that it has to offer.

Melbourne Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Melbourne tips for your visit

  • Time Zone- AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
  • Currency- Australian Dollar ($AUD)
  • Electricity and Internet- 230V 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia - therefore you will not need a voltage converter. A decent, reliable and fast broadband connection is accessible through the CBD of Melbourne. You will easily find wi-fi connection in all the hotels here.
  • Languages- Predominant language is English
  • Security- 000 is the primary emergency number in Australia. Otherwise, the city is one of the safest and most livable around in the world.
  • Tipping- One does not need to tip in Australia under any circumstances.
  • Other tips: You can dress casually in Melbourne, but before visiting any restaurant or bar, make sure you know the dress code.
  • The whole atmosphere is relaxed and people from different races, religion and sexual preferences will not feel comfortable.

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Facts and Stats for Melbourne*

  • Pollution Statistics in Melbourne

    Know the pollution level of Melbourne before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 22.93 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 30.57 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.78 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.6 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.54 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.93 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.29 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.31 (Very Low)
  • Melbourne: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Melbourne for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Melbourne.

    • Burglary and Theft 42.54 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.58 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 45.29 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 34.38 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 34.37 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 40.9 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.09 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 54.99 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 74.77 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.96 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.94 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 52.66 (Moderate)
  • Living in Melbourne - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Melbourne is 185.04 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 56.04 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 94.06 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 27.65 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 40.15 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 74.09 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.29 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.93 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 126.97 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Melbourne

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Melbourne

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14.78 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 45.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 99.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 74.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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