Whether you're from halfway across the world or just a few hours away, visitors to the City of Melbourne are welcome.  

Melbourne is very much about lifestyle – in fact, it has been consistently rated as one of the world’s most livable cities.  Wander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades; these provide intimate spaces and mystery, and are home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining and shopping secrets. Meanwhile, the skyline is a fascinating mix of modern cutting-edge building designs and heritage architecture.

Melbourne has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. There are a range of galleries and museums, both large and small, as well as world-renowned universities and research facilities. The city also provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art.

Melburnians love a party, with the year-round calendar of events offering something for everyone. See some live music, go to a football match or join in at a festival!

Our multicultural population contributes to the city’s unique atmosphere. Melbourne is home to people of 140 different cultures: Indigenous Australians, post-war European migrants and recent arrivals from India, Somalia, Malaysia and beyond.

Sustainability is a focus for the growing city. Melbourne is leading the way in sustainable urban design, reduced water consumption and a commitment to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

With its vibrant energy and unique offerings, Melbourne’s lifestyle is something for both visitors and residents to enjoy.


As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters.

he weather can be changeable, so be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed.  During the Congress in October we expect the weather to be cool to mild but to be sure before you pack check out the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology


The city has a strong culture of philanthropy and volunteering, and Melburnians are known for being welcoming and inclusive. City of Melbourne delivers a variety of visitor services with friendly staff and volunteers ready to help with insider tips on what to see and do in the city.


Find a range of central Melbourne maps or use your smartphone to navigate online.


Melbourne is easy to explore by bike, tram, bus, train or taxi.


Download information on Melbourne in your own language – we have brochures in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.


There are many ways to get the inside word on what's hot in Melbourne – take a guided tour or enjoy a relaxing cruise on the river.


These walks and itineraries will help you discover the city, whether you have a whole week to immerse yourself or just a few hours to explore.


Melbourne is a proudly accessible city and most of its attractions can be enjoyed by everyone.


Find out about day-to-day services to help get the most out of Melbourne, including WiFi access, shopping hours and airport connections.