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Melbourne at a Glance

Artsy and busy Melbourne has scads of Victorian architecture and a strong showing of new post-modern design. Mix all this in with the beach and a superb collection of museums and parks and you have a fabulous space to work and play.

Flanders Lane has the highest concentration of art galleries in Australia. Head here for evening gallery fetes or an afternoon's worth of art-hopping. You can mix a day of art up with a day of fine cooking. Melbourne's chefs thrive off of fusion just like its artists do. Asian, European and Australian flavors and techniques mix and meld to make hundreds of tasty options. Coffee snobs beware: Melbourne has a little known reputation of blowing your favorite brews out of the water. 

For relaxation, join locals at the beach. Laid back and a little less chic than Sydney's waterfront, Melbourne nevertheless manages to charm. 

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Melbourne Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Southern Cross Railway Station
      • Bus Southern Cross Bus Terminal
      • Ferry Port of Melbourne Station Pier
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Australia can be very hot and dry and wildfires occur. Southern portions can have cold winters.

      Safety Concerns As in any city, it is important to stay alert while in Melbourne. Pickpocket, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere.

      Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated. Watch out for sharks in the ocean waters and pay attention to signs and updates about beach safety.