Living in Victoria gives you the best Australia has to offer. In summer, you can swim or surf at an ocean beach. In winter, you can ski down a snowy mountain slope. All year round, there's something exciting to enjoy.
Victoria is one of Australia's smallest states. So, wherever you live in Victoria, nothing is too far away. And living in Melbourne you're in the centre of the state.
Whether you choose to study and live in Melbourne or in one of the many student cities and towns located across Victoria, there's so much to do in your spare time. You will have a variety of opportunities to make new friends, explore new interests and even connect with home.
If you're after fun and young fashion, Melbourne's the best place in Australia to be. You can make up your own style from Melbourne's laneway boutiques, recycled clothing shops or one of the many fashion shopping strips and centres.
You can discover tiny cafes, hidden designer shops and urban art in Melbourne's laneways. Why not jump on a tram and uncover the secret treasures of the city the old-fashioned way.
Australian Rules Football (AFL), the most popular, or cricket at our famous
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Australian Open – the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year
o Formula 1 motor racing at Albert Park.
Gateway to Australia
All the iconic places of Australia are easy to access from Melbourne airport,. a key transport hub. Hopping on a plane can take you to see:
Your school may even organise a trip during your studies.
See Tourism Victoria for many more great ideas.
If you tour Melbourne's heritage buildings and landmarks you can discover the variety of settlers and immigrants who are an important part of our culture. You may find a connection to your hometown, or even an ancestor who made their way to Australia many years ago.
Visit the villages of Victoria and experience our colourful past and our wonderful local fresh food and produce. From gold and bushrangers to wineries, seafood and wellness spas, there's something for everyone.
see and do in Melbourne and Victoria
Brighton Beach's bathing boxes started popping up along Brighton's beaches over 100 years ago to allow for women to change into their bathing suits as changing was not permitted on the beaches. Over 80 uniquely designed boxes have become one of Melbourne's top tourist destinations.
When you're living in Melbourne, you have free access to
more than 480 hectares of parks and gardens. Great for weekend picnics with friends and outdoor concerts.
Melbourne enjoys four distinct seasons and has an
annual average rainfall of approximately 649mm. Melbourne is known for having four seasons in one day, so make sure you bring sunscreen and a jacket!
Victoria is home to about 4 million hectares of national parks taking up to around 18 percent of Australia's landmass. Victoria's parks are home to more than 4,300 native plants and 1,000 animal species. Make sure you bring your camera along to capture some amazing wildlife and our unique plants!
Melbourne was Australia's capital city for 26 years from 1901 to 1927. Melbourne continues to be the capital of the state of Victoria. We also like to think we are the food and culture capital of Australia too!
AFL began in Melbourne in 1858 as a way to keep cricket players fit during the wintertime. AFL is now Australia's most popular sport in terms of attendance and television viewing. Your friends and homestay family will help you choose an AFL team when you study in Victoria.
Bells Beach became the first surfing reserve in the world in the early 70s and is now the longest running professional surfing event. It has even starred in the movie 'Point Break.'
Ned Kelly, a notorious Victorian bushranger, is an Australian folk hero. Ned lived in regional Victoria and is famous for his contempt for authorities. Bushrangers were outlaws in the early years of British settlement of Australia who had the survival skills to use the Australian bush to hide from the authorities. The 2003 movie of Ned Kelly starred Australian film idol Heath Ledger.
Victorians are naturally inventive. Some of our famous developments in society, food, science and technology include:
Loong, an imperial dragon in the 1870s to the gold-rush town of Bendigo Victoria, where many ethnic Chinese were then working.
Loong is the oldest dragon in the world.
Sun Loon comes from Hong Kong and replaced
Loong in 1970. In April 2019 a new dragon named
Dai Gum Loong made its debut at the
Bendigo Easter Festival, taking over the title of the longest dragon at 125m. Both Loong and Sun Loong are on permanent display at the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo.
There's nothing like a homemade steamed 'dim sim', also known as a 'dimmy', with soy sauce on a cold Melbourne day. Don't confuse this with the authentic Asian 'dim sum', although it is related.
Film, music, theatre, opera, ballet, comedy, visual arts – you name it, Melbourne's got it. And the cultural buzz continues with a vibrant arts scene when you're living in cities and towns across Victoria.
One of our most famous home heroes was internationally renowned
Australian operatic soprano Dame Nellie Melba. She chose her famous 'stage name' in honour of her beloved Melbourne hometown.
Find out more about Melbourne's people and culture.
In 1891 Victorian women took to the streets to fight for the vote. They gathered 30,000 signatures on a petition made of pages glued to a roll of fabric. The completed petition measured 260 metres long and came to be known as the 'Monster Petition'. There is now a statue inspired by the petition near St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Soldiers returning from World War 1 constructed the Great Ocean Road to connect Melbourne to many seaside towns. This is now the world's largest war memorial. Along the Great Ocean Road you'll see many tourist attractions such as the world-famous
Twelve Apostles made from limestone which has been eroded by wind and sea over time.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples.