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.
Melbourne is Australia's culinary capital. With so many cultures coming together you'll be sure to find the food you love. For example, you can try:
Chinatown – in the heart of the city where you can find a cosmopolitan culinary mix including Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Contemporary European and Australian to tempt your taste buds
Richmond – well known for cheap and colourful Vietnamese fare
has a strong reputation for classic Italian
all over Melbourne – for authentic Thai.
A passion for sport, beach fun, outdoor adventure and unique animals
o Formula 1 motor racing at Albert Park.
- Your school or local area will most likely have a team involved in your favourite sport. You can join the team or club and make new friends.
- When you live in Victoria you'll never be far from the coast. You can swim, sail or fish in the bays around Melbourne or learn to surf at the ocean beaches close by. You may also like to try surfing at the famous
- If you like wide-open spaces and the great outdoors, then you'll love the walking and cycling trails in Melbourne as well as the student cities and towns in Victoria. But you don't have to go far from Melbourne to find nature reserves such as the
Dandenong Ranges or everything from mountains and rivers to goldfields.
- You can choose your adventure with a day trip or weekend away with your
homestay family, parent, guardian or relative. Our schools often run excursions so you can also join a school trip with teachers and friends.
- You can also see Australia's cute and unique animals in their natural settings. If you visit Victoria's popular wildlife parks and zoos you can say hello to a koala, meet a kangaroo and even listen to the lyrebird. Other popular attractions include the popular
penguin parade at Phillip Island as well as the
free whale watching near Warrnambool (during June to September).
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.
Living history and culture
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.
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