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Melbourne, the city that never sleeps

Capital of sport, culture, entertainment and style and is one of the world’s premier meeting and convention destinations. Melbourne offers an unusually rich blend of arts, culture, sport, parklands and gardens, shopping, restaurants and festivals.

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The charms of Melbourne has led it to be previously declared one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a combination of its world-class infrastructure, personal security, stable society, education, healthcare and green open spaces. It is an elegant, stylish, cosmopolitan city with many diverse ethnic influences. The arts precinct is located right on the city’s doorstep.

It includes the Federation Square complex, an open living, energetic centre of Melbourne with the Australian and indigenous art section of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the most advanced centre for screen culture in the world.

Set amongst truly wonderful cafes, restaurants and bars, this square looks back over the Yarra River at the Victorian Arts Centre, with its distinctive spire atop the theatres building and the Convert Hall, acclaimed for outstanding performances of opera, musicals, concerts, drama and ballet.

Section with Melbourne facts:

Australia's culinary capital
  • More than 3,500 restaurants from 70+ countries
  • Victoria's rich gastronomic landscape includes 21 distinct wine regions, over 699 wineries, 380 cellar doors, and nearly 160 craft breweries.
  • Melbourne's coffee culture is renowned as one of the world's very best.

Australia’s sporting capital
  • Home to the Australian Open, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, AFL Grand Final.
  • Melbourne hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics which was the first time Australia hosted the Olympics.
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground is the birthplace of test cricket and the largest stadium in Australia.

Nature and wildlife
  • Melbourne is home to wild penguins! St Kilda and Phillip Island are Melbourne beach destinations where visitors can enjoy the spectacle of a stunning sunset while observing penguins waddling ashore to take shelter for the night.
  • Just outside the city of Melbourne lies the 243km The Great Ocean Road with breathtaking views of cliffs, beaches, and the famous Twelve Apostles.

  • The average weather in August (Australian Winter) in Melbourne is max 16° C / 60.8° F.
  • Melbourne is well known for its unpredictable weather, referred to as 'four seasons in one day'. It can change from sunshine to rain and back again in an instant.

For more information about Melbourne and Victoria, please visit
Once you have arrived, you can collect brochures and maps and get tailored advice from a Melbourne Visitor Information Centre.

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Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Address: 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

Superbly located right in the heart of Melbourne on the edge of the Yarra River and just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s Airport is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). When it comes to convention and exhibition centres, MCEC is a centre like no other – It remains Australia’s premier convention centre and one of the most versatile, advanced and largest convention and exhibition centres in the Southern Hemisphere.

MCEC is easily accessible from every direction by foot, car or public transport and is surrounded by cafes, bars, shopping, and fine restaurants.

Awarded a ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia as the first centre in the world, MCEC is also raising standards to new heights in innovation, technology, sustainability, imaginative catering and service options. For more information on MCEC’s sustainability practices, please visit

For directions, car parking, transport and accessibility information please visit the MCEC website.

Things to do

Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes are an iconic part of Melbourne's make up and the perfect setting for a day by the bay. The 82 distinct Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes stand as a beloved symbol of Melbourne's coastal charm, nestled along the sandy shores of Brighton Beach. These iconic, brightly painted beach huts have captivated visitors for generations, offering a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls and memorable beach days. Each uniquely adorned box tells a story, reflecting the individuality and creativity of its owner. Whether you're capturing Instagram-worthy snapshots, enjoying a day of sun and surf, or simply immersing yourself in the coastal ambiance, the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes are a must-see destination for any Melbourne visitor.

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The Great Ocean Road is an awe-inspiring coastal drive that winds its way along Victoria's stunning southern coastline. Spanning over 240 kilometers, this iconic road trip offers breathtaking vistas of dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and rugged landscapes. Visitors can marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the iconic seaside towns dotted along the route. Whether you're embarking on a scenic drive, exploring charming coastal villages, or seeking adventure through nature walks and surfing, the Great Ocean Road promises an unforgettable journey through some of Australia's most spectacular scenery.

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The Yarra Valley is a picturesque region located just an hour's drive from Melbourne, renowned for its world-class wineries, gourmet food, and stunning natural landscapes. Visitors can embark on a leisurely wine tasting tour, sampling award-winning wines amidst rolling vineyards and lush countryside. Beyond wine, the Yarra Valley offers a diverse array of experiences, from indulgent dining at acclaimed restaurants to exploring artisanal produce at local markets. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy hiking through scenic trails, hot air balloon rides offering panoramic views, and wildlife encounters in the region's many parks and reserves. With its blend of culinary delights, scenic beauty, and outdoor adventures, the Yarra Valley promises a memorable escape for all who visit.

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The Mornington Peninsula, just an hour's drive from Melbourne, is a captivating coastal haven offering a wealth of attractions for visitors. With its stunning beaches, charming seaside villages, and lush hinterland, it's a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Indulge in wine tasting at boutique wineries, soak in the Peninsula Hot Springs, or embark on scenic coastal walks with breathtaking views. From gourmet food experiences to outdoor adventures and cultural delights, the Mornington Peninsula beckons travelers to unwind, explore, and create unforgettable memories in this idyllic destination.

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Near enough to reach on a short drive from Melbourne but far enough to feel like you’ve had a real escape, Phillip Island is Victoria’s holiday sweet spot. It is a must-visit destination renowned for its stunning natural beauty and unique wildlife experiences. Home to the famous Penguin Parade, where visitors can witness adorable penguins returning from the sea at dusk, the island offers an unforgettable encounter with nature. Explore pristine beaches, rugged coastlines, and scenic walking trails, or enjoy thrilling activities such as wildlife cruises and surfing. With its rich biodiversity and captivating landscapes, Phillip Island promises a memorable and immersive getaway for all who visit.

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Learn to surf at URBNSURF at Australia's first surf park URBNSURF located in Melbourne. It offers an exciting and accessible surfing experience for all skill levels. With state-of-the-art wave technology, surfers can catch perfect waves year-round, regardless of the weather or ocean conditions. From beginners learning to ride their first wave to experienced surfers honing their skills, URBNSURF provides a thrilling and safe environment to enjoy the exhilaration of surfing. With a range of wave types and sizes to suit different abilities, it's the ultimate destination for surf enthusiasts seeking endless waves and endless fun.

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Zoos Victoria is a world-leading zoo-based conservation organisation, dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. Our four zoos are Healesville Sanctuary , Kyabram Fauna Park, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Each one provides a unique and immersive experience that attracts visitors from around the world. Our zoos inspire animal lovers of all ages. And by strengthening the connection between people and wildlife, we hope to protect the future of animals and their homes.

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Visit Victoria    What's on in Melbourne

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