Living in Melbourne

Melbourne is the centre of the Arts in Australia.  It is the capital of the state of Victoria with a population of approximately 3.2 million.

Despite its focus on culture and the arts, Melbourne is a relatively modern city that is less than 200 years old.

A large student population lives, studies, works and plays in the city – a city with more than 30 tertiary institutions, teaching more than 70,000 students.

Language
The official language is English, however more than 100 languages are spoken by the city’s residents.

Climate
The City of Melbourne has a temperate climate of mild temperatures with four distinct seasons.

Climate
The City of Melbourne has a temperate climate of mild temperatures with four distinct seasons.

* Please note: The seasons in Australia are the reverse of the northern hemisphere

Summer (December to February) warm to hot.
Average maximum temp 25°C (77°F)
Average minimum temp 14°C (57°F)

Autumn (March to May) mild
Average maximum temp 20°C (68°F)
Average minimum temp 11°C (52°F)

Winter (June to August) cool to brisk
Average maximum temp 14°C (57°F)
Average minimum temp 7°C (45°F)

Spring (September to November) cool to mild
Average maximum temp 20°C (68°F)
Average minimum temp 10°C (50°F)

Average annual rainfall: 650.5 millimetres
Average annual number of days of rain: 146

Average annual number of clear days: 49
Average annual number of cloudy days: 179

Time zone
Australian Eastern Standard Time is GMT plus 10 hours.
Daylight Savings – first Sunday in October to the first Sunday in April.

Daylight hours
Winter – 9 hours, 32 minutes (June 21).
Summer – 14 hours, 47 minutes in summer (December 22)

OTHER USEFUL LINKS:

www.melbourne.vic.gov.au
www.visitvictoria.com
www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au
www.whereis.com.au

[map of Australia courtesy of www.lonelyplanet.com]
[photos of Melbourne courtesy of www.travelvictoria.com.au]