MELBOURNE, Learn in the world’s most liveable city

Melbourne oozes culture: from theatres, music venues and comedy productions to world class cafes, restaurants and bars throughout the city. Melbourne is without a doubt one of the most liveable places in the world. It has, in fact, been officially given this title in consecutively by the Economist Intelligence Unit survey.

Being such a multicultural city you will find any cuisine imaginable, from Mexican to Malaysian, Ethiopian to English, Polish to Peruvian or Italian to Thai at prices to suit all budgets. If you want to experience a traditional Australian ‘‘barbie’’ you can use many of the free barbeque facilities on the riverbanks, parks or beaches.

In winter, temperatures on average range from 13-16ºC and in summer they range from 26-35ºC. The weather is perfect for visiting the many surroundings beaches or learning how to surf at the world famous Bells Beach.

If you are not passionate about surfing and beaches, then head to the mountains to hike, ski and snowboard your weekends away, or just stay in town and go to one of the many music, comedy, food and arts festivals that Melbourne has to offer.

 

Living in Australia

Transition to life and study in another country can be enhanced if international students are well equipped with essential information. Hilton Academy is committed to ensuring our students receive vital information regarding student support services to enable a smooth transition. Learning about a new country and being able to make friends will foster a strong sense of belonging and well being.

 

Quick facts about Victoria

Victoria is a state in the south-east corner of Australia. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria. Here are some quick facts about Victoria:

  • The population is approximately 4.5 million
  • It is the second largest state in Victoria
  • Victoria is represented by 140 different nations, thus highlighting the diversity of cultures and nationalities embraced in this state
  • 455 of the Victorian population were either born overseas or have one parent born overseas.
  • 20% of Victorians speak a language other than English
  • Regional Victoria is an important part of the state. Regional Victoria has many natural and wildlife wonders : country and beach resorts, alpines, the Great ocean Road, the Apostles and other natural wonders

 

Quick facts about Melbourne

Melbourne is consistently rated as the world’s most livable city, by the Economist Intelligence Unit. This is based on its infra-structure, and a generally safe, secure environment. Melbourne is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city rich in culture and traditions. Melbourne is renowned for its:

  • Rich cultural and musical festivals. Melbourne hosts international cultural events and arts festivals
  • Thriving dining and restaurant culture with unique laneways and cafes
  • World class shopping
  • Lush and attractive parks and gardens such as Fitzroy Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Treasury Gardens
  • Entertainment venues with vibrant night-life: theatres, bars and night-clubs
  • World class recreation and sporting facilities. Melbourne hosts major international sporting events

For more information about Melbourne please visit the following websites:

 

Climate

It can take time to adjust to different climate. Melbourne’s weather is variable and sometimes there can be four seasons in one day.

Overall, however, Melbourne enjoys four distinct seasons as outlined in the table below:

SEASON MONTHS TEMPERATURE RANGE OTHER
Summer December , January and February 25-35 degrees Celsius Summers are warm and dry. Occasionally  there are very hot days..Advice is to take  protection  from the sun and be aware of bush-fires in some areas of regional Victoria
Autumn March, April and May 18 -24 degrees Celsius Mostly Mild conditions
Winter June, July and  August 6 – 14 degrees Celsius Mostly Cool with the highest  rainfall of all seasons
Spring September , October and November 15 – 22 degrees Celsius Mostly Mild and sunny

 

Daylight Saving in October each year, daylight saving begins in Victoria, when clocks are moved one hour forward at 2:00 am EST. Daylight saving ends in March/ April when clocks are turned back one hour at 2: 00am EST.

Drought and water saving. From time to time Victoria experiences drought conditions with lower than average rainfalls. As a result water restrictions occur and water has to be used wisely. For further information visit www.ourwaterourfuture

Weather information. For further information on the weather please visit the Bureau of meteorology website. www.bom.gov.au

 

Clothing

Melbourne’s weather is generally temperate and mild. You will need a range of clothing to cater for the distinct seasons. In winter you will need thick woolen jumpers, coats, scarves, hats and gloves. In summer, light clothes are desirable.

As the weather can be unpredictable from time to time it is recommended that layers of clothing be worn, especially in the colder months. Students in Australia generally dress casually, unless there is a special event. It is advisable that students bring basic clothing as a large range of affordable clothing can be readily purchased here in Melbourne in places such as Smith Street in Fitzroy, Bridge Road, Richmond or the many direct factory outlets (DFO)