Hugging the tip of the Australian east coast, Victoria is Australia’s second-smallest state, covering 227,600 square kilometres – roughly the size of the British Isles.
Packed into such a compact area is a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to national parks and forests teeming with wildlife to wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Best of all, many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily accessible as day trips from Melbourne.
Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. It is Australia’s second largest capital city with a population of just over 4 million people. Melbourne boasts many festivals and events, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture, built following the discovery of gold in the nineteenth century, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.
Melbournians are keen sports goers and the city hosts the Melbourne Cup in November, the Australian Open Tennis Championships in January, and the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix in March. It is also the birthplace of Australian Rules Football.
Melbourne was ranked as the world’s most liveable city in ratings published by the Economist Group’s Intelligence Unit 2012.
The Victorian climate varies across the state. The north is much drier and warmer weather than the south. The climate can be characterised as warm to hot in summer (December to February), mild in autumn (March to May), cold and damp in winter (June to August), and cool in spring (September to November).
Melbourne is well served by public transport. There is an extensive network of trains, trams and buses which connect the city centre to the suburban areas, and beyond. You can by a ‘myki’ smartcard which allows flexible travel on all public transport, and can be purchased and topped up online or at one of 800 outlets across the city.
Cost of Living:
The cost of living in Melbourne is similar to that of other major capital cities, with accommodation being the main outlay for students. The cost of food and other goods does not usually vary between city and country areas and supermarket prices are generally consistent across the nation. Costs can also be reduced by sharing accommodation and meals, living further away from the campus, and shopping carefully at the wide range of markets and discount shops that Melbourne has to offer.
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