Australia Tourist Guide
Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building
Showing location of Inner City Melbourne attractions, major shopping areas and places to go - see the Map of Melbourne.
Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is undergoing an exciting period of urban renewal. Stylish, functional and artistic developments are springing up throughout the city, from state-of-the art business and technology centres, to artistic public spaces, to a whole new city block that has given Melbourne its new landmark and touchstone.
Federation Square, Docklands, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Spencer Street Station, Freshwater Place and Queensbridge Square are just some of the new projects that are changing the face of Melbourne forever.
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time plus ten hours: When it is noon in Melbourne, it is 9:00 pm yesterday in New York City and Washington, DC. (Daylight Savings starts from the last Sunday in October and ends the last Sunday in March.)
International Dialing Code: All numbers for Melbourne and the outskirts of the city begin with 03 and have 8 additional digits. The country code is 61. (When calling Melbourne from another country: use the country code, 61, and add 3 following it, not 03.) Phone Calling cards can be purchased at newsagent stores, post offices and and other outlets
For directory assistance, call 1-800-888-8888. Emergency: Police, fire or ambulance emergencies: 000. General police: 11444; fire: 11411; ambulance: 11440.
Currency: Australia’s currency is in dollars and cents. Coins come in 5,10,20, and 50 cent silver pieces, and 1 and 2 dollar gold coins. Notes are $5,$10,$20,$50,and $100. Major credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted almost everywhere. The easiest method of securing cash at the best exchange rate is to make withdrawals using a US credit card from the ATM machines found at the major banks.
Melbourne climate is warm to hot in summer (Dec.-Feb.), mild in Fall (March-May), damp in winter (June - Aug.), and cool in Spring (Sept.-Nov.) The coldest months are June and July and October is the wettest. Melbourne’s climate is changeable, especially during spring and summer when sudden drops in temperature can occur within a few minutes.
As they say in Melbourne - "If you dont like the weather, stick around, it will soon change to what you like." Which it does, it can change from cool and cloudy to rainy to sunny in a matter of a few hours. It is best to dress in "layers" and to have a raincoat or umbrella.
See the Melbourne Weather for today and forecasts Melbourne Australia Weather.
Average Temperatures: Note: Australian seasons are the opposite of those in North America, Europe and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.
|Melbourne Temperatures||High F - Low F|
|Fall (March to May)||75 - 50|
|Winter (June to August)||59 - 44|
|Spring (September. to November)||71 - 48|
|Summer (December to February)||79 - 54|
Sunscreen: Australian sun has strong ultraviolet rays, especially between 11am and 4pm. A wide brimmed hat and high SP sunscreen are essential in Melbourne in the summer when the sun is especially intense.
Electricity: ( 240 volt, 50 cycles A/C). Most hotels have 110V shaver outlets. American or European appliances will need a three pin flat plug adapter and will require a transformer if they do not have a dual voltage capability. Irons are usually available at hotels.
Visas and Passports: All visitors require a visa and passport to enter the country. Visas are free from Australian consulates and allow up to a three month stay. There is a charge for business visas, the visa allows people attending conferences and meetings in Australia to make a short visit of up to 3 months.
More about Student and Work Visas Work in Melbourne Australia.
Visitors with disabilities: Information is available from:
For more information on the Melbourne Mobility Centre call (03) 9650 6499, TTY 650 9525 or visit
Post Office Box 210
Hampton Victoria 3188
Population: Melbourne: approx 3.6 million
Victoria: approx 4.5 million.
Area: 2,452 sq. miles. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and capital of the State of Victoria.
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