Climate, Culture, Food
Melbourne is Australia’s most culturally diverse city, with a population made up of individuals from over 140 nations. International students can feel at home in multicultural Melbourne, with people from the Asia-Pacific, European and African regions having a visible presence in the city and contributing to its cultural heritage. Some of what Melbourne has to offer includes:
- world-class universities, theatres, concerts, festivals and sporting events
- a vast range of restaurants and cafes
- a variety of retail shops and markets
- extensive gardens and parklands.
The Melbourne Visitor Centre, located at Federation Square, can supply face-to-face information on all of Melbourne’s cultural sites and events, as well as free maps and brochures, accommodation booking service and public transport information.
The Culture Card provides special offers on arts and sports events, and great deals on cultural attractions across Victoria. This card is provided free to all international students who are enrolled at post-secondary school institutions in Victoria. This program also provides an opportunity for international students to meet outside of study.
More information at www.culturecardvictoria.com.au
Melbourne is home to several notable theatres and arts venues, which include the National Gallery of Victoria, Victorian Arts Centre, Sidney Meyer Music Bowl, Princess Theatre, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and many more.
Celebrated companies such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet and the Victorian Opera all conduct busy programs in Melbourne throughout the year.
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and the host city of many of the country’s major sporting events. Throughout the year, sports fans can enjoy the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Autumn and Spring racing carnivals (including the Melbourne Cup), the Australian Grand Prix, Australian Rules Football and the national swimming carnivals. There are abundant opportunities to participate in sports as well as watching them, at venues such as the State Netball and Hockey Centre and the Medibank Icehouse.
Melbourne is the place to go to eat great food and drink great coffee and has something to offer diners of all persuasions. There are thousands of exciting restaurants, cafes and coffee shops to choose from, which specialise in ethnic cuisines that range from European, to Middle Eastern, to Asian. Close to the Trinity College campus, students can find some of Melbourne’s most popular dining areas, which include:
- Lygon Street, Carlton
- Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
- Acland Street, St Kilda
- Victoria Street, Abbotsford
- Chinatown, City Centre.
Most suburbs in Melbourne have a local market where fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish are often cheaper, tastier and fresher.
Melbourne's largest market, the Queen Victoria Market, is located in the city centre, within walking distance from the College. Food can also be bought from small neighbourhood businesses and larger chain supermarkets such as Safeway and Coles, which are often open 24 hours a day.
Melbourne’s weather is famously temperate and changeable. There are four seasons:
The summer heat in Melbourne is dry rather than humid with maximum temperatures ranging between 28–38 degrees Celsius. During winter, daily temperatures range from 10–15 degrees Celsius. Overnight temperatures in winter and summer are much cooler than day temperatures but snow only falls in alpine areas. See the Bureau Of Meteorology for detailed information.