Melbourne, VIC


  • City Info
    City of Melbourne, VIC

    Capital city of the state of Victoria (VIC), the third largest city in Australia. Founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen's Land on 30 August 1835.It was named "Melbourne" by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Richard Bourke, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

    Location

    The metropolis is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip and expands into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.

    Melbourne, VIC CBD

    The CBD comprises of the two oldest areas of Melbourne; the Hoddle Grid and Queen Victoria Market, as well as sections of the redeveloped areas of Docklands and Southbank/Wharf.

    Seasons

    Winter
    Jun to Aug
    10°C - 22°C

    Spring
    Sep to Nov
    13°C - 25°C

    Summer
    Dec to Feb
    18°C - 30°C

    Autumn
    Mar to May
    15°C - 25°C

    Time

    Australian Eastern Standart Time: GMT + 10 hours
    Daylight Saving first Sunday starts in October and ends the first
    Sunday in April

    No Smoking

    In Melbourne (Victoria) smoking is prohibited in all enclosed workplaces and certain public spaces where members of the public gather and smoking banned at all outdoor dining areas when food is available for consumption.

    Post Office

    Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    * Some Open Saturday 9:00 am – 12 noon

    Population

    4 million

    Money

    Notes or Bills
    $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

    Coins
    ¢5, ¢10, ¢20, ¢50, $1, $2

    Education providers

    CRICOS registered institutions for international students: 10 Public Universities, 1 Private University, 8 University English Centres, 150 Vocational Colleges

    Electricity

    240/250volts/50Hz

    Weather

    Seasonal climate

    Shopping

    Mon-Wed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Thu (suburbs) & Fri (CBD) 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Banks

    Mon-Thu 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Fridays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Some bank branches open Saturday morning 9:30 am – 12 noon

  • Explore

    EXPLORE MELBOURNE

    Melbourne is the coastal capital of the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.

    Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building explore city history and culture. The Immigration Museum and the Chinese Museum provide differing cultural perspectives on local settlement, while Old Melbourne Gaol offers insight into 19th-century prison life. A major shopping destination is Queen Victoria Market, a Victorian-era building with food stalls. The city’s 19th-century “laneways” and shopping arcades are lined with cafes, galleries and boutiques. The riverside Royal Botanic Gardens shelter 10,000-plus plant species, and Yarra Park is home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

    Main attractions include:

     

    Great Ocean Road

    Federation Square

    Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

    Yarra River

    National Gallery of Victoria

    Queen Victoria Market

    Weekly markets selling quality fashion, art, handcrafts, fresh produce, etc.

     

    (Courtesy of Wikipedia & Google)

     

    EXPERIENCE THE LIFESTYLE IN MELBOURNE

     

    www.visitmelbourne.com/

    www.kidsafensw.org/

    www.volunteeringaustralia.org

  • Transport

    Tullamarine Airport

    http://melbourneairport.com.au/
    https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/airport-buses/
    C 20 Kms approx. to CBD
    40 minutes (allow more time for peak traffic hours)

    Avalon Airport

    https://www.avalonairport.com.au/
    https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/airport-buses/
    C 55 Kms approx. to Melbourne CBD
    1h by road only (allow more time for peak traffic hours)

    Getting around

    It is important to learn about all the public transport modes around Melbourne including the bus, train and tram networks. The cheapest and more convenient way to go around is to get a Myki card which you can use on trains and buses see www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/how-to-use-myki/.You can also purchase a ticket when boarding the bus or a train ticket from railway station. The closer your destination, the cheaper the fare is. For University travel visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/university-travel/ for useful information.

    Useful tips

    • Students doing VET (Vocational programs) and Higher Education (undergraduate University courses) can obtain discount in public transport. See https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/concession/students/international-students/iusepass-for-students/. If you are entitled to Student discount, carry your student ID card with you at all times.
    • If you are travelling late at night on weekends, find out if there is a night route that goes near your destination as some routes are not scheduled on weekends.
    • Disabled and elderly people as well as pregnant women have priority seating.
    • Do not eat, drink or smoke in public transport or in taxis. Always make sure that you have your Myki Card topped up.

    Forms of transport

    For the bus, tram and train the fare you pay for the trip depends on how far you travel (zones) and also the time of the day. Metropolitan fares apply to all areas within Melbourne, and are defined within Zones 1 and 2. Always keep a bus/tram/train time table in your wallet see www.ptv.vic.gov.au/timetables. Or go to www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/mobile-apps/ to download the app. Remember that times for the above services change on weekends and designated holidays.

    WALKING

    is a healthy alternative for transport. When crossing a street, wait for the green pedestrian icon. Do not walk or run over a red pedestrian light.

    RIDE A BIKE

    To cycle you must wear a helmet at all times and follow the road rules.

    BUSES

    Make sure you hail the bus so the driver stops to pick you up! Always touch on at the beginning of the trip and then off at the end of trip before you leave the bus.

    TRAINS

    Each train line has a distinctive colour in the map and on the screens at the station to help you find your way easily.

    RIDING A MOTORCYCLE

    Always wear a helmet. Check with VicRoads at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/motorcyclist-safety.

    DRIVING

    We drive on the left side of the road. To drive in Australia, you need an English translation of your driver’s license. Check this link for road rules in Victoria https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules . If you are going to drink alcohol, do not drive.

    TAXIS

    A safe mode of transportation in particular if you have been drinking after a party. You can pay the taxi fare with your credit card if you do not carry cash. Always ask for a receipt.

    Public transport

    Service name: Metlink: Bus, Train
    Timetable: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/timetables
    Fares: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/fares-tickets
    Location: 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
    Opening hours: Callcentre: 6am - midnight daily
    Service phone: 61 3 131 638
    Website: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au


    Private transport

    Service name: KST: Bus
    Location: 30 King St. Airport West Melbourne VIC
    Service phone: 61 3 682 9115
    Website: http://www.kst.com.au/Melbourne


    Interstate transport

    Service name: Transport Country Link: Train
    Timetable: http://www.countrylink.info/timetables
    Fares: http://www.countrylink.info/book_your_trip
    Opening hours: Callcentre: 6.30 am - 10.00 pm
    Service phone: 61 3 13 22 32
    Website: http://www.countrylink.info


    Cycling

    Name: Bicycle Network Victoria
    Location: 4/246 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3001
    Service phone: 61 3 8376 8888
    Website: http://www.bv.com.au

  • Hospitals

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    International Students must go to Public Hospitals as their Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) does not cover expenses in private hospitals.

    Seeking Medical Assistance

    • Carry your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card with you at all times.
    • When visting the doctor, you will need to pay for their services (some doctors may bulk bill at no cost to you).
    • Keep all receipts so you can obtain reimbursement later.
    • All medical emergencies are covered by your Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC).
    • If you are unable to attend classes due to being sick, you should obtain a medical certificate from your doctor.
    Royal Melbourne Hospital (Parkville)

     (03)9342 7000
    300 Grattan Street,Parkville, VIC 3050

    Royal Melbourne Hospital (Royal Park Campus)

    (03) 8387 2000
    34-54 Poplar Road,Parkville, VIC 3052

    Royal Women's Hospital (Carlton)

    (03) 9344 2000
    20 Flemington Road,Parkville, VIC 3052

    St Vincent's Hospital (Fitzroy)

    (03) 9288 2211
    41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

  • Government Offices
    State Library

    Address
    328 Swanston St,
    Melbourne Victoria 3000

    Opening Hours
    Mon-Thu 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Fri-Sun 10:00am – 6:00 pm

    Website
    https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/

    City Library

    Address
    253 Flinders Lane
    Melbourne Victoria 3000

    Opening Hours
    Mon-Thu 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sun 12 noon – 5:00 pm

    Website
    https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/MelbourneLibraryService/

    Australian Taxation Office

    Address
    Collins Square,
    747 Collins Street, Docklands

    Opening Hours
    Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 4:45 pm

    Website
    https://www.ato.gov.au

    Residential Tenancy Authority

    Website
    https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing-and-accommodation

    Dept. of Immigration & Citizenship

    Address
    1010 Latrobe Street
    Docklands, Melbourne

    Opening Hours
    Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Fair Work Ombudsman

    Address
    Level 6, 414
    La Trobe Street, Melbourne

  • Directory Assistance

    How to make an International call:
    0011 + Country Code + City Code + Number
    If you don't know your country code, call 1225

    National Phone Codes

    (02) Sydney (NSW) & Canberra (ACT)

    (07) Brisbane & Gold Coast (QLD)

    (08) Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA) & Darwin (NT)

    (04) Mobile (Australia wide)

    (03) Melbourne (VIC) & Hobart (TAS)

    (13 or 1300) Local calls

  • Student Services Directory

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