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Melbourne General information

Visitors will find that Melbourne is an exciting city to explore. Modern architecture and design is juxtaposed with heritage buildings reflecting Australia’s unique history. But beneath the city’s impressive façade, lies the true heart and soul of the city; laneways which snake the city grid to reveal cafés and bars, fashion houses, boutiques, innovative cuisine, galleries, theatres and museums.


The official currency in Melbourne is the Australian Dollar (AUD)


Melbourne has a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This is mainly due to Melbourne's location situated on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cold southern ocean. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months and can cause very strong cold fronts to form. These cold fronts can be responsible for all sorts of severe weather from gales to severe thunderstorms and hail, large temperature drops, and heavy rain.

Time Zone

Melbourne is on AEST (UTC+10) time.

Business Hours

Office hours at the City of Melbourne are from 8.00am to 5.30pm. 
City shops generally open from 9:00am to 5:00pm but some have hours of 10:00am till 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.On Friday, many shops in the Central Business District and suburban shopping centres remain open until 9:00pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the hours in the CBD and shopping centres are generally 9:00am to 5:00pm and 10:00am to 4:00pm respectively.

Voltage, Sockets and Plugs

Main voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia - therefore you will not need a voltage converter. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, USA and Canada which uses 100/120V 50/60Hz. If your country does not use appliances within the 230V 50Hz mains voltage range, you will need to purchase a voltage converter.  This will transform the voltage from the power outlet into one your appliance can use. You will also need a power adapter.

The plugs in Australia have 2 flat metal pins shaped live a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.


With fashion-forward boutiques, elegant arcades and buzzing shopping centres, Melbourne is Australia's best shopping destination. Click here to find many shopping options.

Getting Around

Melbourne is a city that's a cinch to explore, with flexible and no-fuss ways to move around town. Bike tracks, waterways, trains, trams and taxis transport you through the city and make you a part of its action. You can also cruise, cycle or walk to attractions and events around the city.

Click here to read an article from the BBC on Exploring Melbourne by Tram - which is free for tourists!


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