AUSTRALIA

Victoria


Cosmopolitan Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, located in the south east of the country, sometimes called the cultural capital of Australia.  Famous for its strong arts life (theatre, opera, ballet, museums) and its world class restaurants, café culture and bars.  With its 1800s Victorian-era architecture, Melbourne is seen by some visitors as being more European in feel than other parts of Australia.

Like many of Australia’s cities, Melbourne is very multicultural and has the biggest Greek population outside of Europe.  There is an old Chinatown, a well established Vietnamese area as well as a good sized Polish community.  Filipinos, Indians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Argentine, Lebanese, Turkish, British and Irish people are all well represented in Melbourne.  There are many other nationalities living here too.

Some universities in Melbourne have been ranked amongst the top 50 in the world so it’s a popular destination for students from overseas.

Melbourne is sports mad and is perhaps most famous for the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Test cricket matches are played in summer and Australian rules’ football (AFL) is played during winter.

Victoria is also known for its stunning coastline and the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles usually feature in most visitors’ trips.

There are large regional towns too which are popular destinations for migrants.  Geelong, an historic town on the coast, is just one hour from Melbourne, and has many fine schools and universities.  It is a rapidly growing area.  Ballarat, a beautiful old town that was the site of the beginning of the Gold Rush in 1851, has many historic buildings, a university, excellent private schools and cheap housing.  It too is just over an hour from Melbourne and some people commute from Geelong and Ballarat to work in downtown Melbourne.

For more information on Melbourne and Victoria go to:

http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/home