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Melbourne is an arty powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed "Paris of the southern hemisphere," Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sport events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high rising city centre and far stretching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria—"the place to be"—but daytrips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.


Population 4.1 million
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Most shops and businesses are open between 9am-5:30pm on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday trading is also becoming more common with shops being open from 10am until 4pm.
Newspapers Herald Sun,
The Sunday Herald Sun,
The Australian
The Weekend Australian
The Weekly Times
The Age
The Sunday Age
Emergency numbers Ambulance, fire or police: 000
(call 112 if using a mobile without network)
Poisons information: 13 11 26
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Tourist information www.visitmelbourne.com