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Visitor Guide

Food and Drink

  • Melbourne is famous for its café culture. In every corner of the city, you will find coffee beans sourced from around the globe and world-class baristas practicing their art.
  • The city is also hosting several food festivals and fresh produce markets, and is home to many world-class restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. Halal food is available at many restaurants and vendors around the city.

The Arts 

Further Afield


Playing and watching sport continues to hold an important place in Australian culture. Throughout the year, the country hosts a full schedule of international sporting events, many of which take place in the city of Melbourne and surrounds.

Major Annual Events

  • Tennis: Melbourne hosts the Australian Open grand slam tournament in January each year.
  • Formula One: The Formula One Australian Grand Prix is held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit around Albert Park Lake every March.
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: This international surfing competition, held each year in April is the longest running world championship level contest on the World Surf League World Tour.
  • Australian Rules Football: The first game of Australian Rules Football was played in Melbourne in 1858, and quickly grew to become one of the most loved sports across the country.  The Australian Football League season runs from June to September. Each year, the Grand Final is played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
  • MotoGP:  The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is held on Phillip Island in October.
  • Horse Racing: The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most prestigious Thoroughbred race, and one of the richest horseraces in the world, is run every year on the first Tuesday of November as part of the Spring Racing Carnival. The race has been held every year since 1861, even during the First and Second World Wars.
  • Cricket: The famous Boxing Day Test match is held each December at the MCG.

Tourist Attractions - Greater Victoria

  • The Dandenong Ranges: forest, bushwalking, café dining, picnic grounds, bird watching, Puffing Billy historic steam railway
  • Alpine Region: downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking in warmer months
  • Mount Buller: 
  • Mount Hotham: 
  • Falls Creek: 
  • The Mornington Peninsula: surf and bay beaches, fine dining, fresh produce, dairy farms, hot springs, day spas, Portsea and Sorrento beachside towns
  • The Great Ocean Road: surf lessons, professional surfing, rainforest walks, waterfalls, swimming holes, fine dining, café dining
  • Bells Beach, the Twelve Apostles, the Otway Ranges, Lorne, Torquay, Anglesea, Rip Curl Pro surfing completion (April)
  • Visit Victoria Website:
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