Welcome to Melbourne, the host city of APTLD77!

Here you will find useful hints and tips about visiting Melbourne and Australia.

Australia is perhaps best known for its beaches, vast deserts, and unique animals. But there's much more to discover in Melbourne, Victoria.


Tucked away in the southeastern corner of the country, Victoria is Australia’s second smallest state. But don't be fooled by its size - it boasts a varied and diverse climate and geography. From world class wineries to wild coastlines, hiking through pristine national parks, to skiing in the Victorian alps, there's a lot on offer for the curious tourist.

Starting from Melbourne, much of the state's diverse offerings can be reached in an easy day trip.


Melbourne has repeatedly been named the world's most liveable city, a fact many of its inhabitants will happily tell you. The cosmopolitan city's cafe and fine-dining culture is readily accessible through its network of public trams, earning it a reputation as Australia’s ‘most European’ city.

Sitting on the banks of the Yarra River, and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is renowned for its laneways, boutique shops, and an eclectic art scene.

Grand nineteenth-century architecture and elegant gardens, built following the discovery of gold, are a reminder of Victoria's 'Gold Rush' past. Aboriginal cultural landmarks and landscapes continue to connect Indigenous Australians with a living cultural heritage dating back more than 60,000 years.

But no matter the weather forecast be sure to pack for all occasions. Melbourne is infamous for its unpredictable 'four seasons in one day’ weather. Fortunately, there's as much to do indoors as out, so you should never feel you’re missing out, rain or shine.

Friendly and easy to get around

Melbourne has the world’s largest urban tramway network, with more than 400 tram cars. The city is largely flat, making it incredibly walkable and a breeze for those who prefer to get around by bike. For longer distances, Uber and taxis are readily available and safe to use.

Melbourne is also one of the more friendly cities you can visit. Red shirt wearing volunteers are dotted throughout the CBD, ready to point you in the right direction if you become lost.

Street art, parties, and galleries - Melbourne has something for everyone

Melbourne is a city that truly caters to every taste and mood.You can get the intellectual juices going at one of Melbourne's many galleries. Or equally you can have a flutter at the famous Flemington racecourse or at the southern hemisphere's largest casino, Crown Casino.

The city's narrow laneways have leant themselves to a vibrant street art scene and the city is now considered a global player in the scene. Tours with top street artists can give a deeper perspective and are popular with visitors. But you can also explore independently and simply stumble upon the city’s secrets. And if the hustle and bustle of the city becomes too much, head to St Kilda for a beach side stroll or explore one of the city’s large public parks.

If you're keen to know what's going to be on in Melbourne by the time the APTLD community descends on the city, click here for the latest updates.

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