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.
Fun tips about the Great Southern Land
- Australia is a country of contradictions. Despite being the sixth-largest country in landmass, most of the population is densely concentrated along the eastern seaboard. Victoria may be one its smallest states, but it’s
among the most populous. This is because much of the country's vast interior is semi-arid or desert, making it a bit too hot for most people.
- While Australia’s European history began some 250 years ago as a British penal colony its history is far richer than that. Australia has the world's longest continuing culture. Indigenous Australians have lived here for
more than 50,000 years, developing complex agricultural systems and passing their rich culture down through oral history.
- Australia is one of the most multicultural societies on the planet, with over one quarter of the population born outside the country. Another quarter of the population have at least one foreign-born parent.
- Australia is a federated constitutional monarchy with eight state and territory governments and a Commonwealth government.
- Aussies are famous for their love of a punt. So much so that it's even part of everyday language - “bet ya”, pronounced ‘betcha’, is a common phrase among Aussies wagering whether or not someone can do
something. For example, betcha APTLD77 participants will see Crown Casino in Melbourne! It is right next door to the Crown hotel where APNIC & APRICOT will be holding their events.
- Australian currency is distinct from other parts in the world. It's notes are made from plastic polymer, meaning there’s no need to worry if a $5 goes through the washing machine in your jean pocket. Meanwhile, the
country boasts large and heavy coins - with the fifty cent coin among the largest circulating anywhere in the world.
- Australians like their beer to stay cold while they’re drinking it, which is why a beer will typically be served in a smaller glass. But despite this near universal desire for a cool refreshing beverage, they can't agree
on what to call the various sized glasses available across the land. A schooner is 425 ml everywhere except South Australia, where it's only 285 ml, a size that's known elsewhere as a middy or pot. Unless you're in Darwin where
it's a handle. In Adelaide a "pot" means a 570 ml full pint, and a pint means what a schooner does elsewhere, and the confusion continues, but most bartenders will be happy to help you find the right size.
- Australia is known for its dangerous creepy crawlies, but it's unlikely you'll run into anything much more than a possum in Melbourne. The world's deadliest spider is the Sydney Funnel Web spider, found in and around
Sydney. Australia is also home to six of the world's top 10 most deadliest snakes, but they tend to be found well away from busy cities.
- The Government of Australia was the first one worldwide to publish a National Public Toilet Map