A city of magnificent architecture, Melbourne prides itself on its spectacular combination of the old and the new. Glorious parks and gardens, elegant streetscapes, and warm ethnic communities combine to make Melbourne one of Australia's most popular destinations for migrants and tourists.
Melbourne has a vibrant intellectual and cultural centre and a creative and entrepreneurial soul. It has extensive parks and gardens, spacious suburbs, affordable housing, good education, accessible public transport and a modern road system. With a low crime rate, it provides a safe and healthy environment in which to live and work.
The city is only a short distance from many beautiful beaches, perfect for swimming and water sports. Many of Australia's most significant sporting events are held in Melbourne such as One-Day, Twenty20 and test match cricket, The Australian Open Tennis and Grand Prix among others
Victoria's climate is marked by a range of different climate zones, from the hot, dry regions of the northwest to the alpine snowfields in the northeast. Average annual rainfall ranges from less than 250 millimetres in parts to in excess of 1800 millimetres over some of the mountainous regions. Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather, but as a general rule, the city enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers; mild, balmy springs and autumns; and cool winters. Temperatures average 25°C in summer and 14°C in winter. Rainfall is highest from May to October.