Melbourne City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 12, 2007

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria. It is the second largest and second most populous city in Australia. Melbourne is situated around Australia’s southeast region by Port Phillip Bay. You will surely find several distinct highlights ranging from natural wonders to downtown attractions. The city is rich in culture and industry so you will find how these two aspects merge in many ways like architectural designs, cuisines, business and the arts.

Residential Places in Melbourne

In recent years, several people from around the world have visited or migrated permanently to Melbourne for its beautiful landscapes and bustling commercial districts. Many have found their ideal place surrounded by the Dandenong Ranges, Port Phillip Bay and the central Victoria plains. Depending on your location, prices can vary. Spots in the city core are usually high compared to the suburban neighborhoods. There are several suburbs in Melbourne. If you intend to be within the professional range of the city, Melbourne’s Central Business District or CBD is the right place. You will also find some nice rooms and apartments in the heart of the city such as Prahran, South Yarra which is situated near the Yarra River and Albert Park. If you want the quieter lifestyle, you can find very affordable homes in the suburbs of Collingwood, Tullamarine, Epping and Yarraville. You will surely enjoy the art market at St. Kilda which opens every Sunday.

Hospitals and Universities in Melbourne

There are around 30 public hospitals and 13 health service organizations in the metropolitan part of Melbourne. The Royal Melbourne Hospital is one of the premier institutions in the city providing tertiary health care and known for its various clinical research undertakings. It is part of Melbourne Health along with North West Dialysis Service and North Western Mental Health.  The Austin Hospital is a public hospital located in the Heidelberg suburb. It was founded in 1892 as a mental institution but later on became a hospital system in the 1960s. The Austin Hospital is known for its clinical researches and teaching services. It is part of Austin Health along with Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.  Other major hospitals in Melbourne include The Alfred Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Epworth Hospital. St. Vincent’s Hospital is a major private hospital located in the Fitzroy suburb at the corner of Nicholson and Victoria Street. It used to be called the Sisters of Charity Health Service and is widely known for its specialty in surgical and mental health. 

Educational Institutions in Melbourne 


The University of Melbourne is one of the top universities in the country and the world. It is the second oldest in Australia and is a member of the lobby group “Group of Eight” as well as the Sandstone universities. The main campus is situated in the Parkville suburb very near Melbourne Central Business District. The university focuses on three cores namely: research, learning and knowledge transfer to become one of the world’s best. Currently, there are over 40,000 students and around 6,000 staff in the University of Melbourne. Other notable universities in the city include La Trobe University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University, Victoria University, Australian Catholic University and University of Ballarat.  


Commercial Places in Melbourne

There are virtually thousands of commercial spots all over Melbourne. Fashion enthusiasts will surely enjoy being in the middle of the city where a lot of shops and retail stores are found. Myer Melbourne is one of the major department stores along with David Jones and Daimaru. The Galleria Shopping Plaza has a wide array of specialty shops and boutiques. Along Collins Street, you will also find Australia on Collins, Sportsgirl Centre and Block Arcade which has several levels full of shops. More fashion selections can be found in Bourke Street Mall and The Walk Arcade.  Most of the merchant shops in Queen Victoria Market are open everyday including Sundays from 9 in the morning up to 6 in the evening. Here you will find several novelty goods, crafts and artwork. There are also flea and trinket stores in the area found in the Camberwell suburb. Other bargain and antique stores can be found at the Upper St. Kilda Esplanade. Other malls and departments stores to see are Centrepoint Shopping Center, Southgate Complex at Southgate Avenue and Melbourne Central at Lonsdale Street. 

Great Cuisines 

 You will find world-class cuisine and fine wine in Hofbrauhaus Melbourne featuring European dishes. It has a German ambiance and is a great place for big groups. Automatic Café is located in Southbank which serves delicious pizzas and pastries. Stathi’s Athenian Tavern is a great place to dine at night where a live band plays regularly. The restaurant even allows you to bring your own bottle of wine without any corkage.  

Service Establishments of Melbourne

Melbourne Water is responsible for the water source and supply of all city residents. It is also handles sewer systems and water catchments. The Thomson River Dam is able to hold 60% of all of Melbourne’s water supply backed up by the Upper Yarra Dam and the Cardinia Reservoir.  As for gas supply, the Melbourne Metropolitan Gas Company handles gasworks in several suburban neighborhoods and city regions. The Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria which began in 1951 handles gas supply all over the state as well with special projects at Morwell.  A number of private companies provide electricity to Melbourne such as small power stations at Spencer Street and Richmond. These merged to become the State Electricity Commission of Victoria or SECV with stations at Yallourn and La Trobe Valley.  There are so many telecommunications companies that offer both terrestrial and mobile services such as SME. Developments on satellites were done to improve internet broadband connection among all residents.

Embassies in Melbourne

The British Embassy is located on the 17th floor of 90 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000. Mr. Peter West is currently the Consul-General handling all UK trade, investment, transfer and migration and visitation activities. Consular reception is available from Monday to Friday from 10 am up to 4 pm. The switchboard is also open during weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.  Here are the contact numbers: Trade enquiries 03 9652 1670Consular enquiries 039652 1600Fax 03 9650 2990

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