Living in Melbourne
Melbourne is widely regarded as the biotech, cultural, sporting and culinary capital of Australia and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan lifestyle.
With a population of 3.8 million people spread over an area of 8,800 square kilometres or 3,400 square miles, Melbourne is a comparatively low-density city. By way of contrast, Paris has double the population but occupies only half the land area of Melbourne.
Melbourne has a mid-latitude, maritime temperate climate, very similar to that of Lisbon, Portugal and somewhat similar to Santa Rosa, California.
The summer daytime average temperature is about 27 C° / 80° F, though during heat waves the temperature can exceed 38° C / 100° F.
The winter daytime average temperature is about 14° C / 57° F. Snowfalls and freezing temperatures are extremely rare in Melbourne although common on the three main ski fields: Mt. Buller, Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek.
Getting around Melbourne is facilitated with an extensive public transport system with trains, buses and trams. Visit the Metlink website for schedules, pricing and trip planners: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au
To learn more about Melbourne, visit The Melbourne City Council "Welcome to Melbourne" and the “That’s Melbourne” websites.