Melbourne was recently named the most liveable city in Australia and the third most liveable city in the world, according to the June 2023 liveability survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Melbourne achieved a perfect score for education (100/100) and infrastructure (100/100). It scored highly for culture and environment (98.6/100) and stability (95/100). Read on to learn why we think Melbourne is a great place to visit (or live!). Don’t forget to share these interesting facts with your students and get them excited about a trip to the food, sport and cultural hub.
Melbourne is home to wild penguins!
St Kilda and Phillip Island are two Melbourne beaches where you can simultaneously watch a beautiful sunset and penguins waddling their way up to the rocks to take shelter for the night.
Known for its iconic coffee culture
The city is known for its numerous cafes and hole-in-the-wall coffee shops. Cafeination is taken very seriously!
Hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics
Melbourne was the first country outside of Europe and North America to host the Olympic Games. What an honour!
Diverse and multicultural city
Almost 50 per cent of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas. The state is made up of people from more than 200 countries.
Sporting capital of Australia
Melbourne hosts the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup, the Australian Grand Prix and the AFL grand final.
‘Four seasons in one day’
Melbourne is widely known to have unpredictable weather where it can change from sunshine to rain and back again in an instant. You should always wear layers, and carry an umbrella and a jacket wherever you go!
Murals and graffiti paint the city
Walking through the streets of the CBD, you will find vibrant murals and graffiti in every direction. Some of our favourite lanes where you’ll find street art include Caledonian Lane, Hoiser Lane and AC/DC Lane.
The Great Ocean Road
Just outside the city of Melbourne lies the 243km road with breathtaking views of cliffs, beaches, and the famous Twelve Apostles.
Footy and cricket games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is a world-famous cricket stadium that is also used for AFL games in the winter. Hundreds and thousands of concertgoers also flock to the stadium to watch their favourite artists perform on the big stage throughout the year.
Narrow lanes and alleys all throughout the city
The laneways and alleys are filled with hidden bars, restaurants, stores, and murals that give the city a unique atmosphere. Even Melbournians are always stumbling upon new places to try.
Keen to show your students everything Melbourne is famous for? Our Melbourne tours are packed full of learning and cultural activities. Enjoy an immersive 3-day STEM tour; bring Italy to your students with our Italian Language and Cultural tour or explore the iconic sites of Melbourne on our Melbourne 3-day tour.