Host City

Melbourne, Australia 

With over 4 million residents, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is renowned as Australia’s knowledge and cultural capital. Situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River, in 2016 it was voted ‘The World’s Most Liveable City’ by the Economist for a sixth consecutive year.

Melbourne is a thriving and cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of graceful old buildings and stunning new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens. It’s also home to some of the world’s most outstanding communities of research and innovation and is the birthplace of Australian film, television, art, dance and music. The city’s major draw card is its research institutes and academia that facilitate world-leading contributions to key economic sectors. Melbourne offers a sophisticated multi-cultural lifestyle, hidden laneways abundant with arts, museums, festivals, sporting events, food, wine, shopping and much more. Melbourne really is the place to be.

Melbourne also comes alive at night with the most live music venues in Australia and a burgeoning number of chic and groovy inner city bars and restaurants for every level and style of socialising imaginable. On top of all of this, Melbourne is also the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles and Victoria’s most admired beaches.

To find out more about what Melbourne has to offer, visit  You can also get tailored advice once you have arrived by going to the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, open 0900 to 1800 7 days a week.

Here are some useful links to help you best plan your time when visiting Melbourne:
Top 10 things to do in Melbourne
Local dining options
General information about Melbourne
Travel information for getting around
Click here to find out more about where else you can visit whilst in Australia.

Places to eat and drink in Melbourne

Cookie – Thai cuisine 
252 Swanston Street

Chin Chin – Asian Fusion cuisine 
125 Flinders Lane

Supernormal – Japanese cuisine 
180 Flinders Lane 

Izakaya Den – Japanese
114 Russell Street

Bar Clara – Cocktail Bar
87 Bourke Street

il Solito Posto – Italian
113 Collins Street

Young’s Wine Rooms – Mediterranean 
227-229 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East

Gingerboy – Asian 
27 – 29 Crosley Street

Di Stasio Citta – Italian 
45 Spring Street

Lau’s Family Kitchen – Chinese
4 Acland Street, St Kilda 

Shark Fin House – Chinese
131 Little Bourke Street

OPPEN All Day – Swedish
20/2 Maddock Street, Windsor

Portello Rosso – Spanish
15 Warburton Lane

Maha – Middle Eastern
21 Bond Street

MoVida – Spanish Tapas
1 Hosier Lane

Hawker Hall – Asian
98 Chapel Street, Windsor 

Mr Miyagi – Japanese
99 Chapel Street, Windsor

Kong BBQ – Korean 
599 Church Street, Richmond

Fonda – Mexican 
31 Flinders Lane 

Estelle – contemporary Australian 
243 High Street, Northcote