Victoria is a miniature version of Australia: in its tiny expanse, the state boasts snow-capped mountains, scorching deserts, wineries, rainforests and the country’s largest water vein. The biggest urban attraction is Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital, which offers countless galleries, museums, sporting events and festivals. The great restaurant scene is characterized above all by a fusion of tastes from all over the world. Affectionately known as the ‘Garden State’, Victoria has rolling mountains and valleys and boasts some of Australia’s best winter sports. See other countries in Oceania on naturegnosis.
Arriving by plane
Melbourne International Airport is served by flights from Europe, Asia and the USA (see Getting to Australia). Qantas Airways (QF) operates regional flights to all major Australian cities.
Frankfurt/M. – Melbourne: 19 hrs 55 mins; Vienna – Melbourne: 19 hrs 55 mins; Zurich – Melbourne: 19 hours 25 minutes (pure flight times; stay times at stopovers vary).
A domestic flight to Melbourne can also be booked at reduced prices with the Qantas Walkabout Pass. The flight is pre-booked with the Qantas flight to Australia. With the Visit Australia Airpass from Singapore Airlines, when booking the long-haul flight to Australia, Melbourne can also be flown to within the country at low cost.
Arrival by car
By car: Victoria’s road network is well connected to neighboring states. A trip from Sydney to Melbourne takes 9-10 hours. Buses: Coaches travel to all other states. Main routes and journey times are from Melbourne to Canberra: 9 hrs 30 mins, Adelaide: 9 hrs 30 mins, Sydney: 12 hrs, Broken Hill: 19 hrs and Brisbane: 25 hrs. Greyhound Australia connects Melbourne to amongst others Sydney and Adelaide. Regional buses serve towns within the state. Tolls: In Melbourne, the CityLink and the EastLink are subject to tolls. Day passes can be purchased to pay the toll. Documents:
Arrival by train
There are regular train services from Melbourne to Adelaide on Great Southern Rail’s overland trains. The Melbourne XPT operated by Transport for NSW operates the Melbourne-Sydney route. There are also connections to other major cities, including Brisbane and Perth. V/Line trains operate a dense network on the following routes from Melbourne to: Ararat Bairnsdale Daisy Hill Echuca Shepparton Swan Hill Sydney Warrnambool The Indian Pacific connects Sydney to Perth via Adelaide.
With the East Coast Discovery Pass, travelers can explore the east coast from Melbourne via Sydney to Brisbane by train at low prices. Optionally, passes can be purchased with a validity period of 14 days or 1, 3 or 6 months. The Myki Pass offers rail, tram and bus travel for 7 or 28 days in Melbourne and to various inland cities.
Arrival by ship
Port Melbourne, a suburb of Melbourne, is the port where both cruise ships and ferries dock.
The AIDA also docks in Melbourne on its world cruise that starts in Hamburg. Melbourne is also served by cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, Holland America Line and Hapag Lloyd Cruises.
The Spirit of Tasmania ferry company operates up to 6 times a week (depending on the time of year) between Devonport on Tasmania’s north coast and Melbourne (journey time: 9 hrs 30 mins).
Passport and visa regulations
Entry with children
Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.
03/14/2022 Labor Day
06/13/2022 Celebrations for the Queen’s birthday
11/01/2022 Day of the Melbourne Cup
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MelbourneWhen doing business in fashionable Melbourne, suits are de rigeur. One should always arrange business meetings and appointments in advance. Business – like many other things – is often discussed over coffee in Melbourne. People also meet for breakfast or a drink in a chic bar, but long business lunches are usually a thing of the past. Australian business people are, on the whole, approachable, relatively easygoing and quick to adopt the first name. Business cards are used. Normal business hours are 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, although many senior business people work later hours. Offices sometimes close as early as 5 p.m. When invited home usually takes a bottle of wine as a gift for the host. Alternatively, it can also be flowers or chocolates.
Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) Industry House, 486 Albert Street, Melbourne, VIC 3002 Tel: (03) 86 62 53 33. Fax: (03) 86 62 54 62. Email: [email protected] org.au Web: www.vecci.org.au
Melbourne (Internet: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ ) is a cosmopolitan city with over 3 million inhabitants and neighborhoods of Italian, Greek and Chinese immigrants. The architecture of the city is fascinating. A mix of intricate stucco and cast iron can be found in the suburbs, and graceful spiers alongside modern skyscrapers in the city center. In the city center stands Melbourne’s tallest building, the Eureka Tower, at 297 meters and 95 floors. The Victoria Arts Center consists of the National Gallery with Australia’s largest art collection, a magnificent concert hall and a theater complex. The city’s many parks, Parliament House,Captain Cook’s Cottage and other listed buildings are also worth seeing. A visit to the racecourse, a boat trip on the Yarra River or a trip to Phillip Island Conservation Area are highly recommended. The Royal Botanic Gardens are also worth a visit. Melbourne Zoo in Royal Park is one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. Little penguins can be found in the St Kilda area, and tours are offered on the Urban Penguin Express.
In the old port, just one kilometer from the center, is currently called Docklands a completely new part of the city was built, which should decisively change the face of the city and become a new tourist attraction. By 2018, an attractive harbor promenade with numerous restaurants, bars, sports facilities, apartments, shops and hotels is to be built on an area of 200 hectares. As the first part of the project, the New Quay has already been completed.
All the cuisines of the world are represented in Melbourne. Each neighborhood has its typical restaurants according to the origin of its residents: Italian restaurants on Lygon Street, Chinese on Little Bourke Street, Greek on Lonsdale Street, Vietnamese on Victoria Street, Turkish and Spanish on Sydney Road and Central European on Acland Street. There are also French, American, Mexican, Lebanese, African, Malaysian, Afghan, Mongolian and Swiss restaurants.
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Hot in summer and relatively cold in winter. precipitation all year round. In the south of Victoria the weather is very changeable even in summer, often you can experience all four seasons in one day.
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