Melbourne is similar to many modern cities around the world. However, it is also quite unique. No matter where you come from you will feel at home, with the 170 or so ethnic groups who have made Melbourne their home.
You will find few cities in the world contain as many parks and gardens as Melbourne. Set amongst as much parkland as there is development, the Garden City of the Garden State lives up to its reputation. Melbourne also has a reputation as the Culture Capital of Australia. Its restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres are highly recommended to all visitors.
Melbourne and its inhabitants are said to be sports mad. Australian Rules Football, cricket, basketball are some of the games played. In your first week in Melbourne you will be required to choose a football team to support as those you meet will often ask you, "What team do you barrack for?"
There are several options available for travel around Melbourne. Trains, trams and bus information can be found here
myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the City's trains, trams and buses. Please click here to find out about purchasing a myki card.
Melbourne’s weather can vary greatly and you can experience four seasons in one day. In the summer months (December - February) temperatures can range from 15 to 40 degrees Celsius. Hot days are usually bearable because the heat is dry rather than humid. In winter (June - August) temperatures can range from 8 to 15 degrees Celsius with the nights as low as 3. Melbourne’s annual average temperature is 14.9 ° C. Annual rainfall is 655mm.
Melbourne is renowned for the variety and quality of its restaurants. Food of all nations can be found in the city and neighbouring Carlton, Fitzroy and St Kilda. Click here for a great selection of restaurants and reviews
Banks are open from 9.30am till 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and until 5.00pm on Friday. You will find branches of all major Australian banks in the main shopping centre near the School. ATM’S (Automatic Teller Machines) are available 24 hours a day. Bank cards are used in ATM's and can also be used in the Ivanhoe Grammar School office to pay your School Fees. Remember your PIN or security number must not be given to anyone.
It may be a good idea to arrange your Australian bank account before you leave. For example ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) has an office in your country and is one of the four major banks in Australia. When opening an account in Australia you may need your passport. Interest earned will be taxed at 49% unless you have a tax file number. However, you can claim it back when you lodge an income tax return.
Australia’s electricity voltage for domestic use is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle and we use a distinctive three pronged pin. Adaptors can be bought at the airport or at hardware stores.
Calls from public telephones cost 50 cents. Many phones now use pre-paid Telstra Phone Cards which can be purchased in newsagents, gift shops and many other outlets.