Melbourne is located on Australia's south coast and is the capital of Victoria state. The city is full of culture with several attractions for visitors. The cities location between the Tasman Sea and inland Australia means the weather can quickly change in just a few hours.
Melbourne climate information
(Data obtained from Melbourne weather station)
When is the best time to visit Melbourne?
Australia is in the southern hemisphere so it's seasons fall in contrast to the UK, providing tourists an opportunity to escape the colder UK winters to visit Melbourne during its summer. Therefore, December to February are Melbourne's summer months offering the warmest weather with long hours of sunshine. However, it is always worth being prepared as rain is still likely and the weather can change quickly.
Australia’s spring begins in September and ends in November. September sees daily maximums of a pleasant 18.7°C, rising to a balmy 23.8°C in November. Spring visitors can expect around 7 hours of daily sunshine but should be aware of the likelihood of rain as spring is the wettest season and October the wettest month with an average of 66mm for the month.
Summer in Melbourne falls during the UK’s coldest months of December, January, and February. January sees the highest daily maximums, averaging at 27.4°C, and the longest hours of sunshine, with tourists able to enjoy around 9 hours per day. Throughout the summer months, average daily highs are around the mid to high twenties, but record temperatures have been known to exceed 40°C. Rain remains a possibility in the summer and it can be heavy with thunderstorms bringing hail and gusty winds.
Melbourne experiences autumn from March to May. The average daily maximum in March is a warm 25.0°C, but by May this has dropped to 17.8°C. As the temperatures drop, humidity rises, with May bringing an average relative humidity of 69%. As a result, daily hbours of sunshine begin to reduce with an average of 4 hours be per day by the end of the season. Rain is likely with monthly totals similar to that of the spring.
Australian winter occurs during June, July, and August. July sees the coldest temperatures, with average daily highs of 14.7°C. June visitors will experience just 3 hours of sunshine per day, and rain remains a strong possibility, with June seeing 53mm on average. Although average rainfall is not too disimilar to that of the summer, there are a greater number of days with rain, as it falls under dull and cloudy days, as opposed to intense showers and thunderstorms seen in the summer.
Melbourne tourist information
Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria; with a population of more than four million people it is also the second most populated city in Australia.
The main mode of transport in Melbourne is the car as there is an extensive network of roads and freeways. The city also has plenty of public transport options, with visitors able to make use of trams, buses and taxis. Melbourne has four airports, its main one being Melbourne Airport which carries out both international and domestic flights.
Festivals and culture
Melbourne is home to several festivals which happen throughout the year. In December there is the Stereosonic Music festival which runs for two days; with all genres of live music being played it is not to be missed. If you are in Melbourne in February then you are just in time for the Melbourne Summer Boat Show with its many displays, boat licence course and a huge fish tank on wheels driving around the city! Each year in June there is the Good Food and Wine Show that showcases some of the best local produce.
The most popular sports are football and cricket in Melbourne and the surrounding area. Other favourites are rugby, basketball, ice hockey and baseball. The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium hosts local rugby and football teams like the Melbourne Rebels and the Melbourne Victory; the latter of whom is the most popular and successful football team in the whole country. Bands like the Foo Fighters have also played at the Rectangular Stadium.
Melbourne has a wide variety of activities and attractions to offer tourists. Some of the most popular attractions in the city are the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Melbourne Museum where you can find out all about the city. If you are on a family holiday then be sure to spend a day at Melbourne Zoo which has in excess of 320 different species of animals for you to discover. The Melbourne Aquarium is home to over 10,000 aquatic animals including crocodiles.
Are you a fan of the famous Australian soap Neighbours? The set is located in the suburbs of Melbourne and you can take an official tour of Ramsay Street and Erinsborough to see where is all happens.