What's on in Melbourne
With a population of 5 million, Melbourne is the most populous city in Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia. Melbourne is Australia’s multicultural and cultural hub—a city for everyone.
Prior to the arrival of European settlers in the region, indigenous Australians had been living in the Melbourne area for more than 30,000 years. The city was founded on 30 August 1835 and was named Melbourne by Governor General Richard Bourne on 10 April 1837.
With more than a quarter of its population being born overseas, Melbourne is now home to people from more than 200 countries and more than 230 languages are spoken in the city. A visit to Melbourne is a visit to the world itself.
Melbourne is a city full of opportunities, places to go, things to see. Some all-time favourites among locals and visitors alike include:
- The Melbourne CBD: The heart of the city, home to many major attractions. Federation Square, Bourke Street Mall, the State Library, and the legendary Queen Victoria Market are all part of the major central business district.
- The Crown: A huge entertainment complex next to the beautiful Yarra River. Here you’ll find multiple restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, shops, cinemas, and even a casino.
- Docklands: A large inner suburb in Victoria Harbour, just about 2km from Melbourne’s CBD. This spectacular waterfront features prominent buildings, such as the Etihad Stadium, Seven Network broadcasting centre, and Harbour Town at the Waterfront City.
- Luna Park in ST. Kilda: A legendary amusement park that has been operating non-stop since 1912. It features the world’s oldest operating roller coaster.
- Chinatown: Located at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, Melbourne’s Chinatown dates all the way back to the first Australian Gold Rush in 1851. Melbourne’s Chinatown is full of picturesque laneways, seasonal markets, and unique restaurants.
Other popular destinations include:
What's On In Melbourne This April?
School holidays and the Easter Long Weekend means plenty of time for the family to get out and explore what's on offer in Melbourne this April from comic book heroes to real life heroes.
Until April 19, theatres, pubs and clubs across the city will be filled the sound of laughter, as the comedians of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival take over Melbourne. The comedy is sure to tickle your funny bone, so if you're in need a good laugh, get along to check out the best comedians from all around the world.
Marvel Universe Live: April 2nd to 6th.
Families of Melbourne Assemble! Unite with the Marvel Heroes at the action packed live arena show Marvel Universe Live. The Marvel Heroes need your help to defeat the most threatening Marvel Villains, and Rod Laver Arena will play host to this epic quest to defend the universe from evil.
The 25th of April marks the 105th Anniversary of the ANZAC's landing at Gallipoli. Melbourne comes together for the Dawn Service, Marches & Remembrance Parades to commemorate the sacrifices made by our servicemen and servicewomen.
The buzz of footy season is alive in Melbourne once more as footy fans head out in force to support their team. Games at the iconic MCG don't get much bigger than the ANZAC day clash between traditional rivals Essendon & Collingwood.