Melbourne: Useful Information
Australia's multicultural hub
- Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) are available at many places in the city and in restaurants and pubs, offering 24-hour banking.
- Melbourne is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( 10 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March.
- Melbourne has a population of roughly 3,728,000.
- Internet cafes are fairly widespread across the city. There's a good cluster of them on Elizabeth and Flinders streets. Expect to pay $4-$9 per hour.
- Note that Melbourne's weather is highly changeable. The locals love to say that you can experience all four seasons in one day, and it's true. It can easily be 100 F/40 C one day and 60 F/15 C the next. Accordingly, it's wise to take a wide range of clothes that can be layered.
- A person from Melbourne is called a Melbournian.
- Electrical current is 240/250 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin flat blade plugs are used but are different to those in most other countries, so an adapter is normally required.
- Melbourne ranks as one the safest cities in Australia. It's generally not a problem to walk most places, day or night, although commonsense precautions avoiding dark alleys, for instance—should always be taken. You may encounter panhandlers in the city centre, particularly around Flinders Street Station, along Swanston Street Walk, and near the corner of Bourke and Russell streets. Travellers should avoid walking alone at night in suburbs such as Footscray, St. Kilda, Collingwood, Sunshine and Dandenong. Crime is rare, but pickpocketing is not unheard of.
- Melbourne has twice ranked as the "World's most liveable city" in worldwide polls.
- Tipping is not the general custom in Australia, with the exception of fine dining restaurants where it is usual to tip food and drink waiters up to 10% of the bill for good service. At any time, however, tipping is your choice.