Welcome to Australian Homestay Network Melbourne!
Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria and is a city packed with cultural experiences. Famous for its sense of style and elegance Melbourne boasts some of Australia’s best shopping, restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and night clubs.
From National parks and gardens, to coastal retreats and surf beaches, from Music & Food festivals to Museums & Art Galleries. There’s almost too much to see and do. Melbourne also considers itself as the sporting capital of Australia, with sporting events like the Australian Tennis Open, Boxing Day Cricket Test match, A-League Soccer and the AFL Grand Final.
Not to mention some of the world’s finest Universities and Schools, such as;
- The University of Melbourne
- La Trobe University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Victoria University (VU)
- RMIT Training
- Deakin University
- Kangan Institute
- Chisholm Institute of TAFE
- Brighton Grammar School Anglican Independent Boys School
- Trinity College
We’re here to make sure you have the best homestay experience possible. Our team lives in Melbourne, so we know the city well, and can provide you with advice about the local area, community events and public transport options.
Video supplied by Visit Victoria
Places to Visit
- National Sports Museum Located at the MCG, the National Sports Museum presents world-class exhibitions of significant sporting artefacts. The museum houses the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Australian Football Hall of Fame, Champions – Thoroughbred Racing Gallery and temporary exhibition areas addressing the sporting issues and events of the day.
- Melbourne Zoo Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautiful setting of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre.
- Shrine of Remembrance Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne’s most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year.
- Royal Botanical Gardens Visit Melbourne’s inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.
- Melbourne Cup Carnival (November)
- The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (March to April) dates vary
- Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival (January) dates vary
- Royal Melbourne Show (September)
- AFL Grand Final (September – October) dates vary
Melbourne enjoys warm summers, glorious springs, mild autumns and crisp winters. With its variable climate, Melbourne hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring).
More details here – Melbourne Weather
Cost of Living
Rent per month – city centre
(1 bedroom apartment)
Rent per month – outside city centre
(1 bedroom apartment)
One-way ticket on public transport
McMeal/combo meal at McDonald’s
330ml bottle of Coca-Cola
Regular cup of coffee
You can also use the Insider Guides Cost of Living Calculator to estimate living expenses in cities around Australia.