The Culture of Melbourne

Melbourne is indisputably the sporting, cultural and arts capital of Australia. While other capitals will vie for supremacy, Melbourne will casually shrug its metaphorical shoulders and order another latte. This beautifully multicultural city, which houses people from 140+ different nationalities, is renowned for friendliness, social acceptance, die-hard sporting fans, stunning architecture, world-class facilities and rich culture.

Melbournians have a deep-seated love for all thing sport, and you’ll overhear people talking about last nights’ football game at the local café. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) can hold up to 100,000 people in one gathering. In winter, it isn’t uncommon to see people happily marching by the thousands through city streets, proudly parading their team’s colours and sporting the Guernsey, on the way to the game. As the weather warms, they love to get dressed in their best, and go to the Spring Racing Carnival and bet on the horses. Summer brings the Australian Open, cricket, and the Formula One Grand Prix.


Feasting on the visual, performing and cultural arts is an iconic Melbournian trait. Melbourne hosts events and parades year round. This includes the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Moomba, Midsumma Festival, and the Food and Wine Festival. There is a festival for every thing you might be interested in. Love gardening? Head down to the garden show! Love cars? There’s a vintage car rally on!


If festivals aren’t your thing, you might enjoy witnessing the talents of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Victorian Opera Company, or the Australian Ballet Company, all of whom, hold many shows year round. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) sees international talent and blockbuster exhibitions, while its sister gallery, the NGV Ian Potter Centre, sees local talent and Indigenous artwork. If you are into the art scene, Melbourne houses a plethora of major galleries, as well as free-to-visit smaller galleries.



Melbournians love to eat out, and the city has an abundance of cafes, bars, and restaurants. After you’ve downed a few cups of amazing coffee, you’ll see the nightlife in Melbourne in second to none. Bars are mixed, and people from all walks of life come together to go on bar crawls with sophisticated integration.


Everywhere you look, there is something to see, do, and explore in Melbourne. It will keep you absorbed, stimulated and entertained all at the same time. Undoubtedly, you, like everyone else who comes to Melbourne, will fall in love with this marvellous city.

By Mark Ribarsky 



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