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Location: Located on the lower part of the Yarra River on the northern and eastern shores of Port Philip, State of Victoria.

Climate: As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy spring and autumns, and cool winters. Melbourne has a well-deserved reputation for its changing weather. Over the course of a day it can be possible to experience a little something of the four seasons. A tip for any visitor to Melbourne is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear shorts!

Area: 3,400 sq miles

Population: Metropolitan- 4.5 million

Religion: Christian

Electricity: 220 volts at 50 Hz

Telephone code: +61

Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

Passport/visa requirements: A visa to travel to Australia is required. British citizens can get the following types of electronic visitor visa; an eVisitor visa direct from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (there is no visa application charge or service fee for this) or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via a travel agent or airline. There is no visa application charge, but a service fee of A$20 applies.

National airline: Qantas (www.qantas.com)

Airports: Melbourne Airport.

Flight time: Approximately 22 hrs 55 minutes. 

Tourist Office: Australia High Commission, Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA. Tel: 020 7379 4334; Fax: 020 7240 5333

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