Victoria boasts a diverse array of scenic pleasures from towering rainforests, ski resorts and endless golden bays, to craggy ocean cliffs and rolling green hills. Victoria’s capital city Melbourne, is a paradise for those who love food and wine and has a proud multicultural heritage.

A Few Facts
Area: .............................................................................227,416 km²
State Capital: .................................................................... Melbourne
Metro Population: ..............................................................4,169,400
State-wide Population: ........................................................5,537,900
Coastline: ........................................................................... 1,868 km
Time Zone: .............. GMT +10 hours, daylight saving time is observed
Phone Dialling Code: ................................................................. +613
Average Daily January (Summer) Temperature: ........................26.3°C
Average Daily July (Winter) Temperature: .................................13.0°C
Distance of Airport to CBD: ....................................................... 23 km
Driving a Vehicle: .......................................... www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Public Transport Services: ...................................... www.ptv.vic.gov.au
State Tourism Website: ..................................... www.visitvictoria.com
State Education Website: .................. www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au

Public Holidays for 2015
New Year’s Day ..................................................Thursday 1st January
Australia Day................................................... Monday 26th January
Labour Day ..............................................................Monday 3rd April
Good Friday............................................................... Friday 3rd April
Easter Saturday..................................................... Saturday 4th April
Easter Monday .........................................................Monday 6th April
Anzac Day ..........................................................Ssaturday 25th April
Queen’s Birthday.....................................................Monday 8th June
Melbourne Cup Day ........................................Tuesday 3rd November
Christmas Day .................................................Friday 25th December
Boxing Day................................................... Monday 28th December

Government School Term Dates for 2015
Term 1: ....................................................28th January - 27th March
Term 2: ........................................................... 13th April - 26th June
Term 3: ...................................................13th July - 18th September
Term 4: ................................................5th October - 18th December

Shopping Hours
General shopping hours on weekdays are from 9.00am to 5.30pm. Many shops open for extended hours on Thursday and Friday – usually until 8.00pm or 9.00pm. Most stores are open on the weekend and many supermarkets, fast-food stores and petrol stations are open 24 hours.