Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. It has a land area of 8,806 km² with a population of 4,246,345 million.
The Central Business District is located close to the heart of the city, near the Yarra River but a new secondary business hub has emerged in the Docklands area. Yarra River has 44 minutes from Melbourne Airport, while Docklands Area has 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
The official religion is Western (Roman) Catholic while the official language is English.
Notable landmarks and features include the Yarra River, which runs south of the city. Both train stations, Flinders and Southern Cross Stations are both iconic and well known to locals as a way to get around the city.
The climate in Melbourne has a typical 4-season cycle. They have hot dry summers, cold and wet winters with moderate temporal variations during the spring and autumn periods.
Melbourne places significant emphasis on public transport. While taxis are available, it is advised the travellers first understand and utilise trams and trains for commuting around the CBD or nearby suburbs.
Weather changes within short periods are not uncommon during the winter months and travellers are advised to monitor updates or be prepared for warmer/colder than initial temperatures. Rain may also feature without apparent notice.
The city centre is largely unoccupied after the completion of working hours, during weekdays. Travellers to the city should consider this for meals and personal safety in the event of limited open eateries and less public support if in need of help.