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  • White night video
  • Sport, events, exhibitions and shows
  • Explore Victoria - beyond Melbourne

If you like music, markets, festivals or exhibitions there are always events for you to go to. Many are low cost or free. With all this entertainment on offer, it’s no surprise that Melbourne is voted the world’s most liveable city.

White Night Melbourne 2017. See more videos by Visit Melbourne on YouTube.


There is plenty of sport to watch in Melbourne.

Local sportsgrounds are a great place to watch or join in local amateur football, soccer and cricket.

Globall - for international students

The Globall program, an initiative run by the Essendon Football Club to use sports as a way to introduce international students to Australian culture. Get involved with Globall for a chance to:

  • attend Australian Rules Football (AFL) matches for FREE
  • meet Victorians who will introduce you to these sports
  • make new friends
  • connect with sporting clubs and community sporting activities that are close to where you study or live
  • visit iconic sporting grounds like the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • help make the team banner with the Essendon Cheer Squad.

A few of our 2019 Student Ambassadors went along to week one of the AFL finals series to see the Geelong Cats take on Collingwood in front of over 90,000 fans.


Melbourne’s event calendar is filled with arts, music and performance festivals for all tastes and budgets.

Check the Study Melbourne events page for free or low cost events that international students would be interested in attending.

Exhibitions and shows

Free or cheap entry is available at these fun and informative places; the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, Federation Square, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks, and the Melbourne Museum.

For a full list of world class events and attractions check the links on the Entertainment page. That's Melbourne is also lists free and paid events and things to see and do in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s outdoor attractions

When the weather is fine Melbournians love to take a picnic to one of the many outdoor parks in or outside the city. Parks are great places to enjoy nature and relax. Many of Victoria's parks have free barbeque facilities, public art and plenty of space to relax with friends or a book or laptop.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands Park and Treasury Gardens are just a few of the many parks open for the public to enjoy.

Visit the Parks Victoria website to see more about parks in Melbourne and beyond.