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Facts About Victoria

Climate and temperatures

Victoria has a mild, temperate climate with warm to hot summers, moderate autumns, cool to cold winters and sunny springs.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website

Season Average maximum temperature
Summer 25°C
Winter 14°C
A crowd of beach lovers on a sunny day at Brighton beach A tree-lined path in the Treasury Gardens

Our people

People, culture and language Statistics Did you know?
Geographic area 227,416 square kilometres
Victoria is the smallest mainland state - about the same size as Britain. The state is geographically compact and all regions are within easy reach.
General population About 5 million people
The second largest population of any state in Australia.
More than 70 percent of Victorians live in Melbourne, the state's capital city.

Migrant population
Migrants come from over 200 countries Almost one quarter of Victoria's population was born overseas - 43.6 percent were either born overseas, or have a parent who was born overseas.
Languages spoken
English is the offical language Over 180 languages and dialects are spoken in Victoria. More than 20 percent of Victorians - and almost 30 percent of Melburnians - speak a language other than English at home
An aboriginal artist shows his craft to a young boy A cooking class sits down to share a meal An elderly Asian couple sitting on a park bench

Time zone and daylight saving

Time Applies between Compared with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

Standard time

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

First Sunday in April to first Sunday in October Victoria is 10 hours ahead (UTC +10)

Daylight saving time

Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

First Sunday in October to first Sunday in April Victoria is 11 hours ahead (UTC +11)

The White Pages telephone directory has world time zones.

For more information on daylight saving, visit Business Victoria



Migrants who have made Melbourne or regional Victoria their home talk about the lifestyle opportunities they now have - including what's great about living in Victoria, why they chose to live and work here, education opportunities and why they are glad they made the move to Victoria, Australia.