It’s autumn so perfect time of year. Clear sunny days, no wind and low 20’s (Celcius of course, the “real” temp scale, and while you are at it, get your mind around the metric system. The entire world is metric except for the US and Libya, maybe Burma as well).
Forget the night life. It’s like a shopping centre. You can be in a club or shopping mall anywhere in the world and it’s no different from home. Spend your time out and about.
North: head up to the Ovens Valley. Wineries, mountains, very picturesque. You can hire a bike. It’s driven in a trailer up Mt Buller and you ride down. Great fun and great views. While you are there you can try hang gliding or jumping off a cliff on a rope.
South: to the south west is the Great Ocean Road. Similar to the coast north of San Fran with winding roads on cliffs along the ocean. Great on a bike, motor or cycle. Keep going and you will get around the coast to the 12 apostles.
To the south east is Wilson’s Promontory, a national park with heaps of walks, short or overnight. You can divert to Philip Island where the moto gp is held each year. Go surfing or catch a lobster or three.
Due south of the city is the Mornington Peninsula. Great beaches, wineries down south, farmers markets etc.
West: wheat. Lots of it.
East: Mt Dandenong. A bit of swisse in the air. Views back to the city. Very pretty in autumn. Great on a bike.
North: Ballarat (old gold mining town) or Bendigo. About an hour and a bit on good roads.
Food and drink: Melbourne has the world’s best beer but only because they have the world’s best water supply. Less shit in the water means less shit put in to counter the crap. Prepare to taste coffee as good as Italy or New Zealand. That shit you drink over there is beyond comprehension. No wonder you guys charge a buck and all the refills you want. I would want to give it away as well.
In Melbourne there is a large immigrant population (well, we, like America, are all immigrants, even the aboriginals walked here from Asia) with a big Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and Chinese population so lots and lots of great food.
Go with an open mind, try everything and you will have a great time.