Melbourne living – 2020

Shopping in the city of Melbourne and the vicinity

  • To find a list of small businesses delivering pantry essentials to your home – click here.

Things to keep you occupied while you’re at home

Quintessentially Melbourne


  • State Library Victoria in Melbourne has a wealth of online resources for you. You can explore their collection here. Or watch talks from creatives here. Or view their online galleries here. Or access their databases here and learning materials here.
  • Libraries in Melbourne Central and District Docklands are still open. These are the pick any book, drop any book type of libraries. So if you still feel like going out – visit those for sure.

Galleries, Museums, Music

  • National Gallery Victoria (NGV) has opened an online Channel for virtual tours, exhibitions videos, collection eBooks, interviews and lots of other resources. Find out more here.
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has free online concerts – you can find out more about the concert and view them pre-recorded “live” on their YouTube channel here.


  • Melbourne Zoo & Zoos Victoria have set up a few live stream cameras from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere. To watch the animals click here.
  • Melbourne Live cam
    See what Melbourne looks like from the top of Freshwater Place in Southbank here – this is a live broadcast running 24/7.

From other places

  • National Emergency Library – lends lots of online books for FREE and in many languages too. Find out more here.
  • Zoos worldwidethis article has links to live broadcasts from zoos around the world – come and see pandas, jellyfish, rhinoceros or some Australian animals.
  • All National Parks webcams from USA. See amazing nature in action here. Please note the time difference between Australia and USA – the views may be pitch black sometimes!
  • This article lists 12 world class museums you can visit online. More details here.

How about learning something new

from Melbourne

  • Knowledge Melbourne has launched monthly online Melbourne Conversations. This week they talked about future culture of media consumption here (Facebook account required). Next month they will be talking about Covid-19.


  • 190 universities worldwide has released over 600 FREE online courses to learn from engineering and computer science to business, social sciences and arts & design. Find out more here.