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Melbourne is an arty powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed "Paris of the southern hemisphere," Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sport events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high rising city centre and far stretching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria—"the place to be"—but daytrips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.
Melbourne is the second-largest city in Australia and is known to be Australia’s most cultured city—although some Sydney-siders would contest this. The city’s main features are museums, galleries and theatres, large green areas, and the Yarra River flowing across the urban centre.
Melbourne has seen wave after wave of immigrants, with Italians, Greeks, Chinese and Vietnamese all adding ingredients to the cultural and culinary mix. And there’s the sports-mad, of course. Each year, Melbourne lays host to some of the world’s (more...) major international sports events such as the Australian Open in tennis, and Formula 1 racing.
The city developed during the height of the Victorian gold rush in the late 1800s, which is shown in the Victorian-era architecture in some neighbourhoods. However, developments over the years have also left their mark, recently with the new and modern Federation Square complex, and the Docklands re-development. But, probably, the most famous characteristic of Melbourne is the television series ‘Neighbours’ recorded here and broadcasted across the world for more than 20 years.
If you fancy a trip out of the city, Melbourne is also a great base for 1-2 day tours to, for example, the Grampians National Park, the Great Ocean Road with the Twelve Apostles, local wineries, or to observe the masses of penguins on Phillip Island coming home from the day at sea. Enjoy your stay in what many claim is the hippest city in the southern hemisphere.