Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city's center is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.  

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Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.  

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Melbourne is home to 4.35 million people. It is a quintessential melting pot as the residents belong to 180 countries and speak more than 233 languages, following 116 religions. It has a huge Asian population, especially from India and Sri Lanka. The original inhabitants were the indigenous Australians, but they comprise only 0.6 % of the population. The people of Melbourne are known to be very friendly in nature and call themselves ‘Melbournians’. They take things easy and have a laid-back attitude.  

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Melbourne has long been a bustling hub for things to see and do, and that’s something that doesn’t change after the sun goes down. As the sun sets and the city lights turn on, Melbourne comes alive with various spectacles; buskers, workers knocking off, tourists exploring, and more. Visitors to the city typically tend to fill their evenings with pastimes like going out for dinner, watching a movie or – appallingly – staying in; which is a city where there’s so much going on of night is something of a travesty. Here are some interesting things to do at night in Melbourne : 1. Relaxing at the rooftop bar : 2. Enjoying a scenic dinner cruise in Southbank Promenade, Berth 5, 3. Going on an overnight safari at K Road, Werribee South.  

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The culture of Melbourne is diverse, owing to the different cultural backgrounds of its residents. It is widely known as the ‘sports and cultural capital’ of Australia. The arts, literature, dance, music, sports, and festivals reflect this diverse culture. The Moomba, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Melbourne Fringe Festival attract numerous visitors every year. With a number of art galleries, orchestras, opera productions, film festivals, and music concerts, one can never be bored in Melbourne. There are several museums dedicated to vast subjects such as science, history, sports, etc. Melbournians are known for their love for sports and the entire city joins in to cheer their teams during various sporting events, such as Australian Football League and Melbourne Cup.  

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The area of present-day Melbourne has been occupied by humans from 31,000 to 40,000 years, before the arrival of Europeans. It was inhabited by hunter-gatherers from three indigenous regional tribes- the Boonwurrung, Wurundjeri, and Wathaurong. The first European settlement was started by Colonel David Collins in October 1803. The settlement of present-day Melbourne began in 1835 when colonizers from Tasmania purchased the land from the local aboriginal tribes. In 1837, the streets of Central Melbourne were laid out. The city was named after William Lamb, 2nd Viscount of Melbourne, who was the British Prime Minister during that time. In 1851, Victoria was separated from New South Wales. Later, gold was discovered in Victoria, leading to a huge gold rush. In 1901, the colonies became an independent federation and Melbourne was named as the temporary capital of Australia. Later, the capital was shifted to Canberra. Melbourne grew rapidly following World War II, with immigration from Europe, predominantly from Greece and Italy. They were followed by Jewish immigrants and the immigrants from the South-east Asian countries, mostly from Vietnam and Cambodia.  

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Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the experience as the loot from local designers and the best of international brands. Ever-evolving shopping choices make it possible to create a different shopping spree every time you venture out, whether you're after high fashion or fine art, jewellery or accessories, homewares or stationery. The city's myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner-city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar. The city's passion for fashion is a serious matter, a fact not overlooked by international retail giants looking to establish Australian outposts, and local designers keen on getting a strong start. Here are some of the best places for shopping in Melbourne: Chadstone shopping complex This is the biggest shopping complex in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. There are around 530 stores here and the complex can accommodate up to 9300 cars in its parking lot. The market was opened for the general public during 1960. You can find stores of all categories like fashion, lifestyle, household, jewellery, pets’ accessories, sports, stationery, crafts, beauty, books etc. here. Bourke Street Mall Due to its ultra-busy nature, Bourke Street is known as Melbourne’s second street (the first one being Collins Street). Bourke Street Mall located on this street runs for 2km in length and is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. This mall is home to some of the famous restaurants, bars and cafes. During the weekends and evening hours, the mall witnesses thousands of people. There are more than 500 business units of various categories like restaurants, entertainment, fashion, household goods, beauty, speciality shops etc. in this mall. Block Arcade Excellent marble floors and a glass canopy cover add beauty to this arcade. It is not without reason that this arcade is part of the Golden Mile Heritage Walk of Melbourne. This was constructed between 1891 and 1893 and takes guests back by a hundred years purely through its antique & brilliant interiors. This arcade and Melbourne’s history are truly inseparable. You have to taste the cakes and chocolates in the shops of these arcades to know about the royal tastes & flavours. Melbourne Central A shopping mall constructed over five levels, Melbourne Central is the one-stop solution for your fashion, dining and entertainment requirements. There are over 300 retail outlets in this mall with most of them being internationally recognised brands as well. The car parking lot of this place has the capacity to accommodate 822 cars at a time. Level 3 of this complex is dedicated to clubs & bars; therefore, during the night hours, the ambience is absolutely awesome here.  

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Melbourne is a hip, dynamic metropolis, with an exciting city center, inner-city neighborhoods that are full of unique character, and lush green parks and mountain ranges where you can enjoy Australian nature at its finest. The city is known for its many laneways, its cultural diversity, excellent dining options for all budgets, and amazing street art. It’s also known for being the coffee capital of the world, and for being regularly voted as the world’s most livable city! Let us explore the best things to do in Melbourne: 1. Checking out the amazing street art. Melbourne is very well-known for its street art, is considered one of the street art capitals of the world. The city council has designated certain areas as approved for street artists, and the street art here is of exceptionally high quality and changes regularly; it’s a great way for budding street artists to get experience in the artistic side of graffiti, and having structured locations for this amazing creative outlet helps to reduce the levels of graffiti elsewhere, as well as adding a great urban vibe that tourists and locals both enjoy. There’s even a Melbourne street art tour, run by street artists, for people who’d like a deeper understanding of what they’re seeing, how it’s made and who is involved in this fascinating underground art scene. 2. Visiting Flinders Street station and Federation Square. The main entrance to Flinders Street Station is a picturesque cultural symbol of Melbourne you’ll find on many postcards or tourist brochures: this gorgeous building was opened in 1910, and it is listed on the Victorian heritage register. Inside you’ll find Australia’s busiest railway station, a small shopping area with tasty food options, and easy walking access to Southbank. Across the road, Federation Square is another Melbourne icon, with a unique and fascinating architectural design, making the Square quite unlike anything you’ve seen before. 3. Learning how things work at the Scienceworks Scienceworks houses an exciting array of hands-on science exhibits, workshops, and events. It also includes a planetarium, a lightning room, and a mini-metropolis called Nitty Gritty Super City, which demonstrates in small-scale how a city works. The planetarium hosts informative shows, and the Lightning Room offers 30-minute live shows that include a gigantic Tesla Coil that can generate over two million volts of electricity to produce 3-meter lightning bolts.  

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Melbourne has long been a bustling hub for things to see and do, and that’s something that doesn’t change after the sun goes down. As the sun sets and the city lights turn on, Melbourne comes alive with various spectacles; buskers, workers knocking off, tourists exploring, and more. Visitors to the city typically tend to fill their evenings with pastimes like going out for dinner, watching a movie or – appallingly – staying in; which is a city where there’s so much going on of night is something of a travesty. Here are some interesting things to do at night in Melbourne : 1. Relaxing at the rooftop bar : 2. Enjoying a scenic dinner cruise in Southbank Promenade, Berth 5, 3. Going on an overnight safari at K Road, Werribee South.  

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By Flight : The city is served by Melbourne Airport, which is the main airport in the area and also the second busiest airport in Australia. The three other airports are Avalon Airport, Essendon Airport, and Moorabbin Airport. The airport is connected to various cities across the world, such as Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Delhi, London, etc. and also to Australian cities such as Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, etc. Major airlines serving this airport include AirAsia X, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand and many more. Nearest Airport: Melbourne Airport is located in Tullamarine, a suburb of Melbourne. It lies 23 km (14 mi) from the main city. Safety Suggestion: The city of Melbourne experiences thunderstorms and rain during the summer season. This may lead to flights being delayed or diverted during this season. By Bus : Melbourne is well-connected to other cities in the state of Victoria and also to other states in Australia, via bus routes. Firefly Express and Greyhound buses connect it to cities in other states, such as Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, etc. Tourists from other towns and cities in Victoria, such as Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo, Seymour, and Traralgon, can reach Melbourne via V/Line buses, operated by the government. Journey Suggestion: The roads and highways that lead to Melbourne are in prime condition. The outer areas of the city are home to many animal species such as kangaroos and wombats. Hence, one should be careful while driving, in order to avoid hitting the animals. Fortunately, there are road signs indicating their presence in the areas. By Train : Southern Cross Railway Station is the major station serving the city. There are many trains that connect it to other cities in Australia, such as Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, etc. The Overland service connects it to Adelaide, whereas NSW TrainLink XPT connects it to Sydney. Several other trains connect it to cities and towns in Victoria. If you are ready to take up a long journey, you can reach Melbourne, via several passenger ships and cruise ships.  

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