Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria, the garden state of Australia. With over 4.5 million population, Melbourne is the second largest capital city in Australia, and has been growing faster than any other Australian capital cities. The Yarra River winds through the heart of this magnificent city. In inner suburbs of Melbourne, exquisite Victorian style buildings blend flawlessly with modern high-rises with exceptional architectural aesthetics, bringing a feel of substance and vitality to this city.
In Melbourne CBD, you can hop on a free tram that guides you around the city centre. Melbourne is the city with world’s largest tram network.
Melbourne has a good reputation for its coffee culture, and is known as the city with world’s best coffees. In the morning, you start a day with the aroma of a cup of coffee from a small coffee shop on the street.
Bourke and Collins Streets are well known for being the paradise for the shoppers. From street fashion brands such as Zara, H&M, Uniqlo to luxury international retailers including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier and Gucci, you’d better be mindful of your credit card limit.
Food is another appealing character of Melbourne for being highly diverse and creative. To help you visualise, basically you can start a day with an Australian style brunch, have a numbing and spicy lunch at an authentic Szechuan Chinese restaurant, and end up your day with Australia’s best smoked steak.
If you are an arts person, you wouldn’t miss the NGV – National Gallery of Victoria. Unveiled in the 1980’s, the venue has been renowned for its timeless architectural design and hosting world class art exhibitions. You won’t be surprised that the Melbournians queued up every day for hundreds of metres, hours and hours for the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition during April to July 2017. If you are not that of a fine arts person but still with passion for arts, find yourself in those independent art studios in Fitzroy, or Hosier Lane, the tiny laneway with Australia’s best street art.
If you are a Christian, or a fan of those grand Gothic architectures, visit the St Paul’s Cathedral opposite Federation Square. It is one of the largest Cathedrals in the Southern Hemisphere that retained it’s original characters, and unsurprisingly, it is free to visit.
Melbourne is home to a number of Australia’s best gardens, including Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, and a lot more. You might not know that Royal Botanic Gardens in Southbank is almost equal to the neighbouring Melbourne CBD, and make sure you bring your Google Maps to ensure you find your way out. Albert Park is also a must-go as it does not just have the breathtaking Albert Park Lake, but also a base hosting Formula 1.
Apart from the city centre, there are hundreds of suburbs in Melbourne’s metropolitan area with interesting characteristics, such as Box Hill, well known as being the Asian centre in Victoria, and Armadale, where you find well-loved period homes and friendly old Melbournians. These suburbs are very liveable from a variety of perspectives, including convenient public transport, great shopping facilities and abundant choices of restaurants.
Don’t be surprised when you see a number plate with the words ‘Victoria, the education state’. Melbourne is proud of its education and good schools. From highly sought after public schools such as Glen Waverley Secondary College and Balwyn High School to private schools including Fintona Girls’ Grammar in Balwyn and St Kevin’s College in one of Australia’s most prestige suburbs Toorak, you can rest assure that your children will receive high standard of education. And University of Melbourne has a long history of being the nation’s best university. You also have a wide range of choices of Monash, RMIT, Deakin, Swinbourne, La Trobe, and Victoria Universities.
The Melbournians are friendly and genuine. Don’t be scared because they wear wool coats and leather shoes more often than shorts and singlets. This city is welcoming more new immigrants than any other capital cities in Australia, and is to become the nation’s largest city as early as 2032 to hit a population of 8 million.
Welcome to Melbourne!
Address: 1221/421 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008
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