Melbourne in a Nutshell

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria.

It is Australia’s second largest city and more than 4.5 million people live there. (2017)

Melbourne is Victoria’s business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state.

Melbourne is the closest major Australian city to Adelaide which is approximately 600 km away.

Melbourne City

The city is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip and expands into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.

Melbourne is divided by the Yarra River that flows straight through the heart of the city.

This stunningly beautiful city with its charm of a tram system, a mixture of tall modern skyscrapers and historic buildings with great architecture makes it the number one city in the world.

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According to the 2017 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey, Melbourne has held the top position as the most liveable city in the world for 7 years.

Australia can be proud of the fact that it has 3 cities in the top ten, Melbourne 1st, Adelaide 5th and Perth 7th which I think is an awesome achievement.

Location and highlights

Melbourne Map

Paved with 7500sq m of coloured  Kimberley sandstone the central piazza of Federation Square, a link between the city and Yarra River, is well worth a visit.

If you are into old buildings then the old Gothic Bank (the old ANZ Bank) cannot be missed.

From Flinders Street Station to Bourke Street Mall the laneways and arcades have shops that sell one off items that you will not find anywhere else.

If you want to see breathtaking views of Melbourne city, the bay and mountains then a trip to the top of the 92 story high Eureka tower to the Skydeck 88, is a must.

Melbourne’s Chinatown, which was established in 1854, is one of the oldest in the world.

It is also home to the world’s longest Chinese dragon at more than 100 meters in length.

Melbourne China Town

For sport fans a tour of the MCG : National Sports Museum simply cannot be missed.

A visit to the Melbourne Zoo, which is Australia’s oldest zoo, is really worthwhile.

Queen Victoria Market which is open Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday, is a hot spot for tourists and locals.

Melbourne’s beaches

Brighton Beach

Melbourne city is protected from the Bass Strait by Port Philip Bay.

Brighton beach is 15 km from the CBD by car. A great beach for swimming, surfing and fishing.

St Kilda beach is practically wave free and wonderful for all water sports which makes it a hot favourite with tourists.

Williamstown Beach, aka Willy Beach by the locals is 17 km by car from the city and offers spectacular views of the city skyline.

Sorrento Beach is on the southern point of Phillip Bay and it takes about 90 minutes from the city.

Melbourne’s Weather

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Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and cool, damp and cloudy winters.

The city is famous for its unpredictable weather and 4 seasons in one day is common.

During spring and summer strong cold fronts responsible for gales and severe thunderstorms with hail can be expected.

Melbourne’s weather is influenced because of its location being on the boundary of the cool Southern Ocean and extremely hot interior.

What do you think

Do you have any questions about living inMelbourne, then please ask them in the comments section below. Or if you live in or know this city well, please tell us what you think about it or even help by answering some of the questions people have.

I’m sure anybody thinking of moving to Melbourne will be grateful for any help you can give them.

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