Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, and Australia’s second largest city. It is positively steeped in history and culture and today stands proud as an ultra modern metropolis. It’s located on the banks of the Yarra River and following the gold rush of the mid 1800s Melbourne saw a huge economic boom and along with it, a settlement of many prospectors from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
Unlike other cities in Australia, Melbourne still maintains a highly prominent air of early European settlement (it’s commonly known for having more architectural examples from the Victorian era than any other Australian city) and nothing says this more than the seemingly endless hidden pathways, archways and unsuspecting walkways all tucked away and dotted with quaint little shops, cafes and meeting places.
With an abundance of eclectic bars, restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and home style bistros there is always something new to keep you entertained. By night, especially down on the waterfront, the atmosphere can be electric and very appealing to any passer by. Getting around the city can also be an enchanting experience. Melbourne is home to the largest tram network in the world with over 250 km of track servicing much of the inner city across its 25 differing routes. Travelling out of the city is just as easy with a comprehensive well-established rail network serving both regional cities in Victoria as well as interstate connections to Sydney and Adelaide.
Melbourne is widely regarded as an international cultural centre and is highly revered for its arts and music scene. Throughout the city and most of its suburbs you can always find pockets of excellent live music across innumerable chic music venues.
It’s hardly surprising that Melbourne has been voted the world’s most livable city now for six years in a row. After all, it’s exceedingly livable and has everything you could possibly want from living in a modern city.