On the southwest coast of Australia, Melbourne is the second biggest city in the country. With high levels of culture, great food, plenty of activities, popular sporting events and excellent weather, Melbourne has been ranked again and again on the lists that highlight the cities with the best quality of life.
A city of just over four million in population, Melbourne is growing as both a university and technology center in not only Australia, but around the world.
Though it’s a more car dependent city, Melbourne is still serviced by the Melbourne Rail Network, Melbourne Metro and the Melbourne Airport just outside the city limits.
Grab the Most of Melbourne’s Culture
To be right in the cultural heart of Melbourne head directly to Federation Square. This hot spot is always bubbling with activity, as the main meeting spot for locals and tourists alike, the square has a number of bars, cafes and shops to choose from.
Beyond drinks and dining, Federation Square is also home to many cultural festivals during the year, The Ian Potter Centre, which is a gallery dedicated to Australian art, and the Deakin Edge Amphitheatre an outdoor seating venue designed for live music and performances.
Another great way to experience local lifestyles and cultures first hand is to wander through some of Melbourne’s Laneways. Considered some of Melbourne’s best secrets, these laneways showcase hidden streets and alleys teeming with everything from secret bars to fantastic boutiques and cafes. Exploring these are a perfect way to get to know Melbourne.
Learn a Bit of History
Melbourne also has a very interesting history that dates back in time to the discovery of Australia by Captain James Cook in the early 1700s. The city celebrated Cook by building a replica of Cook’s Cottage. Here visitors can learn about Cook, his voyages and the founding of Australia through the ages.
For a closer look at history through the ages, consider having dinner at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Serving meals on a tram as it moves through all of the best Melbourne attractions, visitors can be transported back in time to the earlier 20th century while having a delicious multi course meal.