Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia with a population of 4.25 million. It is the capital of the state of Victoria. Coming to Melbourne is both a learning experience of its rich history and an appreciation of its beauty.

Location and History

The Melbourne City Centre is the core of the greater metropolitan area. The metropolis is situated on Port Phillip, a huge natural bay, with its centre situated on the opening of the Yarra River at the northern part of the bay. The city then stretches south from the City Centre, beside the western and eastern shorelines of Port Phillip, reaching out to the hinterland

Melbourne was founded in 1835, almost half a century after the European settlement of Australia by settlers from Launceston in Van Diemen’s Land. It’s name was given by  Sir Richard Bourke, Governor of New South Wales in 1837, in honor of the British Prime Minister at that time, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.

Melbourne was officially declared a city in1847 by Queen Victoria and later became the capital city of the newly created colony of Victoria. This city was transformed into one of the world’s wealthiest and largest cities during the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s.  Melbourne then served as the interim seat of government in the newly created nation of Australia in 1901 until 1927.

Melbourne has been ranked as the world’s most livable city in 2011 and 2012 according to ratings published by the Economist Group’s Intelligence Unit.

Tourist Attractions

The Melbourne panoramic skyline at night is so beautiful.  The arrangement of the structures highlighted by the lights is spectacular. It is like a predesigned architectural work and an artistic masterpiece. The view of the different heights of the buildings is very much unified and there is oneness in the varied colors of the lights. The blackness of the sky at night completes the whole picture.

Other attractions mostly visited by tourists are the Shrine of Remembrance, the Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Royal Exhibition Building. All are breathtaking sights, meant to wow everybody.

For some shopping spree, many souvenirs are available at the Queen Victoria Market.  You will be fascinated by its dairy hall. Such a vast variety of goods are sold in the market that they may be overwhelming to even the most experienced shoppers.

Cafes are very much everywhere. There are bars too. There is one at Brunswick Street and others in Melbourne’s famed laneways. Drinking warm coffee or hot chocolate with a loved one and gazing at the beautiful sceneries is not a bad way of spending a lazy and relaxing afternoon.

There are more than a hundred art galleries ranging from small cooperatives to big establishments.

And for those who are tired from their travels, there are spas and bathhouses like the Hepburn Spring Spa to relax the body and clear the mind.

The sunny city of Melbourne will surely leave an indelible impression to anyone who comes and experiences its natural and man-made wonders. Couples will find the city’s landscapes and gorgeous sites very romantic settings for a warm and lovely vacation.

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