Overview of Melbourne:
Melbourne – the proud capital of state of Victoria is recognized as second most populous city in Australia. Perched on the large natural bay of Port Phillip, this city is seen as an apt amalgamation of sport, style and culture. Melbourne is known to have seven international sister cities. Citizens of Melbourne, better known as Melburnians, swear by the sport Australian Football League, or AFL.
Confusing, unpredictable and easily changeable are adjectives that best describe the climate of Melbourne. This is a result of Melbourne’s unique location, with heavy dominance of hot inland areas on one side and the cool Southern ocean on the other.
Major population of Melbourne is staunch followers of Christianity, which has given birth to two large cathedrals in the city namely, St Patrick’s and St Paul’s. Quite a few Muslims have also made Melbourne their home. As a part of their religious beliefs, they have laid foundation of around 25 mosques and 5 Islamic schools. Out of all Polish Jews based in Australia, a major section resides in the city of Melbourne.
Three Pillars of Melbourne:
Education has been held in high regard in Melbourne. A good deal of well known and prominent educational institutions is based in Melbourne. Six out of the top twenty high schools are located in this city. The level of education in Melbourne has encouraged students from other countries to pursue their education in this city. Above all, universities in Melbourne have campuses all over Australia, while some of them have even gone a mile ahead and found bases in other countries as well.
In Melbourne, the public transportation systems are trains, trams, buses as well as taxies. However, majority of people residing in this city are heavily dependent on automobiles. Moreover, the outer suburbs of Melbourne have reported an overwhelming surge in purchase of cars.
Melbourne stands out for the magic its architectural designs have created time and again. Architectural creations in this city are essentially an alloy of modern designs coupled with tinges from the nineteenth and early twentieth century designs. Some historical buildings in Melbourne that best define the architectural impact of the city include Old Stock Exchange, Gothic Bank, St Paul’s Cathedral and of course the Flinders Street Station.
Two Sides of a Coin:
Melbourne is seen as one of the most vibrant cities in Australia. A number of cultural events and festivals are celebrated in this city including Moomba, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival. Footprints of the rich Melbourne culture is seen to touch various events and festivals that form part of the musicals, drama, comedy, music, art, literature, film and television that live in the city. This city is particularly known for its hip nightlife.
Melbourne is home to three gigantic annual international sporting events, namely, the Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Grand Prix. Two games that are both largely played and followed in this city are football and cricket.
Places to See in Melbourne:
Queen Victoria Market: A must visit place in the city of Melbourne is the good old Queen Victoria Market. This place is famous for both, food and non food items. On one hand you get to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry from this market, while on the other hand you get to explore massive clothes, shoes, jewelry and handicraft stalls.
Puffing Billy: You can have a close rendezvous with the well known and preserved steam railway by heading to the Puffing Billy Station in the Dandenong Ranges. Here, you can either enjoy the rail travel by travelling the 25 kilometer stretch sitting inside the train or you can simply occupy a seat at one of the station’s refreshment rooms and view the steam rail pass by. A ride with Puffing Billy guarantees a lifetime journey through the lush fern filled gullies and thick forests covering areas of Belgrave, Emerald Lake Park and Gembrook.
Melbourne City Circle Tram: As a visitor to the city of Melbourne-, who wishes to catch a glimpse of all the central attractions in this city, a trip on the Melbourne City Circle Tram is sure to come in handy. This tram is known to take a specific route daily that covers major attractions in the city. Travel by this tram is totally free. Let us not forget the running commentary about the must see places that you pass along the way.
Healesville Sanctuary: One visit to Healesville Sanctuary that is located in the Yarra Ranges and you will be in a position to better acquaint yourself with the wildlife in Australia. At this sanctuary, you will be introduced to around two hundred species of Australian wildlife. Don’t miss the “Meet the Keeper” sessions, where you get to interact with the people who care for these animals.
Eureka Skydeck 88: With Eureka Skydeck 88, you get to see the whole of Melbourne by touching the sky, as this platform offers a breathtaking view of the city from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing point. At this place you can find both free binoculars as well as thirty viewfinders that help locate significant landmarks in the city.
Sovereign Hill: A one of its kind experience in an outdoor museum can be tasted at Sovereign Hill. This award winning museum is located on a gold mining site, which has recreated life in the 1850’s. At this museum there is a lot to do and see.