Melbourne, the second largest city of Australia, located at the estuary of the Yarra River, is also known as Australia’s Garden City.
There is an abundance of greens and parks because of the mild climate. The best months to travel to Melbourne are November to March as the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere.
The city is diverse and multicultural with a number of nationalities from the United Kingdom to Croatia, Lebanon to Sri Lanka, China to Greece.
Melbourne’s economy is also diverse and composed of financial institutions, manufacturing, IT, education, logistics, transportation-hub, commerce, research establishments, conventions and tourism.
According to independent research companies, Melbourne is one the most “liveable” cities of the world.
Before the arrival of Europeans, Wurundjeri, Boonwurung, and Wathaurong peoples occupied the area for approximately 31,000 to 40,000 years.
The city was founded in 1835, and 16 years later became the capital of the state of Victoria.
The discovery of gold in 1851 in the region led to the Victorian Gold Rush and Melbourne provided the services to region’s growing population,
The Gold Rush peaked in 1880’s, and by then Melbourne had become one of the richest cities in the world.
Ornate buildings in the city centre still bear witness to the wealth accumulated during this tumultuous era.
Laid out in grid, Melbourne city is easy to navigate.
Before you go on your own to explore, you can participate in a three-hour Lanes and Arcades walking tour which includes stops for refreshments and lunch with a glass of local wine.
Victoria’s Yarra valley close to the city produces outstanding Chardonnays and Pinot noirs. There are other organized tours, but you can visit the National gallery, Coop’s Shot Tower, The State Library of Victoria, Princess Theatre, and the National Gallery of Victoria on your own.
Qantas, Australia’s national airline, flies to Melbourne from several gateways in North America.
Ettihad Airlines from Toronto via Dubai to Melbourne, crossing the Atlantic.
Air Canada flies to Frankfurt am Main, and partner Lufthansa from there to Melbourne.
Melbourne offers accommodations for every budget, from luxury, all the way to bed and breakfast.
For more information visit austrlia.com or visitmelbourne.com
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