Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne is the flag bearer of Australian culture. Although Sydney might debate this with its quota of museums and up and coming events. Melbourne, founded on the 19th century glimmer of gold and the rush to get a stake in the newly opened goldfields is a vibrant multicultural city with the Yarra River as its soul. Beguiling, seductive Melbourne wins the heart with narrow alleyways, sheer sandstone architectural splendor next to funky modern, intimate cafe bustle with coffee aroma tantalizing the senses. Languages are folded into one another in bustling markets and Melbourne charm is an added extra.
Melbourne does not overwhelm the visitor even though it is actually a large city with a population near 5 million. Australians from the country towns, Western Australia, South Australia and the Territories Melbourne is quintessentially Australia, a place to call home. Take the State Library it has a great story about Ned Kelly, bushranger extraordire. What more could you ask for.
For overseas visitors Melbourne has a familiar big city vibe yet still breathes an undeniable identity, Australia.
A favoured city and a favourite Melbourne is a must do destination.