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The capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, has been ranked “the world’s most livable city” by Economist Intelligence Unit, and for good reason.
Education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism, shopping, art and sports are all at your fingertips.
Melbourne is an international cultural centre, with cultural endeavours spanning major events and festivals, drama, musicals, comedy, music, art, architecture, literature, film and television. Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian TV, film and contemporary dance. If you love festivals, check out the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
For the younger set, clubs and lounges are extremely popular, and Melbourne boasts Australia’s largest concentration of live music venues, where local and international bands cover everything from grunge rock and techno, to jazz, blues and avante-garde performance. See a Hollywood blockbuster, catch a cabaret or comedy show starring local and international talent, or visit Crown Entertainment Complex – home to Australia’s largest casino, cinemas, discos and designer stores.
From pubs to hotspots, Asian cuisines and the finest molecular gastronomy to country hotels, scenic wineries and rustic craft breweries, Melbourne has a love affair with food and wine. With new restaurants, bars and cafes popping up every week, the only trouble you’ll have is choosing where to go and who to take with you.
In Melbourne you can find everything from Americana meatballs, Spanish tapas and Chinatown dumplings to hidden coffee dens, rooftop bars and classic Italian trattorias. Chat with locals over beers and a steak at an inner city pub, settle in for an indulgent eight course degustation menu, or choose a direction and hit the road for a weekend of wine, cheese and craft beers in regional Victoria.
Local produce takes center stage, with a concentration on fruits, vegetables, cheese, ice cream and fresh seafood.
The city of Melbourne has more than enough to do, but if you want to explore other parts of Australia, hit the road of find one of many flights at the Tullamarine Airport, the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne, and the second busiest airport in Australia. Click here for parking at melbourne airport.