At the mouth of the mighty Yarra River, leaning into the headwinds blowing off Port Philip bay is Melbourne, Australia’s southern ‘Garden City’. Lounging along the sparkling blue bay, Melbourne’s contemporary and modern skyline gives way to a dignified metropolis that reclines east and south, petering out into idyllic suburbs and lush green bush land.
In 2012, for the second time running, the Economist Intelligence Unit dubbed Melbourne the world’s most liveable city. Ranking among RMIT’s top ten university cities, Melbourne is home to several world-class universities including Melbourne University, Monash, La Trobe, and Melbourne Business School, to name a few. The city is also Australia’s cultural hub; it is the birthplace of the Australian film, television, Aussie Rules football, and the Heidelberg (impressionist) school of art movement.
An original boomtown, Melbourne’s wealth was amassed during the Victorian gold rush throughout the 1800’s. By 1880, Melbourne was the wealthiest city in the world; the city’s period architecture, grand boulevards, and expansive parks and gardens are testimony to this.
Melbourne’s many neighborhoods each have a distinct flavor, making it an incredibly easy city to relocate to. Whether you opt for the inner suburbs of chic Fitroy and Toorak, hip St Kilda, the peaceful suburbs of Glen Waverly, or more rural Warrandyte, there is a place to suit every taste and budget.
As a center for culture, Melbourne prides itself on its eclectic, international culinary scene and contemporary cultural calendar. The city’s liberal attitude has enabled street artists to flourish, while its local music scene churns out internationally acclaimed household names.
Its excellent train, bus and inner city streetcar network make public transport a viable option. Indeed, the city has adopted a zero net emissions by 2020 policy, which promises to further enhance Melbourne’s highly agreeable city environment.
Here, (unlike the rest of Australia) you will experience four distinctive seasons, with mild (yet very wet) winters and gratifyingly hot summers. Whether you fancy surfing at Sorrento, yachting on the bay, abalone diving, hitting a six on the cricket pitch, fishing in the Yarra, skateboarding at the city’s celebrated Fitzroy Bowl, taking in a show, or dining out with friends, magnificent Melbourne exceeds every expectation.