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  • The city of Melbourne is situated

  • in the southern Australian state of Victoria.

  • Opening out like a fan from the shores of Port Phillip Bay,

  • Melbourne is home to over 4 million residents

  • and regularly features in the top rankings of 'world's most livable cities.

  • Founded on the banks of the Yarra River in

  • 1835,

  • the discovery of gold transformed this faraway settlement

  • into one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

  • Decades of prosperity created a metropolis

  • filled with grand civic buildings, cathedrals, theaters, and parks.

  • Wander down the wide avenues of Collins and Burke streets

  • for old-school architecture that'll make your eyes pop.

  • Then hop on a tram -

  • Melbourne has the most extensive streetcar network in the world.

  • No other space in the city says Melbourne

  • like Federation Square.

  • Overlooked by Flinders Street Station and St Paul's Cathedral,

  • 'Fed Square' does what Melbourne does best,

  • artfully blending the elegance of yesteryear with edgy, modern design.

  • While you're at 'Fed Square',

  • grab a ticket to one of Melbourne's hippest museums,

  • The Australian Center of the Moving Image.

  • At ACMI, discover the rich history of Aussie cinema

  • and explore the interactive possibilities of tomorrow

  • And don't forget to head underground to the Melbourne Visitor Center,

  • for the low-down on what's up, in Melbourne.  

  • Just across the Yarra is Southbank.

  • Check out the public art, shopping and dining,

  • or just hang out with locals and watch the river, slide on by.

  • While you're at Southbank,

  • ride the elevator to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower,

  • named after the famous 18th-century miners rebellion.

  • The 360 degree views from the observation deck are pure gold.

  • Closer to earth, but just as heavenly,

  • are the artworks and stained-glass ceiling

  • at the nearby National Gallery of Victoria.  

  • The city's great paintings are not confined to its galleries.

  • Melbourne rates with New York and Berlin

  • as one of the world capitals of street art.

  • Wander the inner city lane-ways

  • with street art lovers from all over the world.

  • You may even catch an artist at work.  

  • If Melbourne has a fragrance, it's the aroma of roasting coffee beans.

  • In this city, great coffee, food, and fashion are not luxuries,

  • but the essentials for daily life.

  • Spend a morning exploring the hundreds of stalls at Queen Victoria Market.

  • Sample the region's finest and freshest produce,

  • and witness first-hand just how seriously Melbournians take their food

  • Melbourne can thank its immigrants for developing

  • the city's taste buds.

  • Peek into the lives of the newcomers who helped shape Melbourne's culture

  • at the Immigration Museum

  • Then taste the cuisines they introduced to Australia

  • in famous food strips like Lygon Street and Acland Street.

  • Just a short roll from the patisseries of

  • Acland Steet is Luna Park,

  • the bayside fun-fair that's been putting a smile on Melbourne since 1912.

  • Take a ride on one of the world's oldest roller coasters,

  • but be sure to let those pastries settle first!   

  • From St Kilda, follow the boardwalk south

  • to where the true giants of Melbourne architecture await -

  • the Bathing Boxes of Brighton Beach.

  • This row of heritage listed boxes

  • is one of the most photographed spots Downunder.

  • When it comes to presentation, Melbourne has the Midas Touch,

  • whether it be in the sharp lookin' displays of The Melbourne Museum,

  • the breathtaking exhibits of the city's aquarium,

  • or just life's simpler pleasures.

  • Welcome to Melbourne,

  • where everything is done with style, passion, and a whole-lotta-cool.

The city of Melbourne is situated

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