A vibrant cosmopolitan city, located on the magnificent Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is the state capital and cultural heart of Victoria.
The locals’ claim that it’s 'the best city in the world to live in' may rile their rivals in Sydney but few would dispute that it is indeed a scintillating place to visit. In fact, the traditional rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney has resulted in a proud, dynamic city that strives for excellence in all things, particularly Aussie Rules footy.
Melbourne's diverse immigrant population has undoubtedly contributed to its vibrant, cosmopolitan culture. Waves of immigration from European and Asian countries have resulted in an eclectic and energetic blend of theatre, music, art, literature and food.
Renowned Australia-wide for its cuisine and coffee, Melbourne serves up a glorious feast of dining and drinking options, from breezy outdoor cafés along the Yarra River, to tiny, colourful eateries in Chinatown and fine seafood restaurants and cake shops in trendy St Kilda Beach.