Melbourne is Australia’s second biggest city, with a population of approximately 4.5 million.
Melbourne was officially founded in 1835 when settlers led by John Batman landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize. For at least 40,000 years before the arrival of the British, the area was the home of the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong clans, known as the Kulin people.
Melbourne stands at the apex of Port Phillip Bay, one of the world’s largest bays. The Bay plays a significant role in Melbourne’s climate (more about our unpredictable weather just below).
Waves of immigration from all corners of the globe has turned Melbourne into a richly multicultural place with a diverse range of food, arts and sporting attractions.
Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most livable city since 2011 (and among the top three since 2002) by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Things to do in Melbourne
Eureka Skydeck – The highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, Eureka Skydeck offers stunning views over the city of Melbourne and beyond.
Royal Botanic Gardens – The Melbourne Gardens are internationally renowned, free, and conveniently located on the southern bank of the Yarra River.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) – Houses an extensive collection of art and artefacts from Europe, Asia, America and Oceania.
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square – Victoria’s home of Australian art, with Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art – The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is Australia’s leading contemporary art gallery. ACCA provides an exciting, free and very Melbourne cultural experience.
Melbourne Museum – Showcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment.
National Sports Museum at the MCG – The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is an iconic Melbourne sporting venue that holds up to 100,000 people. The National Sports Museum features memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes, and highlights moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport.
Melbourne is a well known destination for serious shoppers! Take some time to wander through our famous laneways and arcades as well as visiting these larger shopping attractions: