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Melbourne is located in the state of Victoria and is situated next to the beautiful Yarra River. Founded in 1835 by John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, the city was named after the British minister of that time, Lord Melbourne. It’s the second largest city in Australia, with plenty of things to do and see. Melbourne is well known for its modern, multicultural, and vibrant urban centre.

The laneways that make up Melbourne’s CBD reveal hidden cafes, art and boutique shopping. These are often influenced by the large number of students attending Melbourne’s many universities, creating a fresh and eclectic hub of unique places to visit. If you want a great cup of coffee, check out Degraves St, while Howey Place is perfect for fashion and Block Arcade is filled with numerous specialty shops.

The standard of living is quite elevated in Melbourne and the city has found itself voted ‘world’s most liveable city’ seven years in a row. Based on healthcare, education and infrastructure, the city also provides a large number of attractions and activities to its inhabitants all year round. The parks and gardens in the city are also beautiful, offering a welcome breath of fresh air and oasis for relaxation in the middle of a busy city. The Queen Victoria Gardens are popular and adjacent to these, you will find the Royal Botanic Garden. This garden spans over 38 hectares and contains no less than 10,000 species of plants, so it’s a great way to spend a day out.

If you like sports, one of the landmarks you need to check out in the city is the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Melburnians love their sport with cricket and AFL being amongst the most popular. The Shrine of Remembrance is another landmark that is worth seeing in Melbourne, where you will learn more about the history of the area and can visit an exhibition of items belonging to different periods of the city. Another historical place to visit is the Melbourne Old Gaol. Criminals used to be locked in this place back in the day, with the most famous being Ned Kelly.

As mentioned previously, Melbourne is a great multicultural centre. Approximately 63% of the city’s residents were born in Australia, while the rest come from the United Kingdom, 3.4%, India, 2.7%, China, 2.3%, Italy, 1.7%, and New Zealand, 1.7%. Believe it or not, Melbourne has the largest Greek-speaking population outside of Europe. Also, the Vietnamese surname Nguyen is the second most common name you will find in Melbourne’s phone book after the surname Smith. So, Melbourne is a place where cultural diversity is at home.