You'll fall in love with Melbourne - you won't be able to help yourself. The capital of Victoria has such an idyllic setting on pretty Port PhillipBay, and then there's the fact that it's such a melting pot of cultures - Greek, Chinese, Italian, Lebanese and Chinese rub shoulders and have one thing in common: their love for this beautiful city with its ornate Victorian buildings and warm, friendly personality.
What sets Melbourne apart from other Australian cities is the fact that it's not inhabited by those who were brought here on prison ships. No, Melbourne's settlers were those who came to Australia to make money in the Gold Rush during the 1850s. And when you make a choice to live somewhere, instead of being brought here against your will, it shows in the atmosphere, which is free, and happy and full of charm.
This is a relaxed, friendly city, a cosmopolitan place where good food, great music, exquisite design, fashion and music are all applauded. You'll find a wide range of arts and entertainment in the Arts Centre, which is full of art galleries and performance spaces, and also home to the Performing Arts Museum, as well as the oldest and most important art museum in Australia, called NGV International.
The heart of the city is Federation Square, lined with restaurants, bars and cafes and another great spot to relax in is Melbourne's riverside park, called Birrarung Marr, which is also home to a number of indigenous artworks. When they're not enjoying great coffee, art and culture, Melbourne residents are involved in another passion - sport. The Melbourne Sports Precinct is a great place to explore, with its National Sports Museum and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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