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The story of Melbourne began in 1835. The gold rush bought settlers into the city and by the 19th century, Melbourne already had 29,000 inhabitants. Today, the long history and cultural diversity has made Melbourne Australia’s cultural capital, well-known for its art, music, top-notch food and night life.

The old and the new overlap everywhere in Melbourne. You can gaze from the high observation deck on the Eureka Tower, check out the modern deconstructive design of the Federation Square, or meet a friend under the clocks at the beautiful classic Flinders Street railway station.

There is something in this city for everyone and we know you will love it if you move here. From those who enjoy a leisurely stroll and a latte in the lanes through to the hard-core art fanatic.

Feasts for foodies

There is no dearth of eateries, food trucks and Michelin Star restaurants in Melbourne. Besides Aussie specials, the palate to choose from is international -- visit Rumi for Lebanese food, Tulum for Turkish delights, Chin Chin for hawker style Chinese appetizers, Huton for delicious dumplings, Hawker Chan for Singaporean street food, Minamishima for Japanese sushi  and Miznon for flavours from Tel Aviv. Not to mention the large number of Greek eateries scattered around Melbourne, especially as the largest Greek population outside of Athens resides here.

Coffee drinkers will find it easy to get out of bed in Melbourne, which has been voted as coffee capital by over a thousand users on The smell of Melbourne has been described as that of roasted coffee beans. Try visiting the hole in the wall café Patricia on Little Bourke Street. For croissants with your coffee, Lune Croissanterie is the best bet.

Graffiti (and so much more) for art lovers

Melbourne takes its art seriously. Also known as the street art capital of the world, Melbourne is a kind of paradise for graffiti artists and art lovers alike. Take a Melbourne street art tour to understand graffiti lore and the secrets behind the art that covers every square inch of the bylanes here.

Aboriginal art is an important part of Australia’s formation and indigenous culture. Check out these Aboriginal art galleries to get a taste of the local art scene from thousands of years ago.

There are over 100 art galleries to explore. Don’t forget to visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art and explore Heide's green sculpture park. The National Gallery of Victoria (or NGV for short) is a must visit.- it has 73000 works of art, quite enough for even the most enthusiastic art buff. If that’s not enough for you, some more are listed here.

Take your visual experience to a different level by visiting The Australian Centre of the Moving Image where you can experience the world of Australian cinema and futuristic possibilities of virtual reality.

Writers can head out to The Wheeler Centre to explore the Australian writing scene. Melbourne has the distinction of being classified by UNESCO as the official City of Literature back in 2008.

Long walks for nature lovers

The 94-acre Royal Botanic Gardens are home to more than 8,500 plant species and draw nearly two million visitors a year. These Victorian style gardens host cinema and theatre performances, picnic areas and walking tracks.

If an afternoon in the park is not for you, try a bush walking tour through the Dandenong Ranges, a low mountain range, around 35 km east of Melbourne.

Melbourne is extremely kid friendly. There are inner-city farms, giant hedge mazes, trampoline parks, science exhibits and workshops, a planetarium and a mini-metropolis. Luna Park has the oldest continually operating rollercoaster. If the loop-de-loop is not for your child, then you can go penguin spotting at St. Kilda or spend a day at the Melbourne Zoo, the third oldest in the world and houses a platypus aquarium and elephant enclosures.

MCG for sports fans

Sports buffs should not miss the ‘G’, one of the world’s great sporting venues. This was the venue for the first test cricket match between Australia and England, and also the central stadium for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, two Cricket World Cups and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

City architecture for history buffs

Melbourne is an amalgamation of Victorian and art deco architecture. The skyline is filled with the bold lines of modernity plus well-maintained historic civic buildings like the Parliament, railway station and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The stoic Shrine of Remembrance built to honour those Victorians who served during World War I is one of Melbourne’s icons. The memorial contains over 800 war artefacts.

For those in love with the paranormal, stop at the Old Melbourne Gaol, which used to be a prison where many of Australia’s most infamous criminals were executed. The museum is still believed to be haunted.

The diversity of Melbourne is showcased at The Immigration Museum located in the Old Customs House, one of Melbourne’s most prominent public buildings.

For a taste of aviation history, visit The RAAF Museum at RAAF Williams Point Cook, Victoria. This is the official museum of the Royal Australian Air Force, which is the second oldest air force in the world.

For a different kind of history, don’t miss the Drinking History Tour. There’s history, secret places to visit, as well as a few sneaky tipples.

Shopper’s paradise for shopaholics

Melbourne is famous for its delicious produce. The open-air Queen Victoria Markets, built in Victorian style, have been open since 1878 are home to some of the tastiest produce stalls in the country.

Melbourne is a shopper’s paradise. Walk down Chapel Street and Bridge Road to indulge in your shopping fantasies and love of black clothing.

Festivals galore for entertainment seekers

Melbourne hosts a huge range of festivals featuring international and home-grown talent. If you plan to go to Melbourne during March or April, you can catch The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the third-largest international comedy festival in the world. There’s the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in June and the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. The Laneway Festival is a must-do for the modern local music scene.

Melbourne never stops-- find more festivals here.

You’ll never get bored in Melbourne

There is so much to do in Melbourne, it literally is brimming full of art, music, shopping, history and culture. It’s the heart of Australia and it’s waiting for you to explore. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today and find out how easy it is to move over the ditch.

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