Curtain up on one of the “most livable cities in the world”: Melbourne is located in southeast Australia and is the capital of the state of Victoria.
With around 5 million inhabitants, Melbourne is a real metropolis and offers everything your heart desires. So it’s no wonder that Melbourne has won the title of Most Liveable City, awarded by The Economist magazine, six times in a row.
Melbourne is located in Port Philipp Bay and the Yarra River runs through the city. Melbourne was founded in 1835. Many historical buildings still bear witness to its history. But modern, unusual buildings also shape the cityscape today.
Just as diverse as the city are its inhabitants, the so-called Melburnians, because Melbourne is extremely multicultural. A large group is made up of immigrants from Asia. However, the proportion of European immigrants is also quite large, in particular migrants from Great Britain, Italy and Greece. Every year, numerous tourists from all over the world flock to Australia’s second largest city.
The weather in Melbourne is very changeable. Due to the numerous weather changes within a short time, it is often said that in Melbourne you can experience four seasons in one day. The winters in Melbourne are comparatively mild and the average temperatures in summer are around 26 degrees Celsius.
Discover Melbourne: Interesting districts
Melbourne extends over an area that is almost twice the size of Berlin and has a total of 217 districts. In a little “foray” we want to introduce selected parts of the city that are particularly interesting and reflect the various facets of Melbourne.
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Central Business District (CBD)
In downtown Melbourne, tradition meets modernity. Here the Melburnians move between modern skyscrapers and historic buildings in narrow streets, the walls of which are decorated with grafittis. By the way, street art is generally a big topic in Melbourne, not just in the central business district. In addition to Berlin and New York, Melbourne is one of the world capitals for this modern art movement. Famous for this is Hosier Lane, for example, which is located directly on Federation Square.
The Federation Square near the Yarra River is dominated by a large open space and modern, very extravagant buildings. Around 2000 events take place here every year. Right next to Federation Square is Flinders Street Station, one of the city’s historic attractions. These include the Queen Vicoria Market, a historic market in the CBD that sells all kinds of food and other goods, as well as the historic tram that circles the district.
Fitzroy, Carlton, and Parkville
Unconventional, creative and trendy. These are three keywords that describe the Fitzroy district pretty well. Fitzroy is a typical hipster district and offers cafes, bars or pubs with live music, restaurants, street art, galleries, second-hand shops and festivals. The center of the district is Brunswick Street.
The centrally located Carlton district exudes Italian flair, especially on Lygon Street. Here you can indulge in dolce vita in pizzerias and cafes. In addition, the district offers two interesting urban sights with the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum.
Not surprisingly, given the name, Parkville is dominated by a large park, the Royal Park. This is where the Melbourne Zoo is located. In addition, the district is also a university location. The University of Melbourne has its main campus there.
All three districts are north of the CBD.
Southbank, a popular nightlife district, is south of the CBD, across the Yarra River. A pedestrian zone runs along the river, with various bars and street artists entertaining passers-by. The district is also home to the largest casino in Australia and numerous other leisure facilities such as cinemas and clothing stores. There is also Melbourne’s tallest building, the Eureka Tower.
A few kilometers outside the city center is the suburb of St Kilda. This is known for its long sandy beach and the pier. At the same time, the quarter exudes an alternative atmosphere and offers a number of opportunities to go out. The famous Luna Park amusement park is also located here. It was opened in 1912, making it one of the oldest amusement parks in Australia. Parrots and cockatoos live in St Kilda’s city park. Little penguins sometimes frolic on the beach in the evenings. The Formula 1 circuit is also located in St Kilda.
Leisure activities in Melbourne
The leisure offer in Melbourne is extensive and varied. For those interested in culture, the city offers many museums, galleries, theaters, live music locations and various cultural events and festivals – it is not for nothing that Melbourne is considered the cultural capital of Australia. The city is also exactly the right place for bookworms and bookworms, because Melbourne is one of the UNESCO Cities of Literature: Literature festivals and numerous bookshops are just as much a part of Melbourne as the State Library of Victoria, whose historic walls house over two million books.
Anyone who likes to enjoy a book with a cup of coffee will be spoiled for choice in Melbourne as to which of the many cafés to visit. Melbourne is famous for its café culture.
The many bars, pubs and clubs in Melbourne offer nightlife options for all tastes not only on weekends, but also during the week. In summer, life sometimes takes place on the roofs of Melbourne, with rooftop bars or restaurants and cinemas above the city.