Numerous studies say that Melbourne is regularly in the top of the world’s most desirable metropolises for living and relaxing. There are over 140 different nationalities living in this city. This city is a Bosnian pot on a global scale.
This is Australia’s second largest city with over a million inhabitants. 42% of residents were born outside Australia. The second language spoken after English is Mandarin Chinese (8.2%). Timezone is = UTC + 10. The official currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Melbourne’s oldest building is Miter Tavern at 1837 Bank Place. The hottest part of the year is between December and February. Mercury in the thermometer shows 40 ° C and above, at 19 ° C at night. In this part of the world, snow is not a common occurrence. The coldest months are June and July, with average temperatures of 14 ° C.
Melbourne is the Australian capital of culture, recreation, music, festivals and the visual arts. Street musicians, cartoonists, activists, preachers all over the city give the city a artistic touch. The downtown square is called Federation Square. There’s always something going on. The square is dominated by the buildings of the National Gallery of Victoria Australia – a must-see Aboriginal art collection, the Australian Center for the Moving Image and the National Design Center. There is an Info Center where you can get all the information you need about the city.
Next to the square is Flinders Street Station a huge building built 185. Today it is the main station from which you can head to any part of the city. The largest outdoor market in the Southern Hemisphere is located on Elisabeth Street. There used to be a cemetery there. In recent years, it’s a marketplace where you can sell or buy anything. Aborigines sell traditional handicrafts (boomerang, didgeridoo, and the like). Public transportation in the city is simple, safe and extremely functional. By purchasing a Metcard daily ticket you are entitled to an unlimited number of rides to all buses, trams and trains. Thanks to the pleasant climate, you can use the bike all year round. A free tourist bus (departs every 30 minutes) and a train (departs every 12 minutes) tour the main tourist attractions during the day. The river and road taxi services are at your disposal. In Australia, the left side of the road drives if you decide to rent a car.
The Yarra River flows through the city center. It follows beautiful promenades along the coast. On the southern shores is The Royal Botanic Gardens. The garden is made up of many small ecosystems with more than 50 thousand plants and a large number of wild animals (possum, kakadu parrots, fruit bats). You can get acquainted with the way and life of the natives of Australia (Aborigines) as part of the Aboriginal heritage tour.
When you get bored with the city crowds, you can visit the sandy beaches half an hour from the city. The best surf beaches are an hour’s drive from the city center.
Docklands is located west of downtown. Until 1960, it was a city port. Today, it is an urban masterpiece. The entire neighborhood is packed with art exhibits, bars and restaurants, as well as elite residences, entertainment and shopping centers, yacht marinas and the ultra-super-modern Telstra Dome Stadium.