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Luca Zappa

Ah, the Marvellous Melbourne Melting Pot! Twice ranked the "World's most livable city", you are sure to feel right at home here.  Melbourne claims to be the cultural capital of Australia and does indeed have something for everyone. There are plenty of cultural festivals, performances, galleries and museums plus the annual comedy festival.
Not only is it the third-largest Greek city in the world and the largest Italian city outside of Italy (!), there is also a vibrant mix of Chinese, Vietnamese, Jewish and Arabic-speaking commmunities which make up the more than 100 different ethnic backgrounds.

The city centre is packed with bars, cafés and shops, quaint arcades alternated with nice green parks to flee Melbourne’s hustle and bustle. There is also the Queen Victoria Market, the place to go on Sunday for a bargain, or good cheap fruit and vegetable most days of the week.

Outside the city you can try the various boroughs each with their own character instilled by the type of people who live and work there - Prahran and South Yarra with it's fashion boutiques and nightclubs or try close by St. Kilda, the scruffy underbelly of Melbourne. It has the beach, live music and the bagel belt.  Carlton has its Italian restaurants plus many other cuisines, while Fitzroy has a bohemian, free-living feel.

The tourist office offers some excellent day-trips that do not only offer you the chance to see the most interesting old buildings and museums but also a bit more of the surroundings.

When you’ve had it with the big city, make a day-trip to Philip Island (to see the penguins), the nearby Wilsons Promontory National Park, the goldfields or drive down the Great Ocean Road and let your breath be taken away by some astonishing views of the sea and its coastal rock formations.   

Or head up into the Dandenongs and the Upper Yarra Valley to see the tallest flowering plants in the world (mountain ash eucalypts) and the ancient fern gulleys. Relax by the river in one of the many cafes and eateries at Warburton and maybe get chance to hand feed the kookaburras, cockatoos and king parrots, ot toss some scraps to the ducks which cluster at the river banks.

If you want to experience all Melbourne has to offer, plan on staying somewhere between a week and a lifetime!


January 29, 2005 change by travellingmap

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