Melbourne has been voted “the world’s most liveable city” for seven years running, and it’s easy to see why once you’ve had a chance to experience her charm.
Australia’s second-biggest city with a population of nearly 4.4 million, the city hosted The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2017, proving its residents are as passionate about their cuisine and daring dining scene as they are about their sports – the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Melbourne-born Aussie Rules football grand final are both celebrated with public holidays.
While the city’s wide-open spaces, beautiful parklands and bayside beaches promote an active and outdoor lifestyle in the warmer months, the cooler weather is credited for a thriving arts and cultural scene played out in galleries, museums, theatres and art spaces. A tradition of eclectic village-style shopping strips and a hip inner-city grid of esoteric graffiti-covered laneways means the city’s artisan stores, hip boutiques and one-off bookstores have a loyal following among locals and tourists alike.
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