The state capital of Victoria, Melbourne, is Australia’s second most populous city after Sydney. The city is world-renowned in the areas of education, entertainment, research and development and healthcare.
Famous for its gritty laneways, live music scene and obsession with sport, particularly Australia rules football, Melbourne has the fastest growing population of the Australian capital cities. The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Melbourne the world’s most liveable city since 2011.
The City of Melbourne is a local government area divided into 30 municipalities. The metropolitan area of Melbourne extends south from the Central Business District along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip through to the hinterlands of the Dandenong and Macedon Ranges, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley.
The metropolis of Melbourne is connected via an extensive public transport system, including the world’s largest tram network.
Melbourne’s climate is known for its changeability, the result of its unique location on the boundary of hot inland areas and cool southern ocean. Melbourne summers are notable for days of extreme heat.
Melbournians boast an urban lifestyle rich with cultural offerings. Melbourne is widely considered an international cultural centre with major events spanning theatre, festivals, music comedy, art, film and television. Melbourne is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest and largest public art museum.