Melbourne The Capital of the State of Victoria
The City of MelbourneThe World's Most Livable City in 2011, 2012,1013, 2014
Melbourne is renowned for its parks, fickle weather, clanging trams, upside-down river, football and its cosmopolitan outlook. It is also the financial capital of Australia. About 4 million people live in the greater Melbourne area.
The people of Melbourne came from all over the world. Over 35% of the population were born overseas.
The Yarra River flows right by the city. It is sometimes called "the river that flows upside down" because of its muddy colour. The reason for this colour is because mud particles stay suspended in the water and don't settle to the bottom like in most rivers. It is a very clean river (now).
During the warmer months people like to walk along the river, visit the parks and sunbathe (ouch) along the banks.
The Moomba festival also has a lot of events on the river. I love the birdman competition where they try to see who can fly the furthest after jumping off a bridge. Its very funny.
Melbourne loves its electric trams and has the largest tram network in the world. It is the only city in Australia which still has them as part of its public transport system. We paint some of them with interesting designs and motifs. There is even a tram restaurant where you can dine while trundling past interesting sites around the city .
Trams have right of way on our roads and also make us do unusual right hand turns at city intersections.
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|The first tram ran between Box Hill and Doncaster in 1889.|
Melbourne has many public parks and gardens within walking distance of the city centre:
The Arts Centre is a short walk across Princes Bridge on St Kilda Road and is now a part of the largerSouthgate entertainment complex.
It consists of the:
- National Gallery of Victoria with its large collection of works by local and international artists
- Melbourne Concert Hall which can seat 2,600 people and has fantastic acoustics
- State Theatre home of the Australian Ballet and Opera Companies
The Art Centre's lattice work spire glows a light purple colour at night and can be seen from miles around.
The Water Wall at the museum is very popular with young children.
Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Victoria. It is located in the precincts of the Botanical Gardens. This is where the Queen of England stays when she visits Melbourne.
It is said to be the grandest house in Victoria (some say even all of Australia) It was built during the gold rush when Melbourne was flush with money and was intent on outdoing everyone else.
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Mom and Dad were invited by the Governor of Victoria to Government House to attend a piano concert in the drawing room - kewl! They got to look around. Dad says the ballroom is huge and has a special seat for the Queen (of England). Dad asked my Mum for a waltz but see was too shy.
The dinning table in the dining room can seat 44 people!
Luna Park has lots of entertainment for kids and adults alike. It is located in St Kilda not far from the city.
The Westgate Bridge is the longest bridge in Australia. It is over 2.6 kms long and soars over the Yarra River and the harbour. It offers a panoramic view of the harbour and the city.
This is a view of Melbourne taken from across the bay at Williamstown. Yes these Black Swans really do live there. (since these are not natural to Victoria they were probably imported from Western Australia at some time in the past).
History of Melbourne
Melbourne was founded in 1835 by John Batman and a group of businessmen who bought land from the local Aboriginals for some trinkets.
It was named, in 1837, after the British Prime Minister at the time: Lord Melbourne.