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VICTORIA - MELBOURNE

Set on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria. Founded in 1835 by settlers from Tasmania, the early settlement was originally known as "Bearbrass" until it was renamed Melbourne in 1837.

Often referred to as the "cultural capital" of Australia, Melbourne hosts a wide range of arts, cultural and sporting events such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is home to over 100 galleries. "The Story of the Ned Kelly Gang" made in Melbourne in 1906 is recognised as the world's first feature film.

Melbourne hosted the Olympics in 1956 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and every year is home to the Grand Slam Tennis (Australian Open), the Melbourne Cup (in Australia this is the "race that stops the nation" in November each year) and the Formula One Australian Grand Prix. As well, Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Football.

Melbourne has shared top position three times in a survey by The Economist of the World's Most Livable Cities.

Almost a quarter of Victoria's population was born overseas. This "melting pot" of cultures is reflected in the amazing array of restaurants and food available in Melbourne, as well as great coffee! Neighbourhoods such St Kilda, Fitzroy and Toorak have their own distinct mix of restaurants, shopping and style.

STUDY IN MELBOURNE AT:
• AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
• DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
• LA TROBE UNIVERSITY
• UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
• MONASH UNIVERSITY
• SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY
• VICTORIA UNIVERSITY

ABOUT MELBOURNE

  • Home to residents from 233 countries
  • Population of 4 million
  • The tram system is the fourth largest in the world with 244 kilometres and 450 trams.


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