Melbourne has been awarded the title of ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ for seven consecutive years and annually welcomes world-class and annually welcomes world-class international sporting events including the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Australian Open Tennis Championships and the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.
A 24-hour city that provides endless opportunity to visitors and locals alike, Melbourne is a thriving cultural capital, home to vibrant gastronomy, fashion and arts scenes.
Melburnians are warm, welcoming and enthusiastic about their home town, enjoying a lifestyle that embraces the great outdoors, all things coffee and food, and a vibrant music and arts scene.
The city was founded in 1835 and, following the discovery of gold in central Victoria, rapidly became one of the grandest world cities of the latter 19th Century. This legacy is visible throughout the city’s grand Victorian architecture, such as Parliament and the Royal Exhibition Building.
The heart of the city lines the banks of the Yarra River, where locals come to eat and drink after work. The river is popular with exercise enthusiasts for its waterside running and cycle paths, and the city’s sporting precincts and stadiums.
Buzzing inner-city laneways offer an eclectic collection of bars and cafés, galleries and boutiques. Another signature Melbourne experience is the rooftop bar culture – there are dozens perched on top of office buildings throughout the city, with spectacular views.
Recent years have seen creative street art culture take over city centre laneways with the blessing of local councils. The result has been a vast outdoor gallery of ever-changing street art of all scales, becoming a popular tourist attraction.
Spectacular natural experiences are easily accessed, offering opportunities to experience the authentic Australian way of life and encounter native wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dolphins, whale watching, little penguins and platypus.
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Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is more than just a sports venue, it’s an icon of Australian sport – a place where history unfolds, dreams come to life and memories are made. If you ask any Victorian, they’ll be aware of the ‘G and its status as the home of sport.
Established in 1853, less than 20 years after the city of Melbourne was founded, it has been the home of AFL since 1859 and was the birthplace of Test cricket in 1877.
It was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games, regularly plays host to crowds of 100,000 people, and every Christmas welcomes masses of cricket fans for the Boxing Day Test.
The MCG has hosted everything from the ICC Cricket World Cup final and AFL Grand Finals, to World Cup soccer qualifiers, the NRL State of Origin and concerts with some of the world’s biggest music artists – it has even welcomed a Papal visit.
Nestled in Yarra Park, a pleasant 10-minute walk from the heart of the city, the MCG is a destination for locals and visitors alike.
The Junction Oval is a historic sports ground established in 1856 in St Kilda, Melbourne. The home of Victorian cricket, the Junction Oval is a first-class cricket facility, boasting unrivalled high-performance training and rehabilitation facilities for the best cricketers in Australia.
Set to host women’s matches as part of the ICC World T20, the stadium has a capacity of approximately 5,000 and hosts Sheffield Shield and other international events as part of its annual events calendar.