Greater Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, while the city centre is laid out in a large rectangle on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay.

One glance at a map and it's obvious that Melbourne is a planned city: a tidy, balanced grid of neatly angled streets. But beneath this lies a restless creative energy constantly pushing back at the city's seeming conservatism.

Fast Facts about Melbourne

  • The capital of Victoria, Melbourne is an exciting metropolitan city unlike any other in Australia.
  • Establised in 1835 by adventurous Tasmanian farmer, John Batman and businessman John Pascoe Fawkner, it is the only major Australian city not founded as a convict colony.
  • A person from Melbourne is referred to as a "Melbournian".
  • Melbourne is the third largest 'Greek city' in the world. It is also referred to as 'Little Italy'.
  • Melbournes Chinatown, established in 1854, is one of the oldest in the world. It is also home to the worlds longest Chinese dragon at more than 100 meters in length.
  • Melbourne was named the worlds top sports events city in 2006 after hosting the Commonwealth games.
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