Passionately devoted to sport, and the arts, the people of Melbourne enjoy a wealth of both in a surprising number of venues - indoors and out.
Built on two waterways, the Yarra River and Port Philip Bay, Melbourne has always been both a bustling sea port and a city pre-occupied with river-bank activities. On sunny summer mornings well-dressed executives from nearby city offices breakfast in groups by the water, while cyclists and joggers follow paths hugging the rivers edge. With the city skyline as a backdrop, the scene is one of extraordinary beauty and tranquillity.
Some of Melbournes sense of fun, and individual character is evident during the Spring Racing Carnival, particularly at the running of the Melbourne Cup, when high fashion and mad hats are the order of the day. Another fine example of Melbourne at its individual best is during the Aussie Rules footy season. Played during the winter months, the Grand Final regularly attracts crowds in excess of 100,000 Melburnians, each one barracking and bawling instructions from the stands.
Melbourne has also come to be known as one of the restaurant capitals of the world. A rich multicultural population has contributed, and there is barely a cultural dish that cannot be found. A city that can play host to an international tennis match one day, and stage an outdoor concert for the Three Tenors the next, is just a taste of what is available at any one time in the worlds most livable city.