Melbourne, with it's four million plus residents, ranks as one of the worlds larger cities. It also ranks very highly as one of the worlds most livable cities. It is the capital city of Victoria and Australia's second largest city, next to Sydney.
As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters. Summer is enjoyed from December to March, with sunny days and cooling nights extending through to mid to late April.
The Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) straddles the Yarra River and is situated to the north east of Port Phillip Bay - a focal point for beach goers in Summer and cyclists all year round.
Melbourne has much to offer locals and visitors alike.
Considered to be Australia's cultural capital it offers a range of arts activities, shows and events year round. The Melbourne Arts Centre is the focal point and, within easy walking distance, is The Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company and NVG Australia. A short tram trip from there is Her Majesty's, Princess and the Comedy theatres.
On Melbourne's doorstep is a sporting precinct that has few rivals in the world. It includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) with its 100,000 capacity and Rod Laver Arena that hosts the Australian Open Tennis Championship each January.
Melbourne is an easy city to navigate as it is relatively flat, so walking is easy. It has an extensive public transport network. The Melbourne tram system is the largest of its type in the world and has a free tourist line that circles the CBD and takes in most of the major city sites.
Within a few hours of Melbourne by car or train you can visit most of this outlying sites of interest like Phillip Island and its penguins, Ballarat and Sovereign Hill, Bendigo and the Gold Fields, Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles, Yarra Valley and the many wineries, to name a few.
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