November 2017


Multicultural Melbourne: The World’s Most Liveable City
November 2017




Melbourne skyline and the Yarra River

Australia's south-eastern city of Melbourne has the top spot in the list of the world's most liveable cities. The capital of the State of Victoria is cosmopolitan providing a diverse experience in terms of lifestyle, retail, cuisine and art.


Words: Sanjiva Wijesinha


Sporting Capital of Australia

Australians are very keen on their sport - in terms of playing as well as watching it. A visit to the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground - usually referred to by its acronym ‘The MCG' or even simply as "The G"- is a must for any cricket fan who decides to pay a visit to this city.


If you are planning to visit at the beginning of the Australian summer in December, try to witness one of Melbourne's important traditions - the Boxing Day Test Match - which has nothing to do with Boxing! The name comes from the fact that the day after Christmas is known in Australia as "Boxing Day", because this was traditionally the day people put the leftovers of their Christmas meals into boxes to be distributed to the poor. Boxing Day here is a public holiday, and every year in Melbourne the Australian national cricket team plays a Test match against a visiting team, commencing on the day after Christmas and going on for five days. This year's Boxing Day Test will be played against Australia's cricketing arch-rival England as part of the
Ashes Series.


Make it a point to visit the National Sports Museum located at the MCG - home to Australia's finest collection
of sporting memorabilia.


If tennis is your passion and for a great atmosphere, visit Melbourne in January when the Australian Open tennis grand slam tournament starts. Sit in the company of enthusiastic Aussies at the Rod Laver or Hisense arena to watch the greats in action.


Shopping and Sights in the City Centre

Melbourne's city centre is easy to explore on foot. It is built on a grid plan with all major roads in the central business district being either north-south or east-west. If you like shopping, try the big department stores. The Melbourne Museum on Nicholson Street has some magnificent exhibits, including a section devoted to the indigenous Aboriginal people. Next to the main museum is the magnificent Royal Exhibition Building - Australia's first building to be granted UNESCO World Heritage status.


If instead of strolling through the city centre you want to sit back and have a look at the city sights, hop on to one of the City Circle trams and enjoy a grandstand tour of the heart of the city. Another great idea is to take a boat ride on the Yarra River that flows through the city.


Melbourne also offers some beautiful beaches such as the St Kilda's beach - great for water sports - or the relaxing Mornington Beach.

Day Trips from Melbourne

Phillip Island - scene of the Evening Penguin Parade, when hundreds of tiny penguins come out of the ocean at the end of the day and waddle up the beach to their nests on the island.

Healesville Sanctuary, a nature reserve with koalas, cockatoos, kangaroos and other strange antipodean creatures in their natural habitat.

The old city of Ballarat, famous for its role in Victoria's gold rush.

A drive along the Great Ocean Road extending along the southern coast from Melbourne to Adelaide, which provides mesmerising views including the peculiar rock formations that have intriguingly been called the Twelve Apostles.


Truly Cosmopolitan
This is a city with a huge migrant population. Sri Lankans as well as citizens from Greece, Italy, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and a host of other countries call Melbourne home. Interestingly, it is said that there are more Sri Lankans living in Melbourne than in any other city in the world - with the exception of Colombo! Chinatown Melbourne dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s. The annual Chinese New Year celebrations are as colourful and as noisy as in any mainland Chinese city!


There are also a host of music, art, dance and agricultural festivals in Melbourne all year around such as the Royal Melbourne Show.


Wine and Dine

This multicultural population ensures Melbourne has a variety of multi-cuisine restaurants serving all types of delicious food. From fine dining to bistros, you have a great choice.


If good wine appeals to you, just an hour's drive from the city centre are famous wine growing areas such as the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Nagambie Lakes.


Here one can sample some of the best wines in the world, but also relish a delicious meal in a winery restaurant.


Melbourne is not only a liveable city, but also a very visitable city - and certainly has plenty in it for everyone to see, experience and enjoy.

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    Iconic Flinders Street Station

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    The popular Melbourne Cricket Ground (The MCG)

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    Façade of the Royal Exhibition Building

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    The nobbies, seal rocks in Phillip Island offers spectacular coastal views

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    A waddle of baby penguins at Philip Island

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    Wild koalas on tree top

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    Twelve Apostles, rising from the ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline

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    Colourful bathing boxes at Mornington Beach

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    Take part in the iconic Royal Melbourne Show

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    Yellow leafed fines at Vineyard, Yarra Valley

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