HISTORY & FOUNDATION
Featured as the world’s most liveable city for the sixth time, the city of Melbourne couldn’t be happier. It just adds to the city’s motto, Vires acquirit eundo which means “she gathers strength as she goes.” Located in the southern Australian state of Victoria, the Melbourne city opens out like a fan from the shores of Port Phillip Bay, making it a home to over 4 million residents.
COLONIZATION OF MELBOURNE
The city was founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen’s Land on the banks of Yarra river in 1835. Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria and the second most populous city of Australia (the first being Sydney). The discovery of gold transformed this faraway settlement into one of the finest and wealthiest cities in the world. The area around Port Phillip and the Yarra Valley, on which the city of Melbourne now stands, was the home of the Kulin people, an alliance of several language groups of Indigenous Australians, whose ancestors had lived in the area for an estimated 31,000 to 40,000 years.
ARTS, THEATRE AND CULTURE
Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you’ll discover a city buzzing with dynamic arts and culture. Head to the Southbank precinct – where the The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria form Melbourne’s beating cultural heart. While other places may strain for attention, Melbourne merely shrugs and orders another espresso in one of its myriad effortlessly-hip lounges. Melbourne has gained a reputation as “cultural and sporting capital” of Australia.
Just across the Yarra is South Bank. Check out the public art, shopping and dining or just hang out with locals and watch the river slide on by. While you’re at South Bank, ride the elevator to the 88th floor of the Eureka tower, named after the famous 18th century miners rebellion. The 360 degree views from the observation deck are pure gold. Closer to work, but just as heavenly, are the artworks and stained-glass ceiling at the nearby National Gallery of Victoria.The city’s great paintings are not confined to its galleries, Melbourne rates with New York and Berlin has one of the world capitals of street heart. Wander into the inner city lanes you will see art lovers from all over the world and you may even catch an artist at work.
If Melbourne has a fragrance it is the aroma of roasting coffee beans. In this city great coffee, food and fashion are not luxuries but the essentials for daily life.
From St Kilda, follow the boardwalk south to where the true giants of Melbourne architecturea wait – the Bathing Boxes of Brighton Beach. This row of heritage listed boxes is one of the most photographed spots downunder. When it comes to presentation, Melbourne has the Midas Touch, whether it be in the sharp looking displays of The Melbourne Museum, the breath-taking exhibits of the city’s aquarium, or just life’s simpler pleasures. Welcome to Melbourne, where everything is done with style and passion.
From Vaastu perspective, the city is divided into four zones. North East direction, the pride of any country, houses mainly state library, royal exhibition buildings, the Parliament House and Melbourne museums. The most energy driven direction, South East hosts stadiums for Rugby, Football, and Cricket. Melbourne Park, banks, aquariums, and government buildings also make this zone of the city. South West deals with all the ports and commercial activities like the World Trade Center. All the trade happens on the south side; that’s why South Bombay in India is more popular than the rest of the city. South direction is more powerful and dictates prosperity to any city. North West is Queen Victoria Market, Airport, and Melbourne Zoo. It is perfect for people who come for holidays. Melbourne is one of the finest tourist attractions of the world.
Decades of prosperity created a metropolis filled with grand civic building, cathedrals, theatres and Parks. Wander down the wide avenues of Collins and Bourke street for old-school architecture that will make your eyes pop, then hop on a tram. The city has the most extensive streetcar network in the world. No other space in the city says Melbourne like Federation Square. Overlooked by Flinders Street Station and Paul’s Cathedral, Fed square does what Melbourne does best, partially blending the elegance of yesteryear with edgy modern design. While you are at Fed square, grab a ticket to one of the hippest museums, the Australian Centre of the moving image. At ACMI discover the rich history of Ozzy cinema and explore the interactive possibilities of tomorrow and don’t forget to head underground to the Melbourne visitor center for the lowdown on what’s up in Melbourne.
Spend a morning exploring the hundreds of stalls at Queen Victoria Market. Sample the region’s finest and freshest produce, and witness first-hand just how seriously Melbournians take their food.
Melbourne can thank its immigrants for developing the city’s taste buds. Peek into the lives of the newcomers who helped shape Melbourne’s culture at the Immigration Museum. Then taste the cuisines they introduced to Australian famous food strips like Lygon Street and Acland Street.
Just a short roll from the patisseries of Acland Street is Luna Park, the bayside fun-fair that’s been putting asmile on Melbourne since 1912. Take a ride on one of the world’s oldest rollercoasters, but be sure to let those pastries settle first!
Melbourne is one of the oldest cities in the world. The entire city is in the form of a grid layout. Melbourne has a lot of migrant population. Educationists who want to settle down in life will choose this city for their place to live. It is a very well balanced city in terms of traffic, entertainment, public places and traffic congestion. The roads are very wide and accommodating; add that to the traffic sense among the city dwellers and the result is a No-Traffic-Jam city.
It is a perfectly planned city and that’s why it retains the number one position of world’s most liveable city. No architect can design a city overnight and no township can be made in a decade. Developing a city takes at least 25 years. So, one should have a blueprint of the planning process and the architects working on the city should have a robust plan with guidelines.
Cities like Melbourne, New York, Chicago, and London should be studied thoroughly and things should be put in place for the public benefits by allocating zones. The beauty of the city of Melbourne is mesmeric and spell binding.