Melbourne Fun Facts

By Caitlin Hornik

Melbourne is a bustling cultural hub in Victoria, Australia. With a rich history and incredible sights to see, it's no wonder people love to be there and why it's a must-visit when you travel to Australia!

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  • Melbourne was the capital of Australia from 1901-1927. The capital then shifted to Canberra, which remains the capital to this day.

  • In 1850 during the Victoria Gold Rush, Melbourne became the richest and largest city in the world.

  • In 1906, the world’s first-ever feature film was shot in Melbourne.

The City

  • Melbourne was almost named Batmania after founder John Batman.

  • Until 1966, all pubs in Melbourne had to close at 6pm.

  • Melbourne is home to the world’s fourth-largest tram system!

  • Melbourne has been voted “World’s Most Liveable City” almost every year since 2011!


  • People from Melbourne are referred to as “Melbournians.”

  • The people of Melbourne successfully campaigned for the world’s first 8-hour workday in 1856.

  • Melbourne is the only city in the world with five sporting facilities of international standard.

Food and Drink

  • Vegemite was invented, and still produced, in Melbourne.

  • Fosters Lager was produced in Melbourne (by two Americans)!

  • Melbourne generally imports 30 tons of coffee beans per day. That’s enough to make 3 million cups of coffee!

  • The top-rated restaurant in Melbourne is a tram! The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant takes passengers around the city while they dine on meals prepared by some of the best chefs in the city!

  • Melbourne has the highest ratio of cafes and restaurants to people in the world. That gives you many dining options from which to choose when you visit!

  • Some staple dishes to try on your trip to Melbourne include succulent Anzac biscuits, barramundi (fish), and a signature Aussie burger.

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