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!
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.
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!