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Old April 10th, 2010, 09:49 AM   #1
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Melbourne - The Australian Dream

Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne (pronounced "Mel-buhn") is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and also the second most populous city in Australia with 4,000,000 residents. The metropolis of Melbourne is located on a large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River (at the northern-most point of the bay).

Melbourne was founded in 1835 (47 years after the European settlement of Australia) by settlers from Van Diemen's Land (now known as Tasmania). The early settlement was originally known as "Bearbrass" though was later renamed "Melbourne" in 1837, in honour of William Lamb—the 2nd Viscount Melbourne. Melbourne was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847 and in 1851, it became the capital city of the newly created colony of Victoria. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, Melbourne became one of the largest and wealthiest cities, and second only to London. By the time the 1880's came around, Melbourne was known as the richest city in the world. The city of Melbourne has a history of tall buildings, which included many of the world's first skyscrapers in the 1890s. After the federation of Australia in 1901, Melbourne served as the interim seat of government of the newly created nation of Australia until 1927.

Today, it is a centre for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sport and tourism. It is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the feature film), Australian television, Australian rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) and Australian dance styles (such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle). It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music. It is often referred to as the "cultural capital of Australia".

Melbourne is classified as a Beta World City+ by Loughborough University's GaWC Research Network, and as a City of Literature by UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. It has been ranked as one of the top three World's Most Livable Cities by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit (since 2002), top 10 Global University Cities by RMIT's Global University Cities Index (since 2006) and top 20 Global Innovation Cities by the 2thinknow® Global Innovation Agency (since 2007). The metropolis is also home to the world's largest tram network.
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Old April 10th, 2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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Old Melbourne Town
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Old April 10th, 2010, 04:31 PM   #5
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Old April 10th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #6
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Melbourne Chinatown
The oldest continuous Chinatown outside of Asia

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Old April 10th, 2010, 04:42 PM   #7
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Old April 10th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #9
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Australia = heaven. Melbourne is amazing, even under the water!!!

Please, more pics!!!
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Old April 11th, 2010, 02:56 AM   #12
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Wowwww!!!

I love this city, very beautiful!

I want to visit, one of the prettiest cities in the world for sure!
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I love too..........
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Old April 11th, 2010, 03:54 AM   #14
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awesome city, marvellous Melbourne
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Old April 11th, 2010, 04:02 AM   #15
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What an amazing city! I feel so lucky to know it in person, i hope i can go back soon, people in Melbourne are also so kind and welcoming! I love australia
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What a lovely city. I want to go there someday.


Btw, @ the guy swimming in the flood. WTF is he thinking??
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Not my favorite city in Down Under, but those pics are really cool. Melbourne has a very good style, mixing new and british old school architecture. The Trams looks awesome and makes the city even more beautiful.
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Those photos about Melbourne are really good, awesome
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