From St Paul’s Cathedral to Eureka Tower, from the Block Arcade to Hamer Hall, from the Great Ocean Road to Albert Park Lake, Melbourne blends history seamlessly with modernism, filled with hidden gems, and offers an all-round lifestyle. For the sixth year in a row, Melbourne is crowned the world’s most liveable city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The five main categories considered in the EIU index include healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure.
Melbourne is home to a wide range of sports competitions, for example, Australia Open, AFL Grand Final, FIA Formula One World Championship, and Melbourne Cup. It also hosts various international and domestic events & festivals, including Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Coffee Expo, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Animation Festival, and Melbourne International Film Festival.
For shopping lovers, places of interest include The Block Arcade – Australia’s iconic retail precinct, Emporium Melbourne – Australia largest designer precinct, Melbourne Central, Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Village (QV Melbourne), Chapel Street, Chadstone Shopping Centre, and DFOs in various locations.
Most shopping centres and malls provide on-site dining facilities. However, if you are an avid foodie, you would love to go to Southgate, Lygon street – also known as Little Italy, Swanston street or China Town.
If there is one thing on my wish list to change Melbourne for better, it would be the weather. With a reputation of “four seasons in a day”, Melbourne has frequently changeable weather that can cause inconvenience and annoyance. If Melbourne were sunnier throughout the year, it would be a perfect place to live in.