When people think of Australian cities, we’re willing to bet that most people think of Sydney.
Contrary to popular belief, Sydney is not the capital of Australia. And there’s another city vying for your attention: Melbourne.
The sibling rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney is almost as old as modern Australia.
Ask any Melburnian, and they’ll rant and rave about how their city has a better restaurants, better coffee, better football teams, better events and a better music scene.
We’ve put together this list of ten interesting facts about Melbourne to set the record straight and spread the good word to our overseas visitors. (We’ll let you make up your own mind about the Melbourne vs. Sydney debate…)
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Oceans and continents might separate Melbourne from the US, UK and Canada but believe us when we tell you that the distance is worth it.
Melbourne is the undisputed reigning champ when it comes to the world’s most liveable city rankings. In fact, our fair city has now held the title for seven years in a row!
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s, Melbourne scored 97.5 out of 100 in its list which assesses the stability, education, healthcare, infrastructure, culture and environment in 140 different cities.
A common title that people give Melbourne is Australia’s Sporting Capital.
In addition to being the centre of Australia’s local sporting scene, the city is also the home of some of the biggest and most globally recognised events in the world, including:
And in the recent past, we’ve played host to international sporting major events like:
Melbourne’s international sporting prestige is so widely recognised, that in 2016 it was voted the sporting city of the decade.
So for any sports-obsessed visitors coming down to Australia, your city of choice is clear!
Did you know: at one stage, Melbourne was going to be named Batmania?
It sounds made up, right? But it in fact true!
Unfortunately though, it doesn’t actually have anything to do with Gotham’s Caped Crusader, Batman. Instead, the name was meant to pay tribute to one of city founding fathers, John Batman.
Nonetheless, it’s a fun piece of trivia and a nice conversation-starter!
Who doesn’t love a good crime thriller? Gangster movies have it all: revenge, compelling antiheroes and exciting shootouts – what’s not to love?
Here’s a fun fact for the cinephiles reading this: did you know that the world’s first full-length narrative feature film was also a crime movie filmed in Melbourne in 1906?
The silent film centred on the adventures of outlaw Ned Kelly, a historical Australian outlaw, and his gang during the late 1800s. Kelly’s iconic suit of armour is actually still viewable in the Old Melbourne Gaol.
In 2007, the film was included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
If you’re up for a unique culinary experience, then hop on The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
Where else would you find this unique and innovative dining concept than in Melbourne?
Since 1983, The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant has made use of a fleet of historical trams and has converted them to restaurants on wheels.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant rolls three times a day, 365 days a year.
If you’re keen to try this highly noteworthy Melbourne attraction and indulge in a culinary experience like no other.
Speaking of trams…
Did you know that the world’s largest tram network isn’t anywhere in Europe, but is actually right here in Melbourne?
As of May 2017, the Melbourne tramway network consists of 250kms (160 miles) of track. It is made up of 493 trams, 24 routes, and 1,763 tram stops.
In terms of sheer size, Melbourne’s system handily beats out cities such as Moscow, Berlin and Vienna. In fact, our tram network has more track than every single system in the US combined.
Visitors who want to explore the city will be pleased to hear that all trams within the city centre are 100% free now, which makes getting from place to place in the CBD is easier than ever.
Melbourne is one of the most racially and culturally diverse places in Australia.
And this is evident by the fact that more than one in four Victorians (28 per cent) reported being born overseas. Here are a couple of quick facts about Melbourne’s diversity:
Here’s another amazing fact about Melbourne…
There are plenty of job opportunities in Melbourne and in other parts of Victoria for nurses. If you have plans to come to Australia for a work holiday or if you are already in the country, register with Australian Nursing Agency today!
We specialise in connecting overseas nurses with flexible nursing positions to support themselves during their time in Australia.
The great thing about our jobs is that our nurses have the freedom to choose when and where they work!
Our connections with the best health facilities in not only Melbourne but across Victoria lets us open doors for nurses. We are always looking for nurses who are seeking temporary or permanent nursing placements across a range of health sectors including general, mental health and forensic nursing.
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