Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in the whole of Australia. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, it was declared the most liveable city in the world for the sixth year running due to its high ratings in healthcare, education, entertainment, tourism, development and sport. It is referred to as Australia's 'cultural capital', being home to many of the country's oldest and largest cultural institutions including; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the UNESCO world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.
Melbourne is situated in the south-eastern area of mainland Australia. It is a diverse city, with both suburban and urban growth areas, and undulating bushlands. There are major bayside beaches surrounding the Port Phillip Bay to the south of the city. The city has a temperate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. It has a reputation for being known as a city "that can experience all four seasons in one day", a phrase well known within local popular culture and familiar to regular visitors to the city. The average daily temperature is 20.4 degrees celsius, with the warmest months being December, January and February.
Melbourne is a city that is buzzing with concerts, sporting events, exhibitions and theatres. The Big Design Market is an annual event with three huge days of Christmas shopping, that attracts tourists from all around the globe. Whether you are looking for a relaxing break taking in the natural fauna and flora, a thrill seeking holiday, or a family getaway, you will find something for everyone.
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