Melbourne, located on the banks of the Yarra River, is the capital of the state of Victoria in southeastern Australia. The city overlooks the huge expanse of Port Phillip Bay, a sailing and boating paradise. Its beautiful beaches provide recreation for local residents and visitors throughout the year.
Magnificent landscaped gardens and parklands make Melbourne one of the greenest cities in the world. The streets of the city center have buildings that are a blend of grand Victorian and modern architecture and house everything from outstanding galleries to opulent theatres. Hundreds of designer fashion boutiques, many shops and countless rows of sophisticated little cafés line the main thoroughfares. Over 3000 restaurants present fine cuisine accompanied by superb local wines. This friendly multicultural city is home to people from over 140 nations and hosts major cultural festivals, world famous horse races, smash hit musicals and international sporting events throughout the year.