Some girls dream of becoming princesses; Melbourne dreams of becoming New York. Put her in a line-up of Australian cities, and she is instantly recognisable by her chic, edgy clothing, her irrepressible caffeine addiction and her obsession with the arts. Need further proof of Melbourne’s very own American Dream? The cabs are yellow, the thin-crust pizza is top-notch, and – unlike beach-babe sibling Sydney – the streets run in a grid.
Melbourne loves its local heroes, and has alleys named after rockers AC/DC and beloved entertainer Dame Edna Everage!
You will find alleys bursting with street art, a wide range of 20th century architecture along Collins Street’s Golden Mile and old-fashioned high-ceilinged arcades off Elizabeth Street. Also, check out the week-by-week array of foodie festivals at Fed Square, and head to the riverside by night to see the gasp-inducing shooting flames that light the area. Melbourne has plenty of tricks to keep you entertained.
Rumour has it that Melbourne’s festival, with the aboriginal name ‘Moomba’, actually translates to ‘up your bum’.
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