Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria; with a population of more than four million people it is also the second most populated city in Australia.
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Melbourne's industry has many facets, with the city's economy based on many things including finance, manufacturing, research and IT. Melbourne is the location of many of Australia's largest companies; with the city being the industrial centre of Australia many makes of car are manufactured here including Ford and Toyota.
The main mode of transport in Melbourne is the car as there is an extensive network of roads and freeways. The city also has plenty of options for public transport system, with visitors able to make use of trams, buses and taxis. Melbourne has four airports, its main one being Melbourne Airport which carries out both international and domestic flights.
Melbourne is home to several festivals which happen throughout the year. In December there is the Stereosonic Music festival which runs for two days; with all genres of live music being played it is not to be missed. If you are in Melbourne in February then you are just in time for the Melbourne Summer Boat Show with its many displays, boat licence course and a huge fish tank on wheels driving around the city! Each year in June there is the Good Food and Wine Show that showcases some of the best local produce.
The most popular sports are football and cricket in Melbourne and the surrounding area. Other favourites are rugby, basketball, ice hockey and baseball. The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium hosts local rugby and football teams like the Melbourne Rebels and the Melbourne Victory; the latter of whom is the most popular and successful football team in the whole country. Bands like the Foo Fighters have also played at the Rectangular Stadium.
Melbourne has a wide variety of activities and attractions to offer tourists. Some of the most popular attractions in the city are the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Melbourne Museum where you can find out all about the city. If you are on a family holiday then be sure to spend a day at Melbourne Zoo which has in excess of 320 different species of animals for you to discover. The Melbourne Aquarium is home to over 10,000 aquatic animals including crocodiles.
Last updated: 2 February 2014