Venues in Melbourne

Melbourne Melbourne and its Yarra River. Its easy to feel Australia like a european city at this place.

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia. The city is situated on the Yarra River in the south- east near its mouth into Port Phillip Bay. In surveys of the magazine "The Economist", Melbourne was elected in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011 and 2012 to the most livable city in the world. The many venues in the city, the great events and cultural life are some of the reasons for that image.

• The City of Melbourne celebrates each year during the “Spring Racing Carnival” on the first Tuesday in November, the "Melbourne Cup Day", which is since 1877 throughout Victoria as a legal holiday. The Melbourne Cup is Australia's biggest horse race and takes place on the Flemington Racecourse in the North Melbourne.

• During the the summer months the "Summer -Fun-in-the- park"-program. This free, open -air jazz concerts in various parks and nocturnal viewing of the stars are held in the evening by the Victoria Astronomical Society.

• The arts district of Melbourne is located in the southeastern district of Prahran, where especially in the Chapel Street, many galeries , boutiques are located. For young people and artists there are attractive bars and restaurants.

• Australia's major sporting events take place in Melbourne. Every year in January the Tennis Grand Slam tournament Australian Open is taking place. March is the start of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Australia at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne. Melbourne is called the origin of the most popular sports in Australia - Aussie Rules (Australian Football) . The annual Grand Final held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the world. This takes place every year on Christmas for a test Cricket match against Great Britain (Boxing Day).

• In June, the Melbourne Jazz Festival takes place.

Photo: M. Lenk

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