Melbourne - host city

There is a lot to love about Australia’s ‘Garden City’, with its spectacular combination of old and new architecture, wide, elegant streetscapes and lavish parks and gardens.

Add to this, world class food, wine and coffee served in the thousands of cafes, bars and restaurants spread out across the city, a packed calendar of sporting and cultural events throughout the year and an array of shopping experiences, and you have all the ingredients for one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

As Australia’s second largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is also home to over 140 nationalities making it one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world.

Southbank, a short walk from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), is the cultural hub of Melbourne and home to many of Melbourne's major arts venues and organisations, including the Melbourne Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Ballet and Australian Ballet School, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Victorian College of the Arts, as well as the new Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company. This is an open, vibrant and easily accessible area, integrated and imaginative with a vision to connect the arts to people and people to the arts.

Other interesting places to visit in Melbourne include:
 - National Gallery of Victoria
 - Melbourne Museum
 - Federation Square
 - Heide Museum of Modern Art
 - Melbourne Zoo, recognised as one of the world's best
 - The observation deck of the Eureka Skydeck for a bird's-eye view, of Melbourne
 - The sporting precinct which includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), scene of the Melbourne 1956 Olympics and still one of the world's great stadiums, as well as Rod Laver arena (venue of the Australian Tennis Open Grand Slam)
 - Many waterfront promenades and cafes along the Yarra River or docklands precinct

Interesting facts

The City of Melbourne's city centre covers 37.6sq km and has a residential population of just over 89,000.

The entire Melbourne metropolitan area covers 7,694 sq km and has a population of around 3.9 million.

Each day, around 771,000 people use the city and Melbourne hosts over a million international visitors each year.