Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia after Sydney. In 2017, it had a population 4.82million, which accounts for at least 19.05% of the population in Australia. Compared to Sydney, the cost of living in Melbourne is lower. Melbourne has a lot of employment opportunities. The median price of houses and units in this city is $903,859 and $506,079 respectively. The cost of housing varies depending on the suburb and distance from CBD.
Melbourne has for the past seven years been ranked first as the most liveable city in the world according to the Economist Intelligent Unit’s Global Liveability Index. This year it was ranked second, after Vienna, with a score of 98.4. The things considered are the crime rate, military, terror and civil unrest. Melbourne’s CBD is found on the northern bank of the Yarra River. This river divides this city, with the north and west regions being occupied by mainly the working class while the south and the east have more affluent suburbs.
Melbourne is a popular tourist destination. The city itself has a lot to offer including a steam train ride, popularly known as Puffy Billy, which departs from the city centre. The steam train is a cause of excitement as transportation has become more modern today and it is a great adventure seeing where train service started from before electrified trains came to be. This ride includes views of the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Melbourne’s sky line, rolling hills and Silvan Dam. Other popular attractions are penguins, wineries, fishing expeditions, boating, wind surfing and cycling trails. Melbourne has a strong coffee culture, so for coffee lovers and those who enjoy dining out, they would not be disappointed with what Melbourne has to offer.