Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for a record fifth consecutive year in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index.
But the city that bested 139 other metropolises for stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, should also be considered one of the best cities in the world to visit. Here are five reasons why:
1) Arts: Melbourne offers one of the highest densities of commercial art galleries in the world, is home to the southern hemisphere’s largest museum (Museum Victoria), and houses the nation’s largest permanent collection of Australian art (The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Ian Potter Centre). The city also hosts over 3,000 live music performances every week, ranging from classical to jazz to punk rock.
2) Food and Drink: There are more than 2,000 cafes and a further 3,000 restaurants in Melbourne, with its inner-city bistros and cafes alone capable of seating 178,320 diners at any one time. On average, the Port of Melbourne handles 30 tonnes of coffee beans, enough to produce three million cups of the city’s famous coffee each day, while just outside of the city, some 850 wineries await.
3) Wildlife: There are 139 mammal species in Victoria including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, wombats, platypus and echidnas, making the state home to 30% of Australia’s native animals. And as the state comprises just 3% of Australia’s total land mass, none are too far away.
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4) Sport: Melbourne plays host to the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Australian F1 Grand Prix, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Spring Racing Carnival, the Australian Football League Grand Final and many other special events. The city is the only place in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities on its CBD’s doorstep, including the world-renowned MCG.
5) Festivals: Who doesn't love a party? Festivals abound in this town including Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival, Melbourne’s International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and of course, the Melbourne Festival, which in 2014 saw some 1,000 artists from 23 different countries participate in 15 world premieres and 21 Australian premieres at 30+ venues across the city.
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