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Adventurers John Batman and John Fawkner located an area near present day Melbourne in 1835 and decided to settle here. They purchased 240,000 hectares from the local aboriginal tribes with nothing more than foodstuffs, some knives a pair of scissors and some handkerchiefs.

Little did they know that this simple successful trade on their part would result in the establishment of a mighty metropolis with a population now nearing 4 million people, the second largest city in Australia. The early days of Melbourne were simple enough however the city flourished under Fawkners guidance. By 1840 the city had a population of 10,000 people. By 1851 they declared their independence from the NSW colonial government and established Melbourne as the capital city of Victoria.

This same year (1851) saw the discovery of gold at Bendigo and Ballarat. News spread quickly throughout Australia and the world, bringing in an additional 100,000 people to Victoria. Industries and service businesses were established and Victoria has never looked back.

Australia’s second city is a place of contradictions and hidden charms. A leafy, bay side community on the ‘upside-down’ a brown Yarra River, it is cosmopolitan, suburban, cultured, football crazy, well dressed, conservative and a haven for the avant-garde.

Visitors come to Melbourne for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife, but above all, they come for the numerous state, national and international events. The city plays host to many major events from the Australian Grand Prix, Australian Open Tennis Championship (January), The Comedy Festival (February), The International Festival that includes the Writers Festival (October), Australian Rules Football (during March to September and held around the country), Melbourne Fringe Festival, and many more.

Undoubtedly one of the most famous event in Melbourne is The Melbourne Cup, held on the first Tuesday in November each year. It is an event that stops the nation for a few minutes each year to place a bet, have a drink, wear a hat and dress up. Whatever your desire you will find it in wonderful Melbourne a city of history, character, charm and style.

Check out our wide range of listed Melbourne accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

The Victoria Tourism Information Centre
Melbourne Town Hall
Corner Little Collins and Swanson Street
Ph: 13 28 42

Maps from the City of Melbourne site, including:
• Central Melbourne map
• Boundary map
• Bike map
• Mobility map
• Self-guided walks

Melbourne Visitor Centre
Melbourne Tourism Services
Federation Square
Cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets
Ph: 03 9658 9658

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