Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and Australia's second largest city. The city of Melbourne, with a population in excess of 3.5 million, is a major metropolitan city which prides itself on its sports, major events, shopping, dining, cultural diversity and excellence in arts.
One quarter of Melbourne's population was born overseas, making it one of the world's most multicultural cities. There are now people from 140 nations living harmoniously together. This broad ethnic mix has brought many benefits to the city, including a wide range of cuisine and over 2,300 exceptional restaurants, bistros and cafes.
Situated on the Yarra River and around Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne city provides the perfect meandering backdrop for galleries, museums, parks, gardens, sports and scenic venues.
The City of Melbourne hosts a variety of art, food, fashion and sporting events, including international cricket matches, the Australian F1 and Motor Grand Prix, Australian Open tennis tournament, and Australian Masters golf tournament. Melbourne is also considered to be the shopping capital of Australia and offers some of Australia's biggest shopping complexes, as well as sophisticated boutiques and a host of lively and popular markets.
Attracted by Melbourne’s lifestyle, urban landscapes and closeness to regional settings, movie and feature film productions in Victoria have recently contributed over $200 million to the economy with films such as Columbia’s ‘Ghost Rider’, Warner Bros’ ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Pacific’. Major Bollywood blockbusters have also been filmed in Melbourne: ‘Chak de India’, ‘Salaam Namaste’ and ‘Bhaag Milka Bhaag’.