Melbourne,VIC Travel Guide

by our Australia expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyAs locals will readily tell you, Melbourne was founded at the mouth of the Yarra river not by convicts but by free settlers (from an earlier settlement in Tasmania). It became an important port and then in the mid-1850’s was transformed by the Victorian gold rush – no gold in the city but great wealth from supplying prospectors. It has managed to retain Victorian elegance and charm along with modern development and has been the site of both a World Fair (1880) and Olympic Games (1956). More recently the classic TV soap ‘Neighbours’ has been an immense export along with stars Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. The Little Penguins of off-shore Phillip Island are an equally cuddly attraction while the Museum holds the preserved body of wonder racehorse Phar Lap. As with many cities, the docklands area has been greatly developed and Melbourne has a well-earned reputation for Street Art.

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Australia Facts

National Flag: Australian Flag
Language(s): English/ Aborginal native languages
Currency: Australian Dollar
Dialling Code: +61
Time Zones: Cocos Islands : GMT + 6.5
Western Australia : GMT + 8
South Australia : GMT + 9.5
Northern Territory : GMT + 9.5
New South Wales : GMT + 10
Queensland : GMT + 10
Victoria : GMT + 10
Tasmania : GMT + 10
Lord Howe Island : GMT + 10.5
Australian Capital Territory : GMT + 10
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