Melbourne - Voted 7 Times as the World's Most Liveable City.
Melbourne is truly one of the world’s great cities. In 2017 it was named the world’s most liveable city for the 7th successive year, a truly amazing achievement! But what makes Melbourne such a great city? Smart Cleaning Solutions CEO Nicholas Pastras is writing a series of articles about the unique blend of sport, dining, natural beauty and the arts, that makes Melbourne irresistible, and he and his team proud to be cleaning Melbourne’s world class facilities.
Sports Mad Melbourne!
Melbournians are sports mad, (like most Australians) and will proudly tell you that Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world!
Melbourne hosts many of the world’s greatest international sporting events, like the Australian Open - Tennis, at Rod Laver Arena, The F1 Grand Prix at Albert Park, the Wold Motor Cycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, and of course the Melbourne Cup, a horse race first held in 1861 that is one of the oldest, and richest handicapped horse race in the world. (held every year at Flemington Racecourse). Melbourne is also renowned for having some of the finest Golf Courses in the world, particularly it's famous sandbelt courses which include Huntingdale, Metropolitan and Royal Melbourne.
But Tennis, cars, motorbikes, golf and horse races are just the beginning of Melbourne’s sporting riches. Melbourne is the birthplace of Australia’s own brand of Football, Australian Rules Football (AFL), called "Aussie Rules" by the locals. Aussie Rules is the most popular sporting code in Australia, and Melbournians are crazy about it, and they have two world class stadiums in Melbourne where AFL is played, The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Docklands Stadium, a purpose-built stadium owned by the AFL, which is situated in the Docklands area in the CBD where the Yarra meets Port Phillip Bay. Both grounds are a short walk from the Melbourne CBD and easily accessed by Melbourne’s great public transport system, which is based around trains, trams and busses.
But AFL is just the beginning of professional sporting entertainment in Melbourne. Melbourne also boasts professional teams in Rugby League (The Melbourne Storm), Rugby Union (The Melbourne Rebels), Basketball (The Melbourne Tigers), netball (The Melbourne Vixens and the Collingwood Magpies), cricket (The Stars and the Renegades) and traditional football (which Australians call soccer) Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.
To allow all of these teams to compete in National sporting competitions and to host the array of international events Melbourne hosts, Melbourne boasts a huge array of world class sporting facilities including the MCG (built for the 1956 Olympic Games, it seats approximately 100,000 fans), Rod Laver Arena (Home of the Australian Tennis Open), The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Docklands Stadium, Hisense Arena, The State Netball and Hockey Centre, Flemington Racecourse (the venue for The Melbourne Cup), world class golf courses like Huntingdale and Royal Melbourne, plus the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit.
Arts and Culture in Melbourne
Sporting prowess and world class sports facilities are just the beginning of Melbourne’s boasting points. Melbourne also hosts some of the biggest arts and cultural events in the southern hemisphere. It is always buzzing with world class arts and cultural events, which are held in its plethora of theatres and galleries, including The National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, The Arts Centre, the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), the Malthouse theatre, the Melbourne Recital Centre, The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, plus a range of old, new, large and small theatres and art galleries dotted in and around the city and its famous laneways.
Melbourne’s Live Music Scene.
Melbourne also has a very vibrant live music scene, and there are plenty of local pubs that showcase original local bands as well as a strong network of good sized live music venues to host international touring bands. It also has its own Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Food & Coffee in Melbourne
To top off all this world class sport, culture and music Melbourne is also world famous for its coffee and food! Melbourne has a diverse multicultural population (a quarter of Victoria's population was born overseas, and many more are the children of second generation migrants from Europe and Asia). This broad range of ethnic influence is reflected in Melbourne’s diverse restaurants and dining experiences. From Café and cheap restaurants right through to world class fine dining, Melbourne is one of the world’s leading foodie destinations. Excellent food influenced by every great cooking tradition is easily available in Melbourne.
Some of the great foodie hotspots in Melbourne include China Town in the Melbourne CBD, which has a broad range of Asian restaurants, Lygon Street which is famous for Italian food, Sydney Road in Brunswick, which is famous for Turkish and Middle-Eastern foods, while other popular Asian food districts include Victoria street in Collingwood and Box Hill. There is also a large range of Indian food available throughout Melbourne, and in general terms, the diversity of restaurants available in suburban Melbourne is reflective of Melbourne’s diverse ethnic population. And we haven’t even mentioned the large number of beautiful parks and gardens that Melbourne has to offer, Melbourne is also known as the garden city.
If you are looking for a diverse range of activities and experiences in a safe friendly modern cosmopolitan city, Melbourne is a must visit destination and a great place to live and work.
Our next article is on The City of Monash, where you will find the national headquarters of Smart Cleaning Solutions.