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Overview Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. Melbourne is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the world's first feature film), Australian television, Australian rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) and Australian dance styles such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle. It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music. It is often referred to as the "cultural capital of Australia". Melbourne sustained the highest population increase and economic growth rate of any Australian capital city in the three years ended June 2004. These factors have led to population growth and further suburban expansion through the 2000s. Melbourne is often referred to as Australia's garden city for there is an abundance of parks and gardens in Melbourne. There are wide variety of common and rare plant species amid landscaped vistas, pedestrian pathways and tree-lined avenues. It is an important tourist destination with an annual 7.6 million domestic visitors and 1.88 million international visitors.
Population four million
Airport Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, is 22 km north-west of the city centre, adjacent to the industrial suburb of Tullamarine. MEL Is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne and the second busiest in Australia. Avalon Airport is situated in the Geelong outer suburb of Lara. The airport is located 55 km to the south-west of Melbourne,
Climate According to Köppen climate classification, Melbourne has a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months and can cause very strong cold fronts to form. These cold fronts can be responsible for all sorts of severe weather from gales to severe thunderstorms and hail, large temperature drops, and heavy rain.
Best Season The best time to visit Melbourne is in the autumn and spring - temperatures during these periods are usually very pleasant, without being unbearably warm and daytime highs are usually in the 20s Celsius (70s Fahrenheit).
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To avoid Melbourne is seldom unbearably cold or unbearably hot, temperature extremes when they do occur see the hotter realms of the thermometer causing more problems than the colder. But it is colder than most Australian capital cities in the winters. Snowfalls are extremely rare in the city.
Pros Melbourne has a highly diversified economy with particular strengths in finance, manufacturing, research, IT, education, logistics and transportation, conventions and tourism. Melbourne is headquarters for many of Australia's largest corporations, including five of the ten largest in the country (based on revenue), and five of the largest six in the country (based on market capitalisation as: ANZ, BHP Billiton (the world's largest mining company), the National Australia Bank, Rio Tinto and Telstra); as well as such representative bodies and think tanks as the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The city is home to Australia's largest and busiest seaport which handles more than $75 billion in trade every year. Melbourne is also an important financial centre. The city was rated 34th within the top 50 financial cities as surveyed by the MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index. Melbourne is Australia's centre of Australia's automotive industry, which includes Ford and Toyota manufacturing facilities, and the engine manufacturing facility of Holden and parts suppliers. It has the Australian automotive headquarters and design centres. It is also home to a very wide variety of other manufacturers, ranging from petrochemicals, aircraft parts and pharmaceuticals to fashion garments, paper manufacturing and food processing. It is a major international centre for biotechnology, and is the base of such companies as CSL and Biota.
Cons It has minimal and lack of public housing. Melbourne faces some significant environmental issues, many of them relating to the city's demand for infrastructure and services. Other issues are related to water usage, drought and low rainfall.
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Tips No need to worry about your accommodation as cheap Melbourne hotels, motels and serviced apartments are available at at affordable, budget rates. Book online with confidence knowing that you are getting the cheapest discount rates for your stay in Melbourne.
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