There are so many factors which people consider before deciding to settle down in a city. While professional growth in terms of the organizations and corporates is at the forefront of our decision, there are other points like education, healthcare, infrastructure, safety, tourist places to visit and the likes which we consider before making our decision as well.
In this context, Melbourne being voted as the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey for the fourth consecutive year is an achievement to be really proud of. In a world where terror is spreading its tentacles far and wide and policies of governments and corporates are changing frequently, the tag of the most liveable city is something which every resident of Melbourne can boast about.
So what is it about Melbourne that makes it so special?
One of the key points of the survey is the fact that Melbourne has got a perfect rating for healthcare, education and infrastructure. Do you always worry about the quality of hospitals and healthcare centers in a new city? Do you wonder whether your children will get the desired quality of education you expect for them? And finally, aren’t good quality transport systems, telecom services, energy and water sources something you expect out of any liveable city?
The governmental authorities and every governmental department seems to have worked doubly hard to provide all this and more. Add to this the tag of the most friendly city which was given to Melbourne by Conde Nast Traveller in a survey of the most friendly and unfriendly cities on the planet. The Melbournians have been described as people who are really cool to talk to and hangout with.
Melbourne has it all from sports to history to arts to shopping to nightlife.
If you are one for sports, there is the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Melbourne Park which hosts the Australian Open tennis tournament every January.
MCG is the venue for the final of the Cricket World Cup 2015. Are you already dreaming of watching Dhoni, Gayle, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal among others in action?
If history, arts and culture is your cup of tea, then Melbourne is the perfect place for you with its Shrine of Remembrance, National Gallery, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne 141, Federation Square, Melbourne Museum and Victoria Arts Center among a lot many attractions.
From taking you back to the days of the World War with memorials for fallen soldiers to traveling on a journey of some lovely artworks; from giving you a sneak peek into the beautiful architecture of the era gone by to enjoying the Orchestra and the Opera, you have it all.
For those who are into shopping, the Chapel Street in South Yarra and Chadstone offer the perfect hotspots with various boutiques, cafes and shops.
Nightlife, cafes, restaurants and bars are some of the most important aspects of Melbourne life. There are numerous rock and music venues, discos, bars and restaurants at Brunswick Street, St Kilda, Prahran, King Street and Chapel Street.
And finally, if natural beauty and sightseeing is your thing, then Melbourne offers plenty of it. There’s the Great Ocean Road which has been voted as the best road trip in the world on one side and the Dandenong Ranges with its steam train on the other.
Add to this the Eureka Skydeck (the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere), the wineries in the Yarra Valley, the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, Mornington Peninsula with its spectacular beaches and wineries, a voyage to Herring Island and the beaches in Geelong among lots more to see and admire.
If you are an animal lover, you are spoilt for choice amongst the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium and also the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
If adventure and a romantic rendezvous is your thing, then hop onto a hot air balloon with your loved one for the ride of a lifetime.
Now that’s a big list isn’t it? The City Circle Tram which is the free vintage style tram service across Melbourne helps you a great deal in navigating through the various hotspots in the city.
I have made my travel bucketlist to Melbourne and am ready to come alive in the city. What about you?
And now a question for all of you. Answer in the comments section latest by 4th Jan 2015 and the best answer wins a shopping voucher worth Rs 500.
“Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?”.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 23 for this month.