Melbourne is a really great city that has a lot going for it. Though a sprawling city, the fact that was a planned city has assisted the livability for the people. Melbourne was the first city in Australia that truly braced a multi cultured society. Melbourne was a city that, in its early history, had few convicts; Melbournians as a result feel that early culture has given the people a social edge over their Sydney counterparts. Melbourne is often referred to as the "cultural capital of Australia. Fortunately this trait did not convert to snobbery. The downside for Melbourne is the weather. Most winter months are cool and wet (drizzle). that said a visitor will have allowed a week, as a minimum, to get the best out of this great metropolis.
Melbourne was founded in 1835 (47 years after the European settlement of Australia) by settlers from Van Diemen's Land. It was named by Governor Richard Bourke in 1837, in honour of William Lamb—the 2nd Viscount Melbourne. Melbourne was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847. In 1851, it became the capital city of the newly created colony of Victoria. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities. After the federation of Australia in 1901, it then served as the interim seat of government of the newly created nation of Australia until 1927.
The Hotels are represented with Princes Bridge Hotel, known as Young and Jacksons. The famous ‘Chloe’ is an art masterpiece that has been on display for over 100 years. A must visit.The are lots of old and classic hotels and pubs in Melbourne
Allow plenty of time to delight in this great and friendly city. Feb and March for the best weather.