Melbourne, one of the most beautiful city’s in the world. I have
traveled through the USA, Canada & the Bahamas, and still, I find
Melbourne is the greatest.
In 1981 I was born in a New South Wales mid-coast town of Port
Macquarie. I lived there until I was the age of four, and that’s when
we made the move to Victoria.
I grew up in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne, not far from the actual city.
Most of my family lived there, and was the main cause for the move.
I went to school and met lots of friends. Nearly every night my
friends and I would get together and go to the local car park and
roller-blade for a few hours before going to 7-11 for a Slurpee.
I look back at those days, and see how Melbourne was in the 80’s
and early 90’s. Old buildings and great friendly people. Still, Melbourne
has all of this, as well as new developments, such as new
multi-million dollar entertainment complex’s. Over the past 5 years,
Melbourne have brought us the all new Exhibition Building and of
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course, the Crown Casino. This was a great move for the Kennett
government, as it proved to be successful with the un-employment
problem. It didn’t stop the problem, but it sure did help it. The casino
complex is not only for gambling, it is also a great place for
teenager’s to go the movies or even the special area for arcade
games, sort of a side show alley. Crown also contains 2 nightclubs
and is host to many international bands.
In 1997, the decision was made to start construction of the
Docklands stadium, for football and cricket, much bigger then the
MCG. Construction is underway and it should be complete in the year
As well as all these new constructions, Melbourne is home to a lot of
well known events. The Ford Australian Tennis Open, is one of the
biggest with thousands of international visitors annually. Biggest of
them all, has got to be the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. It was
only a few years ago that Melbourne got this wonderful event, as it
used to be held in the streets of Adelaide. It is now located along the
banks of Albert Park Lake. Moomba is an event which every Victorian,
cant wait for. Its an annual event, held at the same time as the
Grand Prix, and has been biggest festival since around the early 60’s.
Melbourne comes alive, with the sound and vision of Fireworks, and
laser light shows, as well as the international Moomba Masters Water
Melbourne is a very diverse area in cultural aspects. Different areas
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are dominated by different cultures. If you feel like a trip to China,
well China Town in Little Bourke St, in the city, or Richmond, is a
place to go to get the feel of that culture. The Italian dominated
area would be Lygon St in Carlton, with extremely good restaurants
and great hospitality.
A approval, recently was given to Grollo (a building company), to
build the worlds tallest Building in the heart of Melbourne. This
building, “The Grollo Towers” will be 560 meters high with 113 levels,
which will take 70 seconds to reach the top in an elevator. The tower
will provide views up to as far as 90kms on a clear day. It will also
have a 110m light beacon on the top shooting skyward. This building
would be 110 meters taller then the current tallest building, which is
the “Petronas Towers” in Kuala Lumpur. I personally think this will be
a great thing for Melbourne in the future, for tourism.
From all of the above, Melbourne is the best city in the world in my
eyes, and is developing more and more every single day, to become a