Did you know Melbourne was initially thought to be named as “Batmania” after one of its founding father John Batman? Despite Melbourne being one of the prosperous and most loved cities in the world, people still don’t know much about it. From having one of the largest tram networks in the worldto being the origin of Vegemite, Melbourne is a city full of surprises. Here are some fascinating facts about Melbourne that you might want to know:
Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city every year since 2011 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Melbourne has held the first position ahead of 140 cities assessed in the survey. The annual survey ranks cities according to stability, culture, environment, education, healthcare and infrastructure. Hence Melbourne is a top pick, if you are looking for a prosperous city to move in!
If you are food lover, then Melbourne is the place for you! Melbourne has the highest number of restaurants and cafes per number of people than any other city in the world. You are never short of dining options when you are in the city. The city is blessed with several types of cuisines, thanks to its diverse population. You can feast on Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian and Japanese cuisines or sip on some fine wine at wine festivals!
Besides English, over 100 languages are spoken throughout the city, with the languages Mandarin, Greek, Hindi, Italian and Arabic amongst the most common. If you happen to walk through the city, every 3 out 10 people you meet are most likely to speak a language other than English at their homes!
The National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall is home to the largest stained glass ceiling in the world. The glass ceiling measures 51 meters long and 15 meters wide.It’s one of most artistic sights in Melbourne, where you can experiencethe beauty of colorful lights casted onto the floor!
Here’s another interesting fact for food lovers! One of top Melbourne’s restaurants is actually a tram. Tramcars converted into dining settlements, run through the inner areas of Melbourne. You can enjoy the sightseeingwhile having your favorite dishes and drinks!
Five of the seven tallest buildings in Australia are in Melbourne! The five buildings are Eureka Tower, 120 Collins Street, 101 Collins Street, Prima Pearl and Rialto Towers. The Edge at Eureka Tower is the place for you to have panoramic view of the city and to see the scenic skyline of the city!
The city’s hottest day was in 2009, when Melbourne sweltered on February 7 in 46.4 °C temperature. Melbourne’s lowest temperature on record is −2.8 °C (27.0 °F), on July 4, 1901. The city is known for its unpredictable weather and it’s possible to experience all four season with space of 24 hours!