The city sits on a grid, albeit at a jaunty angle. The central business district is bisected by the Yarra River, with the Arts Precinct on one side and the shopping malls and laneways - home to Melbourne's infamous street art - on the other. Just to the west lies the Sports Precinct, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, itself immortalised in a song or two. Melburnians (note the lack of an 'o' in the spelling of Melburnians) take their sport very seriously, in fact. 'Aussie rules' football is the name of the game, with March to September being premiership season of the Australian Football League.
And what of the natives? Well, ask a Sydneysider and they'll tell you Melburnians are arty types with tight black jeans, abstract tattoos and bushranger beards (for gents at least). They're tram-riding, fixie bike-riding, coffee-quaffing culture critics, probably with a food blog or two, or a sideline in selling crocheted owls at one of the city's many, many arts and crafts markets. Those are all despicable stereotypes, though - just what Melbourne's come to expect from that rival city of shallow effect...
=Museums and attractions=
Luna Park, St Kilda
Opening in 2002, Federation Square initially attracted some controversy for its bold, conspicuous design but has since become a central point for Melburnians and hosts a huge range of performances and public events each year. Located on the edge of Fed Square is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. ACMI is Melbourne's home of film, boasting an impressive calendar of exhibitions, screenings and workshops. Across the street lies Flinders Street Station, perhaps the defining landmark of Melbourne, known for its impressive dome and the many clocks that hang at its entrance. Stretching for two full city blocks, the station first opened in 1909.
Right in the middle of the CBD lies the striking State Library of Victoria which first opened in 1854. Inside is a huge collection of books, newspapers, maps, manuscripts and audio and visual content while the lawn out the front is a popular resting spot.
Sitting majestically on top of the hill at the Eastern edge of the city is Melbourne's Parliament House. While the building opened to its first parliament sitting in 1856, work is said to be incomplete with constant extensions and renovations planned for the grand white, columned structure.
In the heart of Carlton, Melbourne's Italian district, is the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building; a grand centre that, since opening in 1880, has played host to countless art shows, concerts, exhibitions and more.
At the seaside suburb of St Kilda you can walk through Melbourne's most recognised giant mouth to Luna Park; a 100 year old amusement park on the busy promenade that's complete with roller coasters, carousels, a ferris wheel and the famous scenic railway.