Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, with a population fast approaching 4 millions residents. As the capital city of the State of Victoria, it is the centre of commerce and culture. It lies in Port Phillip Bay, which is a pivotal point for its economy and trade.
As the cultural and sporting hub for the region, the city hosts such international events as the Formula 1 Grand Prix, The Australian Open Tennis Cup, the AFL Grand Finals as well as many other International sporting matches like the Bledisloe Cup, PGA Golf and AFL Soccer. Mostly though, the Melburnian's, as they are known, are crazy about their AFL. With Victoria being the home state of Australian Rules Football, most of the suburbs around the city are represented in the league.
Melbourne is also a great place for food. With a large part of the population directly descendent from Europe, namely Greece and Italy, as well as more recently, from Asia, then the selection of cuisine on offer is endless and the city has produced some of the best restaurant in the country. The popular areas of Chapel Street and Lygon Street are lined with cafe's, bars and great dining and in recent years the inner city South Bank has also become to be known for its wide choice of fine restaurants.
Queensland - the Sunshine State.
New South Wales - the First State.
Victoria - the Garden State.
Tasmania - the Apple Isle.
South Australia - the Festival State.
Western Australia - the Real Thing.
Northern Territory - Outback Australia.