It has been reported that Melbourne is fast becoming the most populated city in Australia. It is the coastal capital of southeastern state of Australia, Victoria. Dotted with famous bars, restaurants, plazas, and numerous tourist spots, Melbourne is a treat for anyone visiting the city for the first time.
1. Top 5 industries
Over the last decade, the population of Melbourne has grown faster than any other city in Australia. But the availability of jobs in different sectors makes it possible to keep the residents happy. Here are the top 5 industries booming in Melbourne:
• Retail, supply chain, and logistics
With the rise in online shopping, the retail, supply chain, and logistics industry is booming every passing day. Most retail companies are offering their products online. This, in turn, is boosting the logistics industry also.
• Digital technologies
This is a vast industry and involves a lot of things. From hosting websites to offering automated workplace management services, this industry still doesn’t know where to end. And this is a good thing for the growing population because of the increased number of job vacancies they create every year.
Melbourne accounts for almost 27% of the total food exports of Australia. It has Australia’s biggest food processing industry and is also responsible for delivering high-quality beverages and food for the Asia-Pacific Region. More on why Victoria is the food state of Australia here.
Both medical technologies and pharmaceutical industries have over 21,000 highly skilled people, not to mention the semi-skilled people associated with these industries. It recorded more than A$12.7 billion in 2018.
Tourism is one of the significant industries generating billions every year, and Melbourne plays a crucial part. It generates more than 210,000 jobs and contributes approximately A$21.7 billion to Australia’s economy.
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is widely popular for its multicultural population. Apart from being the second largest city, it is also the second most populated city in Australia. There are more than 4.8 million residents in Melbourne. According to the statisticians, Melbourne’s population growth is quite significant. Compared to 2017 that saw a 3.21% rise, 2018 has surpassed that mark and reached 3.73%. The city saw an increase of more than 5 million people from 2017 to 2018. Experts believe that the number will reach 4% by the end of 2019.
The citizens of Melbourne say that the city’s climate seems to be fickle-minded. You may experience four seasons in a single day. Summer in Melbourne starts from December and stays until February. The average temperature during this time varies between 14 to 25 degrees. The hottest months are January and February when the temperatures can reach over 30 degrees in the afternoon. Unless you want to get tanned, try avoiding these two months.
Autumn in Melbourne sets between March and May. The temperature comes down and varies between 10 and 20 degrees. A light wind blows through the day, making it a comfortable weather for citizens and tourists. Winter starts from June and continues until August. The temperature during this time stays between 6 to 14 degrees. The nights can be really chilly. There is hardly any rainfall during winters.
Spring starts from September and stays till November. This is also the wettest period of the year. Sometimes it can rain for 10 days straight. The temperature stays between 9 and 19 degrees. There is always a cold and windy climate during spring. If you are a tourist, try to avoid this season too. You may have to carry an umbrella whenever you go out.
4. Getting around
Melbourne offers inexpensive public transport that you can use to visit some of the popular tourist destinations. The metropolitan area has numerous transportation facilities with walking paths, roadways, and public transport available every few minutes. Melbourne is the only city that provides free tram rides to people riding within the city center. If you want to travel around Melbourne without spending a fortune, you should buy a Myki card.
Top up your Myki card with a few Australian dollars and start roaming around the city like a local. You can top up the card again from convenience stores if you run out of balance. You can also avail the City Tram Circle that runs around the entire city of Melbourne. These trams are available every 12 minutes and cover numerous tourist attraction spots, such as Docklands, Queen Victoria Market, the Harbour Esplanade, and Flinders Street.
Apart from the free tram zones, you can also take the tram service operating in the inner suburbs. It will be better to go through the details of the road by visiting the Public Transport Victoria tram network website.
5. Cultural heritage
Melbourne’s rich past provides an opportunity for everyone to see the vast cultural heritage that this city beholds. From monuments to historic buildings, there are numerous things to explore.
• St. Paul’s Cathedral
If you want to see a majestic architectural genius in Melbourne, don’t miss out on St. Paul’s Cathedral. Built in the mid 1800s, this is the epitome of architectural brilliance. Take a guide and make sure you see the Five Pointed Star, the Persian Tile, and the magnificent organ.
• Labassa Mansion
For someone who is fascinated about the history of a place, the Labassa Mansion is a must visit. It is undoubtedly one of the best mansions in the history of Australia. The ornate stained glass, mahogany timbers, and gilt embossed wallpapers make this mansion magical.
• Royal Exhibition Building
Head to the north of Melbourne and you will find this royal structure sitting by the Carlton Gardens. It is also one of the world’s oldest exhibition pavilions left. The soaring dome, expansive galleries, and restored interior will make you feel very small as you set foot in this building.
With so many things to experience, don’t waste any more time to plan your Melbourne itinerary. Don’t forget about the climate and the transportation to use when in the city.