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acking Sydney’s spectacular har-
bour, Australia’s second city has
had to strive harder to establish
itself as a destination. Less brash
or trivial than sybaritic Sydneysiders, Mel-
bourne residents pride themselves on their
work ethic, peaceable multicultural identity
and ability to appreciate the sensory arts.
Melbourne, the capital of the state of Vic-
toria, was founded in the 1830s and its oldest
sur viving complete building dates only from
1849. However, the city boasts a wealth of
beautiful late Victorian-era architecture in its
city fringes and inner suburbs.
The 19th century gold rush and the wool
trade brought riches to the city and created a
wealthy merchant and farming class. A num-
ber of historic mansions, such as Como and
Rippon Lea, are managed by the National
Trust and open to the public.
The city struggled for decades to develop a
central leisure and meeting space before open-
ing the love-it-or-hate-it Federation Square in
2002. While the jagged, asymmetrical archi-
tecture is not to everyone’s taste, the square
is home to some of the country’s finest arts
spaces, such as the Sir Ian Potter Centre and
the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
The city has numerous museums and gal-
leries, including the National Gallery of Victo-
ria, one of the oldest collections in Australia.
The work of local luminaries such as Em-
ily Kam Ngwarray, Frederick McCubbin and
Tom Roberts is featured alongside that of in-
ternational masters such as Louise Bourgeois,
El Greco, Damien Hirst, Man Ray, Auguste
Rodin, J.M.W. Turner and Wu Zhen.
Meanwhile, the State Library of Victoria
features an exhibition on culinary history un-
til 28 March, while the Immigration Museum
showcases Dublin photographer David Mona-
han’s images of recent arrivals from Ireland
amid the eurozone debt crisis.
Retail shopping in the central business dis-
trict is concentrated along Collins Street, with
Travelzoo Asia Pacific CFO and Institute member Honnus Cheung seeks culture,
cuisine and calm in Australia’s second-largest city
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