|Melbourne has been rated “the world’s most livable city”. It is a busy city of 3.5 million people most of whom seemed to be downtown while we were there exploring the city. We had a guided tour with a Melbourne greeter. This is a free service offered by the city.
The city is another example of mixing the old heritage buildings with modern glass and steel architecture. We started in Federation Square which is a “new area” of steel fronted buildings right in the center of the city which was created by covering a huge area of train tracks. It is very much a people place with open air stage for concerts, steps to sit on and even deck chairs with umbrellas.
They seem to have strict rules on keeping heritage buildings which was good to see. We went into some nice old buildings with high ceilings and mosaic floors being used as a mini shopping centre with individual stores. Every other street is a narrow laneway now filled with restaurants and cafes.
The mid 19th century gold rush provided the wealth that built so many wonderful structures including beautiful public green spaces.