Melbourne offers an unusually rich blend of arts, culture, sport, parklands and gardens, shopping, restaurants and festivals.

The charms of Melbourne have led it to be declared the world's most liveable city, with a combination of its affordable cost of living, personal security and green open space. It is an elegant, stylish, cosmopolitan city with many and diverse ethnic influences. The arts precinct is located right on the city's doorstep.

It includes the Federation Square complex, an open living, energetic centre of Melbourne with the Australian and indigenous art section of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the most advanced centre for screen culture in the world.

Set amongst truly wonderful cafes, restaurants and bars, this square looks back over the Yarra River at the Victorian Arts Centre, with its distinctive spire atop the theatres building and the Convert Hall, acclaimed for outstanding performances of opera, musicals, concerts, drama and ballet.