Australia's melting pot, Melbourne is an energetic mix of culture, food, and nightlife.
Melbourne has come a long way since it was a sleepy cowtown settled by the British in 1835. Beginning with its Gold Rush in the 1850s and continuing through two world wars and the modern era, Melbourne has attracted waves of immigrants from around the world who, in turn, have transformed it. Diverse and vibrant, Melbourne has become famous for its homegrown pool of designers, architects, and other “makers”—earning it a reputation as one of the world's most creative cities—along with its celebrated coffee, gourmet food, and nightclub scene. Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades, most of which date to the end of the 19th century, are a direct result of the boomtown atmosphere here—encapsulated in the moniker “marvelous Melbourne.” Visit breathtaking Melbourne with Context's private and semi-private guided tours.