I went to Melbourne for the first time this November and what they say about the city is true: it is a vibrant, active, creative place. In many ways, it is the cultural/nightlife/artistic center of Australia. It's also technofied in a grass-roots way that Sydney isn't--thought Sydney is more corporate.
This is the new convention center exhibit hall on the river that splits Melbourne in half. It is a beautiful industrial tour-de-force. It is also gigantic.
Through the center of Melbourne's downtown area runs a river and there are new shops, restaurants, and cafes along the banks. Here is a little footbridge that is nicely designed that spans the river at this high traffic point.
About 5 hours North of Melbourne (half way to Sydney) is Australia's biggest river: the Murray. My friend Steve and I canoed on the river for about 2 and a half days. Despite it being overflown, slow, and clam through most of it, we still managed to tip the canoe over once and lose a bunch of our things. The only other complaint about the river is that the mossies (mosquitos) were terrible. However, there were some beautiful views of the river along the way, like this one:
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