by Rajesh Yadav
Melbourne is the state of Victoria, and it is the second most populous city in Australia after Sydney. It is on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip and its centre is at the estuary of the Yarra River.
With so much to see and do in and around the city and its hinterland it is worth visitors, whether business or holidaying, considering minibus charter to be able to take it all in at leisure.
The city has an interesting history, starting with the discovery of gold in Victoria in 1851, which led to the Victorian gold rush, for which Melbourne which served as the major port the focus for most services for the region.
The gold rush attracted interstate and overseas migrants, particularly Irish, German and Chinese. The Chinese migrants founded a Chinatown in 1851, which is still the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World.
The flow of gold into the city produced many grand civic buildings, which still survive, including Parliament House, the Treasury Building and Treasury Reserve, the Old Melbourne Gaol, Victoria Barracks, the State Library, Supreme Court, University, General Post Office, Government House, Customs House the Melbourne Town Hall.
One of its oldest surviving markets is the Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne was also home to both the country’s Royal Mint and to Australia’s first stock exchange in 1861.
The city is an international cultural centre, hosting a wide variety of festivals, drama, musicals, comedy, music, art, architecture, literature, film and television. It has a large number of theatres. There are also more than 100 galleries.
21st Century Melbourne is economically vibrant with particular strengths in finance, manufacturing, research, IT, education, and hosts many conventions.
For organisers of conventions for overseas visitors a coach hire to Adelaide will enable them to show guests the wide variety of attractions in the south of this great country.
Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia. It is a coastal city on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent within reach of the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges.
This planned city was designed by the first surveyor-general of South Australia, Colonel William Light who arranged Adelaide in a grid, with five squares in the Adelaide city centre and a ring of parks, known as the Adelaide Parklands, surrounding it.
The city’s manufacturing, defense technology and research industries are important to economy and almost half of all cars produced in Australia are made in Adelaide.
But it is also the centre of the South Australian wine industry and the state produces more than half of all Australian wine, making a coach tour of Adelaide’s surrounding vineyards a major attraction for visitors.