Melbourne is a city full of surprises! Here are 15 interesting facts about Melbourne you might not have heard before…
- According to the RSPCA, Melbourne is officially the fox capital of the world, with between 6 and 23 foxes per square kilometre in the urban area of the city. Despite these numbers, it’s still quite rare to see one!
- Melbourne used to have a history of public bathing, with residents taking to the Yarra River, the sea and city baths. If you would like to take a peek at what a bathing box looked like, there are still more than 1,800 private bathing boxes and boat sheds scattered around in Brighton.
- Melbourne’s tramway system is the largest outside Europe and the fourth largest in the world, stretching along 244km of track and boasting 450 trams.
- The world’s first feature film, the Story of the Ned Kelly Gang, was filmed and made in Melbourne in 1906.
- Melbourne was originally going to be named ‘Batmania’ after one of its founding fathers, John Batman.
- 38 per cent of the population in Melbourne were born overseas, as of 2013.
- In 1956 Melbourne became the first host of the Olympic Games outside of Europe and North America.
- Melbourne’s number one restaurant – the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – is a tram. The tram restaurant takes you around the city circle route, passing by most major spots, while you eat delicious meals prepared by 5-star chefs.
- Melbourne was the capital city of Australia for 26 years between 1901 and 1927 before the capital became Canberra.
- The maximum temperature ever recorded in Melbourne was 46.4 degrees Celsius in 2009, and the minimum was -2.8 degrees Celsius in 1869.
- A person who comes from or lives in Melbourne is called a ‘Melbournian’.
- The world’s largest stained-glass ceiling is located in Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria.
- Melbourne has the highest number of cafes and restaurants per number of people than any other city in the world.
- Five of the six tallest buildings in Australia are in Melbourne’s CBD.
- Melbourne been ranked the world’s most liveable city every year since 2011 by the Economist Intelligence Unit.