Melbourne reaches out along the Yarra River towards the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges toward the east. It expands northward through the undulating bushland valleys of the Yarra's tributaries Moonee Ponds Creek (toward Tullamarine Airport), Merri Creek, Darebin Creek and Plenty River to the external rural development hallways of Craigieburn and Whittlesea. The city achieves south-east through Dandenong to the development passageway of Pakenham towards West Gippsland, and southward through the Dandenong Creek valley, the Mornington Peninsula and the city of Frankston taking in the pinnacles of Olivers Hill, Mount Martha and Arthurs Seat, stretching out along the shores of Port Phillip as a solitary conurbation to achieve the restrictive suburb of Portsea and Point Nepean.
Melbourne's two biggest colleges are the University of Melbourne and Monash University, the biggest college in Australia. Both are individuals from the Group of Eight. The biggest college grounds in Melbourne by measure are La Trobe University's Melbourne Campus, situated in Bundoora. In 2016, the University of Melbourne was positioned first among Australian colleges and the 33rd among colleges on the planet by the Times Higher Education (THES) global rankings. Moreover, Monash University was positioned the 74th best college on the planet. Because of these high rankings Melbourne was positioned as the world's fourth best college in 2012 after London, Boston and Tokyo.
Tourist attraction of Melbourne
Melbourne Visitor Centre: The Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square is a one-stop shop for visitors offering free brochures, maps and event listings, along with souvenirs and a travel booking service.
Street art: Melbourne is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art displayed on approved outdoor locations throughout the city.
Laneways & arcades: Weaving a maze through the city grid, Melbourne's laneways have been revitalised with street art, bustling cafes and atmospheric bars.
Cooks' Cottage: A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, is a must when exploring Melbourne.
Old Melbourne Gaol: Visit Melbourne’s oldest prison, where most of Australia’s infamous characters, including bushranger Ned Kelly and gangster Squizzy Taylor, spent time. Enter the original gaol to see the execution area and Ned Kelly's death mask.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel: Take a flight of discovery through the Melbourne skies and see the city from a different perspective on the Melbourne Star. Every night from dusk, the Star lights up the Melbourne skyline with a spectacular lighting display.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI): Discover the world of the moving image in the galleries, cinemas and studios at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square.
Queen Victoria Market: Queen Victoria Market is much more than the city’s fresh-food shopping mecca – it’s a historic landmark, a tourist attraction and a Melbourne institution.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia: The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) displays its Australian collection of artworks at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, in Federation Square.
Melbourne Aquarium: The stunning Croc Lair exhibit is just one of the zones of discovery at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Marvel at the world’s only display of Elephant Sharks in Bay of Rays.
Melbourne Zoo: Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre.
Eureka Skydeck 88: Eureka is perfectly positioned for a complete 360 degree, floor-to-ceiling views encompassing Melbourne's CBD, sports precinct, Docklands and everything in between.
Fitzroy Gardens: Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful Gardens.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria: The Royal Botanic Gardens are a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture.
National Sports Museum: Housed by the iconic MCG, the National Sports Museum celebrates Australia’s rich sporting history by boasting the largest sporting collection in the country.
IMAX Melbourne Museum: Screening 3D documentaries and blockbuster movies on the world's third-largest screen, IMAX Melbourne Museum is the ultimate cinematic experience.
Federation Square: Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place and a unique cultural precinct. Find out what's happening at Fed Square and what else is nearby.
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant: The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is the first travelling tram restaurant in the world and makes for a unique and memorable experience.