Melbourne, city, capital of the territory of Victoria, Australia. It is situated at the head of Port Phillip Bay, on the southeastern coast. In spite of the fact that the focal city is the home of less than 100,000 individuals, it is the center of a broad metropolitan territory—the world’s most southerly with a populace of more than 1,000,000. In Australia it is second just to Sydney in populace, and there is a genial contention between the two urban areas, to which geology and history have handed down various attributes.
In spite of the fact that Melbourne’s level site has prompted the ordinary advancement of a rectangular example of roads, the city has numerous lovely stops, and the individual with an eye for design detail and history can discover much that is changed and appealing. Melbourne has a notoriety for conservatism and money related soundness—ascribes that have added to its development and are uncovered by the blossoming horizon of the focal city and the quickly growing eastern rural areas. Zone City of Melbourne, 14 square miles (36 square km); Inner Melbourne, 33 square miles (86 square km); factual division, 2,971 square miles (7,695 square km). Pop. (2006) City of Melbourne, 71,380; Inner Melbourne, 270,964; Melbourne Statistical Division, 3,592,591.