Second only to Sydney in populace (over 4 million), Melbourne is undoubtedly one of the centers of human activity in Australia; but is it a city ripe for adventure? The birthplace for Australian media, art, and the mania that is Australian Rules Football, Melbourne is indubitably an epicenter of culture. There are numerous museums (Melbourne Museum is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere), high-capacity stadiums of zealous uber-fans, and even a hideous social hub posing as modern art (Federation Square, we're looking at you). But is it a city ripe for adventure?
Melbourne's nightlife is up to our lofty standards, with clubs and lounges that exude sophistication and draw some of the best DJ's and live acts from around the world. Dressing up and going out is the thing to do for the young and old in Melbourne, and, therefore, it should be the thing you find yourself doing. Melbourne is also quite the music mecca during the summer, with festivals like the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, their comedy festival, and Big Day Out vying for your ticket money. Yeah, yeah, you say, but is this a city ripe for adventure? Grab a drink in a Chapel Street "hotel", party with the student population on Lygon Street or hit up off-the-beaten-path truly means (Tasmania!). Are nineteen national parks enough space to have a few adventures?
On a more practical matter, public transport is a popular option, especially with the recent overhaul completed by Metlink, but it still may be in your best interest if worried about time to pursue other options, due to the frequency of delays or cancellations. If need be, rent a bike. There are a multitude of paths around the city and it is a highly accepted mode of transport.
So, if you're looking for a chance to enjoy the southern coast of Australia, then get some friends together and make your way to Melbourne!