Lonely Planet lives here! We know this place better than anyone! Lonely Planet is the only comprehensive guide to the state expert wine and wineries in a special section gatefold maps, detours and other new-look regional features Melbourne might have been called Batmania. It was built on land ""purchased"" (in a very shonky deal) by John Batman in 1835. The scenic railway at Luna Park in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda is the world's oldest operating roller coaster.
Queen Victoria Market was originally built on the site of Melbourne's first general cemetery. Thousands of bodies are still buried there.
Ned Kelly, Australia's most famous outlaw, was hanged in the Old Melbourne Gaol on 11 November 1880.
Per capita, Melbourne has the highest concentration of Greek people of any city outside Greece.
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