Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia after Sydney. Many would say that it is its most sophisticated. Whatever the case, retiring baby boomers will find much to like in Melbourne. One of its finest attractions is a compact city center that can be easily transversed on foot, bike or free tram. There is an interesting mix of colonial and modern architecture that get along well together for the most part. Docklands is a newly developed area that has a bustling aspect with nice views of the harbor. South of the Yarra River there are huge public gardens (including the Botanical Gardens and museums such as the NGV International with its stunning building and changing exhibitions. There are many other museums, historic areas, and cultural resources to make life interesting for people fortunate enough to retire here. The population in 2014 was just over 4.4 million.
There are many festivals to enjoy in Melbourne but one of the biggest on the world stage is the Australian (Tennis) Open held every year just south of Exhibition Square along the Yarra River. For two weeks much of the world’s sporting attention is focused on the action taking place on the blue courts of the Rod Laver and Margaret Court arenas.