Facts about Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne is a modern city constantly changing and leading the world in many technologies.
- Sporting Roof: Melbourne is the only city in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities (including three with retractable roofs) on the fringe of its central business district. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Docklands Stadium, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Olympic Park in Melbourne Park.
- Host with the most: Melbourne plays host to the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian 500CC Motorcycle Grand Prix, Spring Racing Carnival, the Australian Football League Grand Final and many other special events.
- R & D: Melbourne is home to eight of Australia's top ten spenders on research and development (R&D) including Australia's largest, Telstra and Ericsson.
- Big Bang: Melbourne's scientists have been pivotal in the development of the world's most innovative biotechnology breakthroughs including Relenza, Relaxin and the bionic ear.
- Big Tram: Melbourne's famous tramway system is the largest outside Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It stretches along 244 kilometres (152 miles) of track and has 450 trams.
- Big Ceiling: The National Gallery of Victoria has the world's largest stained glass ceiling - 51 metres (167.3 feet) long by 15 metres (49.2 feet) wide.
- Film First: The world's first feature film, the Story of the Ned Kelly Gang was filmed and made in Melbourne in 1906.
- Eye Eye: In 1869, the largest fully-steerable telescope the world had ever seen was installed at the Melbourne Observatory. Known as the Great Melbourne Telescope, the device boasted a reflector of 122 centimetres (48 inches).
- Just For Fun: Luna Park in St Kilda is the world's oldest amusement park under private management. Melbourne is the 'Fox Capital' of the western world with 6-23 foxes every square kilometer in the metropolitan area. Source: RSPCA.
- Rainbow Radio: Melbourne had the first gay and lesbian radio station in the world.
- Ready Steady Stop: The first traffic lights in Australia were installed on the intersection of Collins Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne in 1912.
- Inspiring: The spire on top of the Victorian Arts Centre reaches 115 metres (377 feet) into the air. It has: 6,600 metres (21,654 feet) of fibre optic tubing in and around the spire; 17,700 metres (58,071 feet) of power and control cables; 14,000 incandescent lamps on the skirt of the spire, 150 metres (492 feet) of neon tubing on the mast; 496 computer control devices which manipulate the colours and movement of the lights.
- Everyone needs good: The Melbourne television soap opera Neighbours recorded its 4,000th episode in May 2002. It screens in 57 different countries to an average daily audience of 120 million viewers. Since it began in 1985 the show has had 18 marriages, 11 deaths and six births.
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