Port Phillip Arcade, Melbourne

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Port Phillip , is a large bay in southern Victoria, Australia; it is the location of Melbourne. Geographically, the bay covers 1930km2 and the shore stretches roughly 264km. Although it is extremely shallow for its size, most of the bay is navigable. The deepest portion is only 24m, and half the region is shallower than 8m. The volume of the water in the bay is around.
Before British settlement the area around Port Phillip was divided between the territories of the Wathaurong, Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Nations. Its waters and coast are home to seals, whales, dolphins, corals, and many kinds of seabirds and migratory waders.
The first British to enter the bay were the crews of, commanded by John Murray and, ten weeks later, commanded by Matthew Flinders, in 1802. Subsequent expeditions into the bay took place in 1803 to establish the first settlement in Victoria, near Sorrento, but was abandoned in 1804. Thirty years later, settlers from Tasmania returned to establish Melbourne, now the state's capital city, at the mouth of the Yarra River in 1835 and Geelong at Corio Bay in 1838. Today Port Phillip is the most densely populated catchment in Australia with an estimated 4.5 million people living around the bay; Melbourne's suburbs extend around much of the northern and eastern shorelines, and the city of Geelong sprawls around Corio Bay, in the bay's western arm.
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  • Porf Phillip Arcade has met a sad end. It is being demolished to make way for Melbourne's new underground rail system. Nearby buildings are meeting the same fate, with the exception of Young & Jackson...  more »
  • Singapore noodles for $8, you can not go wrong. This place is tucked in the arcade with its plastic tables and chairs and its crowds. Do not be put off the food is so good and so fast that you will be...  more »
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