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Moving to Melbourne: What you need to know



Australia is full of beautiful cities, but Melbourne is up there amongst the best in the world.

Don’t just take our word for it. Melbourne has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city for six years in a row by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and its popularity isn’t waning any time soon.

The second largest city in Australia, with a population of 4.6 million*, Melbourne’s reputation has made it not only a must-see for tourists, but also for interstate relocation. If you’re thinking about making the move to Melbourne, here is what you need to know.

Do you love coffee?

The first (and most important) thing to consider before moving to Melbourne is this: do you love coffee? If the answer is yes, then pack your bags and head there straight away, because this hotspot’s coffee culture rivals that of any European city.

With some of the greatest cafes in the world, Melbourne prides itself on making a good brew. Melburnians are also big on brunch, which is good news for those who love a side of smashed avocado toast with their espresso.

Melbourne is full of life, lights and diversity. It’s considered to be one of the most multicultural cities in Australia, representing over 100 different cultures from all over the world. The city takes pride in showcasing Australia’s own culture too, with a strong Indigenous cultural presence found in museums, art galleries, restaurants and more.

Speaking of restaurants, the city is perfect for foodies. With restaurants run by some of the most notable chefs in Australia like George Colombaris, Shannon Bennett and Neil Perry, as well as stunning rooftop bars, gourmet food trucks, and hidden gems around every corner, the city of Melbourne has something to suit even the pickiest palate.

Footy fever

If food’s not your thing, don’t despair. Those who prefer football to foie gras will be pleased to know that Melbourne is the AFL state of Australia, and the sporting capital of the world.

In 2006, Melbourne was crowned the World’s Top Sports Events City, a name it truly lives up to. Home to the Australian Football League, the Ashes, Australian Tennis Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup, there will be something on for every sports fan. Getting around to all these events is easy too, as public transport consists of affordable trams, trains and buses that run 24 hours a day.

The only thing fickle about Melbourne is the weather. It’s commonly said that Melbourne can experience four seasons in a day, and as such it can be hard to plan ahead.

But if you ever find yourself stuck in a summer dress while it’s raining, that’s no issue either, because Melbourne is also the shopping capital of Australia. From designer stores to outlet chains, you can find something for all the seasons, or you can jump onto an organised shopping tour, which chauffeurs you around to all the best places (and even includes a glass of bubbly).

All of this, of course, comes at a price. Melbourne may not be the most expensive property market in Australia – that title belongs to Sydney – but it is certainly towards the top of the totem pole. After hitting a record high recently, Melbourne’s property market needs to be investigated from every angle to find an affordable entry point.

That said, whilst the phrase “something for everyone” is often used without much thought, in Melbourne it rings 100 per cent true. Melbourne is perfect for everyone, from the cultured to the adventurers, the socialites to the families, to those who just want to settle into a neighbourhood where there are nice cafés to read a good book.

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Source: * Australian Bureau of Statistics