Moving to Australia

Living In Melbourne

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Officially the world’s most liveable city for the past seven years according to The Economist Intelligence Unit and considered Australia’s cultural and sporting capital, why on earth wouldn’t you want to live in Melbourne?!

Victoria’s capital is the most ‘European’ of Australia’s cities, thanks to the cooler climate and unpredictable weather; thriving art, sport and food scenes; and stylish residents. With an eclectic and inclusive feel, Melbourne invites free self-expression and encourages individuality.

Facts And Figures

The People

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  • Known as Melburnians
  • Population: 4.7 million
  • Average age of residents: 35.7
  • Average net monthly salary: $4,270
  • Top 5 overseas-born populations: United Kingdom, India, China, Vietnam and New Zealand

The Weather

  • Climate: changeable, temperate oceanic with warm summers and cool winters
  • Average temperature: 11.4-20.4oC (53-69oF)
  • Annual rainfall: 603mm
  • Find out more about Australian weather

Cost of living

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Overall, Melbourne is a fairly expensive place to live, particularly when it comes to rent. There is a high demand for rental housing, which is becoming unaffordable for some.

  • Median house price: $713,000
  • Monthly rent on a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre: $1,781
  • One-way ticket on public transport: $4.10
  • 1 litre of milk: $1.30
  • Loaf of bread: $2.74
  • 1kg of apples: $3.85


Melbourne has an extensive public transport system, with trains, buses and the world’s largest urban tram network. But many residents still rely on cars to get around, particularly those living in the outer suburbs. Visit for detailed information on Melbourne public transport. Find out more about Australian public transport in general.

Find out more about Australian public transport in general.

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Attractions & Sights

If you’re sports-mad, Melbourne is definitely the place for you. Cricket and AFL (Australian Football League, also known as Aussie Rules Football) are both deeply embedded in the city’s culture.

Melburnians’ other favourite sports include soccer (or football for the purists out there!), rugby league, rugby union, netball, basketball and rowing, plus many more.

Melbourne hosts several major sporting events throughout the year, including:

  • Australian Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments
  • Melbourne Cup, the horse race that ‘stops the nation’ every November
  • Australian Grand Prix (Formula 1 car racing)
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As well as these big sports events, the city proudly hosts many large festivals, most of which are focused around the arts:

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There’s a veritable smorgasbord of art and culture on offer, wherever your tastes lie.

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Eat, drink and be merry in the award-winning cafes, restaurants and bars of the city and surrounds:

  • Melbourne is famous for its great coffee. Try the café strips of Lygon Street, Chapel Street and Degraves Street for some of the best brews.
  • Head to Victoria Avenue in Albert Park for relaxed beachside dining or Gertrude Street in Fitzroy for a wide range of fantastic restaurants from cheap eats to high-end. Read our guide to eating out in Australia for some hot tips.
  • In the mood for a night out? In the city you’ll find buzzing bars and clubs on Swanston Street in the CBD and King Street in the inner west. In the suburbs your best bets are Collingwood, Fitzroy, St Kilda and Williamstown. Find out more about things to do at night here.
  • Book a day trip or weekend getaway to the Yarra Valley, an hour east of Melbourne, for world-class wine tasting. The region is known for its fantastic cool climate wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and sparkling wine, as well as beer, cider and excellent food.
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If the weather is cooperating, get outdoors and make the most of it!

  • Marvel at almost 50,000 individual plants in 30 living collections while strolling around the lawns, gardens and lakes of the huge 38-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens on the south side of the Yarra River. Even those without a green thumb will appreciate the rare species and natural beauty on show here.
  • If you fancy a swim, Melbourne’s bayside beaches line the suburbs along the edge of Port Philip Bay. But if you’re after surf you’ll need to head 85km southeast of the CBD to the back-beaches of Rye, Sorrento and Portsea. Check out our learning to surf article for some beginner tips, and read our beach safety article to learn how to stay safe.
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Negatives To Consider

While there are certainly many positives to living in Melbourne, consider the city’s less-than-perfect weather, pricy rent, traffic congestion issues, and higher crime rates than many other Australian cities before you make a decision on your new home in Australia.

Decided To Move To Melbourne?

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Congratulations! You’ll need to get the essentials sorted before you leave or soon after you arrive. Here are some tips on setting up the basics you’ll need to start your new life.


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