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.
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.
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 https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/ 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.
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:
As well as these big sports events, the city proudly hosts many large festivals, most of which are focused around the arts:
There’s a veritable smorgasbord of art and culture on offer, wherever your tastes lie.
Eat, drink and be merry in the award-winning cafes, restaurants and bars of the city and surrounds:
If the weather is cooperating, get outdoors and make the most of it!
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.
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