Living in Melbourne

Melbourne CityMelbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. It has a population of around 4.35 million people and is on the southern coast of the eastern half of Australia’s mainland. Melbourne is sheltered from the ocean by the beautiful Port Phillip Bay.
Melbourne Location
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Liveability Survey, Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, claiming top spot for the fourth year in a row. A high recommendation indeed.

Melbourne is divided by the Yarra River that flows straight through the heart of the city. And what a beautiful city it is. It has the charm of a tram system and a beautiful mix of tall modern skyscrapers and established historic buildings with great architecture.

Melbourne seems to attract a greater variety of immigrants than any other city in Australia. There are more than 200 different nationalities making it one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It has a large Greek contingent, as well as Italians, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Indian residents. It is also a young person’s city with almost half of the population aged under 35.

The streets have a lively feel about them and Melburnians enjoy live music, performing arts, including public street performances, fashion, independent music and independent film.

But you can still make off for the beach. St Kilda and Brighton beaches are both close to the city and are highly recommended. A little further out will find you at Sandringham and further still, Mordialloc beach. Both are very popular. But if you want some really stunning beach scenery, you only need to jump into your car for about an hour or so and you’ll be at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. It starts at Torquay and winds for about four or five hour’s worth of driving and takes you all the way to Warrnambool.

What’s the weather like?

Melbourne Annual WeatherMelbourne is known as a city that can have four seasons in one day. They have weather that can turn on a sixpence. I have experienced this myself, sort off. A lunchtime temperature of around 35°C turned into a chilling 16°C by around five o’clock in the evening.

Wild winds and thunderstorms can descend out of clear blue skies and winters can be quite cold and very dull, with probably the fewest hours of sunshine found anywhere in Australia.

But summers can be extremely hot and very dry. The intense heat often stops trains from running on their tracks and some areas have a high risk of bushfires.

I loved Melbourne when I was there, the city has a really good feel about it. I’d be tempted to live there if I felt I could cope with the winters, but I’m not sure that I can. Best I stay in Brisbane then.

Here’s a map of the Greater Melbourne area:

Greater Melbourne Map
Melbourne can be broken down into five main geographical areas:

Each of those areas contain Local Government Areas (LGA’s) which I have listed next to each geographical area.

  • Inner Melbourne – includes the LGA’s City, Docklands, Port Phillip and Yarra.
  • Northern Melbourne – includes the LGA’s Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik and Whittlesea.
  • South Eastern Melbourne – includes the LGA’s Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Glen Eira, Kingston, Monash and Stonnington. Both Frankston and Mornington Peninsula are part of South Eastern Suburbs but are not shown on this map. They’re both south of Kingston and overlook Port Phillip Bay. A fair way from the city centre, but a stones throw to the sea.
  • Eastern Melbourne – includes the LGA’s Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges.
  • Western Melbourne – includes the LGA’s Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham.

Details of Melbourne’s suburbs are listed on my sub pages for Melbourne which you can access from the main navigation menu above by hovering over ‘Australian Cities’ and then ‘Melbourne’.

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  • sarathchandra May 23, 2016, 7:23 pm | Link

    While going though your web,I found your MARA agent team & send a assessment fee as mentioned the system by now. My plan to migrating a Australia with my family within one year,& during I can upgrade my points to eligible the migrating system. Hope MARA constants help me.


    • BobinOz May 24, 2016, 4:41 pm | Link

      Yes, my MARA agent will certainly be able to guide you. Good luck, Bob

  • Jack Stanley May 23, 2016, 6:00 am | Link

    Hi Bob.

    Thank you for such an informative and detailed website. I’m looking at emigrating from the UK with my wife in late 2018 and have been looking through your website a lot. Really great stuff and extremely helpful.

    I’ve got a specific question about Victoria which you or others may be able to help with.

    We’re planning on arriving in Australia sometime mid-2019. We’re going to go travelling for a few months first on the way. We’re looking at Melbourne or surrounding area as a place to settle because of the cooler climate, vibrancy and culture of the city and all the sport etc.

    Would you say it would make most sense to arrive in Melbourne and just stay in a cheap hostel for a while while we visit some estate agents etc, look around the suburbs and try to find somewhere to rent in the longer term? Or try to secure a rental property before we arrive? We will be in other parts of Australia before arriving at Melbourne and have set bank accounts etc up. We’ll be on a 189 visa and will both be looking for work (social work and teaching) when we settle and stop travelling as well.

    Just for some context, we’ll be 32 and 29 without children (yet). We won’t have a massive budget but will have some cash in reserve incase we can’t find jobs straight away. Will hopefully have enough money to get a car and the bulk of a deposit to buy a house as well.

    Can anyone suggest any nice suburbs or other areas of Victoria? We really aren’t fussed about being that close to the Melbourne CBD as long as we can get there by public transport.

    Thanks again for the great website.



    • Melbourne Rental Search May 23, 2016, 1:07 pm | Link

      Hi Jack,
      It is so exciting to hear that you are moving to Melbourne – You are going to love it!! It is a good idea to start to get your ‘feelers’ out there, and chatting to people about your move whilst you still have plenty of time up your sleeve, The first answer to your question is somewhat simple. You will not be able to secure a rental property from our overseas location unless you can have somebody inspect the property on your behalf. This is a general rule that real-estate agents here in Melbourne tent to have. We have a business here in Melbourne that help people like you to secure a rental property by inspecting rental properties on your behalf, sending a YouTube video walk through tour of the property and negotiating with real-estate agents to get your application approved. Alternatively you could absolutely stay in a hotel/air bnb whilst you search for a rental property, however this can end up being quite expensive depending on how long the search takes. When we are looking to secure a rental property for a client we allow at least 28days.
      The area in which you decide you would like to reside is dependant on a number of factors:
      – How long are you willing to travel each day to get to work?
      – Are you going to drive or do you need public transport to be readily available?
      – Is it important to be near the beach? Nightlife? Good Restaurants?
      – Do you prefer an inner city apartment lifestyle or would you prefer a house/unit with a back garden?
      If you could give us a better idea, of what it is that appeals to you in an area, than we can certainly help steer you in the right direction.
      Have a brilliant day 🙂

    • Mark May 23, 2016, 1:44 pm | Link

      Hi Jack

      Wow your forward planning 2018/9. You can try and secure a property before you arrive there are some outfits that do that but they charger quite a bit for the privilege. Id avoid the CBD, personal opinion of course. Look as far down the eastern suburbs as Dromana though the public transport gets tougher from Frankston Eg bus so drive up to one of the stations and park and take the train to the CBD. Down in the Mornington peninsular it’s also known as mini pohm land but still truly Australian. You need an address to get a driving license and you need a driving license to rent a property so if you have a friend or someone to use their address or even work one if you get a job, also try house sitting sites closer the time, for rentals you always have to have seen it really or an agent for you so it can be difficult to rent or sometimes there is an abundance of rentals or the same 15 people after one or two depends on timing, time of year etc but bear in mind you are then likely committed to that area for 12 months so do your research now and even apply for jobs classer the time from Uk Getting one as a teacher in a public school you’ll probably need to be here, no idea social work but t doesn’t stop you applying but as I say closer the time I employ people and would not want an application 2 years hence. I think you have plenty time to drive round on google looking or even come on a holiday first. Try a holiday park The problem with hostel accommodation if it puts you off Eg look for something your both happy with, getting the wrong accommodation can put you off a place. Everyoe will be really helpful We fouud that and as such I know try and help other in a way of saying tahnk you to those that helped us but we did it a bit quicker Visa 29th of one month month or so selling up sold and gine 15th of follwing month some 46 days with two jobs in hand as we left UK No wonder teacehrs re leving when you read about the comedian ruiing OFSTED in the link below (I’ll handle the libel suit Bob)… Good luck Mark

  • Youssef May 16, 2016, 12:09 am | Link

    Hello All, we are moving to Melbourne by July from whitsundays Qld, we are looking for an apartment but a short walkind distance to or from Russel street and Bourke street, we have 2 kids what area do you advice that we look at please? Thank you

    • Melbourne Rental Search May 16, 2016, 2:37 pm | Link

      Hi Youssef,
      How exciting to hear you are moving to Melbourne in July…I hope you are packing your coats, scarves and boots as it is very chilly at that time of year compared to Sunny Whitsundays!
      To be within walking distance of Russel and Bourke Street we would suggest The Docklands. It is a little more family friendly than being right in the heart of the CBD, alternatively there is East Melbourne, which is sensational however it is extremely pricey. If you are willing to go a little bit further out of the CBD and are open to taking a train or tram, it will certainly open up your search criteria. Feel free to take a look at our favourite Melbourne Suburbs:
      If there is anything at all that we can assist with please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
      Have a great afternoon!

  • liz May 4, 2016, 10:39 am | Link

    We are living in sydney and are so over the prices and the attitude.
    We have some money to invest and would like to invest in a couple of apartments in melbourne that have good, continual rentals.
    We love old style apartments, (nothing later than 1930’s), character filled spaces.
    Can anyone recommend some great suburbs for solid all year rental return.
    thanks liz

    • Melbourne Rental Search May 4, 2016, 12:29 pm | Link

      Hi Liz,
      I have worked in the Melbourne rental market for many years and think that the best place for you to start your search would be Elwood and St Kilda. These suburbs are always in demand for renters. The rent being achieved in these suburbs is high and vacancy rates are low. There are a number of older style apartments that are filled this timeless character. My only advice would be to try and invest in an apartment with at least one car space. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions at all. Good luck with your search 🙂

  • Lauren May 3, 2016, 5:05 am | Link

    I am a secondary school English teacher in the UK and I am thinking of moving to Melbourne. I have Australian citizenship. Can anyone give me any advice about teaching jobs?

    • BobinOz May 3, 2016, 7:14 pm | Link

      I can’t help you specifically, hopefully somebody local to Melbourne who knows about teaching jobs there will read this and give you some advice.

      I just wanted to say a few things, firstly the current job climate here in Australia isn’t great, people are finding it hard to land a job. See…

      Do make sure you read the update at the foot of that post.

      Secondly, you may want to check to see that your qualifications are transferable to Australia and recognised in schools here. I’ve heard anecdotal reports of qualified teachers not being able to land jobs of equivalent standing here because of that.

      Finally, many people have reported having difficulties landing a job because they don’t have ‘local experience’, meaning work experience in Australia. As a consequence, that first job is difficult to get, but once you are in work, getting the next job becomes easier.

      I don’t have personal experience of all this, it’s just what I’ve heard, but it may be worth you trying to look into. Good luck, Bob

    • Mark May 3, 2016, 7:49 pm | Link

      I have just been coincidentally emailing Bob about something else and he mentioned your question. That he was perhaps not best placed to answer it My wife and I are certainly better placed. I say better as my wife’s a Primary teacher so Secondary is the major difference I’m answering as my wife is on a parents evening tonight I do something else for a living but have watched my wife teaching in the UK for 20 years and being ever more demoralised by the ones that don’t teach making the rules particularly over the last 6 or 7 years If you have your citizenship then why ever not In fact I’d ask the question why are you in England The major difference out here is the Uk teachers are ahead in primary it’s when they get to secondary that things are better here E.g. Australia primary education s catching up with UK Secondary is in front I’d say the break-even is about 12 13 age In other words UK primary teacher will be way ahead in primary here whereas a Secondary might be even pegging or a touch behind its mostly more hands on teaching e.g. a primary teacher dong science can actually mix items to create an experiment In the UK you dust tell the children. Children have respect still for teachers here and the salary well that’s just not worth discussing UK salary against an Aus one and so many other reasons After 7 years you can have a term off , you have longer terms here but there are four. e.g. no half terms. Do you have any specific questions

      • Phillip May 7, 2016, 4:48 am | Link

        Hi Mark

        I wonder if your wife would mind contacting me to give me some tips on the job front?

        I’m a secondary teacher with PR. Heading over in August.

        Much appreciated.

        • Mark May 7, 2016, 12:38 pm | Link

          Hi Phillip
          First off where are you heading for? Victoria is after all actually nicknamed the Education state Just google a Victoria standard car licence plate image you will see what I mean. August mmmmm perhaps not the ideal time to go job hunting. But hey make a start I take it you have looked the terms up out here. Are you family as well cause all affects where you can reasonably commute to work from to etc. . That’s a thing we found we are further away than planned but a quicker drive. Do you have your visa Start applying now if you have one We learnt it’s not much good without it. My wife applied for about 8 to 10 jobs all thank you but keep in touch most mentioning visa. We got our Visa on the Friday 29th October. My wife applied for a job that weekend and was emailed to say she had been shortlisted, Skype interview Wednesday, she was offered the job Friday … that’s not going to work like that in many instances but just shows what can happen. If you find a school with an ex English head you’ll arguably might be better off, they know or did before they left how hard the UK is Paperwork mad and I assume you have become Social worker Police officer councillor, pen pusher(electronically ) before a teacher nowadays You’ll be pleased to hear you can get on with teaching most schools employ welfare wellbeing sorts The police officers are not needed but they do pop in for a chat in a nice way Google Monash university police, as for social workers are again dealt with as for lesson planning well say what you’re doing and get on with it I think there is something wrong when you can end up spending more than 25 minutes writing about a 45 minute lesson or 1hour 30 than teaching it.

          • Mark May 7, 2016, 12:49 pm | Link

            PS Sorry missed the PR bit . As you have your visa start applying. If you are heading for Melbourne we both will have area Mark has travelled it extensively, it just depends what school you might land with. chicken and egg. Have you anywhere to live stay yet? Where have you thought might be good?

            • Phillip May 7, 2016, 8:47 pm | Link

              Hi Mark

              Yes I have my permanent visa already. Just awaiting my VIT registration to finalise. I’m coming alone (have friends there) and am in my early 30s so want Melbourne metropolitan areas. Pretty easy on suburb but I guess Prahran, Richmond, Hawthorn etc would be likely.

              I’m heading out in August as it is the end of the academic year here and if I stayed any longer I’d be here until the Christmas term ends at which point the Victorian schools will have finished for summe so recruitment will be more difficult. Least if I go in August I have chance to find a job for Jan/Feb. I’m happy to do supply/CRT of admin, shop work etc for a few months.

              So glad to hear that the schools have less paperwork. I’m a social worker first, pen pusher second and if I’m lucky I get to teach something during all that. Thankfully we have nice kids so don’t need to act as a police officer. I’m an Assistant Head now but my subject is ICT which is now on their new curriculum there so hopefully there will be a skills shortage for ICT teachers. I’m happy to be a classroom teacher again then as I gain experience rise through the ranks. I’m ambitious and ultimately want the top job in the future.

              Where are you based? How long have you been there for?

              Thanks for the input. It’s reassuring to hear positive stories!


              • Kat May 7, 2016, 8:56 pm | Link

                Hi Philip

                I’ve been looking for school counsellor jobs and found employment in Victorian Government schools site that may be a help?


                Can I pick your brains about the VETASSESS and visa application process as I will be starting this shortly? What were the timings, costs and medical exam like and did you use a MARA?

                Many thanks


                • Phillip May 7, 2016, 9:53 pm | Link

                  Hi Kat

                  Thanks for the website. I will take a look.

                  I did not use VETASS as my skills assessment was done by the AITSL. That was the longest part of the process and took about 6 weeks from the time of posting until I received my certificate. Cost was approx £250.

                  I did not use a MARA (and would not recommend unless you have a complex case) as the process is very straightforward plus when I did have a question the High Commission in London were able to help. Once I had my skills assessment back I then added an expression of interest to Skill Select ( It was there for about 14 days then I received an invitation to apply for a subclass 189 Independent visa.

                  In the meantime I had been preparing most of my documents so that I was able to submit my application more or less right away. Documents included coloured certified copies of academic transcripts, degree certificate, police certificate from ACRO ( , IELTS certificate to prove I could speak English hahaha, a letter from my employer to confirm my employment record, payslip, copy of passport and birth certificate and an up-to-date CV. Paid online approx £2000.

                  Once submitted I waited 2 weeks and they requested I attend a medical in London (blood test, chest x-ray , check my eyes and a very basic chat). Cost approx £400. The clinic submitted it all electronically and I was then approved my visa only 4 weeks later. Was totally shocked as expected to wait at least a year and it took 6 weeks.

                  Hope some of this is useful for you!


                • Mark May 8, 2016, 3:06 pm | Link

                  Hi Kat
                  if your on a single visa and not under any pressure then a MARA agent is pointless however family visa and or under time pressure then they are wiorth their weight in gold . They do take all the hassle away We paid some £2000 as a family for a visa plus the visa fees themselves But it was all done for us You can register with VIT anytime Its a case of getting an IELTS pass or better stilll try Pearsons its a far better test in my opinion Police check you will as Philip say need all your documents copied and certified..start geting them together Dont go for a medical till they ask is one other tip and they have places all over not just London Its pretty straightforward but can be hassle as well. The IELTS was horrible Pearson far more sense. If you have £1500 spare then use a MARA Good luck with it all Its worth it Dont get stuck on the city area though or evn close and dont try commuting West side to East its a non starter The best IMHO bit is down the Mornington Peninsular for sure.

                  • Kat Daylyn May 8, 2016, 4:27 pm | Link

                    Thanks for the replies guys!

                    Doing an IELTS test seems ridiculous but I guess it gets extra points.
                    I’m against the clock in a way as am 38 in the summer and past 40 you apparently automatically lose 10 points for a visa?

                    Mark recommended Pearson for that. I’m in east anglia and work at a university (where they teach IELTS to foreign students). Do you know if its possible to do an IELTS test anywhere as long as its the real deal?

                    Thanks again for advice. I really want to try and move to Melbourne area as quality of life just seems to exceed that of UK (we had snow/sleet a couple of weeks ago!)
                    Its good to be in contact with others who are trying to do the same. My friends think I’m mad as I will leave everyone behind in UK and I don’t know anyone in Oz. But stuff it – you only live once and grey skies aren’t for me!

                    Phil: good luck! I’m envious that you will be moving so soon! I’m a year away from this process as have recently changed jobs and they need a years experience before I can apply 🙁 . Getting everything ready so I can crack on asap.

                    • Phillip May 8, 2016, 5:12 pm | Link

                      Don’t worry Kat ny friends think I’m mad too for wanting to leave my friends and family behind. Problem is I live in Sussex and simply cannot afford to buy a property here, or at least one big enough to erect a wardrobe in! I’ve spent hours looking online at property there and here and even in the city I can get a two bed place with parking for the cost of a very small one bed here with no parking. No brainer.

                      I’ve got quite a few friend there already so more than happy to take you out for some drinks if you want when you get here. They’re city based.

                      IELTS can be booked online at a location of your choice so you could just select your own uni. It’s all standardised and electronic so they allow you to choose your own centre. Think I paid about £100 but there certificate has a shelf life (12 or 24 months) so get the timinig right.

                      Your first call is that VETASSES assessment.

                      Good luck with it all. I’m more than happy to talk you through my visa app if you need help but honestly it’s very straightforward and the embassy in London are very willing to help.

                    • Mark May 8, 2016, 7:19 pm | Link

                      Hi Kat Phillip Yes whilst it was snow in Yorkshire last week we had 29 degrees here. We only knew one person here before leaving the UK. It was handy though as we had an address to register everything. its pretty difficult without one. We have 3 months ago bought a lovely 5 bed with pool and snooker pool room and three garages…Its well worth the trek out here from our point of view. .
                      Kat You need to work out how many points you need first and where they come from Degree Age You may not even need IELTS We left just after 45 having just got the invite 3 weeks to go to 45th birthday …. close as 10 more points go then and then it does get harder. so use the websites or MARA agents to see what points you have first thye will od that for free So you can see what you need IELTS was this time last year really tough, A lawyer friend with excellent English failed it 9 times yes and she was only one of about 15 to 20 on the course constantly failing one section We all cleared off ti the New Pearson and pretty what al passed first go in fact i scored a 88 89 and 2 90s way above my IELTS You can look IELTS up on the web goggle iELTS British Council Pearson is Pearson PTE assuming nothing’s changed take a day in Brum a holiday Inn and a Pearson, go to one of the open days, there is usually one at the motorcycle museum n Brum again Sorry you will learn a lot, If you have the wander lust you will love it here I’m form the USA originally, have just done 27 years in UK and now in Aus It has its problems but they are minimal (and a lack of prawn cocktail crisps) but everything else is good Unless you are a cityite and if you’re in E Anglia I’m guessing Norwich you probably won’t like living in or near the city. Its great to visit though Have a look at the South Eastern suburbs particularly from Cheltenham down to Dromana , The western suburbs are OK but still developing and the commute across the Yarra river Tulla West gate bridge is of small M25 proportions sometimes Good luck with it . We were helped when we were coming here and got here, its the Aussie way so happy to now pass on some help

              • Mark May 8, 2016, 3:23 pm | Link

                Yes understand the August bit Amazed you have avoided the police officer part.. ICT has been on curriculums for a while here and they are in fairness at all levels in front of UK They actually have room for an IT suite and each child at my sons school have a laptop each and that’s primary and that is not unusual. I can somehow not see that in UK except some of the private schools. The areas you have picked are very close to the city and id personally avoid it will be harder to rent a house there as its prime territory and unless you get a school job close by the commute out of there may be pretty bad as an idea I have a friend in Brighton who commutes to CBD it takes him 50 minutes that’s 10 mins to station in car 30 to 35 mins train and a final walk. Have a look further south Cheltenham Aspendale down the Mornington peninsular With the New m11 freeway its pretty quick to get North
                When you get here you will need an address to get a driving license as that the easiest ID form but without an address its impossible to get the license and without a license its pretty hard to rent something

                • Kat Daylyn May 8, 2016, 5:33 pm | Link

                  Thanks Phil, might just take you up on the offer (drinks and advice!)
                  The UK property market seems mad and doesn’t reflect average wages. I’m still living at home as I can’t afford to move out again having spent the last 4 years retraining. Cost of masters degree and having to do placements (ie working for free) to qualify have left me doing reduced hours at work.
                  I’ve been getting job alerts for the last 18 months in and around Melbourne and Sydney and I have seen plenty of teaching posts available. Not sure how the money compares but watching Wanted Down Under overall the salaries and job satisfaction seem to be significantly higher.

                  I don’t have any ties in the UK and I figure with facetime and skype can keep in contact with friends and relatives. A friend moved to NZ over a year ago and reckons she has contact with people more now than she did when she lived in London!

  • Tiffany April 28, 2016, 6:57 pm | Link

    Hi, my husband and I plan to move our family with 3 boys to Melbourne. We look for a suburb which is close to the city with good schools for the kids, great houses with big garden . Any recommendation please?


    • BobinOz April 29, 2016, 7:39 pm | Link

      Again, this is one I will need to leave to the locals, but it might be an idea if you let people know what your budget is and whether you’re renting or buying?

    • Rose April 30, 2016, 4:49 pm | Link

      I grew up in the eastern suburbs over the last 10 years, and now live in Middle Park. It all depends on how much you want to spend really. The best schools are around Kew/Hawthorn. These suburbs are leafy; close to the eastern freeway, trams/buses/trains; have great amenities such as sports/parks etc… But are also some of the most expensive “exclusive” suburbs. If you go out further to Templestowe/Balwyn/Camberwell areas, these also have the good schools etc but are a little further out. If you love small community feeling and lots of native bush with good schools and within 30-40minute drive of the city, Warrandyte/Park Orchards/Donvale are nice. Other suburbs worth looking into are areas such as st Kilda East which is very close to the city and schools.

      • Melbourne Rental Search May 2, 2016, 11:05 am | Link

        Hi Tiffany! Rose has some great recommendations! You may also want to consider some of the western/northern suburbs like Williamstown, Moonee Ponds or Essendon that are well known for great houses, not too far from the city and plenty of amenities. If you need any more information please let us know 🙂

        • bruzaoo5 May 2, 2016, 11:48 am | Link

          Hi Rosa & Tiffany, I’ve been following this post a little as i will be looking to relocate to Victoria (which unfortunately i’ve got to bypass my fav place Brisb due to the poor job market). I am 39 single dad and I will be relocating with my 11 yr old boy from Perth. I am looking at a suburb where the boy can be either be close to the train / tram line and go to a fairly good public school and where he can join a football club. He will be in his last year of primary school. I don’t want to be in an exclusive suburb but a decent and safe, family friendly area where the boy can take himself to school int eh mornings and afternoons. An area that is perhaps 20-30min from the city with lots of amenities, like gym, cafes etc, hospital, parks, train bus etc will be good. Perhaps any new estates that is going up that anyone may know of. Any further suggestions would be very much appreciated.

          • Melbourne Rental Search May 2, 2016, 2:17 pm | Link

            Hi Bruzaoo5
            Without knowing your budget, we would suggest you could consider areas around Altona, Pascoe Vale, Greensborough, Blackburn, Glen Waverley, Mordialloc or Moorabbin. These are about 30 min out of the city, have great public transport, solid public schools in reach and are family friendly. Melbourne is football obsessed so most suburbs will have opportunities for your son to join a team. If you are after a new estate, these are generally a fair bit further out from the city and can have less amenities with limited public transport.

  • clara April 28, 2016, 5:34 pm | Link

    hello, i’m Spanish and i would like to go to Melbourne and if its possible i would tike to study there to, but most of all i would like to get some new experience, i will go with the student visa that will only permit me to work for 20 hours per week. i was wondering if its difficult to find a job in Melbourne for non experience international students i do speak 4 languages though. and what job is usually available? thanks

    • BobinOz April 29, 2016, 7:36 pm | Link

      I will need to leave this one to the locals Clara. I know Melbourne is a very popular destination for students, so hopefully somebody with some insight will be able to help you out here. Anybody?

    • Rose April 30, 2016, 4:33 pm | Link

      I’m in my 20’s and have lots of European friends. In general it is quite competitive to find a job (even for us locals). If you are willing to work in a bar or a shop and have experience, you’ll have no problems. The Melbourne night life is great with so many quirky little places. Print your resume and take a wander around the CBD

  • V Lau April 27, 2016, 6:26 pm | Link

    I am planning to get a townhouse in either Essendon or Doncaster East as investment! Both properties are around AUD 700k, size around 120m. Which one with stronger potential capital gain in 5-10 years?!

  • Sam April 22, 2016, 9:02 am | Link

    Good morning!

    I’m a Brisbanite looking to move to Melbourne. Are there ‘bad’ areas of Melbourne (for a 27 year old female moving alone)? I like suburban areas not too crowded, and a bit of a commute wouldn’t bother me. Not sure what suburbs to look into. Thank you!


    • Jade Costello April 22, 2016, 2:21 pm | Link

      Hi Sam,
      So exciting to hear that your moving to Melbourne – Your going to Love it here! 🙂
      Melbourne is generally a safe city to live in, however there are certainly suburbs that are considered safer than others.
      The area and suburb in which you plan to rent a home in is a crucial factor in the lifestyle you wish to adopt. Choosing the right location to live in is paramount as it ultimately becomes your immediate community and most importantly determines what restaurants and shopping options you have right on your doorstep!

      When choosing a new home in Melbourne a good starting point is to consider what is really important to you.

      – How long am I willing to travel each day to get to work?
      – Am I going to drive or do I need public transport to be readily available?
      – Rental budget

      We have compiled a short list of our personal favourite Melbourne suburbs to rent in on our website:

      Wishing you all the best of luck. We are always just a phone call away if you have any questions at all regarding renting in Melbourne 🙂

  • Christopher March 31, 2016, 5:42 am | Link

    Hello, Bob!

    I’m writing you this afternoon because i’ve been interested in moving to Melbourne for a while now and i needed some advice. I’m 21 years old and currently pursuing my undergrad degree in psychology in the US and am waiting to save enough cash before i leave. I was wondering how someone like me might apply for a job first from the US to AUS, and how much money i should have before making my move. Thank you for all of the info provided thus far! I look forward to hearing from you.


    • BobinOz March 31, 2016, 8:58 pm | Link

      You can get help on this over on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, but it won’t be easy to secure a job whilst you’re not yet here in Australia and also it would probably be a good idea for you to get some postgrad work experience.

      As for money, who knows how much you might need, moving to Australia isn’t cheap. Of course, if you have a job to start immediately on arrival that will help, but if you don’t, I would try to have at least six months survival money, more if you can.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Willemijn March 21, 2016, 3:06 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    First of all, thanks! When we were preparing our big move we found a lot of useful information on your website. We moved to Melbourne about nine months ago and we are sharing our experience on our blog europe2australia. We have a separate section with practical information about moving to Melbourne. One of which is on finding a place to live in Melbourne, one of the most important issues when you want to move. Might be useful for your readers as well.
    Best regards,

    • BobinOz March 21, 2016, 11:26 pm | Link

      With your knowledge of Melbourne Willemijn, please feel free to assist my readers here in the comments when they have questions about where to live. You are more than welcome to include a link to your website as you have done with this comment by making your name a live link to your site.

      The more people you help then, I’m sure, the more of my readers will want to visit your website. Cheers, Bob

  • Lakshay March 20, 2016, 11:49 pm | Link

    Hey, I’m moving to Melbourne next year. Can you name nice places to live? A place which is green, houses with pool, near to beach and main market. Very much similar to Santa Monica of Los Angeles. Thanks!

    • BobinOz March 21, 2016, 9:08 pm | Link

      Well, I don’t know Melbourne nearly enough to advise you, I live up here in Brisbane. For some strange reason though, I’m thinking it might be worth you checking out Williamstown. But if a local comes along and tells you something different, I’d listen to them instead of me 🙂

    • Tido April 2, 2016, 3:21 am | Link

      Hey, from what you’ve described you’d be looking at the St Kilda, Port Melbourne areas, these are both affluent suburbs and generally known as more ‘upper class’ areas. That’s about 20-30 mins from Melbourne CBD. Not many homes in central Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs have pools as many houses are refurbished Victorian single homes. A characteristic of Melbourne housing is refurbished late Victorian homes with large extensions added to them.

    • Melbourne Rental Search April 12, 2016, 2:58 pm | Link

      Hi Lakshay! I’ve been 3 times to Santa Monica and I think the best equivalent in Melbourne would be St Kilda. It’s about 10 min from the city, right on the beach and has plenty of shops and bars/restaurants. Other alternatives could be Williamstown, Hampton, Sandringham, Elwood or Brighton. If you were willing to live away from the city Mt Martha could also be good or if you were looking for a more budget friendly option I’d recommend Aspendale or Altona. Hope this helps!! 🙂

  • Amruta March 12, 2016, 2:47 pm | Link

    I’m planning a semester abroad at Monash University, but want the full Melbourne city experience. Where do you suggest I look for a place? Price is not the biggest concern.

    • BobinOz March 14, 2016, 4:44 pm | Link

      For what it’s worth, I really liked St Kilda, but this is a question best answered by the locals.

    • Tido April 2, 2016, 3:25 am | Link

      From a locals perspective. A great place for university students would be areas such as Hawthorn, Camberwell and Richmond. The great thing about Melbourne is all these suburbs are directly linked to one another through our extensive tram network. If your looking for the ‘inner city’ ‘real’ Melbourne experience I’d suggest a suburb like Richmond. 5-10 minute tram ride to the CBD and easy transport connections to Clayton, the location of Melbourne larger Monash Campus 🙂

    • Melbourne Rental Search April 12, 2016, 3:04 pm | Link

      Hi Amruta! I think if you want a full Melbourne city experience you could move to any of the following inner city locations: Prahran, South Yarra, Carlton, St. Kilda, Richmond, Windsor, Collingwood, Brunswick etc… All of these neighbourhoods are filled with young diverse crowds and have great access to the bars, restaurants, events and shops that will make your time in Melbourne amazing. That said, if you are going to Monash I agree with Tido that Richmond probably has the best public transport options for you to get to uni. If you have any other queries please let us know! 🙂

  • Tracy Olson February 15, 2016, 3:43 am | Link

    My daughter is heading to Melbourne the first of the month. She and her boyfriend are coming on a work/travel visa for a year. Where would you suggest they set up shop that would be economical for a couple of kids straight out of college and needing to find a job quickly? We love your web site and it has helped us immensely! Thank you.

    • BobinOz February 15, 2016, 5:37 pm | Link

      Most people head to one of the backpackers places, you can get lots more information about this on my pages about Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia.

      Glad to hear my website has been helpful to you. Thanks, Bob

    • Melbourne Rental Search April 12, 2016, 3:16 pm | Link

      Hi Tracey! If they are on a tight budget I’d recommend getting an air BnB somewhere close to the city like Brunswick, St Kilda, Prahran etc. There are many private rooms available for $40 a night. They can then search for a share house once they arrive using a site like flatmate finder or gum tree or get their own rental from or For a young couple wanting to experience the best of Melbourne I’d definitely recommend sticking to inner city. Share houses can also be a better option as often there will already be a lease in place so although they will still need to provide all their details to the landlord, the process isn’t as strict.

  • shani Patel February 9, 2016, 6:58 pm | Link


    My name is Shani Patel. I am planning to come Melbourne for study in April with my wife. So I would like to live in Melbourne near Latrobe University.I am Indian so i prefer to live with Indians at cheap rate. Can you please suggest some areas or residents where i can stay.

  • Kelly January 27, 2016, 9:20 am | Link

    Good afternoon. I have been reading a number of blog entries and really have found some of the information and responses on here quite useful, so I figured.. why not! 🙂
    I have been contacted by a recruiting agency with regards to my work and may be looking at moving to the Melbourne area. I would be working for the Victorian Government and am really excited about this possibility. I have another teleconference this week so we will see what comes of it.
    I have been looking around at places to live and wondering where would best suit our needs. I have a husband and 9year old son – who absolutely loves Hockey and fishing (which had me a bit worried because I didn’t even think there was hockey in Australia – But there is some academy’s and associations in Melbourne which is great news!
    I’m leaning towards Point Cook area? That was just an area that caught my eye and was quite appealing – also seemed to have everything that our family loves. I am not sure what office I would be working at so I guess that will have some impact. Although I am prepared to commute approx. 45mins to work if it means living somewhere that my family absolutely loves. I am wondering if you or anyone has some other suggestions. We do not want to be in the heart of the city. We enjoy a more laid back active lifestyle. Close to water.. fishing .. parks… and of course schools. Any and all feedback welcome. Thanks in advance!!

    • BobinOz January 28, 2016, 8:03 pm | Link

      Hi Kelly

      This is one of those questions I will need to leave to the locals, hopefully somebody will be along soon to help you out. Anyone got any tips for Kelly?

    • David January 30, 2016, 3:47 pm | Link

      Hi Kelly,
      I don’t know a great deal of the Point Cook side of town but public transport is mainly going to be bus (at least to get to a railway station on the Werribee line unless you want to drive that distance and hope to get a parking spot). Here is a link to the map of public transport in the City of Wyndham (which includes Point Cook):

      The map also shows coastal wetland parks on Port Philip Bay.

      You could also consider the next municipality closer to Melbourne, the City of Hobsons Bay, which includes Altona and Williamstown (Altona also just appears on the far right of the City of Wyndham map, about half way up). This is the link to the map of public transport in the City of Hobsons Bay:

      There are coastal parks and foreshore walking areas there, too. I’ve heard that Williamstown has a more village-like atmosphere, but that might be an indication of its popularity, thus prices of housing (rental or purchase) might be higher there than in either Altona or Point Cook. That would be a matter to research.

      I understand that the volume of traffic on the Princes Freeway from Point Cook into Melbourne is very, very heavy in peak hour as the freeway carries traffic from further afield, e.g., Geelong and Werribee (not that traffic on the east side of Melbourne is light in peak hour, either!). The traffic situation might be another factor in favour of Altona and Williamstown, which might offer the prospect of being able to walk to a railway station.

      I hope this helps.

    • Toby March 26, 2016, 6:51 pm | Link

      Hi Kelly, not sure if this is still relevant to you, but maybe others can benefit from it if you’ve already made the move. Point cook is a new development area about 15-20 km south west of the city. It’s family friendly and close to the bay with good fishing (flathead, squid, whiting, gummy shark). However, poor planning has seen major traffic issues around peak times, with delays of up to 1hr just to get onto the road to the city. They have nearly finished building a second access rd to the highway but i think with all the extra housing going in the problem will still persist.
      Look at Geelong instead, close to real beaches (as well as the bay), wineries, golf, great food and world class schools and university. Geelong is about 70km from Melbourne cbd connected by a 100kph freeway, so in light traffic about 45 minutes. Peak hour, you hit the princes fwy carpark at point cook! (But it probably took you less time to get there than point cook residents!). On another note, many government agencies are moving to or have recently moved to geelong, I don’t know who you are working for; but chances are they might already have offices in Geelong. I would recommend Geelong over Melbourne any day – especially for young families. Even if you work in Melbourne cbd, its less than 1hr on the train.
      Best of luck, hope this is of some help to you.

    • Tido April 2, 2016, 3:28 am | Link

      If your a sons a fan of hockey if suggest Melbourne High Hockey Club ;).

    • Melbourne Rental Search April 12, 2016, 3:27 pm | Link

      Hi Kelly! It all depends on your budget. You can get a new rental in Point Cook in a pretty good location for approx. $400 a week. But the downside is that it can be a long and frustrating commute to work. If your budget is more than this then there are some amazing family friendly, very relaxed neighbourhoods like Williamstown, Altona, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Mentone… etc. Or some other more budget friendly options could be Chelsea or Aspendale. If you have any other questions please let us know 🙂

  • Tania January 27, 2016, 5:43 am | Link

    Hello everyone,

    So I have just been granted my visa to move to Australia today and I’m super excited. However, I have been having difficulties choosing on where to move too. It’s between Melbourne and Perth. They both look amazing in such different ways.

    I’m 23 and will be moving with my boyfriend who is 27. We do enjoy a lively lifestyle but wouldn’t go out partying very often. We prefer doing activities such as going to the beach, camping, hiking, water sports and basically anything that is outdoors. But then we also like the theater, musicals, restaurants and cafes….

    When it comes to careers, he has a degree in Computing and i have a degree in Business. Which would be easiest to find a job?

    What would give me the best lifestyle overall? If anyone could give me some hints or tips in regards this I would really appreciate it. We are booking flights soon for two months time and still don’t know where to go too.

    Thank you,

    • BobinOz January 27, 2016, 4:25 pm | Link

      Given what you said about yourselves Tania, I’d go Melbourne. I think Perth is a great place for young families and bringing up kids, but even for somebody who doesn’t party often, I think you will find the nightlife lacking. Melbourne is much more lively and will probably offer better job opportunities as well.

      Just my view, as you say, they are both great cities. Maybe somebody else has a different opinion?

      Good luck, wherever you decide.

    • Adrian January 28, 2016, 9:17 pm | Link

      I haven’t even been to Perth so take this with a grain of salt:

      Beaches, outdoor stuff. Definately Perth. With Melbourne, you’d have a bit of driving before you hit a good beach. Perth 1. Melbourne 0.

      Restaurants, theatres, cafes… Definately Melbourne. Melbourne may even beat Sydney for this. Perth 1. Melbourne 1.

      Nightlife? Melbourne again. Some people say Perth is just like a country town but bigger (very clean, though and good good public transport). Perth 1. Melbourne 2.

      Career in Business/IT. Melbourne most likely. The resource boom is over so Perth isn’t doing as well as it was. Melbourne is bigger, attracts more business, therefore more opportunities. Perth 1. Melbourne 3.

      Perth – great beaches, outdoors, hot weather.

      Melbourne – cooler climate, cafes, restaurants, nightlife. More opportunities for jobs.
      Have you been to either one yet? Maybe a visit to both will help you decide.

      Disclaimer: I live in Melbourne.

      • BobinOz January 29, 2016, 10:02 pm | Link

        Sounds just like the Crystal Palace vs Tottenham game last weekend 🙂

        I agree entirely as well, nice round up Adrian.

    • Ken February 2, 2016, 10:50 am | Link

      Hi Tania.
      Definitely Melbourne. For all the things you mention, Melbourne only misses on one point…. beaches. Most people refer to the Bayside beaches which are very average….but, get to the coast and yay, they are good. Great coastal beaches, with good surf, great fishing etc but very different to other states on the east and west coast that have ‘nice pretty beaches’.
      As far as outdoors go, Victoria has within easy reach – snowfields, deserts, oceans, rainforests, mountains etc. Plus, being on the east coast, cheap to Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast etc for those quick weekend getaways. From Perth, it a long flight and expensive to go anywhere unless you like Bali. Many folk leave Perth now as it way too expensive and can be isolating. As newcomers, I would highly recommend Melbourne to meet what you need – it’s also easier to form friendships which is important.

    • James February 2, 2016, 8:26 pm | Link

      It seems from your post you would prefer the outdoors with good weather and if that is the case then Perth would have to be your bet. You should look at what Western Australia offers in terms of outdoors and great areas to head away to. WA has some of the most remote and best beaches in Australia and also Perth doesn’t have too bad of beaches. In winter it will rain for a couple of weeks then you will have clear skies with a temp around 20-24 degrees. Sunniest capital in Australia. A few places that a close to Perth you should look at are Margaret River region, Albany, Ledge Point, Jurien Bay all within a few hours. If you look further you have Shark Bay, Monkey Mia, Kalbarri, Coral Bay (Ningaloo Reef is an absolute must to visit!). If you go even further north you have Karijini, Broome and the Kimberleys.

      Melbourne has got the nightlife no doubt and it is cheaper compared to Perth but then also your wages are less in Melbourne so it is all relative. Perth’s nightlife in the city is starting to pick up but by no means is it like Melbourne – a lot of micro breweries have kicked off years ago in Perth which you may want to look at because nothing beats a frothy on a Sunday evening watching the sun set over the ocean. If you like to go out now and then you should look at Perth as it is definitely a lifestyle place to live. The resources boom is slowing down but there is plenty of work in those sectors you mentioned. I would see where you can get work, or at least get more feedback from your resumes. There is a big emphasis on BI across a lot of sectors in Perth and also optimisation within the IT industry.

      I am from Perth but I love to visit Melbourne and have family from there and it is a good break from Perth. However, if you want consistent good weather, great beaches, coastal life style and in a big country town then Perth is worth a look at. If you like to be in a city with restaurants, theatres and bars consistently open during the week then Melbourne is your bet. You wouldn’t like the cafes in Perth although since the boom is over the price of coffee is coming down to a house deposit. Oh, and to stir the pot, the beaches in Victoria have nothing on the beaches in WA 😉 Save your money on flights visiting the GC and the like. Hop in a car and hit the tarmac to find some hidden gems.

      • Bruce February 4, 2016, 3:49 pm | Link

        I think as a new comer, it all depends what your priority is. I would think that finding ajob could be the first priority. Perth offers some of the best beacches going, white crystal clear beaches (in most parts, great going down south – 2hrs drive). Nightlife is ok but you will soon get bored and Perth i s”clicky”. Ned to find your little circles…lol. Be mindful, the resources boom is over and Perth is struggling in many areas. Engineering, construction etc is very very competitive and lots of people out work and looking for work..

        Melbourne is a lot more vibrant city, lots to do. Beaches not so great, but its cheap to fly to the Gold Coast or Sydney for a quick getaway for some nice sandy beaches. There are better work opportunities over east and i am actually considering leaving Perth for Melbourne (Brisbane was my choice but Brissie is just as flat in my work profession). I live in Perth for 20 years so i now how tough it can be.

        So it all depends what you can do, if you are a qualified Tradie then Perth might be ok otherwise go east get some work experience and then look at transitioning over to Perth if you want nice sandy beaches, hot summer days.

      • Scott February 24, 2016, 2:19 am | Link

        Way to isolated though, having grown up there, I get return flights for $120 Adelaide to Melbourne. Adelaide not the best city in this country, but I can’t even get under $400 return just to see family in Perth. Travelling is so much easier this neck of the woods, I have been interstate 10 times in the 2.5 years being in SA. Living in Melbourne you can fly to Hobart one way for $50, Sydney for around $80, Brisbane for $120 and the list goes on.

    • Scott February 24, 2016, 2:13 am | Link

      Melbourne, faster paced multicultural city with great sporting events, night life and cooler weather (sometimes rains many days). Perth very very isolated from all the other Australian cities, hot summers, cool winters, very nice beaches. I would go to Melbourne, at your age it would be easier to make friends there and there is so much else to do other than sporting events and nightlife.

    • Tido April 2, 2016, 3:31 am | Link

      If your under the age of 45 and aren’t and into stamp collecting and Wednesday night bingo I’d steer clear of Perth ;). From what you said about enjoying theatre and immersive experiences Melbournes your place 🙂

  • Lee January 20, 2016, 6:17 pm | Link

    Hey Bob,

    Thanks for all the great articles. I have been lurking on your site for a couple of months now. I’m working on a property search engine for Australia called Homekoala and it’s located at

    I would love for you to check it out should you have the time and let me know what you think!


    • BobinOz January 20, 2016, 9:59 pm | Link

      Brave of you to enter such a competitive market, lots of big players. I wish you well with it Lee, looks good, but I haven’t tested it for the search results, I’m on holiday at the moment, Internet is at snail pace:-)

  • Laxi January 19, 2016, 2:57 am | Link

    i am going to study in Melbourne in this next semester and dun know how to fine apartment to live ? could u suggest me some link to find the apartment? thanks

    • BobinOz January 19, 2016, 4:57 pm | Link

      There is a link in the article above.

    • Melbourne Rental Search April 12, 2016, 3:36 pm | Link

      Hi Laxi! The most popular websites to find apartments would probably be or If you want to find a home yourself you will need to arrange short term accommodation to stay in while you search for apartments. Unfortunately, landlords will not rent you an apartment unless you inspect it in person. Once you find one you like and the landlord accepts your application you can then move in.

      Alternatively, we offer a service where we can secure a Melbourne apartment on your behalf so you can move straight in as soon as you arrive.

      Our website is if you would like to see our packages.

      Hope this helps 🙂

    • Pedro Pereira April 26, 2016, 8:11 pm | Link

      I would say . It have been helping for alot of time in Sydney 🙂

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