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’.

Questions about Melbourne?

If you have any question about living in Melbourne, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.

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  • michelle January 31, 2017, 6:18 pm | Link

    Hi looking at moving to Melbourne in Oct this year soooooo over sydney. 35 YEARS IS TOO LONG TO BE HERE. i am a nurse in 40s no ties looking to make Melbourne my home. Out of the ugliness of sydney. love nature into community and all things spiritual, only been for a short break in Melbourne originally from NZ liked what i saw and felt being there like NZ but don’t have a clue where to start looking. Any info would be greatly welcomed.
    Cheers Michelle

    • Mark February 1, 2017, 6:07 am | Link

      Hi Michelle Im perhaps not the best to advise not having lived in Australia anywhere near as long as you but I have seen a lot of Melbourne and if you read through some of my posts in answer to tehrs here, you will find great favouritism towards the Mornington Peninsula…Its a lovely part of Melbourne and is still in the Metro are incredibly.

      • BobinOz February 1, 2017, 11:40 pm | Link

        St Kilda might be worth a look, quite a buzzy little suburb in a bohemian kind of way. I only spent a week there, so I can’t really judge, but it was definitely one of the trendier suburbs I’ve ever been to in Australia.

        Have a look at…

      • Dev February 13, 2017, 9:16 am | Link

        Hi Mark. We arrived In Melbourne about 2 weeks from the UK. Doing research and reading blogs for almost a year couldn’t prepare me for how different it is! I had a interview in Abbotsford 2 days after I landed, and to be honest, my wife cried and I almost did. I don’t know it you been there, but I could only compare it to downtown LA.

        It is rundown with graffiti on every building and house. And this is supposed to be one of the most hip and in demand areas in Melbourne! Comming from a Cotswold village in rural England, it couldn’t be more different.

        Secondly finding a place to rent is not possible if you not employed. I had a few interviews lined up, but with most employers, you have a 3 month trial period. Short term lease is very expensive, we stay in B&B’s at the moment.

        In the UK(or any where else) , if someone advertise a house, you phone the agent, look at the house, and you get the keys the next day. Over here, they advertise the time they gonna be at the house(normally a 10 minute window), you go there with 20 other people, fill in a form and pray to God you get the place. Else, wait till next week and do it again. This can literally go indefinitely!

        Obviously if you literally a millionaire, this won’t phase you. The prices of the houses isn’t London yet, but it is certainly a lot more expensive than the rest of England. For $600000, you ain’t getting much, certainly not within 30 km of Melbourne. The Dandenongs is great , but not if you work in the CBD.

        • Mark February 13, 2017, 9:51 am | Link

          Hi Dev Yes i agree with you on some fronts. Abbotsford is dire in parts but look at the houses at what might be termed the leafy end overlooking the Yarra . Its an upcoming area but I am reminded of Peckham in London.. I knew it well in the days of late Delboy and look at it now. Abbotsford is not much difference. When we landed we had a company house in Brighton. I was not too happy coming from a rural area in the UK but a drive and I found happier places. You’ve had a bad start maybe. The three month lease and job thing you are somewhat on the wrong path. Doing the wrong thing saying the wrong thing call it what you will.. There is tricks to getting a rental. How to beat the to speak. As for prices yes 600 is a lot bit there are areas its far more achievable in…Ask Bob for my number or email if you want or post yours in a reply Bob will delete it after I am sure… I havent put mine in just in case you dont want it…. See If we can point you in other directions… .

          • Dev February 13, 2017, 2:53 pm | Link

            Hi Mark. That would be very kind. I’ll appreciate any help I can get at the moment. My email is

            • Mark February 13, 2017, 5:29 pm | Link

              Have sent you a message, check your spam just in case,. lets see if you we can point you in a better direction.

    • David February 3, 2017, 8:08 am | Link

      Hi Michelle, A lot of people have found and find the Dandenong Ranges to be very spiritual, whether it be for yoga or meditation, so one of the hills townships might appeal to you. An early example:

      There are a few government hospitals in Melbourne’s outer east that are readily accessible from the Dandenongs; see

      There are another two (Casey and Dandenong) in Melbourne’s outer south-east that are also readily accessible from the Dandenong Ranges; see

      In addition to these, there are many private hospitals in Melbourne’s in those areas.

    • Dylan February 5, 2017, 8:38 am | Link

      Hi Michelle. It largely depends on what your price range is. Melbourne, like Sydney, is a very expensive place to live and many areas (inner east and southeast) are largely unaffordable.

  • Mandy January 29, 2017, 1:40 am | Link

    Hi, I’ve been reading the posts since starting to plan my immigration with husband and three children. We have arrived in Melbourne yesterday and keen to find a home to settle into our new life. I am due to start my job in cheltham, Melbourne and keen for the kids aged 7,13 and 16 to live in a family surberb with access to schools, colleges shops and clubs preferably near beach. Looking for an environment that is safe for the older children to explore by themselves or with new friends. Suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Mark January 29, 2017, 8:55 am | Link

      Hi Mandy Congratulations on your visa and arrival Im assuming you need some sleep today after the time of posting but when you have I can suggest some places to look. I am also assuming Cheltenham (my spileng 😉 is atrocious when I am wide awake I type too quick)
      Have a drive down the Nepean Highway today till you reach the Mornington Peninsula and have a look round there anywhere south of Frankston Ideally Mt Eliza Mornington Mt Martha. dont worry its too far a commute as the further you get you get closer slightly inland to the M11 freeway which can have you back in Cheltenham in about 30 35 minutes I think. It can be congested around north of there. We have a company house there where we stayed when we landed I also can appreciate how tough it is looking for a house and so on. with children worried where at times ours are 12 and 8 . Have a drive down Main Street Mornington These areas tick all the boxes you have id say Further inland and closer look at Cranbourne Lang Warrin Id avoid Dandenong Anyway happy to help if you need as know the area very well schools, shops, where to go, I had replied to this and then my internet went just as I pressed submit so sorry Bob if there is a duplicate somewhere

  • Jay January 26, 2017, 9:16 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I just moved to Australia from Dubai. I was based in Sydney and recently I have been posted in Melbourne.While in Sydney I was staying in a resort style village with security, green areas, pool,gym etc.Also it was about 5km away from CBD.

    I wanted to know if such properties are available in Melbourne for rentals and in case you know of any , please let me know. I generally prefer this type of a rental with all facilities and the added sense of security as well.

    Thank you. appreciate the work on the site,


    • Mark January 27, 2017, 7:39 am | Link

      Without you travelling down to the Mornington peninsula or the Balarine on the west side, both around an hours drive I dont think such a thing exists Try the Wyndham hotel or Langham. I have stayed at both and both are pretty good

  • sona January 24, 2017, 11:02 pm | Link

    sona from India planning to immigrate to australia along with family myself and my husband both into teaching which is quite cheaper and safer place in australia looking into education of my son who is 8 years please mark give clear picture

    • Mark January 25, 2017, 6:14 am | Link

      I am guessing you have not got your visa yet, you need to do that first. Look and apply for jobs when you have a Visa. Id suggest not before. Then look for area to live near job, then a school and all will start to fall into place. .

  • martin gertsacov January 20, 2017, 9:55 am | Link

    Hi. Single, American male here….thinking of renting a flat in Melbourne for a month or so in May/June. Most important considerations for me are location in a part of the city where, without a car, I have easy access to bars and restaurants…theatres and night life, and safe to walk anywhere…. price not necessarily a problem, within reason!!! Help please!

    • Mark January 20, 2017, 10:40 am | Link

      Hi Martin There is only place to go then and that’s St Kilda Its just outside the city in the East but most of the population can feel like they are there some nights

      • martin gertsacov January 21, 2017, 9:30 am | Link

        Thanks Mark….if there is anything more you can add to that answer, I would greatly appreciate it!

        • Mark January 21, 2017, 9:20 pm | Link

          Im not sire what I can add you can google for renting its a pretty great place. wander down the long boardwalk every evening and you have more places serving than you can shake a stick at… its easy access to the CBD if you need, you have all manner of shopping in reach..there are perhaps a couple pf streets you may wish to avoid as they are slightly less salubrious but apart from that If your west coast based where I was from its like living in Huntington Beach or Santa Monica

    • Dylan Isler February 5, 2017, 8:44 am | Link

      If you want to be in the downtown region of Melbourne, then I suggest the CBD, Southbank or Docklands. In these areas, you can catch a train or tram to any place in the city. I wouldn’t be going to St Kilda because it is quite cold here during May and June (winter) and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the beach anyway.

      • martin gertsacov February 7, 2017, 11:57 am | Link

        Hi Dylan….and thanks for the response. Of the three places you mentioned…which has the most options if I want diversions in the neighborhood I live in…apart from trams to other places…

        • Dylan Isler February 8, 2017, 5:52 pm | Link

          Hi Martin… the CBD is great for shopping and cafe’s, Southbank is good for restaurants, particularly around Crown Entertainment Complex. The Docklands is the newer area of the city and it has a lot of cheaper dining and shopping, as well as a few tourist attractions such as the Melbourne Observation Wheel. I would say that there is more to do in the CBD, however you can get to the CBD from Southbank and Docklands very easily

  • Manirul Masud January 18, 2017, 4:28 pm | Link

    I’m Masud from Bangladesh, I’m planning to move Australia with my family by next year. I’m a Business man, I intent to establish my Apparels business and my 14 years old daughter need a good public school. We prefer to live any low cost city in Victoria or NSW state,
    So, can you advice which city would be better for us, considering my Apparels business and my daughter’s education.

    • Simone January 20, 2017, 6:55 am | Link

      I would recommend south east suburbs. Cranbourne is cheaper to establish yourself but building up fast with surrounding suburbs in Clyde and other spots. New schools are popping up there every year but it is a large area still. Dandenong is half an hour away with the markets etc. Its worth looking into.

  • aun January 15, 2017, 5:21 am | Link

    I want a house in melbourne any suggestions cheap price ?

    • Mark January 15, 2017, 12:32 pm | Link

      Well apart from the Melbourne edition of Monopoly try

      • BobinOz January 15, 2017, 7:06 pm | Link

        Or go to Adelaide instead 🙂

        • David February 3, 2017, 8:17 am | Link

          Adelaide is great; just been there for a few days. Motorists are courteous and obey the speed limit, thus driving there is a pleasure. There are new expressways to the west of Adelaide, built in the last 3 or 4 years since I was last there, so getting around is much easier than before. I don’t know what house prices are like but I reckon they’d be lower than in Melbourne.

          • BobinOz February 3, 2017, 6:23 pm | Link

            Yes, I just checked, average price in December 2016 in Adelaide was $425k compared with $641k in Melbourne. So they are cheaper. I agree as well David, it is a great city, I found the people there to be super friendly and helpful and it’s a very easy city to get around.

  • ali January 12, 2017, 10:15 pm | Link

    Hey where is the best place to live in melbourne any suggestion

    • Mark January 12, 2017, 11:16 pm | Link

      There is many factors will influence the answer supposedly one of the the best suburbs is somewhere like Toorak but my money is on anywhere on the Mornington peninsular, it depends what you want close to CBD trains, rural, beach or need to be within five minutes of the airport..your budget and so on… It may be worth you reading this recent thread

      • Chris January 15, 2017, 7:17 am | Link

        Hi Mark,

        Looking to move from Surrey, England to Melbourne in early 2018. I’ve been looking at a few towns like Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen, Hurstbridge. What’s your opinion of these? Not really fussed about living next to a beach, would prefer semi rural.



        • Mark January 15, 2017, 11:43 am | Link

          Hi Chris Your move from Surrey depends where from I guess… I know Godalming and Guildford and a little place called Plaistow… I think just over the county line if you love Plaistow youd perhaps love these places All of these three places as they are all about the same, it does really depend on your version of Semi rural I personally dont know these areas well but have just spoken with a guy who works for me and lives in Greensborough.nearby ..he is looking to move because of congestion but says he’d love to live in these places as the roads are clear but tahts because there is not much there and would miss cafes shops and things in fact he said there is nothing there… Ive just been chatting to a guy from Leicester on here under the page of …free e book…. and you may be in a similar boat though with more justification Your big city is of course London Everyone thinks be near Melbourne city CBD to be like near Leicester or Birmingham truth is its nothing like… Have a read down some more of the comments I have made and on this page and when you find a lady called Mel from I think Townsfield read that one twice She wanted semi rural and found but her husband still wanted to be closer to a work space….if you can enlighten me on your reasons, any budget, rent, buy, planned commute where and buses trains etc..I can be more guiding. I think id put these three places as rural in my version of rural I have lived in Plaistow for a couple of months back in 96 97 and it was too rural for me, pub, shop and that’s (was my) your lot. Travel time to somewhere half decent was 20 minutes

          • Chris January 16, 2017, 11:47 pm | Link

            Hi mark, I know Godalming and Guildford well. I currently live in Epsom, which is really built up now just like most surrounding towns as the uk government is on a mass house building project. A project which is causing severe traffic congestion and over population problems. How long have you been in Victoria and and where do you reside there? I’ve looked at D.Creek, wattle glen and definitely like what I see. I’ve also looked into Ferntree Gully, Berwick, Tecoma – also like the look of these areas- can you recommend these at all? I work in telecoms so hoping to get a similar role in vic. Hoping to be able to afford something in the region of $750000 inc a mortgage.

            • Mark January 18, 2017, 8:28 am | Link

              Hi Chris Ok that’s a ‘curved ball’, I was expecting you saying somewhere really quiet not Epsom. Even on my visits there and there have been many and surrounds. Id take myself back to Hotel sanity in the area as far away as Henley… With your statements, your no different to me. One of my main reasons for leaving UK was too many people on such a small island and its just getting worse. The infrastructures cannot cope. When you see, three to four thousand new homes planned but no one says, “yes a new road! School hospital…ahhhhhh!!!!! Your questions answered, year and half and the Mornington Peninsular. I try to help out with answers on Melbourne as I have traveled significantly in it and have a great deal of info to hand on locations, As I work in what might be loosely termed. TV Music. Only yesterday was I rattling around Pin Oak Court. in South Vermont .Yes I had no idea what it was when I was invited. luckily before I insulted someone I had found out it was Ramsay Street. A rabbit in the headlights as I was asked did I have favourite character. I had met Mark Little years ago so went with him. Relief….Got out of that one… I digress but leads me nicely to congestion around that area into the city …Melbourne isnt congested…to an Aussie it is, to you it wont be. There is some 5 million folk nearly in the sprawl inc tourists…Look at a map Start with say Ferntree Gully draw a line to Croydon south then a line horizontal across the top of the city and one from Ferntree gully to the bay area somewhere near Brighton …With the exception of some pockets both in and out of that oblong thats probably the busiest parts of the Eastern and South Eastern suburbs. city area.
              Berwick is nice but the Monash or M1 from say Officer to the M3 can get bad….One particular pocket area to avoid is Dandenong for many many reasons. Endevour Hills and Lysterfield are both lovely close by but can be pricey. Tecoma is great but somewhat swallowed by the Belgrave(s) so dont rule them out. Ive been there quite a few times as Melbourne’s answer to the Bluebell line is there… It can be hilly, Children on bikes struggling… We have friends in Berwick, Narre Warren(s) and even as far out as Cocaktoo and Emerald…all great places…the thing is perhaps to look at jobs as you would not want a commute daily from much past say Berwick to the CBD.. Its about 40k to the CBD, My TV location ‘expurgated’ data says Berwick is poor for its city proximity and telecommunications coverage. The area does have a decent cultural sector, decent open space and clear roads. A low crime rate, However more shops, schools and dining options would improve the area. Ferntree gully is a higher insurance risk if that helps…Have a look at,au for a house. you should be fine…There is however nothing like driving around yourself when you get here. Unless your trying to buy from afar which is difficult. Only you will know when you feel right with a place.

              • Chris January 19, 2017, 7:39 pm | Link

                Hi Mark,

                Great info- thank you! Yes we’re both reading from the same text book regarding the state of the uk. I guess my family and I are looking for a better quality lifestyle/work balance. We are certainly not afraid of hard work. We are looking to escape an over populated congested tin of sardines country that we have run out of patience with. I understand Melbourne is a busy city , on a par with Sydney almost but surely it can’t be like the uk. How is the current economy out there?



                • Mark January 19, 2017, 8:36 pm | Link

                  No its nothing like the UK on the day we flew out Id stayed with a good friend in a little village near Southwater not that far from you A catch up before departure Anyway we left 9 am to get to St Pancras for 12.20 1hr 20 maybe 40 got me to near Brentfrod M4 to A4 in to the smoke (A3 your having a laugh) the next hour twenty was spent inching forward I even had to get the rental outfit to come out and collect the car as I stopped at the front and flung cases onto a trolley We flew from CDG to Aus to explain. Ive just done some 255 miles here today Great Ocean road trip all in one day, bit mad in hindsight but we crammed it all in…that’s like you driving to say the lake district and stopping off en route to see sights. no chance!!! Maybe thats my point you maybe dont have to go so rural to achieve what you want as an opposite to Epsom…
                  Ecomy seems Ok here great even..some are talking it down and I feel there is not as many jibs but I’m no expert in this…you say telecoms… as one of the obvious outfits BT we have a similar bunch in Telstra Id offer them a new slogan, my personal opinion only of course ….;If we can muck it up we will; … (Ill sort the litigation Bob) so no change there across the globe…. You will be fine out here… Its probably another area anyway…Will your wife work in what field ? Do you have children emigrating ? Happy to help in any way Im so happy we are out here…We both feel semi retired in comparison to UK work is nowhere near as hard Ok Ive been let off a lot, my boss has given me some fairly free reigns as he now has a child he has calmed down work I’m not the best example but my wife does the same job as UK and is far far happier some 50 to 60 hours a week as she loves her job is now around 42 a week Ive got my wife back of an evening and weekend and the children their mom…

                  • BobinOz January 20, 2017, 9:36 pm | Link

                    Okay, thanks Mark, if Telstra do come at me, that would be great if you could sort it out. You may want to take the following post into consideration as well…


                    If I’m not mistaken, it’s the longest post I’ve ever written. It’s not a post really, it’s a rant. I don’t expect you, or anybody to read it all, although I think some have, but if we end up in court, it might be a good idea to have a quick skim through so you have a gist 🙂

                    What worries me more than that though, is I’m moving again in a month, and I want to transfer my internet service provider, TPG, to my new address again. Oh dear.

                    Expect Bobinoz to go quiet for a while online.

                    • Mark January 20, 2017, 10:45 pm | Link

                      Youll be pleased to hear a company of this size cannot litigate for Libel, they have other remedies but that’s providing the statements are false… Now no one could actually make up the stories of Telstra I wonder if Roald Dahl ever encountered them. Ive just read the blog and I think I have had said we went through similar. Something that is so easy is made so difficult But yes you are moving
                      I have no words of sympathy that will be able to console you in relation to this move. I feel you know yourself things will not go well. Im not sure who trains some of the staff, maybe its BT, maybe its Mr Bean. Maybe somewhere in say the Schilthorn in the Bernesee Oberland is an out of reach mountain training camp for …If we can muck it up We will!!!!….. Its headed by a guy stroking a white cat. Now Mr Bob you want a telephone line and internet I seeeeee.
                      I felt sure in reading the blog Dan was going to be a hero only to be cut off in his prime ahhhhhhh
                      One thing I am not so sure on is your use of the words “service provider” really ….Id use many words but that’s not two of them…. Chris dont let us put you off. The guys on the ground are great

  • Palanisamy January 7, 2017, 1:42 am | Link

    Dear Bob,

    My self from Malaysia and just received my PR visa to Ausie and the main cause for my migration is to have better education opportunities for my growing kids and to have quality family life. Currently im running my construction business in Malaysia. I need your advice on where to live in Ausie and how would be the business opportunity for me. Awaits your advice. Thanks.

  • Hunter January 4, 2017, 5:44 pm | Link

    Hi my name is Hunter and i am 14 years old and me and my father are planning to move to australia from canada. we have not yet decided where we would like to live but were thinking of Brisbane and Melbourne. My dad excels in mechanics and as a heavy machinery operator and im planning on becoming a lawyer. i am a very social guy as well as my father and we were wondering which place best suits us. Id appreciate any suggestions thank you 🙂

    • BobinOz January 5, 2017, 8:14 pm | Link

      Melbourne and Brisbane are two very different places, here are just a few of the differences:

      Melbourne; housing is more expensive, the weather is extremely variable, it can be really hot or really cold, but it is a bustling and lively city with excellent job opportunities.

      Brisbane; the housing is much cheaper, it’s much hotter here with a subtropical climate but the city itself is far more laid-back, nowhere near as busy while still being big enough to meet most needs. There are jobs here, but not as many as Melbourne.

      You can read more about these cities on my page A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia.

      You can research job opportunities in each of those cities from the links on my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      Hope that helps, and good luck, Bob

    • Simone January 20, 2017, 6:59 am | Link

      I have personally lived at both and I much prefer Melbourne. Its the garden state 🙂 It can be more expensive but the stifling heat of QLD got to me. Its heavy and tiring. Whereas my father lives in QLD and cant stand the cold of Victoria. Both have their qualities but for business purposes I would think Victoria is better. Its the second biggest city to Sydney whereas I look at QLD like Florida in the USA.

  • Avril January 4, 2017, 8:15 am | Link

    Hi guys,

    Myself and my partner will be moving to Melbourne next month and I was just wondering if any one knew what the job situation is like in the Pharmaceutical industry at the minute. My partner has a PhD in cancer research and also industry experience so he would be looking to do research or work in R&D. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    • BobinOz January 5, 2017, 7:49 pm | Link

      In the absence of anyone giving you specific local knowledge, you can research the job situation using the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      Hope that helps, Bob

    • David February 3, 2017, 8:38 am | Link

      Hi Avril, There is one major cancer research facility/hospital here in Melbourne, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, see: There may be research at other institutions like universities. A search on Google might bring up other opportunities

  • Emma January 2, 2017, 5:53 am | Link

    We are looking to move to melbourne from ireland in bout 6 months time we have a boy who is 2, just wanted to know where are some good areas to live in, the cost of living and also is work easy to get my partner is a concrete placer. we will have a bit of money behind us to put down on a rental and also to get a car to get us set up the job situation is the one that worries me…….

    • Mark January 2, 2017, 10:51 pm | Link

      Hi Emma
      Its perhaps not the greatest time for the job market but its certainly not the worst Dont let it hinder your chance by worrying to much, I personally think the cost of living is less certainly if you in somewhere like Kilkenny or the like eg not the major towns If you shop sensibly things are cheaper when on offer I have just today bought 30 blocks of Philadelphia at 2 dollars so around €1.40 its normally 4 dollars but the offer comes round frequently (making cheesecake) so that offer style shopping applies to many things….
      As regards where to live have a look down towards the Eastern side and as far down as the Mornington peninsular you wont go far wrong. They are building everywhere so your husband may always be wanted somewhere. If you have a drive round on google maps and even a look on and narrow downs some choices

    • Shane January 3, 2017, 11:05 am | Link

      Stay at home, Aussie tradies won’t help out if your not Aussie, and seem to think by being a European that you have had them over for years!… everything is well over priced and they try mug you off left right and center, it’s really backwards and you have to pay for anything and prices are completely unaffordable if you want to live remotely near somewhere you can work, im a plumber from the uk, looking to go home later this year thank god.if your life isn’t completely crap then I’d stay or go to the uk, you can get on a flight to Spain for peanuts by a week your sick of the beach, I spent $9000 getting here after living in 2012 and wish I didn’t bother, put me back afew years. The grass isn’t always greener unless your from somewhere terrible like Baghdad or something.

      • Mark January 3, 2017, 5:16 pm | Link

        Emma and family don’t be put off by Shane, he seems to have had a bad run and of course I dont know what the figures are but Id be amazed if 1 person in a 100 didnt go back to UK Holland or wherever else they may have come from totally not liking the Aussie life that they sought. Again you may have days when you get here questioning did you do the right thing? That’s only natural Change is never going to bring happiness on a plate to you, it has ti be worked torwards as well f

        • Emma January 4, 2017, 6:41 am | Link

          Hi mark
          Thanks for insight im from nz and and my partner lived there for a few years but we had to leave as work was tricky to come by and we had to start over in ireland but we miss the southern hemisphere lifestyle big time. I guess im. Worried bout the work situation as it was our downfall before. my wage alone wouldn’t support us, We were looking at maybe newcastle in nsw as an option as well what kind of spot is that?

          • Mark January 4, 2017, 7:03 am | Link

            Ok slightly different perspective…If you google through posts its not the perfect time to move as jobs are a little thinner. Construction and building still goes on at a pace in the major conurbation areas of course. You dont say what you do. Im sure the right people will still secure the jobs, there are still lots available, if you look, just perhaps not as many as say 4 year ago . However look at the bigger picture if your missing NZ AU and the like then waiting for the right time to move under perfect conditions may never come, who knows. I think its fair to say its not bad at the moment. House rentals are steady most of the major costs of living very comparable favourably over Ireland id say. Ireland’s economy still hasn’t picked its feet up of the floor so if your doing OK there, Yes you have jobs. I imagine if you can resurrect the job in Aus you will be fine…As for NSW areas I have no idea, perhaps a post on that section. What I can say is Melbourne is still building everywhere it feels. .

        • Shane January 4, 2017, 8:08 am | Link

          Maby Emma should read some threads on poms in oz and see why more people than ever are returning home, it isn’t ‘the dream’ everyone talks about and I have many friends in the trade including a lot of Irish in Melbourne, one that says he came for a better life and has had nothing but 9 years of hardship and has just returned to Ireland, I’m not saying don’t give it a go if you really want, I’m just saying thouroughly do your research before you make a big choice to collapse again…it’s way too easy to be clouded by amazing expectations and not listen to the negatives and only the positives, and actually with the construction trade has drastically reduced a lot larger than expected so many you should read about that rather than have some people not in a trade tell you how well your husband would do…and to say don’t let Shane put you off, your filling them with false expectations mate so why should they be listening to you either… look at the positives and the negatives.

          • BobinOz January 4, 2017, 4:56 pm | Link

            Shane, you should realise that your opening comment to Emma which began with ‘Stay at home’ followed by a lot of moaning because things aren’t free here, was not very helpful. The reality is some people make a great go of it when they get here in Australia and others struggle, none of us can tell in advance what will happen to Emma and her family.

            I was think it’s worth giving it a go, if only to find out for yourself if it’s going to work. Life is for living, not for always wondering ‘I wonder what might have happened if…’

            I agree with you though with your second comment, everyone should thoroughly research this move, it’s a big decision and the job market today isn’t as strong as it was two or three years ago or more.

            Emma, you mentioned NZ, you might be interested in reading the following article…


          • Mark January 4, 2017, 7:39 pm | Link

            I’m not suggesting they listen you me or you Shane but I am trying to remain positive instead of ‘piddling on any ones chips so to speak’ Its quite an irony to me Shane that I wish I could tell you what I have just spent a lot of time working on. What I can say is in the last four to five months I have spent an unusual amount of my time analysing trades, growth, industry spend and no end of other things . Whats going and where its all going. Ive more statistics to hand than you can shake a stick at but they belong to someone else so sadly cannot give them out .
            To me your second post is more objective and not as ‘bash in the face for Australia’ as you quite rightly say do the research but it will still come down to doing all the research you can handle but there is a large element of luck, right time right place, an Irish friend of mine apart from t;is himself always says the luck of the Irish so if Emma and her husband are skillful or lucky enough to secure a job, result. Ive moved continents twice now and again I have regrets on certain things over the years …not many but Im not stuck regretting not doing it. Even yourself if you had stayed put would probably be regretting not trying… the fact you have tried and are not happy Id still say well done for trying. Youve had an experience and youd dont know how well youd have done in Eire All the best to you

            • Emma January 9, 2017, 4:01 am | Link

              I get where both are coming on and research is what i have to do i guess that looking at the job market now to six months time things could change, in my last job before i got pregnant i was a contract co ordinator for a construction company i have worked in both accounts receiveable and payable, at the moment i work in a pharmacy in retail in ireland.
              Life in ireland is not great and anywhere seems like it would be better i have travelled the world living in london for 6 years and have had to start again a few times. its different when you have a child your perspective changes. i know where shane is coming from my partner had a bit of the same in nz him being irish they treated him different but once he proved himself it changed big time and he had there respect. Its all about the what if but have to just do it !!! 🙂

              • Allison January 31, 2017, 9:23 pm | Link

                Hi All,
                Its interesting reading all your comments about Melbourne, a city I lived in for 12 years 18 years ago! My husband(from Melbourne) and I (from Perth) have lived in Europe (UK and France) half and half since leaving Oz in 1998. With the disgusting direction politics is taking at the moment, we have decided to move back to Oz and build up our pensions before retiring. I was keen to return to somewhere like Brisbane, but I think it will have to be Melbourne because of the work opportunities, our friends and the livability. I love heat, but I hate humidity and I don’t fancy the mozzies in Brissy, it will be bad enough getting used to the flies again!!!

                Shane, I doubt you will be happy back in the UK either, things have gone down hill there in the last 12 months. I hope you have family there to support you. I live in Sheffield at the moment, although my husband is currently living and working in the south of France where I am visiting him at the moment. We will miss the accessibility of Europe and yes, you can cheaply get a flight to Spain or wherever and sit on a beach. Sadly though, people’s attitudes have changed here, and people are totally divided by the Brexit vote. Probably something which is barely even noticed in Australia. The reason we left Oz in the first place was its total isolation from the world. The reason we are returning is its total isolation from the world. How sad is that??? I’ve never been a beach person, so I don’t care about that, but in all my years in Europe, I used to say to people that sunshine was free, and even if you were unemployed, you can always go and sit on a beach or in a park and enjoy the sun and feel better. Brits don’t have that, and they don’t have the positive outlook that most Aussies have. I will have to keep reminding myself of that when I am back in Eltham or somewhere, and am hating the flies and heat. I’ll drive up the road to a cousin’s house and have a good glass of wine and think again.

                After saying all that I guess what I am trying to get at is that nowhere, but nowhere in the world is perfect. Oz doesn’t suit everyone. What some Brits don’t realise is that we speak the same language (more or less) but our life styles are TOTALLY different, and its not just the sunshine which has changed. If you can’t embrace the Oz way of life, you will end up like the Brits I know who live in France, who only have Brit friends and barely learn the language. They go there for the sunshine, the cheaper housing and the space. When one of an older couple dies, the other invariably goes back to the UK, as they have not created a proper network of friends and contacts. Same with Oz, if you don’t embrace the life, you’re going nowhere.

                We moved to Europe with two kids, aged 5 and 7. One still lives with me in Sheffield, the other married his French college sweetheart last year and now lives in Bordeaux. If you want to go to another country, anything is possible – just do it! Nothing is impossible, and I will never regret taking chances, moving to France with almost no French language skills(but soon learnt!!) and living an exciting, scary, depressing(sometimes), fulfilling and complete life. I can look back and say I lived – can you????

                • BobinOz February 1, 2017, 11:48 pm | Link

                  What an absolutely fantastic post Allison, thank you for taking the time. I agree with absolutely everything, almost; the mozzies aren’t that bad in Brisbane. 🙂

                  I do hope your return to Australia, wherever you choose to go, works out really well for you. I’m sure it will. Good on ya, as we say here.

                • Mark February 2, 2017, 7:09 pm | Link

                  WOW Allison That sentence …..The reason we left Oz in the first place was its total isolation from the world. The reason we are returning is its total isolation from the world. Roald Dahl would be proud to have come up with that I think. I suspect many in the UK who have never been will even get that statement…Its kind of the line you find on the back of a book that would make me want to read it. A Bill Bryson classic .. For the benefit of those looking to come to AU I can only imagine Australia has felt isolated through the years in the 50s and 60s it was perhaps a tough place to live because of its Isolation…. The world counties are however now isolating themselves and id argue with good reason (I voted for Trump) and Brexit but Europe does not need Brexit to split it up the Hungarians are doing a good job of it with their fence. I’m not bringing politics onto Bobs site so stopping there just wanted to say I accept what countries are doing its their choice but its the reason many will want to come to Australia because of its in-built isolation its way of life and so much more. I have what might be termed a famous friend who loves the LA and London lifestyle but is keeping AU in mind as a viable alternative. As you say embrace Australia with both arms when you get here, As Bob says ;’accept all the invites thrown at you’ ( and buy an Aussie sports car. A Holden ute. I cant even claim that line, that belongs to Jeremy Clarkson, he’s not the famous friend)

  • Komal January 2, 2017, 3:18 am | Link

    Hi, This is Komal from India.
    I am planning to pursue a masters degree in architecture from Australia. I would like to understand what are the possibilities of getting a job in cities like Melbourne after completion of masters (masters of architecture course) from a regional area university.

    Also i would like to know how much is the government tax applied on salary earned by a student visa holder. Similarly how much is the tax on salary for an permanent resident holder in Australia.

    Thank you in advance.



  • Goli December 30, 2016, 11:19 am | Link

    Hi guys, my husband and I currently rent a house in Ascot Vale and would like to purchase our own place. We are on a tight budget unfortunately so we can’t really look for a house in this area. Our budget would be up to $700-750k for a 3 bedroom house/townhouse. Anywhere that’s up to 15km from the CBD would be ideal. Public transport and easy access to CBD is a must as we both work in the city. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.

    • Mark December 30, 2016, 7:39 pm | Link

      Id just try see what fits the price range in say eastern suburbs or northern area and take a look closer at the area As your already here you will know how hard the commute can be at times for CBD, its where you can stretch to distance wise outside and within commute distance

  • ping December 30, 2016, 4:16 am | Link

    hi… All ,hope you all well ..

    i thinking buying property in William landing ( west Melbourne) maybe to live in or investment . can someone keep me some idea about the suburb itself . ? high in crime ? transport ? any development plan happening .. and so on that i should know …

    thanks in advance ..


    • BobinOz January 2, 2017, 5:22 pm | Link

      In the absence of a reply from anyone who knows anything about this particular suburb, you can research suburbs from my page called Which Suburb?

  • zoe December 28, 2016, 9:16 am | Link

    Thinking about moving to Victoria. We wanted somewhere away from the city but with a decent enough social scene. Considering geelong or Torquay but have never been. Anyone know what employment is like there? I’m a nurse so can usually find work but my hubby is a joiner/dryliner. We are late 30’s with 2 children so wanting family friendly place with stuff to do for the kids. Moving from UK because of crime and rain lol

    • Mark December 28, 2016, 11:57 am | Link

      Hi Zoe Post Christmas blues set in…We hit the button around this time two years ago…That said I’m not extensively qualified on Melbourne but having stayed in Ocean Grove near Geelong and having visited Torquay and Geelong id personally look at the other side on the Mornington Peninsular. Several reasons. Its far more vibrant. Better on population so more job prospects or even self employed for your husband more potential customers. From Geelong heading up towards the city there isn’t much…Its well documented on here, Im not a fan of the West side and I feel I could always defend my reasoning… But take a drive on google maps down Pearl Street, Gilbert Street in Torquay,,,Then do the same for Geelong in the centre …then take a drive down Main Street Mornington the heart of the Mornington Peninsular and you’ll see the difference..Now it does not mean you have to live there we dont but the Mornington Peninsular is quite big. Im reminded of a guy at a carol singing on Friday he was restring after organising it for 40 years and he said he had never been on holiday at Christmas and when he was asked why he replied ‘why would I when a chunk of Australians want to visit the Mornington peninsular where I live…. For you there is a new hospital at Frankston and you can commute to the city if needs must. There is stall a large Greek community in Geelong which may be harder to integrate with, Finally parts of MP are referred to as mini Pohm land…House prices are in places going to be a touch more, rent or buy but the reward chances are higher id feel . Hope this helps for now happy to narrow your choices down further

  • emily shrestha December 21, 2016, 3:22 am | Link

    i want to go to the federation university N its in victoria.. But i dont know anything about there . i have to work as well study so can anyone tell me . Can i get work there easily and wbu the living expenses mainly the room . i want to be alone there.. so i want to get the pre idea about that…

    • BobinOz December 21, 2016, 8:44 pm | Link

      Jobs aren’t that easy to come by, so I wouldn’t say you’d get something easily. That said, there are more jobs available in Melbourne than in most cities, so you have a chance. Google Gumtree and search for rooms to let in Melbourne, that will give you an idea of prices and my page The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything will also help you with your budget. Good luck, Bob

  • Jodie December 18, 2016, 10:23 am | Link

    Hi I’m looking to move from the Gold Coast and need a 4 bedroom place to rent. I have never been to Melbourne before and have no idea where to start looking. I have a daughter in high school so I need a school and I will be working in the city. Can anyone suggest a suburb that isn’t to expensive. I can afford around $650 per week. Thank you??

    • BobinOz December 20, 2016, 10:08 pm | Link

      Well I can’t help you with this Jodie, being up here in Brisbane, but I’m sure someone local would be happy to give you some advice I think you need to give more information about the kind of suburb you want though.

      Close to the beach, the city, or countryside? A lively suburb or somewhere quiet?

      If you take a little time to have a look through the many comments already made here, I’m sure you will also get lots of good information as there is much talk about the pros and cons of various suburbs in Melbourne. Good luck with your move, Bob

    • Mark December 23, 2016, 7:25 am | Link

      Hi Jodie …Like many others on here and if you have taken up Bobs suggestion of reading through you will see I have a bias towards certain parts. I’d stay to either the east (first preference) or north…The west side still I feel doesn’t have the infrastructure certainly not as good as the East. 650 will get you a reasonable place down the East Friends rented a modest 3 bed bed in Weeler’s hill for 425…It also depends a touch on your commute method If I go to the CBD or docklands I drop my car nearer and catch the train, so a rail link in proximity may be an idea. look at the suburbs on the Sandringham or Franskton lines.. or out to the east towards Balwyn.

  • Natalie Schwarz December 6, 2016, 2:54 am | Link

    Hi all 🙂

    I am a 28 year old single lady from London looking to move to Melbourne on a working holiday visa. I work in health care/health coaching/ PT-ing and Pilates instructing. I literally have no idea which areas to start looking at to live in/where to start looking for work so any advice would be amazing! Also from your experience is this an easy field to get into in Australia?


    • Mark December 6, 2016, 8:19 am | Link

      Hi Natalie I have no idea on PT ing my idea of exercise is ‘pushing my luck’. What I can say is Australia is a very healthy style nation certainly here in Melbourne.. I think you will find something,, there is always folks running. gym all sorts. I sat in the CBD two weeks ago eating my lunch when around 40 people all joined up in lines doing some sort of exercising almost out of nowhere. It looked like slow motion Karate.. you or someone will be laughing at my description but I know not what it was. You may end up doing something else for a short period depends on your funds and your adaptability …Like many others my answer would be stay the east side and down the coast area its vibrant, easy access to the city, lots going on. Hopefully that helps location wise. Jobs are not perhaps as easy to come by here as they once where but if you dont take a risk you’ll never know. If anyone works in the fitness area hopefully they will answer more concisely on that . Summer has just started.. I imagine you will have more success than winter.. I am sure more folks get proactive health conscious in summer than winter.. .

      • BobinOz December 6, 2016, 10:39 pm | Link

        Mark, I think it’s called Tai Chi. I’m not laughing though, honest 🙂

    • Jade Costello December 6, 2016, 9:23 am | Link

      Hi Natalie,

      This is something that I can help you with 🙂
      I have created a survey to help people in your exact position. People who are moving to Melbourne but have no idea which area/suburb is right for them.

      Feel Free to shoot me an email, and I will send it through to you. You then simply answer the questions and I will come back to you with some suggestions:

      This ensures you are confident and armed with the knowledge you need to progress forward with your independent search! (There is no fee or charge associated with this)

  • Jon December 3, 2016, 6:50 pm | Link

    Hello All,

    We might be relocating from the UK with my wife, and 5 year old boy and 2 year old girl. I’ll be working in CBD but I don’t mind an easy commute on the train.

    I guess in summary:

    1 – $800 – $1000 per week rental for 4 bed. Wife wants a pool but it’s not a priority haha
    2 – Good schools for our 5 year old. If one with a pre-school attached to the primary for the two year old
    3 – Don’t need to be right next to the beach. A short drive 10 mins – 15 mins would be nice
    4 – A place that has things in walking distance, shopping, cinema, things to do with kids maybe, bars and restaurants for mam and dad.
    5 – A place that has lots of other families, sense of community and things going on in the area. Very safe.
    6 – Commute time to CBD within 45 mins max maybe on the train ?

    Any help is appreciated guys 🙂

    • Mark December 3, 2016, 7:37 pm | Link

      Hi Jon For different but similar reasons to my answer to Anna below id head toward the Mornington Peninsular ..stay to the east side that’s for sure…The list of stations reachable in the 45 minute period (dependant whether your train goes round the city loop first) is here
      Frankston Line and Sandringham line Any of these places would suit, sadly the best of them is further south as far as Mt Martha Mornington etc Mornington Main street and surrounds is terrific I have to work Docklands near CBD on occasion I drive to Brighton and then catch the train there…some 45 minutes, CBD would be less plus 35 drive but it is well worth it for the area I’m not sure I could handle this Monday through Friday though 800 to a 1000 will easily get you what you want youd have a lot of change the further south A colleague drives from near Rye 1hr 10 to 15 but says he would not change it for the world he has just moved 8 months now from Blackburn in the East

      Mordialloc Station 45 ish minutes Parkdale Mentone Celtenham Highett Moorabbin Patterson Station going to far inland now to Southern Cross Station (Melbourne City)
      Back to beach line again on Sandringham line Sandringham Hampton Brighton Beach Station, Middle Brighton North Brighton Id quit here

      Have a drive round on google street map down the Nepean Highway Hope this helps for now.

      • Jon December 4, 2016, 7:02 pm | Link

        Thanks very much Mark. I notice you reply a lot on here and thanks for taking the time. It’s really appreciated.

        • Mark December 4, 2016, 9:08 pm | Link

          More than welcome…This site helped us enormously before we moved so I cant do more than say thank you but one guy said well you can thank me by helping some more people when you get here… That’s kind off nice and stuck …. wish the rest of the world worked like that. . There is a site ksou google that it looks like Chinese but is in English as well it gives school rankings and all about suburbs Some a touch out of date

    • Melbourne Rental Search December 4, 2016, 1:40 pm | Link

      Hi Jon,
      How exciting to hear that you are thinking of moving to Melbourne.
      I suggest the following suburbs that are family friendly, within easy access of the CBD, within your budget and that may have a pool: Bentleigh, Elsternwick
      Other others areas that tick all of your box’s are: Brighton, Sandringham & Hampton however $800 -$1000pw may not get you a pool in these areas as they are quite affluent suburbs and rents are high. If you would like to see what your budget can get you in the areas that I have suggested visit
      If you need any further help or advice please don’t hesitate to contact me:

      • Jon December 5, 2016, 7:09 pm | Link

        Thanks Jade, I will email you shortly.

  • Anna December 3, 2016, 1:25 am | Link

    i’d love to get some tips as to what is a lovely area to live in for a 33yo single female. I’m moving from Sydney to Melbourne to start a job in Frankston but will need to be in Albert Park once a week.
    I think I’m keen to live closer to Frankston so I can go running and to the gym rather than sitting in the car for 2 hours every day. Is there an area that can be recommended? I’m hoping to find a place with a community feel, young (single) people and nice cafe’s and shops.

    • Mark December 3, 2016, 6:19 pm | Link

      No idea on the age range and young single etc (married and 47 actually that’s still young maybe not ) but do know the areas well… Frankston you could live there its a busy little place stay south though Alternatively have a drive down Mornington Main Street in the google street maps that I think ticks all your boxes.. community feel, young (single) ( there must be some) people and nice cafe’s and shops.

  • Betty November 30, 2016, 5:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bobinoz!

    Thunderstorm asthma Is something completely new to me. Just wondering is this something common in Melbourne? I tried to Google it. But with the recent asthma incident, my search results are all related to the deaths only.

    My family and I don’t suffer from asthma, but we do have allergies. And I’ve read that young children that didnt have asthma couldn’t breathe properly when the thunderstorm hit Melbourne.


    • Mark November 30, 2016, 10:32 pm | Link

      The asthma thunderstorms as its been titled is not a new phenomenon, it happens around the world periodically. In 94 I think it was I was one of the IC for a music concert when it hit London UK on Friday night.. We were swamped with an unprecedented demand for medical help and any emergency vehicle we could get our hands on. The one that hit Melbourne on Monday was once again of unprecedented levels ever recorded.. They are not regular occurrences anywhere in the world We were lucky with the London one, no one died sadly that was not the case in Melbourne. I learnt after London its grass pollen which seems to be the major culprit as its sent airborne by the wind. it also does not necessarily affect just what you may term as regular known asthma sufferers.. You certainly cant go round worrying about it.

      • BobinOz December 1, 2016, 12:01 am | Link

        Thunderstorm asthma is completely new to us as well Betty, that’s for sure.

        As Mark says, it is an extremely rare event, not just for Melbourne, but anywhere. Interestingly, it actually affects sufferers of hayfever more than it does asthma. It’s apparently a combination of unusually large grass pollen, lots of moisture in the air and high winds. This is what is causing the problem.

        While we are on the subject though, Melbourne was recently named the ‘food allergy capital of the world’, Google that one, it may be of interest to you and your family.

    • Betty December 1, 2016, 4:49 am | Link

      Thanks Mark and Bob! Your website is awesome – I’ve been reading it almost everyday!

  • Amy November 23, 2016, 2:50 pm | Link

    We are relocating from the Sunshine Coast in QLD to Melbourne in a very short notice period (made the decision to accept a job that starts in 3 weeks!). Can you give any insight into what suburbs to look at; we have 2 small children and a dog, we will be working in Docklands and my husband is not keen on commuting longer than 45 mins (although I think he needs to accept reality!) Checking out properties online I like the look of Footscray but I have been told it’s not a great area? We don’t want to spend more that $450 a week at least until we are settles in our new jobs.

    Thanks in advance

    • Mark November 23, 2016, 6:55 pm | Link

      Hi Amy When you gotta move you gotta move I guess.  Ok I have to be honest I personally dont know Footscray that well but I just asked a ‘Cityite’ and his response was great area but make double sure your car is locked.. Now I guess that goes without saying but you probably get his drift…he is ever so polite about everything. Same can be said about areas around there…. He suggests look around Altona and North if your set on that area but has no idea on prices, mainly because of the commute from the further north …traffic can be tough . You may also look to the east, and south anywhere south of say St Kilda.. Many places will manage your time frame.

      • Tess December 2, 2016, 7:43 am | Link

        Hi Amy can I suggest Tarneit. We did a house sit there – it’s 27 minutes to the CBD and you go to Southetn Cross station. Stones throw to docklands from there. New area and very quiet ?

  • Mel November 22, 2016, 4:38 pm | Link

    My husband has been offered a job in Notting hill, so we look like we are relocating from Townsville, we do not have to be that close to his work as he work will take him all over Melbourne and Victoria, only having to go to Notting hill about twice a month, I have no idea of where to start looking for place to live, we have two young boys 3 & 1 so want to be safe, hopefully a budget of $350 to $400 week 4 beds if possible and where your neighbours are not right on top of you in other words don’t mind be a bit rural, not big on the whole big city thing and yes I know I moving to one, any suggestions on suburbs that would fit so I can a more in depth research would help

    • Mark November 22, 2016, 9:23 pm | Link

      Hi Mel Sorry no idea what Townsville is like to find comparative, that’s assuming you like the place…You may struggle around Notting Hill to find your requirements, friends have just rented a 3 bed 1 bath 2 car (port) in Wheeler Hill for 425.00… I personally feel its a bit on top of each other area many are around there..if you want to look further south but stay clear of Dandenong that really is on top of each other Anywhere to the right Endeavour Lysterfield Beaconsfield and so in is more rural but pricey. The further south you get the better even onto the Mornington Peninsular I have a sort of colleague who has just moved from Blackburn to near Rye Have a look how far down that is He works in the CBD 3 to 4 days so pretty what passes Notting hill or the edge of it …He used to do as he says ‘a hard commute’ 45 to 50 minutes plus from Blackburn, he now has a 1hr 10 nicer commute.. Its longer but he is in the city in a better mood and loves his home, many of the places east of NH are good but have pluses and minuses eg Chadstone great for shopping but not so great on open spaces…Have a look anywhere the peninsular link runs its free flowing most of the time and look as far south as Pearcedale or Sommervile quite rural or even across to the water if closer to beaches appeals..

      • Mel November 23, 2016, 7:34 pm | Link

        Thanks Mark,
        Started doing research, like the look of Somerville down to rye and surrounding suburbs. Kind of rural feel I think we would like, but are bit worried or confused not sure which one yet? About commute as said before don’t need to be that close to Notting hill, but I do like your comment about easy commute, as my husband will be mostly working around Melbourne but still has to travel to other major towns in Victoria. How easy is the commute to get out of town? Would it maybe easier to live north or East then go south still keeping mind my other requirements ? I found website that gives me route times from suburbs to e:g Geelong form rye it sent me on ferry which I researched as 40 minute trip but Somerville took me around the bay but with traffic is that worse? Husband mainly has to work in industrial areas which I believe is Dandenong, Clayton, craigburn and Footscray please correct me if I’m wrong any other tips or other suburbs to research would be great or if to stay on the suburbs I’m already researching.

        Thanks again

        • Mark November 24, 2016, 7:05 am | Link

          Hi ….Ok to give you some realistic ideas as opposed to computer generated… Staying with the rural east side southern suburbs …I suspect Dandenong will be a popular visit for him out of those you mention, .from the peninsular link at say Frankston South your 25 minutes into the hub of Dandenong. That does involve about a 3 dollar toll ..if not rush hour the western port highway is free to use but busy at rush hour and 40 minutes…I am guessing he is travelling one to another or one a day but Footscray of course would be better from the north but its still busy. Footscray will be harder from any direction ..even living in Footscray (sarcastic sense of humour) I have come from the airport to Docklands a few times in rush hour and have concluded anyone I meet at airport at 7.00 to 8 .00 if they need to talk to me.. Ill grab a coffee near airport till it subsides…Clayton and Bayswater are an easy reach…as you say you could consider looking east towards even Cockatoo Endevour Belgrave and so on but the roads to get the a freeway can be busy single and windy. Much closer places lower south like Officer is a lovely place but a lot of new builds where you could easily pull onto next doors drive (if you get my drift) so if staying that side make sure you are lower and can access the the peninsular link…Yes Geelong and say Ballarat are going to be hard reaches but the ferry runs on the hour 40 45 minutes to Queensclifffe 15 to 20 to Geelong… You don’t drive that at rush hour round the bay… No way will I do that again…I use the ferry. Its more expensive than driving (immediate cost wise Fuel v Ferry) wear and tear and a grumpy person its far cheaper…Ferry doesn’t operate in evening so you have to drive around but lot less traffic…Whichever way you look at this you will have hard drives…The best is to avoid the bridges in Melbourne during rush hour… I have avoided the western side altogether I personally dont like it. If you look on Bobs pages for western suburbs you’ll see a post from me with lots of figures, that will explain why…without me offending anyone that side. I find the east beaches are nicer to be closer to from Brighton all the way down on east…Handy with children maybe a little older, You could look at Mt Martha to Mt Eliza on the edge, downside is much past Dromana it turns into a camping site. Look at schools maybe if your staying put. Hope this helps.

          • BobinOz November 24, 2016, 9:19 pm | Link

            wear and tear and a grumpy person its far cheaper‘ – 🙂

            • Mel November 25, 2016, 2:55 pm | Link

              Thank you again Mark,
              You have been a great help I had already look through bob’s website and ruled out the west, and you must of been reading my mind about cockatoo and surrounding’s as I was also looking that way, so you answered that question. You have pointed in a direction I think I need to go. ( where as I was completely clueless before). I then through your help, I realise after looking at real estate sites I realistically have to budget for $450 for want I’m looking for. I know it’s probably not the right thing to say but partners work will pay for expenses so ferry ride and nice husband sounds to me a whole lot better than a grumpy one. The only other question is what do you mean camping site? Do you mean as really rural as I have lived in far west nsw where what we called living like camping meant you either needed solar or generator for power and toilet was a long drop. I Don’t want to go that rural!
              Thanks ever so much

              • Mark November 25, 2016, 7:49 pm | Link

                Sorry for the confusion but raised a smile the NSW stuff. I grew up in USA and then 27 yrs UK, now here. so I sometimes say expressions that even I don’t know which country they are from….(the best being ‘Water under the dam’) Anyway …camping site….The coastal edge and foreshore from Rosebud south to Sorrento and then some has every piece of land and available grass with a caravan or tent on it. Just about the start of the school holidays to the end of them. In fact one of our neighbours is hoping to rent his house out at a crazy figure to holidaymakers and he is going staying in his caravan down there…His travelling time for holiday is shorter than it will take him to pack. Incredible !!!even more incredible if he gets the rental rate…Are you moving before Christmas as well Any more help please feel free to ask..I’m sort of repaying those that helped us when we arrived, Bob has my email even.

                • Mel November 27, 2016, 4:11 pm | Link

                  Not moving until late January early February dates are still being fixed. I still come out with saying from UK lived there for a couple of years about 15 years ago and Canada worked and traveled there for a year best saying came from there was “where ya to”, came across this site and thought it was very informative, research places I lived in Australia thought I might able to help someone, funny thing no one seems to want to move to anywhere I lived. Outback nsw – no surprise, quite a rough area of Sydney- no surprise again. Townsville – I don’t even like it here so no surprise again, Bowen – nice enough area if you don’t need to work to live. So I wasn’t much help! My husband now thinks he would like to look at other areas as he wants to try to get the rent down to around the 350 mark with easier access to other major cities in Victoria within a 40 min drive to Melbourne, I have done all my research in area I said before, I think he is slightly mad, but any suggestions so I can do all this lovely fun thing (ha ha) of research again, sorry I’m picking your brain
                  Cheers Mel

                  • Mark November 27, 2016, 6:10 pm | Link

                    There isn’t to much to pick at…Glad you get the phrases I once had a guy from London giving evidence in LA and he said in response to a question “I wrote it on the back of a fag packet”, referring to his cigarettes pack in his mind. That took some explaining …I dont know Melbourne perhaps well enough if anyone else can chip in but I think you have a tall order and meant in all sincerity, you may end up living one of the places no one else wants at 350 ..I’ve just been on realestate com and looked up greater Townsville at max 350 and some 1300 results some 3 4 beds decent looking places Just done the same for the Eastern suburbs Melbourne and 310 results and nothing that jumps of the page….Its a tall order you have ..Ringwood you will find houses there at 350 but you are a lot closer to City but still 50 minutes I feel in rush hour. as an example Cockatoo some 60 km form CBD is about 55 minutes normally but try that in rush hour ..if you avoid the rush hour then a lot more is feasible Id still stay the east side Look at Ferntree Gully and surrounds Lystersfield and Endeavour but you may not get 4 beds in fact I am sure you wont (unless it once had wheels attached) Also anywhere on the coast south down to Beaumaris I dont think any of these are as rural as you may have been looking for originally though. Something may have to give…for me it would always be the drive as its nicer to come home to better home than a shorter drive. As another example say Aspendale on the coast to get from there to city is around 45 50 minutes rush hour, similar to that all the way from Sommerville as that has the benefit of the freeway “that moves” close by. Try Narre warren and surrounds but rural and bed may have to go but it ticks drive boxes Happy hunting !!! with this as its perhaps a tough one to achieve, perhaps if he is working for the same company that he has been offered job with, time to ask then for a bit more money, if there is that possibility citing Melbourne touch more expensive. Id still rule north out as Geelong and Dandenong Clayton will be tougher and West well …

  • casey November 20, 2016, 6:59 pm | Link

    Hi bobinOZ
    Really nice of you to share your advice.
    In the 80’s I went to University of Adelaide and really enjoyed the 4 years living in Australia.
    I really would like to retire in OZ in the near future, and Melbourne is high on my list. I am financially independent and do not necessarily need to compete for a job with the locals, maybe eventually just do something low stress part time just to keep active.
    Could you advise the easiest route for seeking a residence visa just to live there. I am not sure I want to invest the large amounts required for a business visa, but being an Aussie Uni alumni and financially independent would go a long way I hope?
    Appreciate your kind advice.


    • BobinOz November 21, 2016, 6:51 pm | Link

      I can’t give out any advice regards visas and eligibility, only MARA registered migration agents are allowed to do that. See Would I Qualify?

      You can also watch the video on my page called Visas, it will show you how look for potential visa options via the government’s website.

      Good luck, Bob

  • varun jajoo November 19, 2016, 9:55 pm | Link

    This is Varun from India. My wife and I, both Certified Accountants, have applied for 189 visa. If things go through, we might be looking at moving to Australia somewhere in October 17.
    Since we are at a very early stage right now, we are open to settling anywhere in Australia, as long as we have decent scope for getting work around (read PwC, EY, Delloitte, or other big tax firms).
    Melbourne, from what I understand has the best scope for getting jobs as Accountants. But what’s your opinion on this? We plan to start looking for jobs once we get a visa and then move in a few months later, with or without a job in hand.

    • BobinOz November 22, 2016, 7:11 pm | Link

      The job market isn’t great in Australia at the moment, but yes, I do believe that the best job opportunities are to be found in both Melbourne and Sydney in the current climate. Be warned though, it can be hard for a newly arrived migrant to get a job here, many suggest that preferences are given to people with ‘local experience”.

      Check out the comments on this page…

      You can also search for job vacancies on my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. Good luck, Bob

      • varun jajoo November 29, 2016, 5:28 pm | Link

        Thanks a lot for your response Bob. Will surely have a look at the website once the I receive the invite to apply for the Visa and the final documentation begins.

        And yes.. I guess almost all countries do favour the locals, and fair play to them. But the work life balance in India has gone from terrible to… well more terrible.

        It’s time we tried settling and working in a better atmosphere, and Australia seems as good as any other, if not better, in this regard. That’s what we feel. Do let us know your thoughts on this.

        • BobinOz November 29, 2016, 9:19 pm | Link

          Oh, it is, without doubt. If you can make it here in Australia you will have a wonderful life, the challenge is making it.

          If you can find work, and that sometimes means any kind of work rather than what you are experienced in, then you will be okay. Sometimes architects come here and drive taxis if you get what I mean. The problem is if you don’t find work, any kind of work, you will struggle.

          It’s all a bit risky, but if it comes off, it’s worth it.

  • Sharanjeet Kaur November 19, 2016, 3:17 pm | Link

    Hello, i m sharan, we are moving from perth to melbourn. Our rental estimate is $350 to $400 per week. I belongfrom indian family . I have two kids so i want to know the good area for work and scholl. My husband is in trucking. He want the area tragunina because its near to industrial area.plz suggest me good area to live in Melbourne. Thankyou

  • Katy November 18, 2016, 11:09 am | Link

    Hi! We are hoping to move to Melbourne from the Northeastern United States. What would be the best parts of Melbourne and surrounding area for a lesbian couple with kids? Thank you!

    • Mark November 18, 2016, 12:01 pm | Link

      Hi Katy I dont think your gender related relationship is on the list or should be of either your concerns or anyone’s views where you live here. If your in say Maine or say Vermont I can see why you say it but I doubt you will find the same response here First thing to get your Visas though if you have them narrow down with budget likes beach etc etc

    • Timothy Cole November 29, 2016, 1:50 pm | Link

      Hi Katy,
      I can tell you the areas that many LGBTIQ people tend to reside in. North of the city you have Fitzroy, Collingwood, Northcote, Brunswick, Thornbury, Coburg. South of the city you have Prahran, South Yarra, Windsor, StKilda, Elwood, Balaclava. West you have Yarraville, Kingsville. These are inner city suburbs though, which can be more expensive to live in, so it depends on what your budget is. There are still LGBTIQ people living all over the metro area, and in the outer suburbs.

  • Lessa November 18, 2016, 5:34 am | Link

    Hi there,

    I’m looking to move to Melbourne from Alaska (U.S.) on a Working Holiday Visa in a few months. I have a bachelor’s degree and a few years of corporate communications experience in the U.S. I would like to work in a related position whether it’s a communications officer or something in administrative support to build my resume internationally. I have applied to quite a few positions with the Victorian government, but with the 6 months per employer provision, jobs seem to be limited.

    Do you have any recommendations for someone in my field looking for professional work on the Holiday Work Visa or someone looking for work experience more than the casual job option? Even a blog group for the field would be great. I have heard that most private companies stray away from those with a Holiday Work Visa due to its limitations.

    Thank you!

    • Mike November 18, 2016, 6:29 am | Link

      Hi Lessa

      you might find government employment difficult or limited as many positions have a residency requirement. However there are job sites that have a section for Working holiday could try working holiday visa people come for the holiday part and pick fruit or work in bars and the like until they have enough money for the next part of their holiday…the government is at the moment on a bender to tax WHV people more than others it is called the “Backpacker tax” sadly it appears to still be in the pipeline.

      • Lessa November 18, 2016, 6:41 am | Link

        Thank you for the quick response! I have been on the lookout via Indeed.


        • BobinOz November 18, 2016, 4:54 pm | Link

          There are some more job finding ideas for backpackers on my page about Working Holiday Visas along with a warning that’s worth reading.

          I think the six month rule is in place for that very reason, the government do not want people on holiday visas to take jobs away from permanent residents who are here. The intention is, as Mike has pointed out, that young people coming here on these visas do so primarily to have a good long holiday, see as much of Australia as they can and subsidise their holiday by working casual jobs along the way.

          I do hope you have fun when you do get here, cheers, Bob

  • Joy November 17, 2016, 12:14 am | Link

    I am thinking of moving to Melbourne to study and work . I have a BSC in architecture so starting masters, and hopefully my Hubby and Kids will join later. Do you think this choice of location is the best for me and what additional skills will make me more marketable?

    • Mark November 17, 2016, 8:24 am | Link

      I dont know Australia that well but I doubt an Architect will struggle in either Sydney or Melbourne, or even Brisbane or any of the majors, though as is a common thread, jobs in Adelaide and maybe Perth are not so easy these days but that will also depend on the sector…if your a house architect I doubt you would ever be out of work, Commercial or specialist is likely tougher, as regards what extras skills, well I imagine only experience in your field. It sound like you haven’t got a Visa yet That’s the first step

  • Amanda November 16, 2016, 6:00 pm | Link

    Hi, my family will move to Melbourne at the end of this month. My daughter will attend a school around Glen Iris. My partner and I work at home, with maybe occasional trips to CBD. I would like to find a rental home close to Glen Iris. Our budget is 300-450 pw. We would like to have a suburb that is safe and quite with convenient public transportation. (I drive but they don’t) I’d appreciated it very much if you could recommend what suburbs fit our needs best. Thank you so much!

    • Mark November 17, 2016, 8:13 am | Link

      Hi Amanda Well done on the move…If your set on the Glen Iris school then many of the suburbs in and around there will suit. If your only requirements are safe and quiet then there are a fair few to choose from around there.. Malvern and east, Burwood Surrey Hills Burwood is pretty good but as an example Id say lacks eateries and cafes,, Chadstone is ok and a massive on shopping but not so much on open spaces. 300 wont get much if anything,, 450 will get you something. Friends have just rented in Wheelers Hill at 425.00 a 3 bed 1 bath 2 car (port)… Traffic in rush hour can be bad but wont really bother you,, I work from home with CBD, Docklands visits. Take the train if you can, or even as I do drive closer,, then train….If the beach appeals stay the left of the M1 but the closer you get the tougher the rental and stay south eg anywhere south of St Kilda..If your coming out I would find the school AM & PM run and then see where the traffic or where is easy to get to….Playing devils advocate here…if you both work from home, anywhere will suit for your commute. even to the CBD My train to the CBD can be 50 minutes but as its infrequent…,,,,,,,,,,So………….If only the school is dictating your choice, its a curious ‘build around’ Look further south, You have around 15 to 18 days of December to view other Schools before they close for Summer till about end of Jan, so there might be other choices… We didn’t start ours for the last few days on advice, it would prove more chaotic than we thought eg looking for house and so on whilst sorting children at school, uniform books and all… If you narrow down what you are looking for parks spaces or right near the train line I can perhaps be more specific..I am assuming 2 bed minimum… Hope this helps for now

      • Amanda November 20, 2016, 5:29 pm | Link

        Thank you so much Mark, for your prompt and detailed advice! I like your idea of finding a home based on the traffic to the school.

  • Rebekah November 9, 2016, 4:00 am | Link

    Hi my friend and I are moving to Australia for a year in March and hope to live in melbourne with casual waitress/cafe/bar work for upto 6months. Are there any reccomendations as to where the best place would be regarding acommodation and casual work?

    • BobinOz November 10, 2016, 1:02 am | Link

      That depends very much on what you want from a suburb, Melbourne is a big place. If I were you, I’d work out your budget for accommodation and then go to my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia to see which suburbs fit that budget.

      Then I’d looking to work and the possibility of getting some, you can do that on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      Then, once you know what’s available and in which suburbs, then you can ask about them here to see what they are like.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • Aprajita November 5, 2016, 5:01 pm | Link

    Hi. We are moving to Melbourne for 6 months. My husband’s workplace would be at the Olympic Park. We have two boys – 5yo&1yo so we are looking not too far from his workplace and prefer a family friendly area which have several activities, parks etc for kids to enjoy. Thanks.

    • Mark November 5, 2016, 5:13 pm | Link

      Pretty what anywhere just south or south east of there, Prahan Windsor Toorak down to Brighton out towards Malvern is great and allows an easy train commute but its limited information as hoping what you want house wise will fit your budget in those areas. There are still quite a few apartments for rent closer. Many of those areas are more than most…couple of bits of St Kilda to avoid, you can google for those

      • May Conners November 7, 2016, 3:33 pm | Link

        Come to the best place in Victoria. WYNDHAM!!!!!

  • VISHAL SHARMA November 4, 2016, 3:47 am | Link

    hello, we want to settle in melbourne australia, my spouse has 7 years experience of beautician in her own salon but we have only last two year registration proof of her salon. please help us in this matter so that we can proceed & apply for immigration.

    • Mark November 4, 2016, 12:38 pm | Link

      You need a Mara registered migration agent to advise you of any options you may or may not have. You may just have to wait till you have the skills or experience required and or wanted .

      • BobinOz November 4, 2016, 6:28 pm | Link

        Mark is correct. You can find MARA migration agents from the link on my page about Migration agents.

        • Tito November 7, 2016, 10:21 am | Link

          Hey, Bob. I moving to Melbourne in January I just don’t know where yet. I want to find a place that is quiet and affordable. Looking at 150-175 a week rent. Which areas are quiet within the city of melbourne and within that price range if you know. I just want to know some areas (that aren’t sketchy) it’s been a bit overwhelming especially not knowing much about the city, I live in California.

          • Mark November 7, 2016, 10:54 am | Link

            Hi Tito I am hoping thats US dollars per week if its Aus dollars your not going to find much, maybe a house share if lucky. even in US dollars your range is limited say 250 Aus still wont turn much up. Might be better at looking what you can afford rather than looking for area, to find you cant afford.

          • Tito November 8, 2016, 1:12 pm | Link

            Thank you for your advice mark. I will pay extra if that means not living somewhere that makes me unhappy. Which areas of melbourne are more quiet (or streets) yet have jobs, grocery stores nearby?

            • Mark November 8, 2016, 3:31 pm | Link

              Hi Tito there is a lot of info missing eg what type of job are you looking for Im assuming you have a Visa. Its perhaps wise to just find somewhere to stay for a month have a look round and find a job. its unlikely you will be able to rent anywhere long term without a job, so find one, then find a more permanent accommodation solution There are plenty of airbnb places and other places on the net for short term…

  • Nic October 30, 2016, 5:12 pm | Link

    Hi my husband and I are moving to Australia next year. Our shortlist of cities is Brisbane, Adelaide or Melbourne. I am a management Accountant working in industry. My husband is a Social Worker. We both enjoy an outdoors lifestyle, hiking, running, cycling. In the evening We like good food and craft beers over trndy wine bars. Please could you recommend a city and if we were to move to melbourne what area.

    • Mark October 30, 2016, 6:51 pm | Link

      There is probably a heap of places could be recommended but I think youd be hard pressed to find much better than the mornington peninsular area but it woudl mean a commute to anywhere close to the CBD Though as an accountant there are lots of businesses outside the cbd and down that way and well social workers are generally in need many places Dandenong a prime area The peninsular link freeway makes access north quite easy 30 minutes at most to say Dandenong Have a look at anything south from Frankston Mt Eliza Morningtin Mt Martha Safety Beach Dromana and inland though of course all these have the dded bonus of the beach close by Many of those are surrounded by several micro breweries, more cycling and hiking than you can shake a stick at so the running is there to its more village style than city thats for sure with again more places to eat than you could get through in a lifetime Hope this helps for now

      • BobinOz October 30, 2016, 8:09 pm | Link

        Just to add to that, I think each of the three cities you have mentioned can all offer you what you want from life in Australia, providing you choose the right suburb or area in whichever city you finally decide to go to.

        If you are coming here looking for work though, I would advise that you go to the city that offers you the most working opportunities here. You can research that on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, but my guess would be that Melbourne would have the most jobs, Brisbane would be second and probably Adelaide a long way behind in third.

        Jobs in Adelaide, I’ve heard, are very hard to get.

        So, bottom line for me, is go where the work is. Good luck, Bob

  • Rahil October 29, 2016, 1:54 am | Link

    Hi, I am going to move Melbourne in next month and I want to find a good suburb for my 7year old son who should go to school,Do you have any suggestion for a suburb with good governmental primary school?

    • BobinOz October 30, 2016, 6:52 pm | Link

      Melbourne is a big place, you will have lots of schools to choose from. If you want to find one of the best, you can research them on my page called Which school?

    • Alex December 19, 2016, 2:57 pm | Link

      Hi Rahil,

      I have heard (from real state agents, so I don’t know how reliable this comment is) that Canterbury and Kew are the suburbs with the highest concentration of schools by KM square in the World!

      You are spoiled for choice on both public and private schools and most of them are top ranked.

      Canterbury is an awesome place.

  • Anshi October 25, 2016, 10:16 pm | Link

    Hi BoB, i recently moved to melbourne and found your blogs very helpfull in planning my migration. Thank you for wonderful and genuine advises. I wanted to check with you how should i go about if i want to get my friend also to move to melbourne. They dont have a job in hand but are qualified post grads and some experience in Finance or marketing. What would you advise for them to be able to get a visa and move to melbourne.

  • Binu Maharjan October 24, 2016, 9:43 pm | Link

    Can u tell me which one is the best place for a student girl to live in Melbourne.
    Options are : Morris street, sunshine Melboune or at gordon street coburg, 3056

    • Mark October 25, 2016, 9:50 am | Link

      No idea on the streets you mention. thats down to personal taste but give you an idea Coburg as a general area is ranked 75th most desirable area to live in Melbourne Sunshine 246…Sunshine is transforming but its slow.

  • zeeshan October 24, 2016, 7:32 pm | Link

    Hi, am thinking to move to melbourne within few weeks so can u tell me which area of melbourne is safe and liveable for families and where most white people live or majority of white people ? THANKS

  • Lauren October 22, 2016, 4:05 am | Link

    Hi there,
    I am hoping to move to Melbourne for a few months next summer to teach for one semester. What is the best area to rent a place in Melbourne that is close to good school and the public transit?
    Lauren 🙂

    • BobinOz October 23, 2016, 9:09 pm | Link

      I think it would help to know where you will be going to teach, do you know that yet?

    • Mark October 24, 2016, 9:45 am | Link

      Hi Lauren Bob is spot on as its a lot bigger than folks think, Melbourne that is, I live in whats termed greater Melbourne and it takes me 1 hour 30 to get to the airport If that was say London or Manchester UK I could get to around 4 or airports airports easily in that drive time, if you see my point its a far bigger area split up by a massive bay than people see. Get yourslef registered with VIT (it only last two years so timing is everything) and find a school, then look for accommodation nearby commutable.

  • jabubenice October 21, 2016, 1:59 am | Link

    Hi guys,
    Im african american married to a black British and we currently live in the uk. My wife is a doctor in the NHS and its just not realistic to work for the NHS and raise a family anymore. we have cut-down our choices down to Vancouver Canada and Melbourne. I just wanted to find out from you guys how integrated Melbourne is especially schools ( kids 5-6) etc, and how race relations are for black folks in particular….thanks in advance

    • Mark October 24, 2016, 9:39 am | Link

      You are quite a way of moving if you have not started the process yet e.g. allow around 12 months to get paperwork in order. I say that as things can change but generally speaking Melbourne is perhaps one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world where 99% percent get on (there is always one) Schools are very very diverse even Christian faith schools.

  • Goncalo October 21, 2016, 12:50 am | Link

    Hello everybody,

    I am moving very soon to Melbourne to work as fellow researcher at Monash University (Clayton campus) and I am trying to choose a nice neighborhood to live. I am looking for a house/unit to rent.

    I would like to live in a safe place, with some shops and restaurants, good transports to the Clayton campus and city center and not far from the beach.

    I was thinking of Brighton, Caulfield or Ormond. Do you recommend any of these?

    Thank you all in advance,


    • Mark October 24, 2016, 9:33 am | Link

      Yes three great to decent places, not sure on the public transport but most of that is google available. You also dont mention a budget Brighton will be on the high end. Look also at Moorabbin Chadstone and perhaps ask your fellow researchers as they will commute.

      • Goncalo October 24, 2016, 10:01 pm | Link

        Thank you for your help Mark! 🙂

  • Mike October 18, 2016, 4:54 pm | Link

    I am planning to relocate to Melbourne from Singapore with my family. I wanted know residential places which is nearer to good schools that I can rent ? I have a kid going to primary 4 . We are there in Jan next year any suggestions and recommendation appriciated.

    • BobinOz October 18, 2016, 7:50 pm | Link

      I think it would be impossible for anyone to advise you Mike, simply because everywhere in Melbourne is residential, has schools and places to rent.

      If schooling is your main priority, you might like to decide which school you want to send your child to first and then choose somewhere to live that is close to that and suits your budget. For help choosing a school, see my page Which school?

  • Ahmed October 11, 2016, 4:34 am | Link

    Is it easy to start your life there mean like fresh start or no opportunities over there ?
    Thank you .

    • BobinOz October 11, 2016, 11:20 pm | Link

      I don’t think the process could ever be described as easy. You will need skills, determination, hard work, luck, and who knows what else. It will be a fresh start, for sure, but unless you have contacts and a job to come to, it’s unlikely to be easy.

  • ROGER September 30, 2016, 1:28 am | Link

    Hi, Neal!
    Thanks for all the help you offer! Really nice of you to do this!
    I am moving to Melbourne for six months next February. I will be working at Unimelb and wanna find a nice house or flat to share, depending on the price, of course. I will not have to work every day ofthe week, so I would like to say near all the city interesting places and still be at a nice distance from Unimelb, enough to ride a bike or walk. A 30 minutes walk is my limit.
    All ideas are welcome, because I have just started do look for the place.
    Thank you again! All the best!

    • BobinOz October 2, 2016, 7:06 pm | Link

      Well, I don’t know who Neal is :-), but hopefully one of my many helpful readers who know Melbourne well will give you some advice about this. Good luck, Bob

      • Mark October 24, 2016, 6:19 pm | Link

        Hi Roger (and Neal’s mate, whoever he is) Your slap bang in the center so to speak . Id head north and look towards Moonee Ponds that way or the like. Id frequently suggest folk look to the Eastern Suburbs but getting to where you are from many of those will prove a pain. perhaps post on the university forum/platform I’m sure it has something like, looking for accommodation Id be amazed if nothing came up especially as you are looking for a share.

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