Living in Melbourne

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

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

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

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

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

What’s the weather like?

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

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

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

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

Here’s a map of the Greater Melbourne area:

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

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

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

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

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Chris October 5, 2015 at 6:02 am

Hi Bob, great website with a lot of useful information from your own personal experience and that of others, its the best I have found so far. I would like to move to Melbourne as I worked there 4 years ago on a working holiday visa, I was offered sponsorship back then but had to go back due to commitments back home. Being back in Scotland for 4 years now has made me really want to go back (the weather in Scotland is shockingly dismal), especially Melbourne, its a really buzzy happening city. Coming back to the UK was a good thing in a way as it has helped me really make up my mind that Oz is for me, going back has allowed me to compare. As a back packer I bought an old Ford Falcon Wagon in Brisbane (I left Brisy just before the 2011 floods happened), and ended up travelling up and down the East Coast and eventually across the Nullarbor Plain to Perth which gave me an insight into the vastness of OZ and how urbanised it actually is!! I spent most of my time in Mel, and found work here, I have a real fondness for the place and want to go back. However I am kicking myself now as I never took up that sponsorship when it was offered, its not as easy getting back in again. I have done an assessment through a well known visa company which has been accepted at the first stage (means nothing really at this stage). I could get in touch with my old employer but feel that would be a bit cheeky 4 years down the line and especially after they offered me sponsorship in the past, although I did leave on good terms, never burn your bridges as they say! Looking at some other people who have commented on your site, I would agree when they say that your UK qualifications do not mean that much, especially if you are a Tradesman such as a plumber (different certifications etc). I was in the motor trade which is a bit more transferable. You really have to gain the trust of an Ozzy employer quickly and prove yourself, they do not like giving second chances and first impressions really do count with them, you need to hit the ground running! It seems that visa wise having a degree, being under 35 and having experience in your field is what they want. I am hoping my trade quals and experience help me, the country seems to lack trades people in general looking at the wanted occupations list. Its a great multi cultural country with a lot to offer, I will also state that it is not the land of milk and honey and has its problems, but they are out weighed by the positives in my experience. Great site, and hope for more updates.


BobinOz October 5, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, as they say Chris. But as you also say, going back to Scotland was what it took for you to realise that you really wanted to be in Australia, so there’s really no point in beating yourself up about passing by on that sponsorship, it was clearly what was right for you at the time.

Now you know what you want to do, you just need to find a way of getting it done and I’m sure you will. Your experience of having worked here will certainly work for you as you look for a sponsorship now, you’ve already proved you can do it.

And why not contact that old employer? What have you got to lose? If he doesn’t want to employ you, he may just know somebody who would. Got to be worth an ask.

Glad you have enjoyed reading my website, really appreciate your comments. Good luck with your plans, Bob


Jake September 29, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Hello Everyone,

I’ve posted on the Adelaide page asking if it would be an ideal place for me (graphic designer). However I realised that the bigger the city, the more opportunities. I then landed upon Melbourne. It doesn’t seem as expensive to live in as, for example, Sydney. I know Sydney is the mecca for work but I have a friend who went there and said is was ridiculously expensive.

What sort of budget should I set myself for rent? Do most places come with gas, electric included in the rent prices? If not, how much are these?

I’ve set myself a rental budget of around $400pw. I’d like to live somewhere near a beach but still within an hours walk to the city centre. Any help is appreciated.

Food shopping is another problem I have, but I’ll come to that when someone replies.



Seshu September 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Hi Bob,

I’m relocating to Melbourne pretty soon. Will you please give me some safe places which as indian crowd, India grocery stores and rent affordable.



BobinOz September 26, 2015 at 12:30 am

If you want to know where the Indian crowd is in Melbourne, check out my post…

Australia is very much a safe country, but the cheaper the rent, the more chance you have of living in a not so good area. So you need to find a balance with that one. Click on the link in the above article to find out more about rental prices in Melbourne.


Surjith June 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Couple of months back, I’d posted in “which city” section asking about where to visit for the purpose of first entry after getting the PR. The situation has resolved itself well with my wife getting a official opportunity to work in Melbourne for some time. Our daughter (1 year and 8 months old) and I will be travelling with her and we’ll come back to India after a week.

I’m all excited about this trip and will post more once I am back or maybe if I get a chance then from Melbourne.. Anyway we will be travelling this weekend to Melbourne… Did I say that I am super excited?


BobinOz June 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Yes, I think you did mention you are excited, you certainly sound excited :-) Take a coat with you, it’s a bit chilly in Melbourne at this time of year. Hope your visit goes very well, cheers, Bob


Surjith June 12, 2015 at 2:53 am

Thanks for the advice mate. It’s taken care of. However, looks like we might have to postpone by couple of weeks :-( … Really hoping that doesn’t happen as we’ve made all arrangements for the travel.


BobinOz June 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm

That’s a bit of a downer, hope it works out okay.


Surjith June 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm

The trip got confirmed again.. We reached here last night. Staying at a friend’s place for now…. Looking for rented accommodation for wife as she’s going to be here for a few months..


BobinOz June 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Great news, and welcome to Australia :-)


Beck May 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

As a Melbournian desperate to move to a warmer north, your site has been a massive help! Thank you!

I just wanted to say (I’m not sure if anyone has already mentioned or if you did this deliberately) but the “suburbs” you’ve listed are actually council regions rather than suburbs.


BobinOz May 11, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Hi Beck, glad you have found my website helpful. Come up to Brisbane, I’m still wearing shorts all day long and we are less than three weeks from winter :-)

No, funnily enough, no one has mentioned it, but I’ve just had a look and I see what you mean. Where I have broken down Melbourne into those five main areas above, I mention suburbs a lot and they are actually councils.

On my other pages about Melbourne, for example Inner Melbourne, I believe I have correctly named the suburbs on those pages. Thanks for letting me know, I will make some amendments this week to correct it.

Thanks again and good luck in finding somewhere warmer to live.

Update: I have now made those changes, hope it’s all good now, thanks again, Bob


Saima May 3, 2015 at 10:38 am

Hi Bob,
We are planning to buy a house and move to Melbourne next year. Could you help me with what areas to watch out for when buying a property as I have two teenage boys and want to be really careful not to buy in the wrong neighbourhood, if you know what I mean. We live in a beautiful and quite area just at the foot of the rainforest here in Cairns and would like somewhere nice.
Also my hubby is a doctor and will find a job easily but I’m a university graduate, an Interior Designer and have failed to find a job here in my field for the last ten years. What are the job opportunities for me in Melbourne?
Waiting for your reply


BobinOz May 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

I have answered this same question elsewhere Sam, but hopefully some locals from Melbourne will help you out regarding where to live. Do also read the comments already here, there’s lots of information about Melbourne suburbs.


Kat Daylyn April 20, 2015 at 1:29 am

Thanks Hilary, that’s really helpful.

I am a member of the BACP and normally work long term with my child and adult clients. Do you know how easy it is to get approved and I presume certified by an Australian equivalent body? I have found several jobs that require a Working With Children (WCC) Check or to be a member of the appropriate peak body(?) can you shed any light on this?

I was hoping that getting a job in a uni working with students may be possible, as my current job at the University of Essex is great but the weather and lifestyle of the UK isn’t!

May I ask what sort of work you do?



Hilary May 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Hi Kat – sorry I’ve taken so long to reply to you. I’m afraid I have no idea how long it takes to register with a professional body in Aus. I don’t work in the field here as financially it’s too risky for me to be self-employed. I imagine that ‘peak body’ may refer to the professional bodies and WCC would be the equivalent of UK’s Criminal Records Bureau checks?

I’m sure there must be work over here in Uni/Colleges, especially the private ones. There is plenty in social care/DV/trauma areas but ads I’ve seen often want quals in social work and then part of the job description includes counselling, umm! I would think you could ask BACP, or your training body whether they have any info on how you’d work out here, there must be therapists who’ve moved over and are still working in the area. Anyway, it’s a different lifestyle and weather from Essex, that’s for sure! I hope you have some success and good luck with the move.


Kat April 19, 2015 at 11:08 pm

Thanks Bob!

Psychotherapist is on the skills list so that is a bonus. Not sure exactly what they mean by that. I thought about contacting the Australian embassy to find out as the website gave no specific information.

Can you recommend any other useful contacts or should I go straight to a MARA advisor?



Many thanks



Hilary April 20, 2015 at 12:38 am

Hi Kat, I’m not sure exactly what the skills list is referring to when they say ‘psychotherapist’ but as you probably know the difference between counsellors and psychotherapists is a contentious issue within the profession in the UK. Usually a counsellor has a shorter training to qualification and may work with more short-term client contracts. Psychotherapy training is usually post-grad and longer in duration. Work is mainly with longer-term clients, though not always.
You need to make sure that your qualification is recognised by one of the professional bodies over here. There are several, equivalent to the BACP and UKCP in the UK. I don’t think it’s always the case so check first. There seem to be far fewer counsellors advertised here and many ‘psychologists’ instead. My understanding is that the focus is on a medical model rather than the wholistic/integrative models we use in the UK. However, there is a growing CPT movement along with Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy which may be helpful if you have that training.
Unfortunately, I don’t live in Melbourne neither do I know what the education system is like there regarding school/college counsellors though I think they fall under the ‘pastoral care’ umbrella. I have seen very few people advertising as psychotherapists but that could be just me not noticing! Hope this might be of some help.


Kat April 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Bob thanks for this website, by far the most helpful and personal around!

Can anyone help me…

I’m hoping to move to Melbourne from UK once I’ve finished my masters in sept 2016.
I’m a qualified, accredited counsellor in the UK and hope to work as a school counsellor in a primary and/or secondary school or university (currently work in a primary school and at a university 1:1 with students) in Melbourne.

Basically I’m trying to work out if it is possible for me to get a job that could sponsor a visa or I can qualify under the skilled occupations list as I’m too old to get a working holiday visa :-( This all depends on the level of pastoral care offered in schools etc and if there are many jobs.

Does anyone have any experience of counselling services in schools, colleges and unis? In the UK some schools have counselling services some don’t, its pretty patchy. Universities here always do for some reason?

Can anyone shed some light on this please.

Many thanks



BobinOz April 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Hi Kat

Glad you like my website. I can’t help you with your question though, but hopefully someone who knows about the education system around Melbourne will be able to help you out here.

You could also click on the main navigation menu above, Migration Advice – Jobs and Sponsorships and use the links to search to see if any of the governments skills lists have your occupation on it.

Good luck, Bob


Dave July 5, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Careers counsellor maybe? Good Luck !


shane March 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

people have obviously not lived in england complaining about melbourne weather haha,
i lived in melbourne for a year and worked in a ice lounge and was relived i bloody did when the summer came!
loved the seasons rather then melting 365 days of the year,
loved the culture, the food, the people, the beaches are awesome!
and the great ocean road in unbelivable,
i traveled near on the whole of the east coast up past cairns and the great ocean road and through the outback, we found melbourne was the best place for us, made heaps of friends and now were stuck back in england and im working my balls off to get qualifications to get us back to melbourne to a place and country we fell in love with. so i think people living there should appreciate what they have!

melbs, well see you soon you beauty!


BobinOz March 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

I agree with you 100% Shane, I would take Melbourne’s weather over Manchester’s (or anywhere in the UK) all day long.

Melbourne’s weather isn’t great when compared with many other places in Australia, but it beats the UK weather no problem.


Grazia February 26, 2015 at 11:13 pm

I red a lot on your website….it turns out that Melbourne is the best city to find job.


BobinOz February 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Darwin is pretty good as well, so I’ve heard. Darwin is not for everyone though, it’s a love it or hate it kind of place for most people.


Grazia February 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm

hello….if you are.
australian citizen….did you find a jobe easyer?….and where in which city?…I hered about Adelaide, that is a wonderfool for live, but what about job?
I am thinking about imigration in Australia with my child.


BobinOz February 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm

You probably want to be thinking about how you might get a visa first, before you start wondering how easy it might be to get a job and which city to go to. The visa is the hard bit.


Grazia February 26, 2015 at 2:23 am

I think there should be no problem with visas. becouse I had australian citizen, I was born at carlton…..and my sons, had too. /citizenship by descent/.
So I was thinking to continue my work of masseurs and beauticians in Australia, opening my own studio. My sons has 22, and the older 26 years. I wondering what they can do in Australia?
So, talking with some peoples, Adelaide is perfect to live, but for the work I meaning???
Thank you so much for your radpid reply.


BobinOz February 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Adelaide, according to the locals, isn’t that great for work. Check out my page about Adelaide and read the comments and you’ll see was I mean.


errolash January 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

l live in Melbourne and i just love it . the weather is Great the food in restaraunt are very tasty and the people are very friendly


BobinOz January 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm

I will put that down as a ‘like’ for Melbourne then :-)


EMILY December 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Hi David & Bob,
Its my day off today so I have sat down and Googling all day for prospect places and workplaces in hill hosp have only open few months ago so i am trying my luck as well as sending my application to some other health care centre. I am actually living in Brisbane and cant stand the heat no more. It is true that some people are meant to live here and some are not and I am one of those who are not. I am not loving the humidity. Its too sticky and gives me a bad temperament for the day. Anyway I am looking forward to move early next year still looking for more advice. cheers, Emily


BobinOz December 30, 2014 at 12:03 am

Interesting comments about Brisbane Emily, I’ve been here seven years now and I reckon there is only about 30 to 40 days of each year that are uncomfortably humid. It’s been very muggy the last couple of weeks as well, but even so, I’ve only had the air conditioning on three times. Ceiling fans help out a lot when you’re indoors.

I get what you are saying though, some people simply aren’t meant to live here, I think I’m somebody who is. I happily pay the price of those humid days knowing that autumn, winter and spring are our best seasons.

Melbourne is a great city though, sounds like it will suit you much better and I do hope you find somewhere good to live there. Cheers, Bob


David December 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Hi Emily,
Box Hill Hospital opened in 1956. The new wing opened in September replaces the old hospital, which according to Eastern Health’s website, is going to be continued to be used for specialists and their consulting rooms.
Melbourne can have its humid days, but they aren’t frequent- nothing like 30 or 40.
Good luck. Let us know how you go- I am sure Bob will be as interested as me.


EMILY December 26, 2014 at 12:14 am

Hi David,
Thank you for your great advice. I have checked some reviews in Ringwood and it sounds really promising. Just wondering what’s the median or worth of houses over there seeing that you are already living in the area. I have read some reviews that houses are real expensive over in Ringwood. Cheers- Emily.


david December 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Hi Emily,
The link below has a search box at the top where you can search median prices of Melbourne suburbs by typing in the suburb you are seeking information for:

Here is another website that allows the same search:

I found this for Ringwood (Maroondah might well be the Commonwealth parliamentary seat but the shaded area is not large enough to be the local council which includes Ringwood) on the website of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (the data is from the 2011 census), but the information might prove useful:



EMILY December 23, 2014 at 1:22 am

Hi Bob,
I am a newly graduated Registered Nurse. I have two children with aged 14 and 15. I am after a suburb that is safe for my girls with near public school and shops. Please help me choose the right suburb. I will initially rent to allow myself find a place that suits me. cheers- Emily


David December 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

Hi Emily,
See my comments posted in reply to Puja and Shahzad, which should be helpful. You could also consider Emerald, 25 minutes further out from Ringwood but in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. I moved here 3½ years ago from an eastern Melbourne suburb and have no regrets. There is much more wildlife and a greater variety of it. The way of life is more relaxed than Melbourne. The town (6,000 people) has a primary school and a high school (there are also private schools in the area), ambulance station and Police station (both 24 hour), 2 supermarkets, restaurants and cafes, plus greengrocer, butcher, etc. There is good public transport- bus services to Belgrave, which has a rail link to Melbourne via Ringwood, and to the south-eastern suburbs. BobinOz’s comment at top of his page that the heat often stops trains running on their tracks is an exaggeration- yes, it does occur, but not often! Emerald’s temperatures are usually ~3°C cooler all year round than in the ‘lowlands’ of Melbourne (though the highest temperature in Emerald this year was 42.4°C- this was exceptional but still lower than in Melbourne!- and the lowest 0.1°C). As a registered nurse, you will be interested to know there are also three large public or private hospitals to the south-east of Emerald, within, say, a 40 minute drive. I hope this helps. Good luck!


BobinOz December 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hi Emily

David has given you an excellent answer here, thanks David, far better than I possibly could as I live up here in Brisbane. You will probably get an awful lot of additional information simply by reading through all of these comments as well and hopefully out of it all you will find somewhere you really love for you and your daughters.

David, yes, my remark about melting train lines was probably a bit cruel to pin on Melbourne, I’m sure it’s happened elsewhere as well. But Melbourne gets so much bad press at times about the cold, I thought it was a good idea to level up a bit.

Cheers, Bob


david December 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Hi Bob,
No offence taken; I assumed it was tongue-in-cheek. :-)

I couldn’t live in Brizzie or points further north- at least not in the summer months. I’d rather have 45°C and dry heat than 25°C and high humidity.

My parents came out here in 1956 on the £10 assisted passage (£10.00 Poms as the saying goes) and I was born in Melbourne a couple of years later. Mum and Dad thought the opportunities were better elsewhere and were tossing up between Australia and Canada. Mum had been to Brisbane for one year from 1949 as an 18 year old, so knew a little of the way of life in this country, and she’d had a gutful of snow, so that ruled Canada out!



BobinOz December 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Yes, I know the humidity here doesn’t suit everyone, I don’t mind it though. I think it’s a small price to pay to have such mild winters. I think both of us are better off where we are than we would be if we were in Canada, great country but I just couldn’t live in that climate.

Cheers, Bob


hutch December 27, 2014 at 7:49 am

box hill —blackburn — nunnawading – mitcham – ringwood ….can’t go wrong wrt public transport, relative safety, schools, shops and your chosen occupation. Box hill would be my budget conscious recommendation for a newcomer if you aren’t racist and open to experiencing asian-australian culture amidst your other requirements


david December 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

I don’t know how Box Hill compares with rental prices in Blackburn to Ringwood, but there are plenty of cheap eating places if you like Asian dishes. The suburb still has lots of charm. Hutch mentioned you can’t go wrong for your chosen occupation- Box Hill Hospital’s new 10 storey wing opened in September this year- and public transport. Box Hill Central is a large shopping centre built above Box Hill Railway Station, where there is also a large bus interchange, and alongside is the route 109 tram to Melbourne. Deakin University is not too far away.


Puja December 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Hello Everyone!!

My husband and I are planning to move to Melbourne in the month of Feb’2015. We are permanent residents. We are in search of a place to live near the city or in the city whichever is best and cost effective. We are looking for a rented accommodation most probably an apartment, near to public transports like subway. Any suggestions in this regard will be appreciated.



Shahzad December 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Hi Puja …. I have also been granted PR and I have referred the following sites for the accomodation …
you can refer these sites …


Puja December 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

thanks for the reply.

I have gone through these sites but as I am not familiar with the localities, i am not been able to narrow down my options. Thats the reason i have specified that I need to know the possible places to stay which are cost friendly and near to the city or in the city close to subways.


BobinOz December 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Puja, it may be a good idea if you read through all the comments already made on this page, there’s a lot of talk about various suburbs and what they are like. It’s always a good idea to try and narrow down the kinds of suburbs you are interested in, based on affordability if nothing else, and then ask about those suburbs.

That way I’m sure you’ll get other people from Melbourne assisting you with your final choice, it’s always so much harder to help with very little to go on. Cheers, Bob


Shahzad December 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I am also planning to shift there in Mar or Apr …. my friends are living there and they have referred me following area which are cheap and nearby city or subways ….
Vermont, Mitcham, Nunawading, Danedong … among all these … you will find cheap and good apartments in Danedong ….
refer … select any area .. then apartment … and below you can select the options that which schools are nearby … hospitals etc ….


puja December 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm


I will definitely look into it.


David December 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

Hi Puja and Shahzad,
Forget Dandenong; it doesn’t compare to Vermont, Mitcham or Nunawading, which are very nice suburbs and on a scale of 1-10, would be 7-8, whereas Dandenong would be 1-2. You could also consider Blackburn, Heatherton and Ringwood, which are adjoining suburbs and just as nice. I expect rent would be cheaper the further you go out. With the exception of Vermont, they are on the Ringwood railway line (subways here are the sandwich store chain (!) or underground pedestrian paths). Keep in mind that apartments are also known as ‘flats’, but the likelihood of finding a flat/apartment in those suburbs is low. Why not live/rent on a 1/4 acre block? There are three large hospitals in the area or nearby suburbs and a large shopping centre at Ringwood. If these suburbs are affordable to you, you can’t go wrong.


hutch December 27, 2014 at 7:31 am

If they are coming from 2nd/3rd world places (as their names infer) – Dandenong might look beautiful for a few years.

Similar to a friend from Egypt who thought living in someone’s garage in Sunshine was a lovely place to stay after his arrival; allowed him to save for an eventual house deposit in Narre Warren.

What I found interesting, coming from a middle class North American perspective, is even the “nicest” suburbs have public housing in Australia and the inevitable crime and social issues… For better or worse, Aus tends to distribute this struggling class in comparison to clearly knowing which suburbs or areas of city to avoid


david December 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

Whilst the extent of public housing in many suburbs no doubt varies, there are suburbs that the ‘struggling’ class do tend to be drawn to (like attracts like?) and where the crime and social issues are greater. All cities in the world have crime and social issues and cities in Australia are no different. The major difference between Australian cities and cities in other countries, including developed or 1st world countries, would seem to be the lack of ghettos.


Shahzad December 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hi David,

Sorry for the late reply as I was on the holidays. I read your comments and very thankful for the comparison of these areas on a rating scale. Very much appreciated. :) … Fortunately, my friend is living in Nunawading and he has offered to stay with him in sharing for couple of months and start searching for my own place and he also referred me these 3 places i.e. Nunwading, Mitcham and Vermont and he has also gave me the same reason for Danedong … God bless you …. :)


lewis November 14, 2014 at 1:39 am

Hi I’m considering moving to Melbourne, I have a degree in international business management and spent a year in Oz studying for it. I was wondering mainly about the prices for a house bearing in mind I’ve just left UNI a year ago. What are the jobs like, is the city busy like London and Manchester. How up beat is it, as I’m very active and quirky however enjoy relaxing and beer with the lads.


BobinOz November 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Well, I can’t tell you what the jobs are like, but I have been to Melbourne a few times and for sure it is a very active and quirky city, so you should like it, I would describe it as vibrant and lively.

Hopefully somebody from Melbourne who knows the city better can give you more advice.


Emmay December 6, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Hi Lewis,

Housing is horribly expensive here, but I hear it’s not much better in most places. Check out if you plan to buy or rent by yourself, to find share accommodation. There’s lots of job vacancy websites that will give you an idea of job availability and income. With an international business management degree you should be able to find a decent job, not sure how easy it is to get a working visa though. Melbourne is an amazing place to live, there’s always something to do: theatre, pub bands, clubs, quirky coffee shops and interesting places and people everywhere, especially closer to the heart of the city. It’s very multi-cultural, so great food, markets and festivals. It is not a 24 hour city like New York, shops close most evenings and nightlife closes in the wee hours of the morning. If you like sports, especially Australian Football League or cricket, you’ll be in heaven. You’ll also find people here are easier going and more friendly and upbeat than for instance Sydney (sorry Sydneysiders, it’s true!). I’ve lived in a few other countries and cities, and I’m here to stay.


Flora November 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Hey Bob!
Still lovin’ your website, I keep checking back here whenever I feel the Australia-fever grabbing hold of me again.

My boyfriend and I have been considering going to Oz for half a year or a year to work/live and see if the life there is as good as we think it is. We would love to stay somewhere near Melbourne, but we wouldn’t mind staying in the suburbs. I’ve been looking into job opportunities and the like, but I am unsure what the best option for housing would be. Do you have any advice or tips on what would be the best option for people going to Australia for (less than) a year? Should we try to rent a place, or are there better/cheaper options for two young adults looking for work?


BobinOz November 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Hi Flora, sounds like you are in the grips of another Australian–fever then :-)

If I were you, I’d look into backpacking. Some of these backpackers places are pretty good, and in some of them it’s possible to book a room with just two beds I think. You pay more, but if you want cheaper you can choose dormitories with four beds, eight beds, 16 beds, whatever, depending on the place.

As you are young, they can be really good places to stay at a reasonable price. You meet other young people and there are usually communal bars, maybe a swimming pool and other entertainment. Worth a look.

Good luck, Bob


lisa October 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Is there anyone there that lives around Lower Plenty, I have a 5 and 2 yr old looking for a school and a bit of knowledge on the areas… Thanks. Lisa


Adrian September 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Knox is an OK area. No train line but plenty of buses. It has a large shopping centre/entertainment area. It’s about 25kms east of Melbourne and as such would be relatively affordable. The further you go towards the city, the more expensive things get.

Like most things, it comes down to what you want and how deep your pockets are. Can you provide more detail?


Wayne Kong-Gardiner August 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

Hi all,

Me and my family are moving to Melbourne – my wife has been offered a job in Knox (eastern suburbs). I was after some advice on which are good suburbs to move to near our work (20-30km).
We are both mid thirties and have a 2 year old son. The area is more important to us than property, we are going to rent for the first year then buy after we are settled.


BobinOz August 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Anybody know the area? Maybe you can help Wayne out?


Harrison August 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

Best city in the country and if the weather is the only fault you can find then im happy with that, only wimpy tightarses complain about the weather. Just get over it, get a heater or an air-conditioner and use it accordingly, and there is also thermal underwear or are you too poverty stricken to afford them hmmm?


BobinOz August 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Probably one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve had on this website, congratulations Harrison.


Shahzad Z July 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I have qualified for the Australian Permanent Visa. Now my concern is that which time is better to search for a job in Melbourne. Currently, I am in Dubai on a contract job which will be completed by May 2015 and I have to travel before July 2015 to Australia. Secondly, I have 2 kids 5.5 and 1.5 yrs each and their school will start in Aus in end of Jan. So what do you suggest when shall I travel to Australia for job hunting? This year October or next year May or June?


BobinOz July 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I’m not sure there is a “best” time, both your children are young enough not to be disrupted very much by schooling, so I think you should come here at a time that suits you best.

I have no idea if there is a good time or a bad time to start your job search, I simply can’t help with that one. This could though…

How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia

Good luck, Bob


Greg June 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

My 22 year old son is on a year long visit to Australia and is trying to get some work in Melbourne at present. He is having no luck at all and needs some help & advice. Could anyone help and I will pass it on to him? He’ll do most things, but would prefer office based, and is particularly good at customer services & call centre work.

Many Thanks


BobinOz July 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I can’t help you much from up here in Brisbane Greg, so I’ll have to leave this one for those who live down that way. Anyone looking for a keen young worker in Melbourne?


Tega June 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Trust me Bob this website has been so informative to me, a potential immigrant from Nigeria. I appreciate


BobinOz June 18, 2014 at 12:48 am

Thanks :-)


Nitish May 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Hey Bob,

This is Nitish this side from india , I am planning to move to melbourne next year as i get an PR, My query is if in case i dont get an upfront job offer from an australian company, and i move there so what are the other part time working options i get to survive the initial 2-3 months till the time i dont get the job in my desired profile.


BobinOz May 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I have no idea Nitish, you’d need to search online employment agencies at the time to see what’s going on.


mark May 22, 2014 at 4:51 am

Hi my family and i have a PR visa . We activated our visa with a holiday in 2012 in brisbane and sydney we have 3 kids 6, 4,and 3. We were planing to move over this summer but are having second thoughts in between our holiday and now i have got a very good job working for an automotive diagnostic tool company my background is a qualifed mechanic . But my job now involves computer based work for automotive diagnostic tool’s. My title is an application engineer. What i am getting at is i had planed to go to melbourne and try to get work within my field as automotive engineer but with the 3 of the ony automotive manufactures closing in melbourne there will be a job shortage in my area and i am afraid if i leave my job here i may not get another opportunity like what i have now . Sorry about the rant but would anybody know about the industry in melbourne or Sydney or know anybody working in this area of what the future prospects maybe.


BobinOz May 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I can understand your concern Mark, but being here in Brisbane I’m afraid I know virtually nothing about the industry down in Melbourne or Sydney. Hopefully somebody from down that way will help you out.



Adrian May 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Manufacturing as a whole isn’t doing well right now. Unfortunately, the car industry in particular is probably even worse.
However, even though the manufacturing will stop, I believe some R&D may still continue, so you may be safe there. The Ford plant is in Geelong (an hours drive from Melbourne) so the R&D facilities may also be there.
Keep in mind I’m no expert and I’m only going off what I read in the newspapers. Do some research on the net for information about those companies and have a look at some job sites to see what is available. Good luck.


Bob April 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

I’m from Perth – Melbourne is dramatically colder than other states, which is probably why fashion is a stronger thing there as they actually need heavier clothes. Perth is far more beautiful geographically, think open ocean, white sand /sandstone continental shelf and huge stunning river. But unless you like water based activities and a lot of very hot sunshine Perth is not for you. It is a small city with the focus firmly outside the CBD on homes and personal recreation, and can be quite isolating in sense that you don’t just meet people as in larger cities. Melbourne is far more city orientated place, some people dressing up more and greater sense of the self conscious. That said, beware once out in the deep suburbs you will have no sense of that.


BobinOz April 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Good comparison of the two, thank you Bob.


bianca February 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

hi. im a single mum of 4 kids and wanting to move from auckland to melbourne. any suggestions on how difficult it would be to find work there? how much money would you initially need to survive until i can find work.the commonwealth bank has asked me to contact them regarding a job but it was for part time work.i work in a bank as my night job and work as a receptionist/office manager as my day job. i have a diploma in hr and did community counselling. i have family in melbourne but dont want to impose too much on them..would i be able to get help with childcare costs or family tax credits on a nz passport. i dont have PR. is chadstone a nice area?pls help as I have no family in auckland and would like to be close to my family in melbourne. would i be able to survive as a single parent to 4 kids in melbourne?


BobinOz February 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I can’t answer your more specific questions, but I do recommend you read my post New Zealanders in Australia: What’s the Problem?


bianca February 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

Hi. thanks for that.


Satinder Singh February 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Hi Bob!!

I am planning to migrate to melbourne as a skilled worker. I will be looking for job in software industry after I land there. Please suggest me the areas to rent out which are affordable, safe,gives easy access to public transport and not more than 40 minutes away from related work area.


BobinOz February 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I can’t, I don’t know Melbourne well enough. I shouldn’t think anyone from Melbourne could help you either until you know exactly where your work area will be.


Adrian February 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Bob’s correct. Maybe tell us your budget to give us something to go by (house? apartment?). You could get a job almost anywhere in Melbourne in that industry (geographically), though its more likely it’d be in the CBD as thats where most of the businesses are. There are many suburbs that would be within 40 minutes of the CBD. Good public transport and safety are a bit subjective. Let us know when you have more details. If you’re renting, you can always move later on.


Paul January 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I was thinking moving closer my brother but cant handle heat
I would like be closer best mates and family
So got best mates Yarraville Melbourne and Cousins Mentone Melbourne and Cousins Ocean Grove and Cousins Ararat Victoria and Bendigo Victoria and Ballarat Victoria and Maryborough Victoria Uncle and Aunty Ararat Ballarat Maryborough
I would like play lawn bowls Ballarat and Golf Ballarat and Melbourne
I would love goto football tennis golf bowls concerts shopping cafe and alot more if live Melbourne and catch taxi if have alot drinks when goto best mates


Mohammad Nabil Al Sati January 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Thank you Adrian & Andy , your comments are highly appreciated and very helpful to me and also all readers too , I am exactly with Nancy i do not like humidity cities it make me sick but what I can say by now things are different between us , I mean I am a ! ! Mediterranean Melbourne has excellent weather to me but if you know that I am living in Golf Arab aria and temperatures average in summer day times 46 and evenings no less than 35 . . humanity all the time over 90% . . then Melbourne is paradise , while somebody like Bob came from UK he might feel that Australia is hot ! !
Any way we should take all things together not only weather , we have to consider the kind of life we are looking for and think about families requirements like schooling & shopping and also the arias neighborhood .
Thank you all .


jack boakes January 20, 2014 at 3:58 am

Hi, im moving to Melbourne in march. Im 24 and will be living on a lower budget. I was wondering where the most suitable areas were to live? Ideally an area with people my sort of age and good music/night life? thanks


Adrian January 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Hi Jack,

In terms of nightlife, the best places are the CBD and inner suburbs such as Prahran/Toorak area and Fitzroy/Brunswick. Of those, I’d say Brunswick would be the cheapest. You could find plenty of 1 bedroom apartments or share accommodation around there and there are plenty of people in your age bracket. Having said that, as it’s trendy and inner city, it’s cheaper still to live in the outer suburbs. However, the outer suburbs don’t have the bars/nightlife. Its a trade-off.


nancy January 19, 2014 at 7:28 am

Hi there, i am checking posibilities to move to melbourne, I not care about cold weather, the only is i dont like humidity cities, i have a curly hair but i love straightening my hair, do you think if this is possible? haha


Adrian January 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth are not typically humid. The heat is fairly dry. Melbourne can have some humid days in summer but its not too bad. Sydney is a bit more humid and you certainly won’t want to go further north.


Andy January 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Thank you Adrian for a comment that puts the weather in Melbourne in perspective at last! Melbourne is an amazing city – I love it. Best move I ever made coming here.


Mohammad Nabil Al Sati January 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Hello Marcus :
Thank you for your feedback , I will study your said website , it looks good may help me to find a place of more green and peaceful for comfortable living with also best public schools too for my little daughter and also close to the universities where my other three children likes to have there master degrees .
Thank you my friend .


Adrian January 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

Coburg is probably about a 15-20 train trip to the CBD where you can find Melbourne University (the most prestigious one in Melbourne) and RMIT. As Coburg is in the north, LaTrobe uni isn’t too far away – a bus trip I’m guessing.
Monash University is in the south east so that wouldn’t be all that convenient. Swinburne is in inner east which is still do-able in my opinion.


Mohammad Nabil Al Sati January 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Hi Bob :
We are relocating to Australia very soon , as I told you before Melbourne will be our family choice finally , but as every body posted before in this page we are also terribly confused about the most convenient aria in Melbourne , friend of my wife advised us to relocate to Coburg because we are Mediterranean and we may find a lot of interesting Lebanese restaurants and it maybe more easier to us to settle there but what about schooling there I have one daughter in elementary school and three boys looking for doing there master degree in some not far universities .
Is it the right choice subject to my kids and is it a safe nice aria for shopping and living
Your feed back is highly appreciated .
Nabil .


Marcus January 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

Your description about Coburg is correct. There are a lot of great Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants there, especially on Sydney Road. A lot of Middle Eastern people live there and they are hard working and friendly people. Coburg is inner-city so its very easy to get to other parts of Melbourne via public transport from there. Inner-city suburbs are convenient and cool to live in (more shops, restaurants, bars, festivals, etc..), but they are more crowded, traffic congestion and hard to find parking (if you have friends visiting), have older houses and more expensive to buy or rent a house. They also have more crime because there are more unemployed people and junkies in those areas. There is no “best” suburb in Melbourne. Each place has a different culture and vibe. Check out this website. It will give you an honest view of what each suburb is like and the kind of people that hang out there


Adrian January 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

Not sure about crime being higher in inner suburbs. Outer northwest and west suburbs (Broadmeadows, Sunshine etc) have a reputation of having a higher crime rate.

Other than that, what you say about Coburg is correct. Coburg is multicultural and historically ‘blue-collar’ but due to the location (just north of trendy Brunswick) is becoming increasingly popular and real estate price have risen quite a bit as a result. One of the down sides in my opinion is the lack of public high schools – I think it only has one and that is restricted to Year 10 -12 (maybe someone can correct me on this).

One thing I would like to say about the weather is that it needs to be put into perspective. What is cold? hot? without a reference, saying the weather is too cold is useless.

Some posters here have been making an example of unseasonable weather giving the readers the impression that it is typical for that time of year. While it can happen, don’t expect 13 degrees in November. Expect 20-30. Check weather sites for more accurate information.
Melbourne weather is erratic but it is still fairly mild. 10-15 degrees in winter is not that bad for people that are used to snow. The weather starts to cool down end of April as you start getting 17-18 degree days before the 13-16 degree winter days. Windy days and drizzle make things seem worse but you do still get sunny and relatively warm days late Autumn and throughout Winter. Early spring is usually fairly wet and this keeps the temperature down. Late September and October, the temperatures pick up to maybe high teens on average. It is still quite changeable as the season changes. By mid November temperatures have warmed up as summer approaches. Summer is where things get interesting. Generally between 22-32, it can be higher, it can be lower. For those of you complaining about cold weather, try this week – 34,41,39,44, 42. Anyone for tennis? In summary, its all relative but generally, Melbourne weather is lot like the people: Varies a lot but generally easy going.


Marcus January 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I moved to Melbourne because its my favourite city in Australia. Its true about the weather, it changes dramatically even within a day. It is the most unpredictable and dynamic weather I’ve ever experienced, but it is rarely dangerous. Melbourne people are used to this kind of weather so it doesn’t dampen their spirits. People still continue doing what they are doing. Also, it doesn’t get as hot as other parts of Australia and its winter is not as cold either. Canberra gets a lot colder than Melbourne does. People from Europe or North America wouldn’t find it cold at all in winter.


Ausbloke January 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

I moved to Melbourne also, (use to live in Sydney and Port Macquarie) it has the most dreadful weather and the city is ugly and depressing and everywhere along the train tracks it seems turns into a dreadful dump of a place, becoming run down and full of graffiti. The people are nice (most) but it seems there are actually more stabbings in Melbourne than Sydney with Sydney having more people? I guess its what happens when there are more ethnic people getting together than any other City and you feel like you are a minority in your own country unless you live in a rich part of Melbourne…. (kind of like Sydney)

As for not getting Cold, not sure what world you are living in, it seems 9 – 10 months of the year is Winter and 2 months are summer here in Melbourne. Even other Melbourne people I’ve lived here all their lives say the same thing. Some wish it would get colder (like snow cause its borderline that cold anyways just doesn’t happen) then get warmer instead of slightly colder in Winter and just slightly warmer winter the other 6 – 7 months. There is barely any noticeable change. I’ve been wearing winter clothes for 10 months of the year or more, I’m wearing them right now and its summer….


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