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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  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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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