Living in Melbourne

Thinking about relocating to Melbourne? We’ve done a lot of the hard work for you and have put together this page of useful information for your upcoming move!

Melbourne CBD

Melbourne CBD

Climate:

Melbourne may be known for its fickle weather – the city has been described as having four seasons in one day, but it can still be enjoyed all year round!

Summer (December – February)
Average temperatures range from 14 – 25.3°C. These months are dry with occasional hot spells that can last more than three days.  Melbourne’s top temperatures are usually in January/February when temperatures can occasionally soar past 30°C.

Autumn (March – May)
Autumn sees cooler weather with average temperatures ranging from 10.9-20.3°C.  Morning fog usually clears to welcome fine, sunny days, however toward the end of the season, there can be extended periods of light winds.

Winter (June – August)
In winter, average temperatures range from 6.5-14.2°C and snow falls in the north-east of Victoria, known as High Country.  The weather is frequently cold and cloudy and nights can be accompanied by frosts.  Heavy rain is rare at this time of year.

Spring (September – November)
During spring, average temperatures range from 9.6-19.6°C.  The season is known as the most variable of the year when weather can quickly change from calm and sunny to cold and windy.  Pack your umbrella – October is the wettest month with roughly 10 days of rainfall!

Understanding the Suburbs:

Inner City Living:

  • St Kilda – best known for its popular beach. St Kilda has countless bars and restaurants as well as the iconic Luna Park.
  • South Melbourne – best known for the South Melbourne Market which is open daily and is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, furniture, fashion and so much more.
  • Southbank – home to Crown Casino, Southbank hosts a well-known strip of bars and restaurants all overlooking the city skyline.
  • Richmond – well known for its outlet shopping on Bridge Road as well as having lots of bars and restaurants. Richmond is also close to sporting venues such as the MCG and Rod Laver Arena.
Left: Crown Casino, SouthbankRight: Southbank Skyline at Night

Left: Crown Casino, Southbank Right: Southbank Skyline at Night

Coastal

  • Mornington Peninsula – located South-East of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula stretches down from Frankston. It is a popular tourist region with numerous sheltered beaches and also open-sea beaches.
  • Geelong – located South-West of Melbourne, Geelong is a port city and is also the second largest Victorian city with an estimated population of 187,417. Geelong is known as the ‘Gateway City’ due to its central location to surrounding Victorian towns like Ballarat, Torquay and Warrnambool and a point of access for the Great Ocean Road.
  • Phillip Island – located South/South-East of Melbourne, Phillip Island is connected to the mainland by a concrete bridge. Best known for hosting the Phillip Island Grand Prix, Phillip Island is a popular spot to head to for the viewing of the ‘Penguin Parade’ at the Phillip Island Nature Park.

 Northern Suburbs:

  • Brunswick – home to funky cafes and restaurants on Lygon Street, Sydney Road and Nicholson Street, Brunswick is home to it’s own art scene and has various live acts performing each week.  Try the Cornish Arms, Spotted Mallard, Howler and the Retreat Hotel for some real Melbourne culture!

Top 10 things to see and do:

  • Explore Melbourne’s laneways
  • Get a cricket ticket or AFL ticket and watch a match at the world renowned MCG!
  • Soak up art and culture at the Arts Centre or Melbourne Museum
  • Grab a burger at one of the top burger bars in the city
  • Shop for local designer fashion or top end brands
  • Cycle along the Yarra River
  • Go trackside at Flemington for the excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival/Melbourne Cup
  • Be exhilarated by the Forumla 1 Australian Grand Prix
  • See international soccer stars at Hisense Arena
  • Watch tennis greats perform at the Melbourne Open at Rod Laver Arena
Left: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Right: Yarra River Cycle Trails

Left: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Right: Yarra River Cycle Trails

Dine at Melbourne’s Best Restaurants:

  • Visit Attica, one of the world’s 50 best restaurants
  • Donovan’s on St Kilda beach
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal located on the third floor of Crown Towers
  • MoVida in the iconic graffiti-covered Hosier Lane (serves amazing tapas)
  • The Press Club (owned by Masterchef Judge George Colombaris)
Left: Spring Racing Carnival Right: The Press Club Restaurant

Left: Spring Racing Carnival Right: The Press Club Restaurant

  • Vue de Monde (owned by Masterchef Judge Shannon Bennett) is located on level 55 of the Rialto building, providing amazing views of Melbourne’s CBD
  • Nobu, the world’s most recognised Japanese restaurant, is located in the Crown Entertainment Complex
Left: Nobu, Melbourne Right: Vue de Monde

Left: Nobu, Melbourne Right: Vue de Monde

 

Drink at Melbourne’s Rooftop Bars:

  • Emerson for legendary Sunday sessions in South Yarra
  • Black Pearl in Brunswick for creative cocktails
  • Sip wines at Bellota in South Melbourne and Cumulus Up in Flinders Lane
The Emerson, South Yarra Rooftop Bar

The Emerson, South Yarra Rooftop Bar

Top Schools and Universities:

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Deakin University
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Victoria University
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Open Universities Australia
  • Chisholm Institute
  • Swinburne Online
  • Melbourne Institute of Technology

Transport Information:

For all bus, train and ferry information visit: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/

Melbourne is also a very bike friendly city, with extensive cycling networks and picturesque cycling routes around the Yarra River.

Left: Flinders Street Station Right: Southern Cross Station

Left: Flinders Street Station Right: Southern Cross Station

 

Average Rental Cost:

According to recent statistics released by www.domain.com.au the medium rental property prices for Melbourne are as follows:

  • House – $380
  • Unit – $360
Docklands Apartments and Waterfront

Docklands Apartments and Waterfront

Best Beaches

  • Squeaky Beach (Wilson’s Prom) – perfect for adventurous types
  • St Kilda Beach – perfect for everyone to enjoy and close to the CBD!
  • Ninety Mile Beach – perfect for anyone to enjoy
  • Eastern Beach – located in Geelong, Eastern Beach is a popular area with a shark proof sea bath together with a secure children’s area. A number of Art Deco buildings are in the area which are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register
  • Bells Beach – home of the world’s longest-running surfing competition – the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival held at Easter every year
Left: St Kilda Beach Pier Right: Bells Beach

Left: St Kilda Beach Pier Right: Bells Beach

Population Size: 5.20M

Other Helpful Links:

Rental Accommodation: www.realestate.com.au

Transport: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/

What’s on: http://www.australia.com/en-ie/places/melbourne.html

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