An Expat Guide to Melbourne, Australia

Anyone moving to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city won’t be disappointed when they arrive. This multicultural hub with a population of four million people is dynamic and exciting. From vibrant nightlife, to sport, fashion and festivals, and excellent employment opportunities, Melbourne has something for everyone.

Australia’s Coastal Capital

Although Canberra is Australia’s capital city, Melbourne is classed as Australia’s ‘coastal capital.’ Situated on the south coast it is made up of many 19th century buildings and tree-lined boulevards. The modern centre of the city known as Federation Square has bars, plazas and restaurants. There is also an area along the Yarra River known as the Southbank where cultural and arts events are held. The National Gallery of Victoria is also situated here, where you can see Australian art including a good selection of work by indigenous people.

Getting to Know the Local Culture

Moving to Australia is a big decision to make, but once you have decided to make the move it’s worth doing some research regarding the local customs. Melbourne has gained a reputation for being the cultural and sporting capital of Australia and has activities to suit all tastes. When you are living in the city it’s important to know that the locals don’t particularly like talking about their work or private lives, and also don’t like people who boast. So be careful what you say!

Pacific food in Melbourne

Everyone loves great food and Melburnians, as they're known, are no different. The Queen Victoria Market is the biggest open air market in the southern hemisphere with over 600 traders. Apart from having wonderful food from around the Pacific it also has produce and deli choices from all over the world, and attracts thousands of people daily. There are also buskers for entertainment on a Saturday morning.

Travelling around Melbourne

It’s always important when moving to a new city to know that you’ll be able to get around easily, and the tram system in Melbourne is excellent. You can buy a Myki card at most newsagents or stations which you ‘touch on’ and ‘touch off’ when using local transport, which saves you money and reduces the need to carry cash. You can easily rent a car if you want to travel out of the city to see some of the amazing local landmarks.

Some of the most popular local landmarks are the Royal Botanic Gardens and Werribee Zoo, and by travelling just a few kilometres outside of the city you’ll start to see some wonderful sights. Just remember to enjoy the Melbourne experience.