Melbourne remains one of the most popular places to live in Australia and was ranked the World’s Most Liveable City by the EIU in 2011. Melbourne has been consistently rated one of the most liveable cities based on safety, hygiene, economic stability, a good infrastructure and a widespread availability of cultural activities.
The quality of life here is high, with superb architectural delights, a cosmopolitan feel and attitude, great transport links, a bustling city crammed with shops and entertainment facilities and compared to other Australian cities it’s quite affordable too.
The climate in Melbourne is often referred to as temperate, which means that it enjoys warm summers with cool winters. In fact its climate is ideally suited to the average British person as it rarely gets above 26°C in summer and in winter the temperature never drops below minus, staying instead at a cool 5°C. Summer months are from December through to February and the winter months are June, July and August which are also the wettest months averaging around 15 mean days of rain.
Places to go
Federation Square is one of Melbourne’s most visited tourist attractions with its bold architecture that at times almost seems other-worldly in its vision. There is also a plethora of restaurants, shops, art galleries, bars and museums to keep the visitor entertained. You can also relax by the bayside in St Kilda or wander through the multicultural suburbs of Richmond. For a bird’s eye view of the city, do make sure you visit the Melbourne Observation Deck perched atop of the 253 metre high Rialto Towers Building.
Where to live
Some of the most expensive places to live in Melbourne are in the South, namely South Yarra and St Kilda. Unsurprisingly they are also amongst the most attractive places to live in Melbourne! This area is full of professional couples and families and is pretty exclusive. The average house price here is around $845,000 (£570,000).
North Melbourne is probably better suited to young families. The areas of Brunswick, Northcote, Parkville and Coburg are popular places to live and the average house price is $730,000 (£492,000) which is still quite expensive but remember that this is just an average and there will be cheaper properties available. North Melbourne is also home to plenty of parks, playgrounds, cycle tracks and of course Melbourne Zoo so there is plenty to keep the family entertained! Transport is also much better than in South Melbourne. West Melbourne is by far the cheapest area to live and has a fairly studenty, bohemian feel to it that might be better suited for young couples or singletons. Wyndham Vale and Werribee are two areas to consider here. East Melbourne is the most expensive area by far with properties topping the million dollar mark, especially in classy Collingwood and Carlton. It’s also close to the University and the many sporting facilities.
Find out more about Melbourne by visiting the City of Melbourne website.