Melbourne

Australia

The Cultural Capital of Australia

Australia’s second largest city is a vivacious, cosmopolitan and multicultural gem that attracts people from all over the world. Located in parklands along the banks of the stunning Yarra River, within a stone’s throw of Port Phillip, Melbourne has the sea to the south and the Mountains to the north and is perfectly positioned for enjoying life to the fullest. The city itself is frequently listed as one of the most livable places in the world as a result of its extensive gardens and public parks, spacious living environment, high standard of education, reliable public transport and a low crime rate.

Melbourne has a thriving café, bar and restaurant scene and inspiring neighborhoods, such as the bohemian enclave of Fitzroy, the beachside suburb ofSt Kilda and the quirky charm of Collinwood offer access to some of the best art, cuisine, entertainment and music in the world. Beyond the city, in the Victoria region, you can experience the penguins, scenery, outdoor pursuits and motor sports of Phillip Island, learn about the fascinating history of the Aboriginals while enjoying the panoramic Grampians, enjoy fine wines on the banks of the stunning Murray River, be dumbfounded by Gippsland's serene beaches, lakes and peaks and trek along the rugged coast of the Great Ocean Walk.

Melbourne is a city that is extremely welcoming to expatriates. The people who call this city home herald from more than 200 different nations and over half the population were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas, making this a place that is characterized by multicultural diversity and a rich culture in which all newcomers are welcome.


What’s the draw?

  • A fascinating city that blends European style with Australian easy-going charm to create a fascinating cultural hub.
  • A lively passion for social eating and drinking that manifests itself in a vast array of cafes, restaurants and bars.
  • A stylish and sophisticated city that offers a high standard of living.

Live there:

Without insider knowledge, it is easy to miss the delights that are available in a city that is characterized by hidden treasures in its lanes and alleyways. The Expat Info Desk guide to living in Melbourne contains plain English information about housing, schools, hidden pitfalls, cultural differences, social interaction and bureaucracy and includes everything you need to know to make this city your home.

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About Melbourne we have

Our guide was written by Jeff Demaria and Imogen Moore and last published on Sunday 15th August 2010.

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Five top tips

01Get involved with Aussie rules football. The quicker you learn the rules and pick a team, the quicker you’ll be bonding with the locals.
02Melbourne is filled with culinary goldmines. Be brave, be willing to look around the graffiti covered corner and you will be rewarded.
03As fantastic a city as Melbourne is, some of the landscape that surrounds it is better. Some of Australia’s most amazing scenery is on your door
04While Southbank is a nice, bright area, full of gleaming new shops and restaurants, it is unequivocally viewed by Melbournians as a tourist trap.
05While Melbourne has a bit of a reputation for being cold and blustery, with unpredictable weather patterns, the city comes alive in the warmer summer.

Interesting fact

Melbourne has the 2nd largest Greek population in the world, after Athens.