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Australia has always been the western immigrants’ country of choice when it comes to travelling and or working abroad. Sydney remains a popular destination, but the city of Melbourne presents many attractive opportunities for living and working away from your home country and finding that ideal job in the sunshine!
Many residents and observers would vote Melbourne as Australia’s capital for fashion and creativity music and events, no doubt down to the city’s multicultural roots and outlook. This makes it one of the country’s most dynamic destinations.
Within a couple of hours range of the city visitors and residents alike can do everything from ski in the mountains and surf in the sea, hike through forests or across desert plains, see penguins or kangaroos and sample food and wine from the four corners of the earth at the broadest range of international restaurants available on the planet!
Climate: Melbourne is known for it’s ‘four seasons in one day’ attitude to the weather. Layers are good thing, clothing wise. Summers are generally sunny and warm, and winters, of course, are cooler, but other seasons are rather unpredicatable.
Accomodation: Homes usually include one to four bedrooms, a kitchen, one or two bathrooms, laundry and living space. Larger homes also include a second or third living areas/dining rooms, and a garage or carport.
Melbourne is the second most expensive city in Australia after Sydney . Housing costs are reflected in this with the average weekly median being approx 315 AUSD per week, rising 12% in the last year. Renting property in Melbourne can be quite competitive and if you are single and on a budget, there are online resources for matching potential new flatmates with your budget for a roof over your head.
To buy, median house prices in metropolitan Melbourne go from $360,000 AUS for a unit or apartment to $410,000 AUS for houses.
Transport: Public transport throughout Melbourne is well serviced and affordable. There are three forms of public transport operating, - train, tram (trolley/streetcar) and bus. Tickets are transferable across all forms of public transport. The network is divided into two zones, according to the distance from the city centre. The price of the ticket depends on the zone(s) in which you wish to travel and the duration of your ticket.
Tickets - known as ‘Metcards’ - can be purchased at train stations, newsagents and many other outlets displaying a bright blue Metcard sign. Metcards can also be purchased on trams; however the machines accept coins only.
Taxis (cabs) are readily available in metropolitan and regional areas and they are easily recognised by their bright yellow colour. To hire a taxi in Victoria you can make a phone booking, wait at a Taxi-cab Rank or hail a taxi from the side of the road. Fares are metered.
Working in Melbourne: Victoria is experiencing skill shortages in many industries. The Skilled and Business Migration Program is committed to attracting skilled and business migrants to fill those skill shortages that cannot be filled locally.
The state of Victoria has many large employers in many diverse industries such as Toyota, NEC, Hyatt International and GE Consumer Finance as well as seven out of ten of the financial services sector’s main industry funds which are based around Melbourne. Furthermore the state of Victoria is home to a great many IT and biotechnology firms as well.
Social: Melbourne is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Melburnians love the city’s vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Melbourne is less than 200 years old and never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.
Melbourne is home to the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Every night performances take the stage at venues including the Victorian Arts Centre, the Malthouse, Her Majesty's Theatre, and the Princess, Regent and Athenaeum theatres.
Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl, is the largest outdoor amphitheatre in the Southern Hemisphere. There are hundreds of nightclubs, bars and pubs across Melbourne and regional centres. Melburnians are particularly fond of the many small bars in and around the city centre.
The city is famous for its live music scene. Many pubs and cafés are open late throughout the week, hosting live bands or DJs.
Melbourne is known as the sports capital of Australia and Victorians are passionate about sport. Major events, include:
- the Australian Open Tennis (January)
- the Australian Formula One Grand Prix (March)
- Australian Rules Football (March to September)
- the Spring Racing Carnival including the Melbourne Cup (October/November)
Melbourne is also home to the historical Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which hosts international cricket in the summer and Australian Rules football in the winter, as well as a variety of other sports and special events.
The most commonly played sports by Victorians are golf, tennis, Australian Rules football, cricket, basketball and football, but the state's excellent network of local sports clubs and facilities cater for every sport imaginable. Joining a local club is easy and affordable.
Other activities include cycling, walking, surfing, working out at in gymnasiums, practising yoga or tai chi, or swimming. Victoria's communities offer hundreds of sporting and recreational activities in which you and your family can get involved.