Culture. History. Food from all over the world. This is Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia.
The metropolitan area of Melbourne stretches from Port Phillip Bay through the hinterlands into the Yarra Valley, and has 31 municipalities. Also known as Australia’s “cultural capital,” Melbourne is driven by a steady influx of people from around the world, along with a bustling financial and cultural scene.
Melbourne is a haven for all sorts, from immigrants to artists to financiers and professional athletes. The city is the birthplace of Australian impressionism, contemporary dance, Australian football, and the Australian film and TV industries. But Melbourne is more than an urban paradise, it also harbors several beachside suburbs along the shores of the Port Phillip Bay. Families who would rather spend days with their feet in the sand migrate to lush suburbs like Port Melbourne, St Kilda, Brighton, and Albert Park.
The city is home to a diverse population, with a high portion of British and Irish residents. But there are large and thriving Italian, Vietnamese, Indian, Greek and South African communities, too.
Read on to learn about the basics (housing, transportation, internet, and more!) of moving to Melbourne and to find the perfect suburb for you.
Melbourne is a very safe large city, but does have areas of higher crime.
Melbourne has excellent public transit. However, the farther from the CBD you are, the more likely it is you'll need a car.
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"Melbourne is a city that has everything – from nightlife, multicultural dining, international and local art, marquee sporting events, and arguably some of the best coffee in the world. It's surrounded by picturesque beaches, has a very vibrant CBD, and is consistently rated as one of the safest cities globally. I'm blessed to call this city home."
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