International Removals to Melbourne

Melbourne is regularly hailed as one of the most liveable cities in the world making it perfect for your international move. With stunning outdoor spaces, high employment and a vibrant cultural scene, it’s obvious why it’s considered a popular place to relocate to.

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Moving to Melbourne

If you are thinking about moving to Melbourne as part of your international removal to Australia we understand that you must have a lot of questions. Melbourne is highly regarded as one of the best cities to live in the world over. We offer a professional, inclusive service helping you to get there stress-free. We strive to make the process of moving to some of the most stunning and vibrant places as efficient as possible, taking the utmost care of your possessions and ensuring that all your queries are answered. We care that your move is the start of something fantastic and that you have faith in us to help you achieve this. We have specialised in international removals to Australia for over 50 years and our entire team are experts in orchestrating an effective overseas removals service. We take the time to understand the complexities and worries you may have surrounding a move, listen and understanding your requirements before we begin the process. Our expert team will ensure that your move to Australia will remain as smooth as possible, so you can be at an ease of mind that your possessions are taken care of. Whether you’re moving to Melbourne for a fresh start, change of scenery or for work, you can be rest assured that we will make your move as efficient of a transition as possible.

About Relocating to Melbourne

Melbourne is regularly hailed as one of the most liveable cities in the world and, with stunning outdoor spaces, high employment and a vibrant cultural scene, it’s obvious why. The city is Australia’s creative heart and there are numerous venues, events and festivals dedicated to art, music, literature and theatre. Sport is celebrated throughout Melbourne and it boasts no fewer than five international standard sporting facilities. The tree lined streets of the pretty suburbs are just a short hop from the buzz and bustle of the city centre. Melbourne really is that rare thing, the perfect all-rounder. If you’re keen to take the jump and move on down under then get in touch with our team and we can assure you our International removal service can make your move far easier.

You can read what Fran, an expat who made the international relocation from the North of England to Melbourne, thought about Melbourne initially, and why it’s such a great place to be.

Melbourne Suburb Profiles

Melbourne contains several suburbs, all with their own charm. Read more about where to find your new home in Melbourne after your international move.

Albert Park

Located south of Melbourne, Albert Park is packed with beautiful Victorian architecture, cool cafes and chic shops. The city centre is a short tram ride away, but its enviable location between Albert Park Lake and the beach gives it a far more suburban feel. It’s a great option when considering where to live in Australia.


With great schools, fast links to the city and every possible amenity, the eastern suburb of Camberwell is an excellent choice for a family moving to Melbourne. It is a leafy, tranquil suburb yet boasts a host of first-rate shops and restaurants.


With its quaint village feel, seaside location and pristine streets, the beautiful southern suburb of Sandringham is Melbourne at its best.  The pretty parks, period housing and great transport links show why the city’s stunning south coast is perennially popular with expats.


The eastern suburb of Yarraville combines a hip, cosmopolitan feel with a family friendly sense of community. The commercial centre has a creative, arty atmosphere centred on the delightfully Art Deco ‘Sun Theatre’ cinema.

Schools and Education in Melbourne

Melbourne is a great destination for learners as it inspires creativity and imagination. Its schools perform well in national tests, particularly in numeracy and literacy and class sizes are low with an average of 21.6 students per class. For most, secondary school culminates in the Victorian Certificate of education, an internationally respected qualification equivalent to A-levels or the International Baccalaureate. There are also excellent opportunities for further education with the University of Melbourne recently being named Australia’s leading University. Moving to Australia, Melbourne holds more than creativity at the heart, with education being at the front and centre of the city. With a variety of opportunities available, you will undoubtedly find that living in Melbourne is ideal for any learner.

Transport in Melbourne

Melbourne’s transport system is efficient and well planned. For drivers, the neat grid is easy to get around and there is little congestion on main roads and freeways from the suburbs other than the rush hour peak. A UK driving licence is valid for three months after moving to Melbourne, but you can exchange this for a Victorian licence without retaking your test. Melbourne’s iconic tram system has been running since 1885 and, now fully modernised, is as popular as ever with commuters. There is also a reliable metropolitan train network and over 300 bus routes spanning Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs.

Leisure Activities and Things to Do in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city that takes free time seriously. The famous Laneways are packed with boutique shops, quirky cafes and one-off restaurants. You’ll soon have your favourite hidden gem. Melbourne’s artistic spirit is celebrated at the National Gallery of Victoria which hosts an unrivalled collection of Australian art. Sport flourishes throughout the city, from cycle lanes and swimming clubs to the numerous world class sporting venues. Whether you’re a keen spectator or active participant, you’ll be well catered for. If you fancy getting away from urban life, head west for a drive along the Great Ocean Road and take in breath taking sights such as the Twelve Apostle limestone stacks. Alternatively, follow the Yarra river and visit some of the valleys famous wineries or take the family to Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park and meet some of Australia’s most iconic indigenous species. With mounts of creativity to uncover, Melbourne remains to be an incredible location for your move to Australia. Read more about things to do in Melbourne.

Interesting facts about Melbourne

  • Canberra may be Australia’s capital today, but Melbourne held the title from 1901 to 1927.
  • Melbourne has long been the centre of Australia’s entertainment industry. The world’s first feature film was made in Melbourne in 1906.
  • Coffee and cake is a serious business in Melbourne, it has more cafes per capita than anywhere in the world.
  • Melbourne is the home to two of Australia’s most cherished icons, Vegemite, invented and manufactured solely in Port Melbourne, and Dame Edna Everage, the most famous (if fictitious) resident of Moonee Ponds.

For more information on international removals to Australia and to read about the highlights of other cities please visit the Australia main page or visit the individual city international removal pages.

Moving to Australia post Covid-19

Relocating to Australia post Covid-19 can seem to be something that seems near impossible given the current circumstances. Considering recent advice from the Government and the British Association of Removals (BAR), we can confirm that John Mason International is fully operational. However, the safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority, therefore we have introduced several new safety measures to ensure we are ‘Covid Secure’. Our international removals remain to be in place, and we have ensured that our process remains as safe and sensible. International removals to Melbourne are still a viable opportunity despite the current pandemic, and we can assure you that we are here to ensure your move “down under” will be smooth. If you are looking to find out more information around moving to Australia post Covid-19, you can read more in our guide.

Established in 1884, John Mason International Movers has seen the world around us change and as a business we continue to evolve to ensure we deliver a first-class moving experience. Today we are one of the UK’s largest international removals companies, moving around 10,000 people each year. We can guarantee that if you are planning on moving to Australia post Covid-19, we can make the process far easier for you.

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Yes, a British citizen can move to Australia. Moving to Australia from the UK is possible through various visa programs, such as skilled migration, family sponsorship, or working holiday visas. It is important to research and understand the specific visa requirements and immigration processes involved in moving to Australia.

Yes, it is possible to move to Australia without a job. Australia offers various visa options that allow individuals to immigrate for purposes other than employment, such as for study, uniting with family, or starting a business. However, it’s important to note that moving to Australia without a job can present challenges, as having a job offer or relevant skills can greatly enhance your chances of obtaining a visa and finding employment once you arrive. You can find out more information using our free Australian visa assessment.

The cost of living can vary depending on individual circumstances and factors such as location, lifestyle choices, and personal preferences. However, as a general observation, the cost of living in Australia tends to be higher than in the UK. Expenses such as housing, and groceries are often more expensive in Australia. Keep in mind that moving to Australia from the UK involves various expenses, including visa fees, shipping costs, and potentially higher taxes. We recommend doing your research on the area you want to move to, or you can get an Australia removals instant quote from John mason.

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