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.
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.
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.
Transport / Getting Around 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.
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.