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City Spotlight: Moving to Melbourne

City Spotlight: Moving to Melbourne

Melbourne is the most populous city in Victoria and is the 2nd most populated city in all of Australia. Melbourne is a popular city to be moving to. It is a metropolitan hub and the Melbourne City Centre is one of the top financial centres in the Asia-Pacific region and is the top financial centre in Australia. It has consistently been ranked the world’s most liveable city and is rated highly in many areas including education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, sports, and tourism. It also boasts a very strong infrastructure and public transport system. Chances are a new job in one of those industries is what could be bringing you to Melbourne.


Melbourne Points of Interest Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Melbourne: Cityscape Mixed with Natural Beauty

Melbourne - Waterfront

Melbourne City Waterfront Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Melbourne is a unique city in that it blends a lot of natural beauty with the cityscape. The city is built along the waterfront and the Royal Botanic Gardens are located within the city.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Nympheas Lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne are located right near the centre of the city. The gardens cover 38 hectares of land and include landscaped gardens of over 10,000 species of plants. The gardens provide a natural sanctuary for the name wildlife in the area including black swans, eels, bell birds, cockatoos, and kookaburras. These award winning gardens are beautiful and definitely a great way to spend your free time or a great opportunity to spend your lunch breaks from work. This is definitely not a bad way to break up your work day.

Queen Victoria Market

Fresh Vegetable and Produce at Queen Victoria Market Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne that was established in 1878. It is known for its fresh food stores and those are definitely the highlight, but not all you will find at the “Queen Vic Markets”, the name you will come to know the market as a local. The entire marketplace encompasses several city blocks and is made up of over 600 retailers. You can find just about anything there from fresh fruit and vegetables to gourmet imports, or fashion and general merchandise. You can plan on being able to go here for ‘one stop shopping’ for everything on your weekly list.

Tips for Moving to Melbourne

Melbourne and the state of Victoria give you plenty of information on migration and what you will need to know before and even after you move to Melbourne or surrounds. The government website LiveInVictoria offers up to date information on things like cost of living, education, child care, housing and property information, driving in Victoria, public transport system information, and information on training and universities too. If you go through the information on that website, you will be able to find interactive maps so that you will know how to get around before you even move in. You can find out other details about healthcare and medical services, as well as other necessities when moving such as banking information, and how to set up your mail, phone, and internet service.

Moving to Melbourne Checklists

One of the best things you can do to stay organised when moving is to make checklists to help make sure you don’t forget anything and stay on task. We have compiled a departure checklist to handle everything up until you move and then an arrival checklist to help get you settled in.

Moving Checklist:

  • 18 months prior to moving: Research some basic information about Melbourne and Victoria including cost of living, jobs, transportation. Research migration and visa information. Prepare your current home for sale or rent.
  • 12 months prior to moving: Apply for your visas and update passports. Start telling family and friends you are planning to move. Organise your finances and start planning for the cost of moving.
  • 6 months prior to moving: Prepare to move out of your current living situation. Plan on where you will live in Melbourne or Victoria.
  • 2 months prior to moving: Set up temporary living in Melbourne or Victoria. Look into transportation options. Investigate schools or childcare providers if you have children. Look into boarding or pet quarantine services. Begin packing items out of season or not frequently used. Start preparing to leave; this includes getting finances ready, insurance, and legal documentation needed.
  • 1 month prior to moving: Get your records and bills in order, pay bills ahead of time if possible so that they don’t get forgotten during your move. Organise health and medical information including prescriptions and medical records from your doctors.
  • 2 weeks prior to moving: Confirm your temporary accommodations in Melbourne. Finish packing all non-essential items. Remember to back up your computer files just in case they are damaged during the move.
  • 1 week prior to moving: Get last minute things on your list in place. Pack the rest of your belongings, furniture, etc. Keep a moving bag of the items you and your family will need during the move.

Arrival Checklist:

  • Let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely.
  • Check into your temporary accommodations and get settled.
  • Set up communications including a mobile phone account and internet service.
  • Sort and organise all your paperwork including tax documents, insurance, and medical records.
  • Further look into schools and start job hunting, if you didn’t move for a job you had in place already.

Moving In Your New Home Checklist:

  • When you get into your new home, set up utilities including phone, power, and internet.
  • Contact new schools and get your children registered.
  • Meet the neighbours and find social activities to become acquainted with your new city or town.
  • Get a car or become familiar with public transport.


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