Living in Australia (and the world’s) most liveable city
People living in Australia like most of the world’s population tend to prefer living in the urban coastal environments rather than rural ones. If you’re looking for a new city to call home, it’s hard to find one better than Melbourne. Consistently ranked as the ‘most liveable city in the world’, this multicultural arty metropolis is a must visit down under. Split into North and South by the Yarra River, the city is famed for its pioneering coffee culture, eclectic nightlife, thriving art scene, quirky laneways shopping, diverse restaurants, world-renowned festivals, turbulent weather and an unwavering obsession with AFL. There is plenty to get stuck into.
Living in Melbourne is Expensive
Home to just over five million residents, Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. Unfortunately, it’s also the second most expensive city too. For those visiting or relocating to Melbourne, here are a few cheap things you can enjoy without breaking the bank.
Get a speciality coffee
Living in Australia you become addicted to coffee and being a global leader has helped propel the world’s taste buds into the speciality scene. Melbourne is the beating heart of Aussie coffee. Chains such as Starbucks have never managed to crack the city, with residents staunchly supporting its booming array of independent stores. They even claimed to have invented the popular flat white, a new drink on the scene now often used to test a barista’s coffee chops and brewing ability. Walk into any of them for an ethically-sourced cup of coffee to remember.
Wander the street art on the laneways
Melbourne’s art scene is one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere. If you wander down the cutesy pedestrian laneways, you’ll get a glimpse of Melbourne-life playing out in a variety of indie retailers, restaurants and cafes. In addition to this, Melbourne’s lanes host some of the best street art in the country centred around its love of music. Check out the popular AC/DC or Hosier murals to name just a few.
Walk the Yarra river with a picnic
The Yarra river cuts the city in half and goes on to its nearby national park. It’s banks are decorated with a variety of restaurants and green spaces. It’s a beautiful walk on a nice day so take a picnic for a stroll up the river, stopping at key sites like Southbank for a spot of people watching.
Free events, museums and galleries
Melbourne is known for its packed schedule of festivals and world-class cultural institutions. Its rich creative history led it to be named the second UNESCO World Heritage City of Literature, after Edinburgh in Scotland. There are plenty of free grassroots comedy and theatre shows every single week just a google search away. Moomba festival is one of the largest free community events in the country and is well worth attending. The Melbourne Museum and The National Art Gallery are both a favourite among visitors. Free walking tours also run twice a day in the city if you want to get your bearings before you start exploring.
Head to the beaches by St Kilda
Despite Melbourne not being as famous for its beaches as other Australian cities, on a sunny day the beach by St Kilda is as good as any in the South East. St Kilda beach includes a stunning pier, a variety of wave-free water sports and a wide boardwalk. Other popular beaches include Brighton, Williamstown, Sorrento and Half Moon Bay.