Moving To Melbourne, Australia

Expats moving to Melbourne will be immersed in Australia’s cultural hub. Melbourne welcomes a wealth of diverse cultures with a distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Immigration over the past century has contributed to the rich diversity of Melbourne and has led to certain ethnic enclaves around the city including Italian, Greek and Vietnamese communities. This brings a unique blend of cultures, events and ethnic cuisine to the city.

Skilled Migration to Australia

When it comes to Melbourne’s main pastimes, art lovers, fashion fanatics, music and sports fans are right at home. The city is awash with fantastic boutiques, art galleries, street art, clubs, music venues and some of the world’s biggest sports events including the Australian Open, The Melbourne Cup, The Melbourne Grand Prix and of course Cricket! Expats moving to Melbourne can take advantage of the city’s multifaceted cultural heritage that has contributed to Melbourne being voted time and time again the world’s most liveable city!

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Shocked by that statement? Don’t be - as we also forgot to mention that Melbourne boasts an idyllic coastline - as well as being on the doorstep to some incredible natural wonders and is home to premier wine country - Yarra Valley wine tasting tour anyone? With all the above factors, it probably comes as no surprise that expat life in Melbourne can be a little on the pricey side with Melbourne sitting comfortably in the top 100 most expensive places to live in the world - so overseas workers may want to bear his in mind when applying for jobs in Melbourne. Melbourne living boasts a European style vibe against a backdrop of historical buildings, cobbled streets and stunning public parks and gardens - as well as a bustling cafe culture. Did you know that Melbourne serves up some of the best coffee in the world?

For those looking to emigrate to Australia and who aren’t familiar with the geography of the place, Melbourne is in the state of Victoria - in the south of the country bordering both New South Wales (where Sydney is) and South Australia (where Adelaide is) - but Australia is huge so it’s not like moving to the next town from Sydney. The city itself is set out on a grid system and has a fantastic tram network to get you from A to B. Expats tend to favour the leafier outer Melbourne suburbs when moving to Australia with a family as they tend to be a little quieter and have a good proximity to schools. If you fall into the younger professional category, you may want to consider being in the mix a little more – but bear in mind that rental prices are quite high. Which visa do I need for Australia? 

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