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10 Things to Know Before You Move to Melbourne

Posted On Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:37

When you’re moving to a new city, it can be daunting at the best of times. So, it’s good to try and understand a little of what to expect when you get there.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of 10 things you need to know before moving to Melbourne.

1. Rent is expensive.

If you’re moving from Sydney NSW, you will probably find the rent on par, or maybe even a little cheaper. However, if you’re moving from somewhere else, it can take some getting used to.

2. The coffee is a must-try.

Australian’s are known for their coffee-making skills. To the locals, Melbourne is pretty much the Mecca of coffee – all served with nearly every kind of milk you can possibly think of.

3. There are a lot of parking inspectors.

We kid you not. They’re unforgiving and relentless, so don’t ever get caught in the trap of thinking a quick stop will be okay. Always look out for safe places to park and adhere to the rules. Otherwise, you will find yourself paying a very hefty fine.

4. The road rules are different.

Whenever you travel interstate, you should always check the road rules, as some can differ. Melbourne is no different, so just make sure you get across the new rules.

5. You’ll need a Myki card to get on public transport.

You need a Myki card to travel on public transport. This will get you on trains, buses, and trams in Melbourne and in some areas of regional Victoria, too.

6. The hot spots to hang.

Melbourne is known for its buzzing social scene, incredible food, and a wide selection of drinks. Make sure you ask around or do your research on the hotspots before you come, so you can visit the best of them.

7. Rental completion is tough.

There can be a lot of competition when you’re in the market for a rental property, especially if you’re looking in the more sought-after areas. It’s a good idea to prepare everything you need before you go to an open house. 

Bring along your references (ones from landlords are always great), application forms, deposit, and other requirements. That way you can try to be on top of the pile when you find the ideal place for you.

8. The weather is not reliable.

Melbourne isn’t known for its great weather and with good reason. Check the weather every morning as it’s common to get four seasons of weather in one day.

9. Avoid trams if you’re in a hurry.

If you need to get to a place quickly, trams are not a good idea. That means riding them or driving behind them. They’re great means of transportation, but they’re slow.

10. You need to travel to find a decent beach.

Unfortunately, the beaches around the city aren’t the best, especially if you’re from a place where they’re amazing. However, there are some spectacular coastal spots outside the city like The Great Ocean Road, which are perfect for a day or weekend trip.

Wrapping It Up

Getting around Melbourne is fun, especially if you’re a tourist or it’s your first time. However, if you’re not a local or you’re moving overseas, you need some time to adjust and get acquainted with the place, weather, and culture.

Let this article be your guide before deciding to start a new journey in Melbourne.

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