Melbourne is the place to be, bagging the crown for World’s Most Liveable City for several years straight, and it’s not done yet. Melbourne, capital of the Australian state Victoria, is the country’s most populous city, and Oceania’s second-most populated city. Home to more than 5 million people, Melburnians (as they are locally referred to as) comprise almost 19% of the whole country’s total population.
The city thrives in balance, being one of the country’s most historically important locations, as well as playing a competitively modern role in the economy. Melbourne celebrates life in the best way possible, embracing its multicultural color and diversity every day and making use of its buzzing energy to empower individuality and self-expression.
If you are thinking of living in Melbourne, here are the things you should know about the capital city of Victoria State:
Climate in Melbourne
Located in mainland Australia’s southeastern part, it is 9,993 square kilometers in area and is inhabited by a population of 5 million, housed in a metropolitan area and its 31 municipalities. With its geographical location, those living in Melbourne experience a temperate oceanic climate, with the locals experiencing mild to hot summers closed in by the cold winters.
The city is also quite known for its changeable weather conditions, sandwiched between inland areas with very hot climate and the boundary of the southern ocean which gives out the cool and breezy winds. The temperature changes are rather more visible in the spring and summer months, and are characterized by cold fronts partly responsible for the rare occurrence of gales, hail, and sometimes thunderstorms. However, winters are usually stable, although quite cloudy and damp.
Attractions, Events, and Celebrations in Melbourne
Melbourne is big when it comes to the arts, and rightfully so. Many migrants buy real estate property in Melbourne for this very reason. In a city that celebrates numerous cultures as well as individualism, art is bound to be made.
Culture & Visual Arts
For those who want to look into the city’s art and culture scene, there are several places you can feast your eyes upon.
National Gallery of Victoria
Founded in 1861, this is the oldest museum in Australia. It is also the biggest and the most frequented museums in the country. It is a heritage site in Victoria, and it houses a collection of local and international art. The museum also hold an annual exhibition called Melbourne Winter Masterpieces.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
If you want to see something different every visit, go for the ACCA. They feature not only pieces of visual art, but also hold a mix of art and performance exhibitions. Entrance is always free, too.
If you want to learn more about the Chinese community in Melbourne, how it was established, and the Chinese-Australian relationship, you can visit the Chinese Museum in Chinatown.
The city is alive with various regular performances.
The East End Theatre District
This place is called the theatre district because it is home to six major theaters in Melbourne. This area is in the middle of Flinders Street, Lonsdale Street, Spring Street and Swanston Street. These theatres are:
- the Princess Theatre
- the Regent Theatre
- Her Majesty's Theatre
- Atheneum Theatre
- Forum Melbourne
- Comedy Theatre
With these many theatres, you are bound to find one you are interested in.
If you want to see the classics or something contemporary, you can find something in the Southbank Theatre, located in Southbank Boulevard. This is also the home of the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Arts Centre Melbourne
Located at the southern part of Yarra at Kilda Road, the Arts Centre Melbourne is a distinctive architecture that houses several performance companies such as:
- the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
- the Australian Ballet
- Opera Australia
- Melbourne Theatre Company
Its Australian Music Vault is a free exhibition in the Arts Centre. It offers a mix of Australian music, digital and iconic items for a more immersive experience.
The Drill Hall
If you want to listen to the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Drill Hall located at A’Beckett Street is where you should go.
Concerts and small gigs are all over the city too, if you are looking for a more local feel.
Festivals in Melbourne are some of the best in the world, ranging from art events to film festivals, community celebrations and even comedy events.
Melbourne International Arts Festival
Formerly known as the Spoleto Festival series and the Festival of Three Worlds, it is a "provoking and inspiring" festival. It includes a mix of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events. It is held for 17 consecutive every October.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Cultural democracy -- art that is available for anyone -- this is the goal of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. It runs for two and a half weeks during September.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The biggest comedy festival in the world, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, takes place every autumn. If you want to laugh your heart out, watch at least one of the performances. You will surely come back for more.
There's so much more happening all around the year, such as Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival.
Here's a slideshow of these attractions:
Housing in Melbourne
When it comes to housing, the city has a high demand for rental housing, which is quite more popular than buying real estate property. This is due to the price hikes in the local housing market, which is mainly because of the population boom in the area. But this is also the reason why Melbourne is still (and will continue to be) a haven for property investors.
And with the high demand in housing, all types of housing options were affected. Developers and agents alike are now offering more comprehensive and affordable house and lot packages, and subdivisions located in the outskirts of the city is becoming more and more viable for first-time owners and starting families.
Working in Melbourne
Taking note of its economy, Melbourne boasts a highly diversified strength and role in the scene. Melbourne plays a major role in the country’s economy with particular strength in finance, logistics, research, and IT. It also houses companies leading in manufacturing, education, transport, and tourism.
Many of Australia’s largest corporations are based in Melbourne, having five of the country’s strongest corporations based on revenue. Melbourne is the recognized as the country’s second-largest industrial centre, and is ranked 21st in the world’s most competitive financial hubs, making it an integral part of Australia’s finance.
If you're thinking of starting a business in Australia, Melbourne is a great, yet expensive, place to start.
Top Colleges and Universities in Melbourne
As of 2018, Melbourne ranks 3rd in Best Student Cities in the world according to QS World University Rankings.
There are a number of prominent and established schools that are based in Melbourne, and with the recent increase in the number of international students coming in from all over the world, Melbourne’s influence in the country’s education sector is at great display. Melbourne is among the world’s best university cities, along with the likes of Tokyo, Boston, and London.
It is home to seven public universities, namely the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University, La Trobe University, and of course, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University).
Of these universities, some have campuses located all over Australia and even abroad, with Monash University having a research centre in Italy and Swinburne University having several campuses in Malaysia.
The second–oldest university in Australia, the University of Melbourne, was ranked in 2016 as the top university in the whole country.
It has also been ranked 32nd best in the world (source: QS World University Rankings in 2018), with Monash University ranking 80th.
RMIT is ranked at 17th in the world when it comes to art and design, 28th in the field of architecture.
Melbourne also has several theological colleges, with the Melbourne School of Theology, Presbyterian Theological College, the Reformed Theological College, and Ridley College housed within its walls.
Lifestyle and Culture in Melbourne
Melbourne combines their rich heritage with the diverse and colorful mixture of cultures present in the area, making for a unique and joyful city experience. It is among the world’s top liveable cities after all, an honor granted only to cities with exceptional living qualities. However, living in Melbourne can be quite expensive for some, especially the newcomers.
The average age of Melburnians is 35.7, younger than the country’s median age of 37.4 years. With a relatively young crowd, the average salary of a Melburnian is at $4,270, affording the average monthly rent of $1,781 with a 1-bedroom apartment located in the city centre. For comparison, the average loaf of bread in Melbourne costs at least $2.74, a kilo of apples at $3.85, and a liter of milk is at $1.30. Public transport costs at least $4.10 for a one-way ticket.
Transportation in Melbourne is extensively planned, having the world’s largest network of urban tram. Trains and busses are usually available too for locals. However, seeing as the city is teeming with locals and tourists every day, people usually find themselves doubling their efforts in moving around the city. This is one of the main reasons why Melburnians are usually driving around with their own cars.
Melbourne has accepted its diversity and made it a strong point in their local culture, with a multitude of local dining options dedicated to the different flavors of the world, and the market filled with international products.
The Chinese Community in Melbourne
In the greater part of the city, only 64% of the population is Australian-born. The five most common countries of birth in the city were the United Kingdom, India, China, New Zealand and Italy. Of this total number, only two-thirds speak English at home, with Chinese, mainly Mandarin and Cantonese, coming in at close second at 3.6%. The Chinese community has found a place in the city, being numbered at approximately 160,000 as of the last census.
Located towards the end of Little Bourke Street extending up to Spring Street is Melbourne’s Chinatown, which was established in 1851. This is where the Chinese New Year and Asian Food Festival are celebrated.
Other Chinese communities have been established in the suburbs of Springvale, Glen Waverley and Box Hill, with the latter being the largest Chinese community in the city as of today.
Melbourne is a city radiating youthful energy amidst its competitive economic success, a haven for those looking for a unique city experience coupled with diversity and a sense of welcoming that can be found nowhere else. Living in Melbourne is an invitation to a greater quality of life, extended only for those who can handle it.
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