Living in Melbourne

World's most livable city

Melbourne is consistently voted amongst the world's most livable cities for its safe, secure environment and well-developed infrastructure. Melbourne Tourism website.

Rich multicultural landscape

Melbourne has almost 4 million residents from over 140 nations. 45 per cent of Victoria's community is either born overseas or has at least one parent born overseas. More than 150 different languages are spoken in Victoria.

Education and childcare

The Victorian education system is internationally renowned and has earned a reputation for providing high-quality educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment. See Live in Melbourne – Education & Childcare.

International arts and culture hub

Melbourne is host to many major cultural events each year, bringing participants from around the world in international sports competitions and arts festivals.

Cosy cafés and fine restaurants

Melbourne has a thriving restaurant culture, offering classical and innovative dining options. The city's unique laneway cafes attract passing crowds outside and offer quiet relief inside, away from the busy city.

Shopping

From large department stores to smaller designer shops and busy markets, whatever you need and want can be found in Melbourne.

Night-life

The streets light up at night with theatres, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and shopping centres that line the city streets and flank the Yarra River in Southbank.

Parks and gardens

The lush Royal Botanic Gardens attract tourists and joggers while other parks such as the Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens are popular spots for families and lunch-time office workers.

Regional Victoria

Visit tranquil country towns, beach resorts, alpine villages, or take road trip down the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the Apostles and other natural wonders. Victorian tourism website.

Getting around Melbourne

Trams, trains, buses and taxi services offer secure, comfortable travel around Melbourne.

  • Metlink - Your guide to public transport in Melbourne and Victoria
  • Viclink - Regional Victoria public transport
  • Metro Melbourne - Find train timetables and more train information
  • Yarra Trams - Route maps and timetables for Melbourne's tram transport system