Curious to know what it’s like living in Melbourne? The city has built a reputation for multiculturalism, world-class dining experiences, a thriving arts scene, shopping, delicious coffee and sport. Lots of sport!
Melbourne is full of laneways to explore.
There’s a good chance you’ve heard the phrase, ‘four seasons in one day’, and it describes Melbourne’s weather perfectly. Expect warm and cool, rainy and dry, windy and calm, all in one day.
Summer can see temperatures soar up to the high 30s (degrees Celsius), while the winters can get cold enough to ensure jackets and scarves are regular fashion accessories.
Festivals and events
Add to that plenty of music, fashion, and writers’ festivals, flower and air shows, and the spectacular Lunar New Year celebrations. There’s something going on all year round.
Holi Festival celebrations at Swinburne.
Art, theatre and culture
Melbourne is blessed with a thriving arts and culture scene. The historic East End Theatre District plays host to world-class stage and musical productions all year round.
The Southbank precinct houses The Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria. Federation Square boasts ACMI, the Ian Potter Centre NGV and The Deakin Edge theatre.
If outdoor galleries are more your flavour, be sure to wander the many street art-lined laneways — see if you can spot works left by legendary street artist Banksy. Hosier Lane, Centre Place, AC/DC Lane and Croft Alley are all great places to ignite your visual senses when you’re living in Melbourne.
Federation Square in Melbourne's city centre.
Food, glorious food
Melburnians love their food and, thanks to the multiculturalism of the city’s inhabitants, cuisines from all over the globe are showcased. The city has a proud reputation for its world-class restaurants. From Indian to Vietnamese, Greek to Chinese, the city’s eateries serve up tasty treats to suit all budgets.
A particularly important part of the CBD’s famous restaurant precinct is Chinatown. The oldest Chinatown in Australia, Melbourne’s Little Bourke Street and neighbouring lanes have been serving delicious dishes to diners for more than 150 years.
Other popular dining precincts include Degraves Street, Hardware Lane, Southbank, Docklands and Flinders Lane. With so many areas to explore when you’re living in Melbourne, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to settling on a dining destination in the CBD.
If you’re cooking at home, head to Queen Victoria Market. It’s the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and a great place for fresh produce.