13 Things That Happen When You Move to Melbourne, Australia

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Almost too cute to drink. Almost.

Planning a move to Melbourne, Australia in the future and not sure what to expect? Well, wonder no more.

I believe everywhere you live has a profound impact on you in some way, changing you for the better, or sometimes the worst.

Here are some things that will happen to you when you move to Melbourne… whether you like it, or not.

You drink more coffee or novelty-flavoured lattes than you ever have before in your life

I think if most Melburnians could opt to be fed coffee intravenously, they would choose this option with gusto and enthusiasm.

Coffee drinking isn’t just a recreational activity in this city – it’s a religion. Or an addiction? I’m unsure on which, personally.

As someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I thought I’d remain immune from this affliction. No such luck. The thousands of coffee shops and cafΓ©s across the city cater for my type too, selling plenty of flavoured hot drinks, decent teas and novelty milkshakes.

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You dress each day for every season

The Aussie/Kiwi band Crowded House wrote the song Four Seasons in One Day with Melbourne as the subject matter.

It’s not safe to leave your house in the morning without checking the weather forecast first (and I wouldn’t put all your trust in it being correct, in any case).

The day can start off hot, with the temperature dropping by twenty degrees celsius in the evening. It can rain without warning. And the wind is the utter worst – piercing you to the bone in the winter and making you feel like you’re walking around in a fan-forced oven during the city’s hottest days.

You’re a fool if you leave the house without an umbrella and a light jacket in your backpack, no matter what the season.

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I don’t know you, but I dislike you intensely.

You grow to hate the trams

Melbourne’s trams seem like such a novelty when you first move there. What a lovely and efficient way to move around the city! Why doesn’t every place in Australia have trams? Look at Melbourne, leading the way in public transport!

Then you catch one every day of the week and start to realise they’re the worst thing ever. They’re dirty, they’re not always air conditioned, yet somehow too hot in winter anyway. There are never enough seats, they take ten million years to get anywhere and they’re expensive to use (they’re admittedly free in the CBD, but that’s far more helpful for tourists than for locals).

And if you end up conceding defeat and buying a car, you’ll spend half your time trapped in the traffic that banks up behind the trams, unable to overtake them. Enjoy your life.

And accept that you’re never going to get anywhere on time, if travelling by Public Transport

Thank goodness for buses and trains, right? WRONG!

Neither option are really any better. The buses seem unable to adhere to any time schedule, showing up oftentimes ten minutes before they’re due (and if you’re really unlucky, not showing up at all).

Catching a Metro Train is a special kind of hell. I’ve seen trains show up at the station, not open their doors and take off without letting anyone on, or off. They’ll often stop for no reason halfway between stations. They’re usually late themselves.

And once a friend told me she was almost at her destination when the train inexplicably started going backwards until it returned to a previous station. That takes a special kind of ineptitude to pull off.

You just end up accepting that you’ll never end up getting anywhere on time. No one will care – it’s their reality too.

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Moonee Ponds Court House, one of my favourite buildings in the area.

You become snobby where architecture is concerned

By jove, is Melbourne full of beautiful buildings or what? From the city’s skyscrapers, to the houses people live in, the city is home to some stunners.

When you first arrive, you’ll probably walk around, chin dropped down to your knees, mouth gaping open. People live in these places? And they’re still not expensive as their Sydney counterparts?

After some time, you’ll acclimatise. And when you see other buildings in different cities, you’ll appreciate them, sure. But deep down, you’ll know they’ve got nothing on Melbourne’s buildings.

And maybe one day you’ll end up living in one of those gorgeous little terrace houses. Life will then truly be complete.

You pay more attention to the clothes you wear

Melburnians are very fashion savvy people and each suburb of the city seems to have its own code of dress.

Fitzroy is full of trendy hipsters, Collingwood is home to yuppies with money. Brunswick folk have a look that is reminiscent of art students and those who conduct their lives in the city are often dressed to the nines, looking impossibly immaculate. How do they do it? It’s beyond me.

The city is an ideal place to venture to if you like shopping. There are plenty of boutique stores found across the suburbs, selling items of clothing you won’t find anywhere else.

There are also good finds to be had in secondhand stores around the city – and you don’t have to venture into the trendier suburbs to grab a bargain, either.

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The Yarra River with the city’s biggest stadium, the MCG in the background.

You start actively enjoying the sports

Melbourne is the sports capital of Australia, with some sort of sorry excuse for “entertainment” going on in the city all year round.

Once the AFL (Aussie Rules) season is over, you think you’d catch a break, but no, then there’s the Spring Carnival racing season, followed by the soccer and cricket, the F1 in March and before you know it, the AFL has kicked off again.

Even if you’re against sports in all forms, you’ll find yourself attending games here and there, mostly against your will. I haven’t been to an AFL game since 2012, but I know my football-free days are numbered. I would even go so far as saying I’m starting to enjoy it. Can’t believe that’s now out there on the Internet, for anyone to see.

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Although Frankston Beach can be pretty nice at times.

You accept that you’ll probably never see a decent beach again

One thing Melbourne is lacking in, is decent beaches within the city limits. No, St Kilda doesn’t count.

You essentially have to travel quite some distance to find a beach that is a) swimmable and b) not inundated by tourists taking photos in front of brightly coloured beach boxes that cost more to own than a one-bedroom flat in some parts of the city.

So, what do you do? You take advantage of your local pool, or sprawl in the park instead. I see many picnics in your future and this can’t be a bad thing, at all.

If you’re desperate for some beach time, or just want to get out of the city, here are three day trips you can do from Melbourne.

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The Liu Bar in the city.

You drink more than you’ve ever drunk before in your life

Melbourne’s bar scene is off the hook, especially when put against Sydney which barely has a nightlife anymore.

There are tonnes of hip bars throughout the CBD (Central Business District) and the surrounding suburbs. Many have their own individual vibe and the most delicious cocktails.

The social scene in the city goes hand and hand with alcohol. If you tend to navigate around via public transport, you’ll find yourself drinking with nearly every meal, drinking with friends, drinking on your own in your flat on a Saturday night (no? Maybe it’s just me then).

It doesn’t help that the state of Victoria is renowned for its wine production. You don’t have to travel far to happen upon some truly wonderful vineyards and breweries.

RIP liver. We had some good times together. I will always think fondly of you.

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Little did I know I’d be spending all my dosh on watching flicks at arthouse cinemas

You acknowledge that you’ll end up spending at least half of your pay check on eating out and cultural activities

Melbourne is one of the more multicultural cities of Australia. Do you know what this means? It means there is food from countries throughout the world to be found across the city. This is very good news for your taste buds and bad news for your bank account.

Then, there’s the fact that there’s always something going on. A concert, a festival, a new play in town, a new show opening at one of the art galleries. It’s a pretty difficult city to be bored in.

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I doooooo like you, just maybe not as much as I used to.

You start to develop lukewarm feelings about Sydney

Sydney is a great city in its own right. Having spent half my life living there, I personally have very fond feelings for the place.

Yet, the longer I live in Melbourne, the more my allegiance starts to swing. I start thinking things like: But Melbourne’s so much cheaper to live in. Maybe the brunch scene IS better. Who needs beaches and nature anyway?! And the truly unforgivable… I don’t think I could ever live in Sydney again!

Blasphemy, right? I deal with my treacherous feelings by reminding myself all the things about Sydney I truly enjoy and admire. But, I can’t help feeling I’m fighting a losing battle and will be won over eventually.

Related: 13 Reasons Why Sydney is a Better City Than Melbourne

You realise the hype surrounding this city exists for a reason

Melbourne seems like an impossible city in many ways, as everyone seems to love it. That’s a lot of pressure for a place… can it truly live up to the hype?

Short answer, yes. Melbourne is magical. You’ll never be bored here, that’s for sure.

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Melbourne does blue skies well.

…And you’ll be unable to imagine living anywhere else in Australia

This part rings true.

I know there are many parts of the country that have personally permanently captured my heart… but moving to Melbourne felt quite a bit like coming home.

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You'll drink stacks of coffee and may develop an interest in the sports.  Here are 13 things that happen when you move to Melbourne, Australia... whether you like it or not. #Melbourne #Australia #AustralianTravelTips

You'll drink stacks of coffee and may develop an interest in the sports.  Here are 13 things that happen when you move to Melbourne, Australia... whether you like it or not. #Melbourne #Australia #AustralianTravelTips

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LC can often be found nursing a cup of green tea, with her head in a book. She is a writer, video editor and professional cheese eater. Her life's aspiration is to one day live on a farm in Tasmania with 11 dogs, a Shetland pony and several pygmy goats.

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Lorelle - January 8, 2018

Haha…my home city. Have to agree with you about the beaches too. That’s definitely one thing we lack! πŸ™‚

    LC - January 8, 2018

    One of the few things. πŸ™‚ A train line out the airport would be real nice, too!

Candice Walsh - January 8, 2018

I always figured I’d end up living in Melbourne someday, haha. Seems like my kinda place!

    LC - January 8, 2018

    It reminds me a lot of Berlin, if that helps!

Sav Fersner - January 13, 2018

This is so accurate! Just moved to Melbourne on my working holiday a few months ago! It really is the best Australian city. πŸ™‚

    LC - January 19, 2018

    It’s so great, glad you’re enjoying it!

Katherine - January 27, 2018

You go shopping for pretty clothes and you find lots of them but they’re really expensive so you just buy one thing… maybe. LOL, I LOVE Melbourne so much. Even though I’m from Sydney, whenever people ask me where they should visit in Australia, Melbourne is always top of the recommendation list.

    LC - January 29, 2018

    Same! (In the being from Syd, the Melbourne at the top and the financial inability to buy multiple items of clothing in this city).

Sandra - January 27, 2018

After the first few points I was starting to think you did not like Melbourne at all but the rest of article indicates you have succumbed to its charms. It’s a great city !

    LC - January 29, 2018

    Haha nah, I totally adore it, just have no love for the public transport!

David - July 27, 2018

Thank you for posting this! I wouldn’t say I’m relocating to Melbourne just yet, but because there is a possibility (albeit, remote), it didn’t hurt to do some light reading on the topic. Coming from the U.S., there are cities here that mimic parts of the 13 things you mentioned so there is at least an understanding (leading to acclimating). Next google search, “driving on the other side of the road” πŸ™‚

    LC - August 11, 2018

    Haha as someone who has driven on both sides of the road, I’d say it’s pretty easy to do as long as you don’t jump straight into driving stick! I think Australia and the USA are very similar in many regards, so it wouldn’t be too hard to climatise.

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