With impressive titles like “Australia’s cultural capital” and “the most livable city in the world,” Melbourne projects a fantastic reputation to the world. And if you’ve already had the pleasure of visiting the city, surely you’ve at least imagined what it would be like to live there permanently. In case you need any more convincing, here are a few of what we’d consider being the top reasons why your next move should be to Melbourne.
(Almost) The Most Livable City In The World
Each year, The Economist publishes its rankings of the world’s best places to live. And for seven years in a row, until 2018, Melbourne topped the list as the most livable city in the world. Vienna now holds the official title, but Melbourne is surely a close second. The rankings are determined via analysis of several categories that people generally find important when deciding where to live: education, infrastructure, health care, and so on. In other words, The Economist is trying to give its readers a holistic picture of each city it considers. Incidentally, Australia has two other cities in the top 10 – Sydney and Adelaide – but Melbourne has essentially established itself as the gold standard of livability, at least per these rankings.
Australia’s Most Stunning Coastline
If you want to spend some time out in nature or have the option of a convenient weekend getaway, Melbourne can be an ideal city. Just a few hours’ drive from Melbourne lies the Great Ocean Road, where you can drive for hundreds of kilometres along dramatic cliffs and clear, blue waters. If you don’t have a ton of time, a quick trip to see a given attraction, like the 12 Apostles rock formations, can be pleasant. However, if you do have the time, you can explore the rest of what the Great Ocean Road has to offer. Living near naturally gorgeous places like these will no doubt improve your quality of life by giving you an oasis to escape to when the stresses of life catch up to you. And we didn’t even get to the terrific beaches nearby!
A Communal Sports Scene
No matter where you live in the world, sports are something that brings people together, regardless of age, background, occupation, etc. And one of the really special parts of Melbourne is its sports culture, comprised of impressive home teams in sports like cricket, Aussie Rules football, and rugby (you’ll likely become a fan of the Melbourne Rebels) as well as huge international sporting events. Perhaps most famous of the bunch, the Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s can’t-miss events that is closely followed by millions from around the globe, bet on by locals, and even celebrated with a national holiday. Beyond this incredible horse racing event, the Australian Grand Prix (a Formula 1 race) and Australian Open (a tennis Grand Slam) are also major international celebrations on the sports calendar. It all makes for an incredible sports culture and fosters a sense of community throughout Melbourne.
Public Works Are Taken Seriously
From transportation to art, public works in Melbourne are some of the most impressive in the world. Regarding getting around town, you will have the choice of trail, tram, or bus for your mode of transportation. In fact, Melbourne’s tram network is the largest in the world and is the only such system completely powered by solar energy. All in all, it’s convenient, cheap, and good for the environment – all things the modern resident tends to appreciate! Meanwhile, if you choose to walk around the city, you’ll notice a massive collection of artwork all on public display and spread out around town. Highlights include the Federation Bells and the murals painted on Hozier Lane, but altogether the art only adds to the feeling that this is a city that takes its public image and atmosphere seriously.
All in all, most people (including those experts at The Economist) can agree that Melbourne is truly a wonderful place to live. You will always have something to do, you’ll always have an easy way to get around, and the atmosphere is almost unfailingly pleasant. Top it all off with the fact that the city is also known for safety and good public education, and it can be a lot of people’s ideal place to live.