The brunch, the coffee and the arts scene, just for starters…
It’s easy to see why Melbourne has been voted the world’s ‘most liveable city for its fifth consecutive year. I spent a week in the city and barely felt that I had scratched the surface. Melbourne, I’ll be back. Here are ten good reasons to visit.
When Melbourne turns the heat on, it is hot. You can escape to cool off at the beach (about 20 minutes away) or find yourself a spot at one of the rooftop pools in town, such as The Adelphi Hotel . The cooler weather Melbourne gets in winter compared to Sydney means your winter wardrobe gets a work-out and that investment coat or pair of boots will come in handy. Melbourne is a well-dressed city, whatever the weather.
Melbourne does lunch like a pro, which I learned from my well-fed morning spent at Industry Beans (industrybeans.com). Situated in Fitzroy – think Shoreditch with better weather – there are few better ways to spend a Saturday morning, especially if you like your coffee.
Also, add Ginger Boy (gingerboy.com.au) to your list with its delicious Asian Fusion cuisine, and make sure you try their signature dish ‘Son in Law Eggs’ and their cocktail ‘Ginger Girl’, which has enough kick to fuel the rest of your night out.
But it’s not just brunch; Melbourne has to be one of the most innovative and exciting cities when it comes to food. It’s a city where people love to eat out: great produce, imaginative chefs and a willing and hungry audience mean there is always a hot new spot to visit. Try Embla (embla.com.au), a new restaurant with a New York-style vibe, offering a wide range of small dishes perfect for sharing.
3. The coffee scene
Starbucks, be damned – this city takes its coffee seriously, and whether you like your caffeine in a tall glass with ice or straight up and strong, you have come to the right place. Industry Beans once more takes this crown with their coffee roasted on-site – it even has its menu.
4. Arts & Culture
This is a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. From the colourful, graffiti-lined laneways to the majestic National Gallery of Victoria, there is always a show, exhibition or performance to go to. My trip timed with the critically acclaimed exhibition showcasing the talents of Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei at The National Gallery. I also caught ‘200 years of Australian Fashion’, with more than 120 works from over 90 designers, which is the first major retrospective of Australian Fashion to be undertaken in this country. Melbourne gets a big tick for creativity all around.
No matter what time of year, there is always a big event happening in Melbourne. While I was there, the Fashion Festival and Food and Wine Festival were in full swing, and following up is the Comedy Festival and Formula 1. Racing is a big part of the culture – The Melbourne Cup in November is a fantastic event to come to – not just for the racing but for the fabulous Fashion too.
6. The racing
Home to the infamous Melbourne Cup, Flemington Racecourse is reason enough to visit Melbourne – especially Super Saturday, part of its Autumn Racing Carnival. The grounds are immaculate, with thousands of roses lining the mounting enclosure; there is a friendly vibe with families setting up camp trackside and all the usual glamour (hats, fashion, champagne) associated with the races.
7. The fashion scene
The fashion scene in Melbourne is ever-growing, with a wealth of up and coming designers to watch out for. Their passion unites each other for pushing the boundaries and promote sustainability and work within Melbourne. Design runs through the veins of this city, and it is hard not to become inspired when amongst it. Look out for thought-provoking menswear from Vincent Li and milliner Richard Nylon.
8. Hidden bars
Melbourne is designed on a grid system much like New York that makes finding your way around easy. Less easy – but much more fun – is to search for the hidden laneway bars and nightspots that the city is famous for. Local knowledge helps here, and you could easily walk straight past them if you don’t know what you are looking for. Love whisky? Go hunt down Eau De Vie (eaudevie.com.au), a very cool bar on Malthouse Lane.
All the creativity and design innovation filters from the high end to the high street. From Gucci and Prada to Zara and H&M, Melbourne can give you a hefty dose of retail therapy – no prescription (just a fat wallet) required. If you get a chance, visit a local designer called Jack London, which deso excellent tailoring, with a contemporary twist.
10. The people
Australians are renowned for their laid back approach to life – especially in Sydney. Melbourne is equally easygoing, populated with people from diverse cultures, with a real sense of community and a genuine passion for life and the city they live in. They make a real effort to embrace you as a visitor and make sure you have the best time possible. It doesn’t take long before you feel right at home.
Seven reasons why Melbourne is the ideal location for international study
Melbourne offers plenty for international students. We look at a few (of many) reasons it’s the destination du jour for postgrad study.
If you’re after a world-class education, rich cultural experience and a comfortable lifestyle, then you can’t go past Melbourne as your destination for international study. Here are seven reasons why you should consider heading to the world’s most liveable city for a truly rewarding postgraduate study experience:
1. Voted world’s most liveable city
Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city for the sixth year in a row by the Economist’s global liveability survey. Jatin Lamba, a former postgraduate RMIT student who’s now an RF Engineer at Telstra, agrees.
“I come from Mumbai and have been living in Melbourne for the past 15 years,” he says.
“I love the lifestyle; everything is easy here. Every time I go back to Mumbai to visit my family, I can’t wait to get back [to Melbourne] – there are just too many people there, things take so much longer.”
2. World’s top universities
Melbourne is home to several universities – each of which caters to a range of subject areas, including engineering, IT, biotechnology, ICT, medical research, environmental, energy technologies and more.
It’s essential to make sure you find one that suits your specialisation.
“I did a lot of research before deciding on Melbourne,” says Jatin.
“I found that of all the universities, RMIT had the best reputation in the field I wanted to work in [engineering], so I enrolled in a Master of Telecommunication Engineering.”
3. Employment opportunities
Melbourne is seen as a leading knowledge city, attracting several international companies to set up research and development operations. It is also a major economic centre and the home of multinationals in many fields. Often postgraduate courses have strong ties to industry partners. It’s worth investigating whether your system offers opportunities to connect with the industry through programs like internships or networking events.
4. Arts, culture and diversity
Melbourne is a vibrant and multicultural city that regularly celebrates its diversity through cultural festivals and events. To complement this, Melbourne has a thriving classic and underground art scene: Classic art lovers will love the world-renowned exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). At the same time, cinema buffs can head to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) for their fix.
5. The sporting capital of Australia
If you’re after an actual Melburnian sporting experience, nothing beats heading to the iconic MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) for a game of Aussie rules football. Melbourne is also home to high profile international sporting events such as the Spring Racing Carnival, the Boxing Day test cricket series, the Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis Championships.
6. Food heaven
Without a doubt, Melbourne offers some of the best food in Australia. With people from so many countries now calling the city home, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The calibre of the food is exceptional whether you buy from a food truck, market stall or a high-end restaurant. Your biggest problem will be deciding where to go.
7. Student support
Melbourne universities offer excellent support for international students, including help with language learning services, housing, social connection and finance. A big part of your overseas postgraduate study experience will be due to the relationships you make at uni – so join in on social events and clubs to build your network.
Melbourne has loads to offer and is undoubtedly a great place to live. For students looking to find a postgraduate qualification that will set them apart from the rest, in a city that’s leading the way, RMIT can help.
Top 5 Reasons To Move To Melbourne
Are you thinking of moving to Melbourne? Here are our top five reasons why you should!
- Sports capital of Australia
- Music, theatre, museums and the arts
Melbourne has a love affair with coffee like no other city in Australia. Coffee in Melbourne is not just good. It is great! Consistently voted in the top 5 towns globally for coffee, the coffee culture in Melbourne is second to none.
Back in the 1880s, the Temperance movement persuaded people to forgo alcohol and successfully pushed public bars to close at 6 pm. This, in turn, led to the development of coffee palaces, such as The Federal Hotel and Coffee Palace. The Federal was a large and imposing building in the centre of the city that became the social hub of the town… and all without alcohol!
The first espresso machines found their way to Melbourne in the 1930s, and with the help of Melbourne’s large Greek and Italian populations, our café culture was established. Melburnians will not suffer bad coffee, so from small suburban coffee shops to funky inner city laneways, you will be sure to find a good cup. Some of our favourites are:
Essentially the cellar door to Proud Mary Coffee Roasters, Aunty Peg’s is your insider’s ticket to PMC. You can learn to brew with their baristas, stock up on beans and brew gear at the shop and tour the working roastery.
200 Wellington Street
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Auction Rooms Café
Auction Rooms was added to the St Ali empire in November 2016, along with adjacent takeaway spot Counter. Original owner Andrew Kelly started the cafe eight years earlier, but sold out to focus on his world-recognised coffee-roasting business, Small Batch.
Small Batch is still the bean of choice for espresso and filter at Auction Rooms. In fact, nothing much has changed since the sale. The facade is still the same innocuous, weather-beaten blue, announced only by the name of the auction house that once occupied the building: W.B. Ellis (Est. 1864).
103-107 Errol St
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
The Hamptons Bakery Café
The Hamptons Bakery is a relaxed, spacious café offering exquisite modern cuisine, with a particular focus on artisan bread and pastries. Opening its doors in July 2016, it is the latest offering from the well-renowned Tommy Collins Group.
After working passionately in Melbourne’s hospitality scene for years and opening a number of venues, it became clear to the group that that there was a gap in the market: a place where one could enjoy all the luxuries of a Melbourne café with the addition of fresh bread and pastries baked exclusively in-house.
427 Hampton St
Hampton, VIC 3188
Shamble Coffee Brewers
Melbourne being known as international city, it’s only fair that a café pays tribute to this in its own respect. While some of world’s best coffee and roasters are found in Melbourne, Shamble Coffee Brewers makes the effort to bring the world to Melbourne. Little Rogue’s brother cafe focuses more on having some very special guest roasters and brewers from the international scene.
423 Little Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
The Hills Pantry
190 Jells Rd
Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150
If going to a fabulous café for your coffee isn’t enough, why not try a course at the Melbourne Coffee Academy? From making an essential espresso to latte art to a Barista masterclass, you are sure to find the right path for you. Visit www.melbournecoffeeacademy.com.au to learn more.
If you are moving to Melbourne, the very first thing you must try is a hot jam doughnut, sure you can get jam doughnuts everywhere, but buying them hot is very much a Melbourne specialty. Nowhere else in Australia, let alone the world, are these hot sugary delights available from food trucks, fish and chip shops or local sporting grounds.
Some of the very best come from:
Now that you have realised the joy of a hot jam doughnut, it is time to check out the rest of the food on offer in Melbourne. With such an ethnically diverse population, it is no surprise that the range of food available in Melbourne is immense. Whilst in the city centre you can try so many different foods, sometimes it is good to head out to the suburbs to find the very best of a particular cuisine.
Education in Victoria is compulsory for all children aged from 6-17 years old. The majority of children start when they are five or turning five on or before 30th April of the year they are eligible. Whilst pre-school is not compulsory; it is highly recommended.
Primary school classes in Victoria are divided into Prep and Years 1 to 6. Your child will usually go to the local primary school closest to where you live. You can also choose to send your child to a different government school (if they have a spot available) or a non-government school.
A non-government school is sometimes called a private school, an independent school or a Catholic school. They are not part of the government system and have their enrolment processes and costs. Fees at independent schools can range from a few hundred to $15000 plus per year.
Secondary school in Victoria is divided into Years 7 to 12. Years 7 to 10 follow the Victorian Curriculum F-10, and students in Years 11 and 12 complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
Once again, your child will usually go to the local secondary school closest to where you live. You can also choose to send your child to a different government school (if they have a spot available) or a non-government school.
The majority of government secondary schools are open to all students living within the neighbourhood zone. However, there are some selective entry government schools, including:
- Melbourne High School
- The Mac Robertson Girls High School
- Nossal High School
- Suzanne Cory High School
- John Monash Science School
- Elizabeth Blackburn Sciences
As far as universities go, the University of Melbourne ranks as one of the top 50 universities worldwide and is the number 1 ranked university in Australia. It is home to 45000 students and 6500 members of staff. Monash University is ranked 5th out of all the Australian universities and has five campuses in Victoria. So whatever level of education you are after, Melbourne will meet your needs.
4. Sports Capital Of Australia
Melbourne is sports-mad and home to some of the world’s best sporting events and venues, but you don’t need to be world-class to get involved! Throughout the city, you will find local sporting clubs and teams, and you are sure to find the right one for you and your family.
From our favourite Australian Rules Football to tennis, golf, netball, surfing, rugby union, rugby league, basketball, soccer, F1 racing, horse racing and of course cricket, there is enough sport on in Melbourne to keep fans happy.
The iconic MCG is within walking distance from the central business district. You can go to international cricket (test matches, one-day matches and T20 matches), domestic cricket and the fast-paced and highly entertaining Big Bash League. The Boxing Day Test is an event not to be missed!
From April through to October, at the MCG and Marvel Stadium (also walking distance from the central business district), you will be able to head along and support your favourite AFL team during the 23 round home and away season. The AFL Grand Final is played the “G” in front of roughly 100000 people, and in Victoria, we love our AFL so much that we even get a public holiday for Grand Final Eve.
Speaking of public holidays for a sporting event, the first Tuesday in November is Melbourne Cup Day, the horse race that stops the nation.
Other major sporting events include:
- The Australian Open Tennis Tournament
- The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
- Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
- Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (cycling)
- Spring Racing Carnival
- Eureka Stair Climb
- Melbourne to Hobart Ocean Yacht Race
5. Music, Theatre, Museums And The Arts
Given that Victorians love going to sporting matches, you might be inclined to think that we are not the cultured type. However, you would be wrong!
Opera, comedy, jazz, museums, art galleries, street art, musical theatre, street buskers, folk festivals, to international megastars, Melbourne has it all!