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      1. Hi, I'm a 22 year old male looking for like-minded people to meet up with to go for lunch, explore Melbourne and see live music I moved over from England in 2011 and looking to make new friends and see all that Melbourne has to offer, not having seen a lot of it in the 4 1/2 years I've lived here. If anyone's got any suggestions for meet up groups, clubs or is interested in meeting up, let me know!
      2. Mornington - Melbourne

        Mornington Mornington is a wonderful spot to live and it’s well renowned for being “a great village” to live in. Not only for its beautiful beaches and parks but for its shops, cafes, schools and recreational activities. Mornington’smain street is an iconic location with vibrant shops that allow you to stroll around. There is so much to do in Mornington making it a very attractive spot to live, for example you can play bare foot lawn bowls with beach views, golf, visit day spas, sail, play tennis or walk along the clifftop walking tracks. It doesn’t end there, it’s known for its spectacular parks, beaches and boutique shops. Both Mills beach and Fisherman’s beach are located at the end of Main Street Mornington where you will also find the Mornington Yacht Club. Mornington has a vibrant nightlife with pubs, bars and resturants which is warmly welcomed by locals for a night out. Belura Hill Estate is close to Main Street and the beaches making it more expensive than the other side of Nepean Highway or Mt Martha side of Mornington. Good news is that even in the estate off Benton’s road you have access to the large variety of shops at BentonsRoad. I have lived here for over 8 years and love it. There are plenty of schools/kinders/childcare centres and facilities so it’s well worth a drive to take a look around. You will love the lifestyle of Mornington Peninsula because you an walk to shops, browse around and feel the nostalgic vibes. There is always something happening in Main Street, markets occur on Wednesdays and there is also another crafty market at Mornington Racecourse,which are absolutely fantastic. How could I forget Mornington also have a racecourse which is home to the Mornington Cup. Mornington is a rural suburb , which has areas that are very ‘horsey’, you will see stud farms and trainers based in close proximity to the Racecourse. Mornington is no longer a secret, people identify it as one of the top places to live. Neighbourhoods close by to Mornington include Mt Eliza and Mt Martha these house many neighbourhoods and high numbers of permanent residents. Transport in and around Mornington is excellent, serviced by buses, freeways and trains that link to the city which is just 50kms to the North. Many workers commute to the city daily and say they won’t move closer because Mornington provides them with an opportunity to de-stress, unwind and live the lifestyle they choose. The area is a fantastic spot to bring up a family. It has outstanding state schools positioned near by and private schools such as Toorak Colledge and the Peninsula school located in Mt Eliza. Families like the fact they have the opportunity to give their children an opportunity to grow and reside in an area with outstanding amenities and services normally only seen in inner urban suburbs. You will have your choice of house type finding beach shacks, mansions, town houses and residential houses in and around the coast. Several new estates have also been established in the suburbs around Mornington such as Mt Martha which are more affordable to young families and couples.
      3. Mitcham - Melbourne Suburbs

        Mitcham Intro Mitcham is a suburb of Melbourne’s and is located about 21 km east of Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whitehorse is Mitcham’s local municipality. Post code is 3132. This suburb is a very beautiful and green suburb which is situated in a great location. It is a nice and quietfamily suburb with parks, schools, cafes, banks, etc. There are many large shopping centres nearby and is neighboured by top rated suburbs like Donvale, Blackburn, Nunawading and Vermont. The suburb Mitcham was named after a farm property known as Mitcham Grove. Mitcham Grove was owned by a man William Slater. He used to grow roses and herbs used to produce fragrances and different remedies. Demographics According to the 2016 census, the population of Mitcham was at 16,148. Median age of people in Mitcham is 38. Common ancestries in Mitcham include 23.2% English, 20.7 %Australian, 11.3% Chinese, 8.1% Irish and 7.1%.Scottish. Top languages spoken other than English are Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Vietnamese and Persian. Common professions in Mitcham include Professionals, Clerical and Administrative Workers, Managers, Technicians, Tradies, Community Service Workers, etc. Median weekly rent showed for individuals was$363. Median mortgage repayments were at $2000. Schools Following is a list of kindergarten, primary, secondary and high schools located in Mitcham: • Mitcham Primary School • Mitcham Girls High School • Mullauna Secondary College • Mitcham Village Kindergarten • Antonio Park Primary School • Rangeview Primary School Transport Mitcham is just 20 km away from the city. Public transport is convenient. It is very easy to get to the city via train in just 30 minutes when you take the express. .The suburb is situated between major freeways which includes Eastern freeway and Eastlink. Real Estate If you are looking to buy a house or just want general information of the median of buying a house or unit in Mitcham following are the 2018 figures: ➢ 2 bedroom house- $718k ➢ 3 bedroom house - $965k ➢ 4 bedroom house $1.129 million The medians for units in Mitcham are: ➢ 1 bedroom unit- $295k ➢ 2 bedroom unit- $542k ➢ 3 bedroom unit- $775k Median Rent would be $435 per week. The market in Mitcham is considered to be a high demand market as there are many people seeking to rent houses. The median house sales price in this suburb has increased by 77.1%. Health You can visit your local GP and nurse at medical clinics situated within Mitcham at: • North Mitcham Clinic • Whitehorse Medical Centre • Holloway Mitcham Podiatry • Mitcham Health Centre • Ringwood Clinic There are also some dental clinics in Mitcham which include Mitcham Dental Clinic and Brighter Smiles Family Dental Care. Shopping Mitcham is the hub of the eastern suburbs. There is a large selection of big shopping centres around which includes Mitcham Square Shopping Centre, Doncaster Shopping Centre, Eastland Shopping centre, Knox Shopping Centre, The Glen Shopping Centre, Forest Hill Shopping Centre and Chadstone Shopping Centre. Parks/Reserves There are many parks and reserves in Mitcham where you can enjoy beautiful green scenery, go on walks/trails, cycle, take kids out to play etc. • Antonio Park • Halliday Park • Heatherdale Reserve • Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve • Eastlink Trail • Dalmor Avenue Reserve • Box Hill to Ringwood shared use path Restaurants In Mitcham there are a number of restaurants and takeaways where you enjoy a variety of cuisines. Here are the names of a few places: • Bucatini Restaurant & Bar – A wide variety which includes grain fed beef, seafood, pasta, veal, chicken, etc. • Natalie's Restaurant- Modern Australian cuisine • Elate Kitchen Chinese Restaurant- Chinese Cuisine • Horapa- Thai Cuisine • Sapporo Restaurant- Japanese Cuisine • Khusboo Indian Restaurant & Takeaway- Indian Cuisine What locals have to say ➢ Very safe and sound ➢ Not known for night-life ➢ Dog friendly ➢ Love the express trains to the city ➢ Close to large shopping centres ➢ Convenient location ➢ Access to freeways ➢ Green and leafy
      4. Lalor - Melbourne Suburb

        Intro Lalor is a suburb of Melbourne’s outer metropolitan region and is located about 18 km north of Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whittlesea is Lalor’s local municipality. Post code is 3075.The suburb Lalor was named in honour of a man, Peter Lalor, whom was a member of the Victorian Parliament. Many streets and shops are named after Lalor. According to local residents, Lalor is considered a family-friendly, safe and multicultural suburb. Shops, schools, parks and recreation centres are very nearby. Demographics According to the 2016 census, the population of Lalor was at 22,594. Median age of people in Lalor is 37. Common ancestries in Lalor include 11.4% Italian, 9.1% Australian, 8.3% English, 8.1% Macedonian and 7.5%.from Greek. Common professions in Lalor are technicians, tradies, labour workers, admin workers, professionals, Machinery Operators and Drivers, sale workers, managers, etc. 5. Median weekly rent is $316. Recent stats show that 17.9% are established couples and families, 16.9% of people are older couples and families and 14% independent youth. Schools There are about quite a number of schools in Lalor, giving you heaps of options to choose from. Following is a list of schools, colleges and special schools in the suburb of Lalor; • Lalor Primary School • Lalor North Primary School • St Catherine's Primary School • Lalor Secondary College • St Luke’s Primary School • Lalor Gardens Primary School • Merriang Special Developmental School • Northern School Of Autism • Peter Lalor Vocational College Transport Lalor is close to public transport which is an advantage. You can access public trains and buses easily. Railway station in Lalor is located on the South Morang line. The city is not too far away from the suburb. Lalor is close to Ring Road and there’s good accessibility to freeways. Health You can visit your local GP and nurse at clinics situated within Lalor at: • Lalor Clinic- located 1 Messmate St • Lalor Family Practice- located 290 Station St • Lalor Plaza Medical Centre- located 20 Mckimmies Rd • Doctors of Lalor Plus- located 1 May Rd There are also some dental clinics in Lalor which include Lalor Family Dental Clinic and Stella Dental. Real Estate If you are looking to buy a house or just want general information of the median of buying a house or unit in Lalor, following are the 2018 figures: ➢ 2 bedroom house- $583k ➢ 3 bedroom house - $590k ➢ 4 bedroom house $740k For a 2 bedroom unit, the median $390k Median Rent would be $360 per week. The market in Lalor is considered to be a high demand market, many professionals are shifting to this suburbs to buy units or townhouses. Shopping One of the best things about Lalor is that there is a nice big shopping mall just 8 minutes away which is the Pacific Epping Plaza. It has about 100+ stores you can shop from and enjoy. Lalor also has a plaza called Lalor Shopping plaza. Lalor has a fantastic strip of shops and speciality shops. You can also find Coles and Woolworth’s supermarkets here. Things to do Lalor has a great vibrant market, shopping plaza, tasty food, excellent library and close to essentials you would need on a day to day basis. Here a list of places to go and things to do in Lalor and nearby: • Lalor Library • Lalor Recreation Reserve • Lalor shopping plaza • Pacific Epping Plaza • Woodlands Place Park • Casey Drive Park • Rosemary Park Restaurants Here are some names of restaurants where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines like Chinese, seafood, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian, etc. • Golden Dragon BBQ & Seafood House • Vinh Long Restaurant (Vietnamese Restaurant) • Chu Quy Restaurant (Vietnamese Restaurant) • Marhaba Restaurant • Kaayal Indian Cuisine • Aghan Kebab House • Café Ayaan • Gino’s Pizza
      5. Doreen - Melbourne Suburb

        Intro Doreen is a suburb which is located in Melbourne’s Outer Metropolitan region. It is approximately 26 km North-East from Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whittlesea and Shire of Nillumbik are Doreen’s local municipalities. Post code is 3754. Doreen is a nice suburb that has a great country feel and is a good mixture of old and young people. Demographics According to the 2016 census, the population of Doreen was at 21,298 people. Median household income for Doreen residents is $1813 per week and median age of people is 31.The major origins of people were 26.6% from Australia, 26.6% from England, 8.3%, from Ireland, 6.8% from Italy and 6.7% from Scotland. Recent statistics show about 37.3% are maturing couples and families, 19.6% are established couples and families, 12.6% of people are older couples and families and 10.2% are young families in this area. Schools There are a number of pre-schools, schools and colleges you can find in Doreen. Here is a list of them: • Hazel Glen College • Doreen Primary School • Laurimar Primary School • St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School • Plenty Valley Christian College • Ivanhoe Grammar School - Plenty Campus • Laurimar Kindergarten • South Morang Preschool • The Connie Wright School of Music Art, Singing and Sound Healing Transport Usually everyone has their own vehicles to get to and from places. Trafific is heavy in this area which most residents complain about. Public transport isn’t very convenient. There are no train stations and limited buses in this suburb. Real Estate Doreen has some reasonably priced homes present. Following the year 2018, if you are looking to buy a house, the median of buying a house in Doreen would be as follows: ➢ 3 bedroom house- $500k ➢ 4 bedroom house - $600k ➢ 5 bedroom house- $782 Median Rent would be $380 per week. Health You can find your local GP or nurse at clinics located within Doreen. Here are the names and services these clinics provide: Doreen Total Health Care Clinic-Skin Cancer Screening, Skin Cancer Surgery, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Child Health including immunisation and health check, Mental Health, Health Checks, Travel Medicine and Flu Vaccination Doreen Family Medical Practice- On-site pathology service, resident psychologist, practice podiatrist, Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist and additional services such as Women’s & Men’s Health Checks, Paediatrics, Travel Immunisations, Childhood Immunisations, Diabetes Management, Respiratory Management, Asthma and COPD Management, Chronic Disease Management, Health Assessments, Skin Checks, Wound Management, Workcover & TAC, Smoking Cessation, Pre-employment medicals, Medication Reviews, Minor Procedures, Cosmetic Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Laurimar Medical- Health Checks, Immunisations, On-site Pathology, Psychology, Women's Health, Chronic Disease, Dietitian, Speech Pathology, Men’s Health, Travel Health, Laurimar Specialist Centre, Cosmetic Procedures, Children’s Health, Mental Health and Radiology services. For pathology there is an on-site pathologist, “Dorevitch Pathology” available. There are also dental practices in Doreen which include- SmileWorks Dental and Care Dental Group. Shopping You can find your local Woolworths at Woolworths Laurimar located at 95 Hazel Glen Dr.There is als0 a chemist at Chemist Discount Centre Laurimar. Hazel Glen Drive has a nice shopping strip with shops and some nice cafes and restaurants. You can find Italian food, Thai, Indian food, fish n chips, roast chicken takeaway shops and enjoy coffee at locals cafes. Names of few restaurants/cafes are: • Aksorn Thai Restaurant • Laurimar Pizza • O'Sole Mio Pizza • Hazel Glen Fish & Chips • Lilydale Free Range Roast Chicken Doreen • Uday • Appret Cafe Parks There are quite a number of well facilitated parks. Great to enjoy with kids, go on walks, jogs, cycling, trails, tracks, take dogs out for walks and enjoy the lakeside. Here’s a list of the parks in Doreen: o Hilltop Park o Fortress Park o Merredin Park o Chadwick Park o Jorgensen Park o Laurimar Wetlands o Blackwood Park o Rothacker Park o Graffs Cottage Park o Doreen dog park
      6. Donvale - Melbourne Suburb Guide

        The suburb of Donvale in Melbourne is located approximately 19 kilometres East of Melbourne’s central district. The City of Manningham is Donvale’s local municipality. According to the local residents, Donvale is a very beautiful and serene suburb surrounded by rich greenery. Donvale is regarded as a homely area. This suburb is mostly occupied by families, kids, retirees, country lovers, hipsters, and singles- therefore, it is considered to be a safe and sound suburb. As it is very peaceful and quiet area, it’s not known for an active night life. So if you are looking to enjoy any night life in this suburb, it’s probably not the best area for consideration. There are many shops, cafes, parks, schools, walking and cycling trails that are available. Donvale is direct to the city on Eastlink and is considered to be ‘gem of the East’. The positive outlook of this suburb creates demand for more people to reside here. Demographics Let’s have a look at some demographics in Donvale area. According to 2011 census, Donvale has a population of about 11,795 people. The average age of persons recorded in 2011 were 42 years of age. Majority of the people in Donvale were born in Australia with English ancestors. In 2011, individual income was recorded at $630 a week and median family income $1927 a week. In 2010, the median house price recorded at $620,000 and median unit price at $433,000. Surrounding Suburbs The suburbs surrounding Donvale are Rangeview, Nunawading, Doncaster Heights, Mitcham North, The Pines, Blackburn North, Ringwood, Doncaster East, Park Orchards, Ringwood North, Warrandyte, and Mitcham. Real Estate So following from year 2018, if you are looking to buy a property, the median of buying a house/unit in Donvale ranges as follows: ➢ 3 Bedroom house $952,000 ➢ 4 Bedroom House $1.303 million ➢ 5 Bedroom House $1.82 million ➢ Unit $599,000 Transport People in this suburb usually have their own cars and find parking space easily as it is less crowded. Using the bus is the common mode of public transportation used in Donvale and can be accessed via Springvale Rd. Bus stop terminal is Donvale Terminus/Mitcham Road. Here is a look at a general timetable: • 271 - Box Hill - Ringwood via Park Orchards • 273 - The Pines - Nunawading • 907 - City - Mitcham via Doncaster Rd (SMARTBUS service) Schools There are few number of schools and colleges in Donvale which are listed as below: • Donvale Primary School • Donvale Christian College • Whitefriars College • Heather wood school • Our lady of the Pines Primary School • Carey Grammar Donvale • Donvale Preschool Association • Donvale Early Learning Centre Parks Donvale alone, has about 3 parks/reserves which includes: • Donvale Reserve • Mullum Mullum Park • Mullum Mullum Reserve There are many other parks located in surrounding suburbs which is not very distant from Donvale area. Shopping centres Donvale has a very nice line of local shops and supermarkets. Just 10 min away from Donvale is Doncaster. Doncaster has a few great shopping malls. Here is a list of shopping centres you can find near Donvale and surrounding areas: • Tunstall Square Shopping Square- Doncaster (approx. 3 min away from Donvale) • Westfield Shopping Mall- Doncaster (approx. 10 min away from Donvale) • Stockland the Pines Mall- Doncaster (approx. 11 min away from Donvale) • Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre-Forest Hill (approx. 10 min away from Donvale) • Coles Supermarket is located inside the Tunstall Square Shopping Square • Woolworths Supermarket is located on Doncaster Rd Health When it comes to your health, Donvale has you covered. There are local clinics available at the shortest distances. North Mitcham Clinic, Donvale Medical Centre and Tunstall Family Medical Centre are centres which you can find local GPs and nurses. There is also Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital which provides inpatient, day patient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Residents thoughts: ‘It is very green, plenty of parks and open spaces for families and kids. On a summer's day, its absolutely wonderful, with lots of people out for walks and enjoying the weather. One of the other big pluses is the multicultural diversity, with plenty of different races living in the area and most importantly living in harmony. Tunstall Square is a short walk away, with Donvale Primary School and a kindergarten located nearby. The suburb has everything you would want other than pubs etc. But that is a good thing in my opinion, less drunkards wandering around at night :)” Ann W “Donvale is part 'leafy suburban' part 'bush retreat' depending on which section you looking at. Bordering Doncaster East, Mitcham, Warrandyte and Ringwood you get the picture. Public transport is accessed via Springvale Rd - one of Melbourne's most valuable arterials - the ambling Park Rd - a central road for this suburb - and Glenvale Rd - the road that leads directly to Ringwood. The blocks vary from your typical suburban blocks to large acres bordered by untouched bushland. Best of all is the proximity to shopping and services at Tunstall Square and Eastland as well as the existence of a quality school, Whitefriars Catholic College, right in the middle! So, you see, it is possible to have a leafy landscape AND all the modern services just minutes from all that you need. The landscape is beautiful and the position perfect” Philip W “Has lots of amenities: lots of shops, lots of restaurants & bistros, plenty of schools, parks, pleasant views, lots bus stops, walking and cycling trails, close to the Eastern Freeway, good Feng Shui, Westfield Shopping Centre. Family friendly location: Daycare, childcare, aged care, primary & high schools” H Sweet
      7. Camberwell _ Melbourne Suburbs

        Camberwell Camberwell is one of the most beautiful and well established inner city suburbs in Melbourne. Unlike many of its other counterparts, Camberwell does not feel cramped and busy which is generally a hallmark of inner city living. Instead, it still retains much of its old charm reflecting its affluence from the time it was established. One can enjoy strolling down the tree lined streets while looking at the mix of modern andtasteful architecturally designed units which are nestled amongst well maintained older style homes on large blocks. Camberwell is a popular areas for families as it is host to several of the best public schools in Australia and many of the most highly regarded private schools in Melbourne are located in its surrounding suburbs and easily accessible. In particular Camberwell primary school is incentive alone for many families because of its superb reputation, academic record and English/French bilingual curriculum. Indeed, properties within the school zone for Camberwell primary tend to fetch premium prices and are much sought after. Camberwell junction is seen as the epicentre of the suburbwith its mix of old and new shops, restaurants, wine bars,salons, fresh food market and entertainment. The Rivoli cinema is a much-loved highlight having maintained many of its original opulent and art deco features with modern and comfortable seating within the theatres which have made it the the chosen venue for several film premiers and events. Generally speaking, the junction provides almost everything a family could want. The dining options range from a child friendly bustling Italian restaurant to top class fine dining and everything in-between with a wide variety of cafes providing high quality food and excellent coffee for when catching up with friends. In keeping with the family friendly, quiet appealCamberwell does not have nightclubs, band venues or trendy late night pubs, however these can be found in neighboringsuburbs and the CBD so are easy to access. The junction also serves as the epicentre of public transport in Camberwell providing a wide array of options including many bus, tram and train lines. This could be seen as one of the suburbs biggest advantages particularly if you don’t drive or don’t want to drive. Although it is one of the quieter inner city suburbs, you can get on a train and be in the city centre within 15 minutes, and can also easily access surrounding suburbs. It is no surprise that with all these features and benefits, the price tag for housing in Camberwell reflects this and it often appears in Melbourne’s most expensive suburb top ten lists. But unlike some of the other newer, more trendy suburbs, that come in and out of fashion, Camberwell holds its own, and has done for many years, so is a worthwhile investment. In terms of specific numbers, according to Domain, the median price for a three-bedroom house is around $1.855, and a 3-bedroom unit has a median price of $1.241 million. However,if buying is not what you’re looking for there are always options for rentals with three and four bedroom properties generally being readily available with current median rental prices of $683 and $879 respectfully. So, although Camberwell is not one of the cheapest areas in Melbourne, it ticks many of the boxes when looking for a quality suburb, which makes it well worth considering.
      8. Bundoora - Melbourne Suburbs

        The first time ever that I landed in this amazing land of opportunities, Australia, I had arrived as an inspired student to pursue a Masters in Information Technology course in La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria. The first place I called home in Australia was the vibrant suburb of Bundoora located in Melbourne’s North, a bit on the east side. The Bundoora area was originally inhabited by the Kurnaj-berring tribe of the Wurundjeri clan. Europeans first arrived in the Bundoora area, known at the time as the Parish of Keelbundora, in 1835. The Bundoora Post Office opened on 1 October 1863. Current day, the suburb consists of a healthy mix of ethnicities. The most common ancestries in Bundoora are Australian, English, Italian, Chinese and Irish. More than half of the population of Bundoora consists of people born in Australia. The remaining comprise of a mixture of countries such as China, Italy, India, Greece, etc. Bundoora can definitely be called as one of the biggest hubs of education in Australia. It boasts of the La Trobe University which was established in 1964 and is Victoria’s third largest University with its biggest campus in Bundoora. Having spent 2 years pursuing my Masters course at La Trobe, I cannot describe the sheer size of the campus – It is MASSIVE. From La Trobe, just a 10-min drive or tram ride ahead is one of Australia’s biggest university, RMIT. RMIT’s East Campus area, located in Bundoora, is home to RMIT’s Wind Tunnel and RMIT University Sports Statistics Research Group. Apart from these leading Universities, Bundoora is also home to a few very well-known primary schools and Catholic-Christian colleges. The Parade College, Bundoora Secondary College, Loyola Collect just to name a few. These schools, colleges and universities have produced some fantastic brains and successful personalities. Thinking about public transport in Bundoora, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic Tram Route 86. The route has been in existence since 1986, before I was born. Bundoora is the terminus of the Tram route 86 with the other end in Docklands, near the waterways, just besides Melbourne CBD. Although not having a train line passing through the suburb itself, there are various options to get to nearby train stations such as Watsonia on Hurstbridge line & Reservoir and South Morang on the South Morang. There are buses frequently available from Bundoora to these train stations. From the Latrobe University bus link on Plenty Road there is access to many suburbs throughout Melbourne, even connecting the north to the south. On a weekend the Nightrider has services running through Bundoora for late night travel. For cyclists, Bundoora offers the Western Ring Road Trail and Darebin Creek Trail for recreational as well communitive cycling. Renting or buying a place in Bundoora doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg as compared to some of the other suburbs of Melbourne. Renting or buying is very affordable and there are large number of options available. Accommodation is very readily available since there is a large population on students living in the area. The rental costs, a lot of time, include accommodation, utilities such as electricity, gas and internet. Thus, helping new students keep a track of their budget. The accommodation is starting to become more modern and aligned with the trends of today. Bundoora is definitely a good area to buy an investment property in as you will almost always have a tenant in. I have some mates from my uni-days who have bought properties in Bundoora and cannot be happier with their choice. Bundoora is definitely a hot-spot for renting and purchasing properties. In my 5 year stay in Bundoora, including my study years, I have had multiple jobs. I have never had any issues finding work to support myself. Bundoora offers a varied range of employment options ranging from working in a café, in one of the factories or warehouses to working as a tutor in the University and teaching the next batch of students in the same course as yourself. Bundoora boasts of a wide range of factories and warehouses from car repairs to carpenters. Lots of opportunities around to earn a decent living and utilise physical as well as mental skills and expertise. Bundoora offers a lot of recreational activities that do not take a big swing at your wallet. There are acres of parks available to enjoy a picnic with your friends, there’s Northland Shopping Centre that is a one-stop shop for all your needs. There are strings of cafes where you can have a nice time with your friends and families. Bundoora also offers an amazing mix of restaurants of different cuisines offering delicious food. There are sports and aquatic centres that offer lots of option to participate in activities of your choice and also keep fit at the same time. Bundoora is big hold on sports as well. It has a football team competing in the Northern Football League. Golfers play at the Bundoora Park Public Course on Plenty Road. Bundoora is also home to the Bundoora Brumbies Baseball Club. The City Football Academy, administrative and training headquarters of A-League club Melbourne City FC is located in Bundoora, adjacent to the La Trobe Universitymain campus.
      9. Essendon - Melbourne Suburb

        The iconic suburb of Essendon is the place I have been calling home since the last 10-years and feel a deep connection with the place. It has always been home since I got out of University and started the life of a responsible adult. Essendon offers close proximity to the Melbourne CBD and is only about 12-km north-west of the CBD. The City of Moonee Valley is Essendon’s local government area. Essendon and the banks of the Maribyrnong River were originally inhabited by the Wurundjeri clan of the Woiwurrung speaking people of the Kulin Aboriginal nation. In 1803 Charles Grimes and James Fleming were the first known European explorers into the Maribyrnong area. Essendon was named after the village of Essendon in Hertfordshire, England. In 1851 the gold rush opened up the Moonee Ponds District with miners travelling along Mount Alexander Road to Castlemaine. The Essendon Post Office opened on 18 August 1856. A vast majoring, 73%, of people in Essendon were born in Australia. The remaining fraction was made up by people born in India, Italy, England, China and New Zealand. 73.5% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included mainly Italian, Greek, Mandarin, Hindi and Cantonese. Essendon boasts of a bundle of reputable schools and colleges around that have produced a lot of intelligent and successful individuals. Schooling in Essendon ranges all the way from child-care centres that help in early development of kids to some amazing Private and government colleges that help building careers for thousands of students every year. The high focus on education here is distinctive. The Lawther Hall Anglican Grammar School was amongst the top 20 schools in all of Melbourne’s suburb last year. Other notable schools and colleges are Essendon Primary School, St Columba’s College, Essendon Keilor College and St Bernard’s College just to name a few. Essendon, along with its close proximity to the Melbourne CBD, also has a wide and greatly efficient public network. The Craigieburn train line offers stops at Essendon, Glenbervie and Strathmore that lead to various different parts of Essendon. Getting to the train stations is also very convenient due to the ample amount of bus routes and the tram line. The tram route 59 runs along Mount Alexander Road and Keilor Roads terminating at Airport West at one end and in the heart of Melbourne CBD at the other. The suburb is bordered on the south west by the Maribyrnong River Trail, and on the east and north by the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. Both are used by commuting and recreational cyclists. Catching public transport to and from this suburb is extremely easy and convenient. Essendon also offers easy access to the city and the Airport via the famous CityLink, which can get you to these places in no time. Essendon also boasts of an Airport of its own offering interstate commute at reasonable prices. Essendon, being one of the fastest developing suburbs around Melbourne, offers a very balanced mix of apartments in multi-storey buildings and houses with ample amount of space. There is always an option available to suit your need. Being one of the rapidly growing suburbs of Melbourne, property values are always on the rise which makes for an amazing option for investment ensuring a decent return. With the rise in apartment buildings and thus increase in the supply, the rental costs are not extra-ordinarily high and are in line with the market. You get what you pay for. Proximity to the CBD, an amazing culture, abundance of space - all makes up for the cost involved. Essendon, as a whole, expanding in to Essendon North, Essendon West, Essendon Fields and the Essendon Airport area offers a lot of space and various kinds of businesses and thus providing ample amount of employment opportunities. Jobs available in Essendon range from working in a vibrant café to working at the Airport. I have worked at a few cafes, bakeries and restaurants in Essendon and have always managed to earn a decent living to support myself. Employment culture in Essendon is very relaxed and happy whilst being professional and polite at the same time. Essendon has a strong café culture, night-life and lots of eateries around. It boasts of multiple cafes offering all-day breakfast where you can enjoy a nice weekend brunch and catch up with friends. An entire strip on Keilor Road in Essendon provides access to lots of food joints offering delicious cuisines from all different parts of the world. Essendon has multitudes of accessible supermarkets, petrol stations, convenience stores. Essendon is also home to the huge Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) and the large Home Maker centre that cater to all your needs. Essendon, being home to a large majority of younger crowd who are health conscious, offers a range of high-class gyms and fitness centres. There are different leisure activities available all around. Essendon also boasts of vast areas of parks and gardens that are maintained to a very high standard. These make for a great place to hang out for kids and adults.
      10. Prahran - Melbourne Suburb

        Prahran Is located 5kms southeast of Melbourne’s CBD. Is home of Chapel Street; an eclectic mix of shabby shopfronts, trendy no reservation restaurants and exclusive million dollar real estate. The area is serviced by excellent transport connections; trams, trains and buses. As well as being close enough to wander along the river to the city or to quickly access the beach on those warm summer evenings. In Prahran you can’t go by stopping for a coffee down in Greville Street at one of the many brunch spots; ISIT, Oscar Cooper, Babble Café, or spending the weekend bar hopping to a hidden bar or two like Jungle Boy (enter via a freezer door) or Rufus (down an alleyway). Prahran is also home to one of Melbourne’s oldest markets – the Prahran Market. On the weekend all of the locals flock here to pick up their weekly meats, fresh foods or a quirky gift or two. Shopping The main shopping area in Prahan is focused around the Prahran Central Shopping Centre. Within the centre it has a Coles & Woolworths, as well as a post office, liquor store, food court and a host of specialty stores. There is ample free parking, as well as timed paid parking if required. This shopping centre is also conveniently located directly opposite the Prahran Market which opens Tuesdays and Thursday-Sunday. Close by you also have shopping on the High Street (Chapel Street), which hosts discount department stores Big W and Target in nearby South Yarra. South Yarra is also the residence of many high end clothing boutiques and wedding stores. Health Prahran is home to the Alfred hospital – one of the largest hospitals in the state. The hospital is open 24 hours and has a public emergency facility onsite The suburb is also home to Cabrini & The Avenue Private hospitals which offer a wide range of services such as radiology, pathology, pharmacy and selected surgeries. There are many medical practices around, with many consultant Doctors/Surgeons having offices in the suburb due to proximity to nearby hospitals. Transport Links Connected to the CBD by train, tram and bus networks. Prahran station is centrally located on the corner of Greville & Porter Streets. With Windsor station also being convenient for those slightly further south in the suburb. The train takes approximately 25 minutes to the CBD during peak period and is located on the Sandringham line. Access to the city is also via a number of trams which service the suburb. Number 6, 72 and 78 trams all have connections throughout the suburb, with many other services being within close proximity. Buses run frequently to the city but also to the beach, which is only several kilometres away. Ubers and Taxis are quite common with the average fare to the CBD costing between $10-15AUD. Education Prahran and surrounds is home to some of Melbourne’s most elite schools. From the exclusive surrounds of Wesley Grammar, Melbourne Girls Grammar and Sacre Coeur to the more accessible Stonnington Primary School and newly built & centrally located Prahran High School (opening late 2018). Prahran High School is a brand new education development, which will be a co-educational school for up to 650 students from Years 7-12. The area also hosts a multitude of early learning/childcare facilities; High St Early Learning, Princes Close Childcare Centre, Windsor Community Children’s Centre and Lancaster House Early Learning Centre. Real Estate Housing in this area can be expensive due to the proximity to the city and the attractiveness of the area. Units/flats are common and will range from $350-600+ per week rent for a one bedroom unit. Houses are uncommon, as space is at a premium; however house rentals can fetch upwards of $1000pw on the rental market. There are a range of accommodations available. Flats/Units can be older (1970s build) and be larger but without the modern amenities ie: double glazing, air conditioning, updated kitchens. Alternatively there has been a spate of high rise new builds which are more compact (1 bed around 50m2) but have all modern amenities. Most of the new build apartments have gyms, pools and other communal services. If you are in the market to buy; $800,000 will buy you a nice one bedroom apartment in a convenient location, whilst $1M + is the starting point for a house.
      11. Mount Eliza - Melbourne Suburb

        Mount Eliza Mt Eliza is 48km from Melbourne CBD or 7km to Frankston which is the largest town close by and has the train station taking you to the City. The population of Mt Eliza is around 18,000. 77% of which are Australians born and bred, 12% are from the UK. Mount Eliza is both a seaside town and an outer suburb of Melbourne, situated between Frankston and Mornington. The area offers its residents spectacular views and a friendly communal atmosphere. Its coastline is generally comprised of rugged cliffs, although there are some sandy beaches that offer fantastic swimming spots. The suburb is popular with retirees, as it is not far from the city, and it is also close to the spectacular Mornington Country Golf Club. Property Rentals Whilst there are some stunning properties in Mt Eliza rentals are hard to find. A 3 bed will set you back around $480pw and a 4 bed around $620pw http://www.realestate.com.au/rent/in-mount+eliza,+vic+3930/list-1 For Sale Mt Eliza properties are always in high demand, you won't find many new builds here, only older established homes. A 3 bed house to buy will be around $730,000 and a 4 bed will just be under the million mark. This is current in Feb 2016. http://www.realestate.com.au/buy/in-Mount%20Eliza,%20VIC%203930/list-1 Shopping The commercial centre of town surrounds the intersection of Mount Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road. Here there are boutique shops and cafes, including the ever-popular cafe on the Mount. There is also a large IGA supermarket and a Woolworths. The main shops can be found 7km in Frankston Mt Eliza Farmers Market The market is held once a month within the Village Green, right in the heart of Mount Eliza. Depending on the season, shoppers will find both organic and conventionally grown vegetables, stone fruit, berries, free-range eggs, meat, smallgoods, bread, boutique beers and wine. There are hot food stalls and free entertainment. Schools Families will find there are also plenty of schools, including a campus of the Melbourne Business School, the highly reputable Peninsula School, four primary schools and the Mount Eliza Secondary College. Melbourne Business School Secondary schools The Peninsula School Toorak College Mount Eliza Secondary College Primary schools Kunyung Primary School Mount Eliza Primary School Mount Eliza North Primary School St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School Transport Mount Eliza is served by two major roadways, the Nepean Highway and Moorooduc Highway. The Melbourne bus routes 772, 773, 781, 784, 785 & 788 also serve the area. Recreational Parks The Mount Eliza Regional Park, accessed via Two Bays Road, incorporates the former Moorooduc Quarry and offers views across the surrounding plains. At the southern end of the park is a lake with picnic areas and a playground. The Mornington Tourist Railway, which offers steam train rides, has its Moorooduc station located adjacent to the park.
      12. Good day all. I have been offered a job in Bacchus Marsh but would like to live as close to Melbourne as possible and commute to work daily. I would therefor like to know what suburbs, I suppose western, would be good options for me? Obviously looking at proximity to a train station with a direct line to Bacchus. Safe suburbs are key as I hear there are youth gangs out in the west making an appearance. I was looking at Footscray. Can anybody offer any information surroundthing this suburb? Or others that might be appealing? Thank you in advance.
      13. Springvale South - Melbourne Suburb

        Springvale South is a suburb located 24 km south-east from the CBD of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and is part of the City of Greater Dandenong. As at the 2016 census, Springvale South had a population of 12,768, with an area of 2.7 km² (7.1 sq mi). The postcode of Springvale South is 3172. There is a lower level of migrant settlement in the suburb than in Greater Dandenong, and a high proportion of the residents are Buddhist. 71% of residents speak a language other than English, which is higher than the average of 64% for Greater Dandenong, and 20% of Springvale South residents have a limited fluency in speaking English. The major religious faiths are Buddhism (38%), Islam (3%), and Hinduism (2%). Property Median Price Rental and Sales Springvale South has a median house price of $720,000 and a median unit price of $441,000. Compared to the same period five years ago, the median house price has increased 78.8%. The median cost of renting per week is $380 for a house and $324 for a unit. Schools Springvale South offers Government primary and secondary schools in the suburb, as well as a Buddhist school. - Athol Road Primary School is a Government Co-ed Primary School which offers education from Prep to Grade 6 and has 367 students. - Keysborough Primary School is a Co-ed Government Primary School which offers education from Prep to Grade 6 and has 488 students - Spring Park Primary School is a Government Co-Ed primary school, which offers education from Prep to Grade 6 and has 329 enrolled students - Keysborough Secondary College is a large Government Co-Ed Secondary School with 1707 enrolled students and offers education from Years 7 to 12. - How Nghiem Primary School is the first Primary school in Melbourne to be founded based on Buddhist principles, it is Co-Ed and offers education from Prep to Grade 4, with a total of 15 students. Shops Springvale South has the Springvale Plaza conveniently located on Heatherton Road which has ample parking. Included is an Aldi, a pharmacist, restaurants, and a few other specialist shops. There is also a small shopping complex on Springvale Road which includes supermarkets and takeaway food places. Public Transport Springvale South has two bus routes which are operated by Ventura Bus Services - Route 814 - Springvale South via Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre - Route 705 - Mordialloc - Springvale via Braeside, Clayton South There is also Springvale train station which is located on the corners of Springvale Road and Lightwood Road. Springvale station is on the Pakenham and Cranbourne train lines which are operated by Metro Trains. It takes about 45 minutes to travel to the Melbourne CBD by train from Springvale South. Springvale South is in Zone 2 in the Melbourne Metropolitan Public Transport Zones Things To Do ● Burden Park a great place to take the kids and family for a day out. The park features a castle-themed playground, BBQ facilities, toilet facilities, bowls and tennis clubs, with ample parking. ● Sandown Greyhounds A popular and fun place for singles, couples, pensioners and large groups alike, whether you fancy having a punt at the races, or just want to have a nice lunch, Sandown Greyhounds is a great day out. ● Bounce World is located at Springvale Indoor Sports Centre and is fantastic indoor inflatable fun for all ages. It includes a cafe to relax with a coffee while the kids bounce their way through an inflatable activity park. ● Wat Khmer Temple is a Cambodian style temple with decorative aspects outside the temple, and a must-see attraction located on Springvale Road.
      14. Beaumaris - Melbourne Suburb

        Beaumaris Another affluent suburb on the Port Phillip Bay Coastline which is popular amongst the Upper Class. It is located on a headland that surrounds the majority of the suburb. Beaumaris is only 23km from Melbourne CBD or 10km South of Brighton however the median house price is a lot more achievable unless you are trying to get a foot on the property ladder. The population in 2016 was 13,349. Of which 72.6% were born in Australia, y.3% England and the remainder split between China, Scotland, New Zealand and South Africa. Just like Brighton, the workforce is predominantly White Collar workers with only 3.3% being manual labourers. Nearly half of the property in Beaumaris is owned outright with no outstanding mortgage. In fact over the last 3 years property prices have risen by over 35%. You will find that the majority of residents are lobbying to keep the natural history and architecture of Beaumaris as well as protecting the green open spaces that currently exist. In fact in 2017 they were successful in changing the council plans for the Councourse Village Square managing to keep the area in its natural state instead of installing play equipment, shelters and lighting. Beaumaris is a suburb that is popular with stay at home mums who can be seen taking a morning stroll along the cliff tops or sipping coffee in the village. Beaumaris has a lovely village square called the Concourse Shopping Centre, this can be found off Reserve Road. Here you will find a Super IGA, Cafes & Restaurants and a large number of boutique stores. Don’t worry if you are not within walking distance of the local shops you will find a central car park which adjoins a large shady reserve that fronts Reserve Road with lawns and picnic tables. Other corner stores can be found along Balcombe Road. If the local stores don’t have what you are looking for then don’t panic just up the road, 3.5km or 5 minutes car journey is a shoppers paradise with 129,180m² of shops and restaurants not forgetting the 16 screen multi screen cinema complex at the Westfield Southland. Southlands as it’s known to the locals is home to over 400 stores, 3 department stores and 3 supermarkets. You also have Chadstone Shopping Centre a 20 minute drive away or the DFO Factory Outlets and Costco in Moorabbin just 10 minutes away So with the beach and shopping on your door step what more could you ask for. No wonder the women choose to stay at home and let their husbands work. Once the weekend comes the beachfront of Beaumaris comes alive with young and old enjoying the coastal scenery and fantastic beaches. It is also here where you will find Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (RPMS). At 115 hectares in size, it stretches over 3 kilometres along the coastline between Table Rock Point in Beaumaris and Quiet Corner in Black Rock, and 500 metres out to sea. It is ecologically valued for both its diverse marine life and migrant and resident bird populations. Families spend hours playing amongst the rock pools or snorkelling in the shallow waters. There is ample car parking with refreshments being served at the iconic beachfront Ricketts Tea Rooms which have been part of the Beaumaris foreshore Reserve for over 50 years. Nearby there is ample parking and shady lawns with picnic and BBQ facilities. Education Even though you are within a stones throw of Melbourne’s most elite schools one would be a fool to overlook the two local primary schools. Beaumaris Primary School and Beaumaris North Primary School. BPS has the better reputation of the two but personally I would say they both rank higher than other state Primary schools in the area. Secondary schools could be a little more difficult. If you want an average school then Sandringham College (this is the zoned secondary school for Beaumaris)will be absolutely fine, otherwise I would look at Kilbreda Catholic College in Mentone or the more exclusive Firbank Grammar in Brighton which is also a combined school meaning it caters from prep to year 12. Although the fees can reach into the high $30,000 once your child reaches year 12.
      15. Brighton - Melbourne Suburb

        Brighton Apart from the prices of property what isn’t there to love about this luxury bayside town. Brighton is an exclusive family Suburb only 10km from Melbourne’s CBD with stunning beaches, fantastic views of the city, boutique shops and some of the best schools in Melbourne no wonder so many people long to call it home. Brighton is home for some of Melbourne’s most wealthiest people, Shane Warne, Frank McGuire and Chris Judd are amongst the celebrities you will bump in to when taking your morning stroll along the beachfront or drinking your coffee in one of the beachside cafes. Brighton is home to around 23,253 people with a median age of 45. The average weekly income is $2,410 per week. The most common ancestries were English followed by Australian then Irish, Scottish and Italian. The occupation of over 61.8% of Brighton’s residents was listed as management and professional. The historical Brighton Bathing Boxes we discussed above are one of the most visited sites in Melbourne and can be found along Dendy Street Beach. If you like going back in time why not take a visit to the Brighton Baths Health Club established in 1881it is now a multi purpose health club which incorporates a stunningly presented outdoor sea pool, steam rooms, gym and a café/restaurant with views over the bay. When it comes to shopping you will be spoilt for choice. Church Street is home to over 200 stores which include gourmet café/bars, fashion, beauty and homewares. Brighton even has its own intimate cinema. When it comes to healthcare everything can be located along Church Street with Brighton Medical Centre being a one stop shop for all your medical needs. Do you need your eyes checked over, if so you will be spoilt for choice with Specsavers, OPS and locally owned optometrists there to help you chose the right glasses. You can also find a dentist, skin clinic, pathologist and cardiologist within walking distance. Nightlife – The majority of residents in Brighton are happy to stay at home or take one of the four coastal strolls along the foreshore. If you don’t fancy cooking then why not visit one of the many eateries along or surrounding Church Street. A couple worth trying are The Groove Train and Vivace a popular Italian on Bay Street. Fancy a cold beer then the Half Moon is Brighton’s well known local pub and family restaurant. When it comes to education you really can’t go wrong with Brighton being home to some of the most elite schools in Melbourne. The good news is you don’t even have to pay to attend private schooling with the state schools having great reputations. For primary school take a look at Brighton Beach Primary, it is a small government school achieving great results. The same can be said for the state secondary school “Brighton Secondary College”. You can also find a number of specialised schools like the Japanese School of Melbourne or the Adass Israel School close by. If Brighton ticks all your boxes but the financials don’t measure up then why not take a look at Brighton’s sister Suburb Brighton East. The median price for a 4 bed property to purchase is $1954,000 and a rental will cost you around $980. Brighton and Brighton East are separated by the busy Nepean Highway but if you don’t crave for the beach on your doorstep then it could be the perfect solution.
      16. UK Family Community - Melbourne

        Hi Me, my partner and little one will be moving to Melbourne in April 2018 which we are super excited about. However my partner is a little apprehensive as she is wondering whether there are mum and toddler meetings that she can get involved in to meet locals and possibly other Brits living out there already. She spends two days a week in the UK going to classes held at a local hall where she meets and socialise with other local parents and has developed a close network of friends from this; so is eager to know whether this is popular in Melbourne, if so any recommendations where we can find more information about would be so helpful. Thanks
      17. Hi guys, I have just been offered a job in London ( yay) I turn 30 next year and have just gotten my uk visa for two years. All year i have had it in mind to make the move but now that its happening I am panicking, im unsure wether ill be happy there am i crazy for doing this?. I am mindful that alot of of Australians make the move, however Im feeling as though I may regret it and maybe I have taken all I have here for granted. I always lament that Melbourne is so "boring" ultimatley i know this to be unfair, the boredom probably stems from having lived here my whole life, anyway I just feel sick over my decision. Has anyone else had this issue? Is it just a natural response, am i doing the wrong thing, haha. I just been warmed so many times about how expensive it is there, how tough it is etc.
      18. Structural Revit Draftsperson / Modeller URGENTLY REQUIRED Backpacking? Looking for a fresh start to 2018? Temp Visa, looking for Sponsorship? Want to work on award winning projects & be challenged in your career? Come & join the Irwinconsult team! Melbourne office. Due to an increase in large scale projects, we are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced intermediate Structural Revit Draftsperson with the ability and desire to be an integral part of our busy Structural team. To be considered for this position we require you have the following: You must be highly proficient in Revit software (minimum of 4 years’ full-time Revit experience is essential) You must have a minimum of 4 years Structural Engineering drafting experience; including residential apartments, commercial, retail, health, and hospital and education structures (within an engineering consultancy environment). Experience in documenting reinforced, precast and post tensioning structures The ability to work closely with Structural Engineers & Senior Draftspersons to produce clear and accurate drawings in the most efficient and consistent manner possible, clearly showing the design intent as instructed by the engineer. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills The ability to multitask, prioritise your workload and work to established deadlines Successful candidates will be offered a competitive salary package or hourly rate and access to our staff benefits, including paid overtime and additional leave. Work life balance and continual professional development for our staff are important to us. So if you want to work on award winning projects and be part of a supportive team environment, apply now and enjoy a fresh start to 2018. Please send your resume and cover letter to hr@irwinconsult.com.au. Irwinconsult is an EEO employer Note: only successful applicants will be contacted
      19. Melbourne

        Are all assies barking mad or is it just me been here 4 weeks and hate it miss everything about uk I can’t get a job as have to pay 1500 aud to result a test for a job I’ve been doing for over 35 years prob know more than them about the job bee looking at flights home
      20. St Kilda

        St Kilda has everything at its fingertips. There is public transport at your doorstep, great schools, a trendy café scene, a lively waterfront and yearlong events and entertainment. St Kilda is an extremely sought after and popular suburb. Historically it was a very rich area, however today St Kilda has a bohemian, laidback, beachy feel. There is an established community of long-term locals in St Kilda. St Kilda is an attractive option for artistic people, but also professionals and those that enjoy the beachside living. You will also find families living here, and there are a number of primary and secondary schools to choose from. The schools in St Kilda and nearby include St Kilda Primary School, St Kilda Park Primary School, St Michael’s Grammar School, St Mary’s Primary School, CBC St Kilda, Wesley College, and The King David School. The real estate market is competitive and sought after, but there are a range of housing options. The streets of St Kilda a lined with historical mansions, cosy and humble terraces, contemporary developments and share houses are also readily available. The median price for a rental property is $660 per week * and the demand for rentals is high. While the median cost to purchase a home is $1.32 million dollars. If you are looking for a more affordable option and you have flexible living arrangements, explore the share house market. The suburbs next door to St Kilda include St Kilda East, St Kilda West, Elwood and Ripponlea. These are also within close proximity to the CBD. There is little need for owning a car in St Kilda if you are willing to navigate your way around using public transport. The public transport in St Kilda includes trams, a bus and a light rail. A one-way trip to the city could be done in under 50 minutes depending on the start and end destination. Taxis and Uber drivers are also readily accessible here. Many of St Kilda’s amenities can be accessed by walking or riding a bike. All your daily living needs are within close proximity, including opportunities for work. There are a number of professional, retail and hospitality businesses in St Kilda offering prospective employment. In addition, Melbourne is extremely close (approximately 7 kilometres away) and has a huge variety of employment opportunities. Luna Park, one of Melbourne’s icons can be found here. Luna Park attracts people from all over Melbourne. It is a theme park that is famous for its entrance, which is a giant clowns mouth. This is a great photo opportunity and you will also see this landmark featuring on postcards. Luna Park is a fun day out for everyone, whether you are looking for an activity to do with your partner, a friend/s or the family there is plenty to do. Here you will find carnival games, lots to eat, a roller coaster, a haunted house, fairy floss and popcorn. The Luna Park website has the details for all their events, including events throughout the school holidays, weekends and public holidays. A popular outing for locals and visitors from outside of St Kilda, is to spend the day enjoying the seaside. Along the busy waterfront you will find people enjoying a picnic, walking on the sand or strolling under the palm trees. This is also a popular spot to exercise and if you are feeling adventurous you can hire some roller blades. You can also hire or have lessons in wind surfing, kite surfing or paddle boarding. For those that would prefer to indulge their taste buds, grab an ice cream from Mr Whippy or the ice-cream shop. One of St Kilda’s little treasures are the penguins. If your timing is right, you can catch a glimpse of these cute little animals in their natural environment along the St Kilda Pier. This is another nice place to go for a walk. On a hot summers day, you can cool down and go for a swim at the St Kilda Sea Baths. This is one of St Kilda’s many assets and certainly adds to its sense of community. Also worth checking out is the Ferris Wheel. There is a laid-back atmosphere when it comes to dining in St Kilda and it surrounds. If you are looking for some suggestions try Pontoon (located on Jacka Boulevard), Pablo Honey (located on Acland Street) or Lady Grange (located on Fitzroy Street). On Carlisle Street in East St Kilda you will find many delicious bakery type stores. If you are after some Friday night drinks or a laid-back night out, there are lots of venues in St Kilda to choose from. Some popular choices include, The Post Hotel (located on St Kilda Road), Misery Guts (located on Grey Street), The Nelson (located on Acland Street), Captain Baxter (located on Jacka Boulevard) or Freddie Wimpoles (located on Fitzroy Street). Located in the historic George Hotel, Freddie Wimpoles is named after the 1886 Mayor of St Kilda. Here you will find a variety of beers, great food and a pool table. If this is not your scene, you could enjoy a night out at The Astor Theatre. Acland Court on Acland Street has all the necessary shops to fulfil your daily living needs and more. Here you will find a Coles Supermarket, doctors clinics and chemists, a laundry service, yoga, optometrist, hairdresser, homeware store, bakery, liquor store, take-away food and some general shopping. If you prefer to avoid the nightlife of St Kilda, Acland Street is worth avoiding after dusk. St Kilda also has a farmer’s market where you can purchase meats, fruit, vegetables, chutneys, breads, wines and much more. If you enjoy browsing markets, you will also find the St Kilda Esplanade Market here. St Kilda is an attractive option for independents, couples and families who enjoy an eclectic and bohemian atmosphere. St Kilda offers a trendy café scene, nightlife and the sparkling seaside at your doorstep. There are a variety of employment opportunities here and the CBD and traveling to Melbourne is a viable option given the accessible public transport. There are also a variety of schools in St Kilda and nearby, and you will find all the necessary amenities to meet your daily living needs. * $660 per week & $1.32 million dollars sourced from https://www.realestate.com.au/invest/house-in-st+kilda,+vic+3182
      21. Cost of living in Melbourne

        Hello, The more we think about it, the more we're wondering if it's worth it. Waiting for visa at the moment but we're still unsure about the move as Mebourne seems to be much more expensive than UK. Our mortgage is £770 for a 3 bed detached, I doubt we can find something similar for same money... My salary in UK is £50k, in Melbourne I'll get $85k (plus super). Would that be enough for the same living standard? Utilities around £300/month, food £5-600/month (family of 4). Still enough left from our income to afford what we wish for: going out, clothes, holidays... and save for rainy days. My wife is very reluctant about the move, I would still like to have a go and try a different lifestyle. Thanks a lot
      22. Partner Visa points

        Hi I got skilled assess in accounting and my wife skilled assess in hairdressing, my skill is in MLTSSL and my wife skill is in STSOL. can we share partner points ?? while we are applying for 190 or 489 strem ? we both have 6 each ielts, both 45 less, and already assess our qualifications. Thanks
      23. Where to Live in Melbourne

        So you’ve decided to make the move to Melbourne. Whether that’s because you’re studying, got a new job or have simply decided trying to save $7 million for the necessary deposit on a shoebox apartment in Sydney is too much to deal with now, welcome. But where do you belong? Which of Melbourne’s tribes will you ultimately claim membership of? Will you be north or south of the river, or (shock, horror) in the west? The CBD You’re the centre of attention and all the action here, and if you choose to call the Hoddle grid home, you can bet that your mates will want to use your (admittedly tiny) pad as a starting point — or final destination — for a night out. Which part of Melbourne owns your heart? And where do you really belong? Photo: Leigh Hennigham Sure, you’ll living in a building where you probably won’t know your neighbours, but who does, anyway? And who needs neighbours when you can walk to work, gleefully avoiding peak-hour crushes and copping an elbow to your head when you’re scrambling onto a train into suburbia. Plus there’s the added benefit of shopping, dining, drinking and exploring at whatever hour of the day without regard to arbitrary things like “trading hours”. Main hubs: Bourke Street, Russell Street, Flinders Street, Spencer Street Move here if you like: Not needing to cook at home, a choice of five train stations, small living quarters Avoid if you like: Peace and quiet, a backyard, on-street parking. City fringe The suburbs you call home when you don’t want to live two streets away from the office. You’ll find an ever-growing number of high-rises here, but also cute cottages and a few family-sized homes, which, if your budget will stretch, are worth the investment. There’s also kudos from the cool crowd in living in “once-gritty” suburbs that have come good. (You’ll even get these for living in Richmond though it’s been close to three decades since anyone thought Richmond as a whole was gritty.) It’s also hard to escape the football influence, with the MCG, Victoria Park and Arden Street all nearby. Main hubs: Richmond, Collingwood, North Melbourne Move here if you like: Trams, football, Swedish megastores Avoid if you like: Being able to drive stress-free, access to the bay, affordable rent. The inner north Ah, the inner north. Long-term residents will fondly recall the days when it was dominated by Greek and Italian immigrants with small businesses, rather than apartment towers and young professionals with plenty of cash to splash at bars and restaurants. But that doesn’t mean the character’s gone altogether. Take a walk beyond the main and traffic clogged thoroughfares and you’ll easily find why so many people are happy to set up home here. Plenty of trams and two train lines make this area one the of city’s better for public transport. Main hubs: Northcote, Fitzroy, Brunswick Move here if you like: A bar on nearly every corner, burgers, being thought of as a cliche by everyone who lives elsewhere. Avoid if you like: Being a hipster without prejudice, trams without crowds, getting to sleep at the weekend without the sounds of live music. Bayside Briiii-ghton, darling, isn’t the only bayside suburb if you love life by the beach. Sure, it’s a main hub, but there’s also Middle Park (if you can afford it) and its sibling, Albert Park (mind the Formula 1 noise each year), and what some might call the most classically Melbourne suburb, St Kilda. The moneyed may well have laid claim to this as their patch (anyone for a stockbrokers in crisis polo and picnic?) but more down-to-earth St Kilda and Elwood have some of the nicest places to spend a weekend in the city. It’s a mix of backpackers, students and families. Plenty of older style homes and apartment buildings are sharing street space with newer builds, particularly in new money Brighton. Main hubs: St Kilda, Elwood, Brighton Move here if you like: Beaches, black BMWs and doing errands in your activewear. Avoid if you like: Huge shopping malls, hipster coffee on every corner, not being yelled at by soccer mums on the school run. The inner east Stately homes, ancient railway stations, and a reliable train service all the way through to Box Hill; the inner east is starting to shake off its long-held “boring” image. Sure, you’ll still struggle to find a bar in Camberwell, but Hawthorn is more than coming into its own with a few cool cafes and eateries. The Eastern Freeway is still a handsome-looking stretch of motoring pleasure (RIP Doncaster rail proposal), and things do seem a bit more relaxed out this way. The biggest fight you’re likely to get into here is with the local heritage group if you put in plans to renovate your house, or, shock horror, propose a subdivision. That and a contest about where to find the best dumplings: the city or Box Hill. Main hubs: Hawthorn, Camberwell, Box Hill Move here if you like: Sprawling suburbia, council-sanctioned “dry zones” and being able to get a train more than every 10 minutes. Avoid if you like: Not having to mow the lawn, live music, terrace houses. The inner west The inner north you have when you can’t afford the north. These days, you can tell a true inner westie pretty quickly: they’re the ones who don’t moan about only having a couple of bars to choose from in each suburb. Footscray market is still one of Melbourne’s best and cheapest shopping hubs, while Williamstown, referred to by some locals as the “Toorak of the west”, retains its long-held allure. It’s the only place in Melbourne where you can find a Toorak-style house for nearly half the price at a similar distance to the city. Quieter suburbs in the middle — Seddon, Spotswood, Newport … oh sorry, I’ve just ruined it for the few people left who thought these places were undiscovered gems. Main hubs: Yarraville, Footscray, Williamstown Move here if you like: Boutique cinemas and shopping, truck fumes, venues the rest of the city won’t travel to Avoid if you like: The north v south debate, not crossing an enormously tall bridge most days the week, trams that run direct to the city. The outer north Anything north of Bell Street is now firmly in the sights of home-hunting hipsters and developers targeting hipsters who can’t afford the inner west. Thomastown and Glenroy residents, you’ve been warned. Expect to find plenty of older detached, brick veneer homes on large blocks here, and, further north, lots of house and land display villages. As the city sprawls, this is one spot where the government’s finding more room for the thousands moving to the city each year. It’s also ripe for some creative minds; Broadmeadows in particular is coming in for plenty of attention and funding. Main hubs: Reservoir, Broadmeadows, Craigieburn Move here if you like: Diverse dining and language options, the opportunity for a swing set in the backyard, being able to maybe afford a house. Avoid if you like: Not getting held up on the Ring Road every day, boutique shopping. Next exit on the M80. The outer south-east If you can’t have bayside proper, there’s always the south-eastern bayside, but you’ll pay for it in your commute. Further inland, other suburbs boast plenty of expansive hills at the edge of the Dandenongs, but you might find yourself limited when it comes to options for dining out. Main hubs: Cranbourne, Frankston, Narre Warren Move here if you like: Hills, trees, being far from the city Avoid if you like: An easy drive to work, nightlife. The outer west Long derided as the arse-end of Melbourne, no thanks to the Werribee sewage plant (a good spot for bird watchers, incidentally), the outlying western ‘burbs have of late become more attractive for savvy investors and first-home buyers. New train stations and services have helped but it remains to be seen if the confidence is matched by price increases. Werribee Mansion and the open range zoo are some of the unsung heroes of Melbourne, and living here, you’re just a hop, step and a jump away. Again, a lot of older-style houses, new builds, new estates — and the occasional, ahem, owner’s vision homes — are what you’ll find here. Main hubs: Werribee, Laverton, Point Cook Move here if you like: Long bus trips, potential renovation projects, African animals not far from home Avoid if you like: Being close to the action (Pacific Werribee aside). Geelong Calm down: it’s only a matter of time before Sleepy Hollow is part of the metropolitan boundary proper. Yes, it’s a city of its own with its own council, but many Melburnians are taking the reasonably short trip down the freeway to escape soaring house prices and the suburban crush. Plus, with a few new industries emerging and a growing foodie and arts scene, Geelong is emerging as a viable alternative. Main hubs: Ryrie Street, Newtown, the Princes Freeway Move here if you like: Floating Christmas trees, cool new libraries, staying out of Melbourne
      24. Hi, my names Arron, 27. Moving to Melbourne at the end of October with my partner and our dog on a de-facto partner visa so luckily don't need to worry about work visas as such. I've worked for British Gas for the past 9 years as a gas engineer- servicing and repairs. Just hoping for a little advice/guidance from someone who has already been through the process of getting skills assessed and finding gas work in Australia. How was it/ what are the differences/ any tips please?! Thank you
      25. If you are making the move to Melbourne you should be aware of the fact that public transport is the most convenient way to get around the city. Melbourne is becoming increasingly popular as a city to migrate to and it is busy! With a population of over 4.5 million, it has been predicted by the Bureau of Statistics that Melbourne’s population could almost double by 2056, meaning that it may overtake Sydney in becoming Australia’s most populated city. So, you need to think smart when it comes to travelling around Melbourne. Pick up a Myki Smartcard: If you want to travel at ease in Melbourne, the best thing that you can do is purchase a Myki smartcard. With the Myki card, you can get around on trains, buses, and trams, completely hassle-free. Another thing you might need to consider is purchasing a Myki Explorer Pack when you arrive. You can purchase this pack from various spots including the SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport, Southern Cross Station, and at Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, as well as at many different hotels. This explorer pack costs $15 and includes a $9 credit amount, the concession card costs half the price and comes with a card which is topped-up with $4.50. This fantastic travel pack provides you with all of the travel necessities including; useful information for the first-time visitor, maps, and a ready to go Myki smartcard. In the information pack it will remind you of important ‘must-do’s’ such as remembering to tap-on and tap-off each time you board a bus, train, or tram. The Myki Explorer kit is also available to purchase as three different options, you have the option of Full Fare; this is for those who are 19 years and over and are not entitled to concession, the Myki concession card; for people including pensioners and students, and the Myki Child Card. Public Transport Victoria (PTV): PTV (Public Transport Victoria) Hubs will provide you with all the information you need for getting around Melbourne and these hubs are situated in various different locations across the city. You can also download the PTV app for both iOS and Android and on the app you can access all public transport information including service times, journey planner, as well as different Myki card top up locations. Trains, Buses and Trams: As regards to the trains, buses and trams in Melbourne, they all run at frequent hours and offer a convenient and reliable service. In particular, the train and tram services in Melbourne city operate all week, including Sunday, running from early in the morning right through until late at night. The bus routes are also reliable and frequent, offering services seven days a week, until 9pm every night. At weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), there are also late night buses, as well as the Night Network operating late night trams and trains. Another great aspect of the trams is the ‘Free Tram Zone’. This is an exclusive service that runs in the CBD and Docklands areas of Melbourne. Since the beginning of 2015, as long as you are making your journey within the assigned zones, it is a free service! This means that you are not required to tap-on with your Myki card, so you end up saving yourself money for more travel time in Melbourne!