7.7 out of 10

Melbourne (CBD)

Ranked 266th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.813446 144.963698
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 10, 2017

"Melbourne always liked. But today, they tortured me severely, all people."

I can never ever trust Melbourne city again. Such wounds the people gave me.
Cons
  • concrete jungle
  • More car park buildings would help with parking.
4/5
Jun 24, 2016

"Everything at your finger tips"

Lifestyle wise living isn the city is fantastic, with obviously lots to offer on easy access.

For investors you may be able to pick up a bargain with so many apartments now on the market due rise in developments.

Rents are generally stable due to increase of available apartments. If you price properties fairly and competitively you should have a problem.
Pros
  • Elegant architecture
  • Theatre and restaurants
  • It has anything you would want to do with your time in your life.
Cons
  • Traffic
  • More car park buildings would help with parking.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5
Jun 09, 2016

"Good for shopping, terrible for living/relaxing/sleeping"

If you ever want to get a good nights sleep or have a peaceful night in watching tv forget Melbourne CBD. On the weekends our apartment is surrounded by hundreds of drunk yahoos yelling and carrying on all through the night (which we did expect before moving here). The worst noises are the ones you wouldn't even dream would be a problem. While we anticipated the drunkards over the weekend we were not expecting to often be kept awake past 3am by the sounds of concrete saws and jackhammers only meters away from the apartment... not to mention the garbage trucks that run anywhere between 1:30am and 4:30am and keep you awake with the sounds of revving truck engines, reverse beeping sounds and smashing glass (multiple trucks every night - apparently there are different companies contracted to do different jobs around the CBD). Complaining to the council makes no difference. After about 6 months construction works started throughout the day as well. So no matter day or night there was no peace. While living in Melbourne CBD I felt like my life was on hold, on hold until I could finish the lease and get the hell out of there. I felt tired, stressed and irritable all the time. If you like sleep, relaxation or privacy do not move to Melbourne CBD.

This is not to say that the city is not for everyone. People who don't mind noise at night or who can sleep through anything might be okay. Also I'm not talking about Melbourne in general, I'm just talking about the CBD. I've lived in Prahran and West Melbourne before and they have both been fine. I still love the city for shopping, working and dining, just not for living. If you really feel like you want to live in the CBD and are worried about noise try to get an apartment above at least the 20th floor. Having a newer apartment with good insulation and double glazed windows would probably help keep out the noise too.
Pros
  • Shopping
  • Elegant architecture
  • Theatre and restaurants
Cons
  • Constant construction
  • Noise
  • Drunkards
  • concrete jungle
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Apr 06, 2016

"Boring copy paste version of Sydney. Horrible weather, dead quiet!"

I come from Sydney and I'm sorry to say that Melbourne feels like a second class copy of a suburb in Sydney. Firstly, I arrived there and noticed something very usual, the weather. It would rain one minute, be sunny the next, by windy a little later, moody then rain again, just awful. It was so bad that when I first went to St. Kilda I saw a man with a yellow trench coat, his dog was wearing the exact same pair and they were casually walking in what was very hard rain with heavy winds, in Melbourne that's just normal and the locals know it. Someone mentioned to me that coffee was good in Melbourne? I never in my entire life saw any coffee plantations, as far as I know Melbourne coffee comes from Brazil and it's not overly special. They also claim to be sometype of art capital, but honestly, it was dead in Melbourne, where were the people? The whole place was so quiet compared to Sydney, and for the people that were there, they were badly dressed and in no hurry to get anywhere. I felt like Melbourne was a city for the low and medium income earners. There weren't any stars of the show, it was lacking that high class and caliber that I trust and love in Sydney so much. The city itself was dull, nothing to see, they had this one tall building that they were all happy about, but it was ugly and named very inappropriate too "Eureka" what the hell? The people were friendly, but they came off as badly dressed, I felt like the fashion police was in dire need to get to Melbourne but got lost along the way. There are some hipsters and they keep talking about lane ways and how much they like French films that even the French themselves have never heard about. There was nothing in Melbourne, nothing. The beaches were dreadful, you call those beaches? You guys should be ashamed, they were little placid areas with sand, they don't look anything resembling a beach. When you live in Australia the beach is something that we are proud off, certainly the guys in Melbourne didn't get that memo. And after all was said and done, the city was through in about 15 minutes of driving, that's it, nothing else to see, just farmland and Bendigo. I was surprised at just how uneventful and small the city was, it looked like someone took out Chatswood in Sydney and dumped it in Melbourne. There were no iconic buildings, no major restaurants, art galleries, oh wait... There was this one, but it was closed on the day I visited, shame. The weather is so cold there, allot colder than in Sydney, it felt uncomfortable to be there, I was greeted with a cold that I had long forgotten existed. The place also looked second rate, it looked like the budget version of Sydney, the no frills, I'm poor, I can't do better version. Everything screamed 30 years behind Sydney. There were a few tourists but they looked bored and trapped. The light rail network was old and falling apart, their train systems are awful, and I thought ours were bad in Sydney. I fail to see why people rate this city so high? I like Brisbane far more than Melbourne, the only city worse than Melbourne would be Adelaide or Canberra, but those are not really cities, more villages. Melbournes hospitals were rubbish too, waiting times in excess of many hours.

The only thing I liked were the houses there. This is where Melbourne shines hard and has us beat hands down. They have affordable and beautiful properties for sale, in quiet neighborhoods. Their transport system (as far as cars go) is very efficient and well thought out, but I mean Melbourne is so small, you can't screw that one up. If I were a student id go to Canberra, I wouldn't study in Melbourne. If I were looking for work Id go to Sydney, I wouldn't move to Melbourne. If I wanted to buy my own property, id look at Brisbane hard before I went to Melbourne, If I were old and retiring id go to the Gold Coast, who goes to Melbourne? Well if you're poor or a hipster then Melbourne is great. Those on depression medications such as Valium would also benefit. Lastly, the place looks like a concrete slab of junk. Oh and they have allot of toll roads and their drivers are paranoid to go over the speed limits.

Blah, I hate Melbourne. It's great for putting all the people we don't desire in our more serious and established cities.
Pros
  • House prices
Cons
  • Everything under the sun and more
  • Awful place
  • Worst weather in Australia
  • concrete jungle
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
Bort
Bort You are obviously a yuppie. For normal people Melbourne is a fantastic city. There's a good reason it's consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
But you're right, the beach in Melbourne is not as nice as Sydney's. Enjoy your beach while you swim under a mountain of debt in one of the most overrated and overpriced cities in the world. ;)
Apr 06, 2016
Impact
Impact Well I consider you strange. I think "normal" people as you call them in Melbourne need a serious kick up the butt. A job helps, and so does a purpose in life and I don't mean drinking cheap imported coffee.

And I will enjoy the beach, thank you very much :)
Apr 11, 2016
stara
stara I found Sydney terrible. Everyone is rude, arrogant and has no concept of community. It hardly has any Australians in the CBD and where there are Australians in suburbs, they are vacuous, narcissistic wankers. Adelaide is a wonderful place where the people have retained values that keep families strong. Lovely natural areas, wine, and beaches, without the wankers. You sound like a bitter person, who should stay in Sydney with the other bitter and arrogant vacant nobodies.
May 13, 2017
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 05, 2016

"Living here is an acquired taste, but some love it"

Living in the CBD is a totally different thing to just visiting it or working there. You are always surrounded by the excitement, noise, bustle and stimulation of the city - good and bad. Interestingly, though, Melbourne is a CBD that has a lot of quieter laneways and streets that feel a little more suburban. And there are more families living in the area than you'd expect. That said, after 18 months we are tired of the city and it's time to move somewhere a little further out. We are sick of the smokers on the street everywhere and people slow-walking while absorbed in their phones. And the footpaths, increasingly, are far too narrow to deal with the volume of pedestrian traffic.
Pros
  • Incredible convenience for residents
  • A healthy lifestyle - everything is walkable
  • It has anything you would want to do with your time in your life.
Cons
  • People smoking on the streets everywhere
  • Noise and constant construction
  • concrete jungle
  • More car park buildings would help with parking.
  • Traffic. Because of Melbourne's development, it is becoming more and more congested, so much work needs to be done about wider roads and more tunnels and bridges to move traffic quicker
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5
Nov 13, 2015

"It's the best!"

You need to find out for yourself but it's just an amazing cultural atmosphere that I don't think can be replicated anywhere else.
Pros
  • Elegant architecture
  • Theatre and restaurants
  • Wide tree lined streets and boulevard
  • It has anything you would want to do with your time in your life.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 12, 2015

"Love this city"

Pros
  • Elegant architecture
  • Theatre and restaurants
  • Wide tree lined streets and boulevard
  • It has anything you would want to do with your time in your life.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Visit to melbourne"

A visit to our daughter who emigrated two years ago brought us to aus. kate lives in point cook a suburb of victoria. she told us of the great city" melbourne" and we arranged a day trip to see "it".
taking a graffiti laden ,dirty train from laverton we set off for melbourne city. arriving at flinders street station we glady departed the train and made our way to see the "city". well i have to say from what i saw you can keep it. its a congested,polluted, concrete sprawl. modelled as a poor copy of an american city it has little to offer. not even worth to my mind wasting your sd card on. the people all look grumpy and stressed at the pace of the place. shops are typical city crap. over dressed and over priced. the best shop to my mind was "pie face" they do one of the nicest warm savoury pastries and cup of tea i have had in a long time. i have to say for me its not somewhere i would want to visit twice. so waht has melbourne got to offer? concrete,traffic,pollution,suicide bridge. not much else. in fact to sum up. " A DUMP"
Pros
  • pie face shop
Cons
  • concrete jungle
Recommended for
  • Gay & Lesbian
AdamS
AdamS I thinks it's pretty clear you have missed the point of Melbourne. To say that your favourite shop is 'Pie Face' is...well, it just says it all. BUT of course you are welcome to your opinion, so thanks for sharing.
2yrs+
OnlyMelbourne
OnlyMelbourne Oh, his or her name should have been 'bitter' not 'bitty'! My guess is bitty is a grumpy old POM (Prisoner from Mother England) well versed in understanding congested, polluted concrete sprawl since England has been like it for a couple of hundred years.

Who eats savoury pies and cups of tea.. not wonder they have no 'cred'!
2yrs+
qirky
qirky The first time my hubby and I visited Melbourne we did a lot of walking ( we were with friends who thought they knew where they were going) around in circles. We went back a year later and made a point of strolling through the lanes, stopping for a bite to eat on the side walk and basically embracing the creative and historic ambience of this beautiful city. Every time we return now, we discover more hidden gems and now our daughters are moving there to study. If all you see is concrete and graffitti then perhaps return next time with an open mind.
2yrs+
jake
jake Bitty, where do you hail from? Going by your grammar, I disagree with OnlyMelbourne he/she is from dear old England. And to recommend it ONLY for gays, says a lot about you as a person. Now, lets look and this grand old city in my comment above (when complete).
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A grand old old city."

Melbourne has it all. A coastal city with nearly four million lucky people who live in an area that spans 50 miles. It is a city that offers absolutely everthing to everybody: shops and shopping centres, restaurants of all kinds, educational facilities - many of international standing, religious institutions of all kinds, mueseums, theatres of all kinds, markets of all kinds, parks of all kinds including the Botanical Gardens, sporting facilities of all kinds, public transport, nightlife and venues of all kinds, major hospitals, and the list goes on and on. The CBD is reflective of Melbourne's rise as a major city of international status and standing, and its presence displays awesome cultural, intellectual, financial, economic, sporting, and investment muscle. Its universities include The University of Melbourne, Monash University, and RMIT University ranked on any world ranking. The best secondary schools in Australia are here and they include Scotch College, Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne High School and MacRobertson Girls High School. In sport there is at least the Australian Tennis Open, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Melbourne Cup in horseracing, the AFL Grand Final is played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Other stadiums include the Etihad Stadium, Princes Park, and Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. This could go on and on, and just like Britain's Economist Intelligence Unit proclaimed it as the world's most liveable city and it will soon take over from Sydney and become the biggest city in Australia. This is a grand old city.
Pros
  • It has anything you would want to do with your time in your life.
  • Elegant architecture
  • pie face shop
  • Theatre and restaurants
  • Wide tree lined streets and boulevard
Cons
  • Traffic. Because of Melbourne's development, it is becoming more and more congested, so much work needs to be done about wider roads and more tunnels and bridges to move traffic quicker
  • More car park buildings would help with parking.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"There's no other place like postcode 3000."

Melbourne is one of the most cultural, cosmopolitan and liveable cities in the world. The Eastern end European look and feel provides its charm and elegance. It's generally quiet close to the Spring Street side of Melbourne. It's also one of the most walkable environments complimented with excellent public transport within five kilometres of the centre. More quality restaurants than you could possibly visit in a year. I love Melbourne.
Pros
  • Elegant architecture
  • Wide tree lined streets and boulevard
  • Theatre and restaurants
Cons
  • Not enough theatres
  • Trams are slow
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
2yrs+

"Melbourne - The place to Live"

Melbourne is a vibrant metropolis where the is always something going on, there are cafes, bars and restaurants at your doorstep. For entertainment why not drop into on eo fthe many theatres, shopping complexes, bowling alleys or even Crown Entertainment Complex. With Train, Tram and Bus only short distances away who needsa a car, or why not even catch a taxi with a plentiful. Docklands, Southbank and Carlton are only a stones throw away where you can enjoy fabulous food, drinks and entertainment, and enjoy the hstle and bustle of city living from an apartment balcony overlooking fantastic views of the river, skyline or parks.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Great city - Appalling weather"

I have lived in Elwood for 10 years. The people in Melbourne are beautiful and friendly and the culture is great. However, it is Winter for 5 months of the year, so if you prefer cold, this is the city for you. Me, I'll be moving on somewhere far up the north coast!!
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  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Cool Place"

Melbourne really is a cool place. There are always things to see and do, and lots of events on.
Since I moved here I have gained weight as the food is excellent and there's lots of of it!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sensational living without the hustle of the CBD but close enough to the city!"

Just a great place to live really, I can't say much of a bad word about St. Kilda Rd. The wide roads, green leafy surroundings, and the location! Where do I stop, as far as locations go, this is literally the nexus for access to Chapel St, Albert Park, CBD...to the world basically!

I'm at cnr commercial/st kilda rd and this area really has got to be perhaps the best spot in Melbourne to setup residence...Find me a better spot if you dare!
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nbeez
nbeez Cnr Commercial and S. Kilda roads and you like it? Like they say, each to his own...
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Convenience Living"

I'm currently living in St Kilda Road.
Good public transport (A lot of tram line to the city or other suburb). Moreover, you can drive along with a beautiful tree line also.
Good for eating out and nightlife, there is just a few mins to go City, St kilda, Southbank, South Yarra and Prahan. Most high standrad restaurant in Melbourne, are also in those area. Therefore you can enjoy your food and wine without worry about the long distance driving or you can take tram to home.
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TMS TMS
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"City living is great - So much to see and do."

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mjo mjo
5/5
2yrs+

"Best. City. Ever."

ngj ngj
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The best city in Australia!"

I love Melbourne. I was born here but my family moved us to Brisbane when I was around 12. I spent 15 years in Brisbane followed by a couple in London & a few years in Sydney and only now do I feel I have found HOME. Our city has everything. Culture, sport, green gardens, friendly people, trams, pretty good coffee, alley ways, diverse suburbs, a great music scene, art (and particular street art) and (of course) unpredictable weather. A lot of people don't 'get' Melbourne but that's fine. Our city is subtle; it's not overt or in your face. Around me I see history, beautiful architecture (especially when compared to Brisbane where the attitude in the 90's was to pull anything old down) and I love the fact that every suburb has a different feel. I love the passion of the people. I don't see the fickle nature of some Sydneysiders when it comes to supporting a band, a team, a political party (I could go on). I think our city is great & I certainly don't plan to live anywhere else.
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5/5
2yrs+
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
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3/5
2yrs+

"Love it or hate it!"

I am sorry but for cost of living, lifestyle and weather i just really do not enjoy spending time in Melbourne even though it is so rich in culture! Perhaps if i was wealthier and well connected it would be a different story, i dont know what it is just that everyone seems unhappy or grumpy.
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cinnamon
cinnamon Ok, petejames perhaps with that attitude maybe its best that you don't live in Melbourne. It appears that you are really being very general in your summation and I for one enjoy the culture, am not unhappy or grumpy. Bye the way where do you hail from.
2yrs+
cinnamon
cinnamon Oh sorry, I just realized that you are from Sydney. I guess that explains a lot and I my sympathies to you.
2yrs+
OnlyMelbourne
OnlyMelbourne Well said cinnamon! Typical Sydneysider bleating on about Melbourne. Bit rich of someone from Sydney of all places to be going on about the cost of living, lifestyle and weather.

There are only two types of people in this world.. Melburnians, and people that wish they were Melburnians!
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yingnyang
yingnyang Cinnamon sorry if my review was too generalised for you. I was actually born in Melbourne not Sydney. I grew up in Sydney and moved to QLD at around 13 years of age. These are the main reasons why i prefer living in QLD over VIC and or NSW Sydney.

1. You can buy a house on the Goldy or in Brisbane in inner city on large alotment size for well under 1 mil. Whereas to buy a house in East suburbs of Melb you might get a block 1/3 of the size for the same money.

2. I HATE the weather in Melbourne everytime i goto Melbourne for work it is raining cold and dismal. I love sunshine, blue skies and the best beaches in the world. QLD owns you on beaches!

3. Food, Fuel, clothes etc all cost less in Brisbane over Melbourne. Its really a different culture...i can wear boardies and t-shirt cost me nothing and feel comfortable in QLD. Whereas i need to be quite dressed up in nice expensive gear to go out and feel comfortable.

4. Melburnians seem to think everyone else is inferior and are very 'clicky' and even 'snobby'.

5. I and enjoy my Rugby and not a big fan of AFL although do like the sport

I travel through Australia and internationally for work and just find that for me personally Melbourne does not suit me as an individual. Nothing that stands out to me and makes me want to move there permanently. I would choose Sydney over Melbourne anyday of the week.

Cinnamon if you assume you make and ASS out of U and ME! I am not some typical Sydney sider =)
2yrs+
cinnamon
cinnamon Oh Petejames, as Rick said in Casablanca, "Louis this could be the start of a beautiful friendship" See how easy it was to add substance to your review. And because of that it is so much more enjoyable to read. I suppose you did leave Melbourne to move to Sydney whilst still very young and probably did not form any attachment to the area.

Next time before you visit Melbourne, look up the weather report because I can assure you that we do manage to have weather that is sunny and blue skies. However we also say in melbourne that if you stick around for a while you will have the 4 seasons in one day. Something that in a quirky sort of way some of us take pride in. Weird hey.

However I do agree Qld does rock in the beaches department.

As to dressing up in expensive gear to go out in Melbourne surely you wear things other than boardies and t=shirts when you go out in Qld. I know that there are nice places there that have some dress standards.

I think I have a difference perspective on the clicky and snobby aspect of your review. Those Melburnians that I know don't hold themselves to be superior to other Australians, maybe you have been mixing with a crook group.

I don't think that I said you were some typical Sydney sider, because I am not sure what that would mean, I think I just thought that you had come from there because I read some of your other reviews.

Anyway I will look forward to reading more of your reviews, ( with specifics not generalities)
2yrs+
GazzaH
GazzaH From a different perspective, I am from Perth so I have no allegiance to any of the Eastern Seaboard capitals but I have found Melbourne to be the most enjoyable.
The people there seemed more friendly and willing to help tourists like me. The weather can be fickle but I have found that to be the same in Sydney and Brisbane too. I was in Melbourne for the 08 Grand Prix and it was over 40 for the 4 days and no rain at all in the 8 days I was there. Unusual, yes, but every time I have been to Sydney and Brisbane, there has been at least 1 day of rain, maybe I just picked the wrong times.
I enjoy Melbourne so much that I invested there by purchasing a unit. Sorry, but both Sydney and Brisbane get my thumbs down. Adelaide would be my number 2. Forget Darwin and Hobart, they are not even in the race.
I look forward to comments from you all especially cinnamon.
Cheers from a Western Australian where everything closes at sunset ,except the pubs.
2yrs+
AdamS
AdamS It's so weird, but I never hear of people not enjoying Melbourne. The only thing to complain about would be the weather, because we can sometimes have 4 seasons in one day.

But that's about all I can think ok. PeteJames you do have some valid points, all of which are personal opinions, and most of which I don't agree with (or just personally don't find happens to me)

Thanks for elaborating though, that's what makes StreetAdvisor so great, the wealth of information from the locals!

AJ
2yrs+
nbeez
nbeez Ying/yang...you summed it up beautifully...you can wear shorts and T shirt that costs next to nothing in QLD....hmmm..stylish.....I love the beaches in Brisbane....oh sorry, you don't have any......You say on one hand that melb prices are too expensive, but you would live in Sydney...coz its cheaper?......If cold and wet is no good, then stay away from places like Paris/ NY/ London.....Pfffttt...professional complainer!

Also quick quiz. Whats the difference between Yoghurt and Queensland? You need culture to make yoghurt.......
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5/5
2yrs+

"A big city with a small town feel"

With a population of nearly 4 million, Melbourne is Australia's second most populous city. Yet the city is at times quaint, charming and offers a true small town feel.

Many of the buildings are heritage-listed, and the town has gone to lengths to preserve them. The CBD is also surrounded by many parks and greenery, with walking and cycling tracks for all.

The city also has a strong culture centred around fine food, good wine, great coffee. Al fresco dining is very popular, so you never feel alone in this place.

The city has a real sporting edge too, as the home of Aussie Rules Football and also the host of the Melbourne Grand Prix and Australian Open.

Close to the coast, and with major airports offering many flights around Australia and to international destinations every day, Melbourne is a lovely spot to live.
Recommended for
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4/5
2yrs+

"A great place for young professionals and singles"

If you love eating out, shopping and getting out to some great bars and clubs, Melbourne is the place for you. It has a great feel to it and getting around is easy.

As far as big cities go, central melbourne is quite attractive, with a good coverage of trees and easy access to open spaces like the Botanic Gardens.

however, it certainly is not the best spot for families, especially young families. It is simply too busy. But for those that want to give it a try, getting around it easy and it has everything you could possibly want within walking distance.

There is no need for a car in Melbourne as there are buses, trains and trams that can take you where you need to go.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world"

I've lived in the Melbourne for a very long time, and whether you are talking about just the CBD or the extended Melbourne, it's amazing either way.

First of all, I've been to many cities worldwide, and Melbourne hand's down it the best city out there. Sure I've called Melbourne my home for all my life, but i am extremely open to other cities and if you compare all the features of a city that makes it desirable, Melbourne just about tops all of them.

Here's why:

Melbourne has a restaurant, bar, or club on just about every alleyway...and they are all fantastic. Most people are extremely friendly unlike some Sydney places. Also, I've never felt unsafe in Melbourne. In major cities like San Francisco, Rome, Barcelona, Chicago or New York I have always felt a little unsafe in certain place...but not in Melbourne.

Overall Melbourne is a very safe, welcoming city with a booming social scene and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. If you are looking to move to Melbourne, I highly recommend it!!
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Melbourne, a major city you can still afford to live in!"

Compared to some of the larger cities around the world like New York or London, Melbourne has only recently discovered inner city living. Because of this, it is actually affordable to rent in Melbourne's CBD.

The thing you immediately notice when living in Melbourne is the atmosphere and that's due to the vast amount of people you see every day. Once the daily commuters go home you do notice a large proportion of young professionals as well as retirees who have sold up from the suburbs to move to where the action in.

And by action I mean the best restaurants down the many laneways, great cafes and bars around every corner and nightlife from Latrobe St to Crown Casino. You can catch a movie at the new Melbourne Central cinemas or work out at Fitness First located throughout the city.

Daily grocery shopping has improved significantly also. A few years ago you had just a single Coles Express on Elizabeth St to shop at but now we have all of the majors including a few like Safeway and BiLo at the Queen Victoria site (Russell St and Lonsdale). Homeware stores have also popped up (Harvey Norman etc) so you dont need to leave the CBD for all your furnishing needs.

Obviously noise and traffic are an issue with inner city living. We have quite a few nightclubs open til 7am near us (citysquare area) and more want to open so I hope the Melbourne City Council do their job and protect residents going forward.
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francinemelbour
francinemelbour I agree, I was born in Melbourne Australia and I really love this place. There are also good quality house for sale here which we can really afford.
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Best Streets in Melbourne (CBD)

1

Elizabeth St

4/5
"A street for now and the future"
-37.8008896595 144.9575418873
2

St Kilda Rd

4/5
"Very high standrad living Location"
-37.8502207008 144.980709889
"Shoppers Stop Definelty"
-37.816650321 144.9585117742
4

Swanston St

3.5/5
"An interesting start, but don't spend too long here..."
-37.8095879054 144.9638256613
5

Flinders Ln

3.5/5
"On my manor"
-37.817589472 144.9632109443
6

Collins St

3.5/5
"My Favorite Place"
-37.8163 144.964
"Right in the middle of Chinatown"
-37.8128834717 144.9642218123
8

Degraves St

3/5
"The only place to live in the CBD"
-37.8174461492 144.9658817053
9

Queens Rd

2.5/5
"High End Luxury Apartments and Hotels"
-37.8531440217 144.9791389454
10

Bourke St

2/5
"Bourke Street is good for shoppers"
-37.8156531134 144.9581292836