When Ryan and I were attempting to piece together our #Gaplife plan, we thought long and hard about where to base ourselves in Australia. We knew that we would be arriving in the country with
no very little money and would have to settle somewhere for a few months in order to save.
We knew we needed to be in a city in order to find work but there are so many options in Australia. Tropical Cairns, cutesy Adelaide, shiny Perth and sleek Sydney to name but a few.
So why did we choose Melbourne?
Everyone we knew who had ventured to Melbourne in the past showered the city in praise. You could tell that the city sucked people in.
It’s not just people we knew either, Melbourne is constantly awarded ‘The Most Livable City’ status and it’s easy to see why.
The stereotype paints Aussies as lacking in the culture department. Although this is becoming increasingly inaccurate, some people had still been amazed that I had visited a modern art gallery on a previous trip to Brisbane.
Melbourne alone is enough to prove all the naysayers wrong. You can’t scoff at Melburnian culture, they have it in bucket-loads. There are countless museums, art galleries and top-notch music venues to keep us culture-vultures entertained.
Melbourne is home to an incredibly diverse population. It has the oldest China Town in the world, is the largest Greek city outside of Greece and has a street dedicated to Italian restaurants and cafes.
As well as its permanent residents, Melbourne attracts lots of backpackers who stray from the well-trodden East Coast to work or chill out. It’s a great place to meet like-minded travellers and people from all over the world.
Melburnians love to eat. Everything is fresh and (mostly) healthy, the menus are imaginative and long brunches are mandatory. What’s not to love?
Melbourne is surrounded by stunning National Parks, like the Dandenong Ranges and beautiful beaches like the ones at Mornington Peninsula or along the Great Ocean Road. If the city ever gets too much, you can simply hop on a train or a car and be surrounded by stunning countryside in a heartbeat.
Unlike Sydneysiders, Melburnians are known for being relaxed. No one takes life too seriously, many don’t work past 4pm and people love nothing more than grabbing a group of friends for a natter over a pint or a picnic. Lifestyle is key here with the work-life balance prioritised. They’ve got it right!
I definitely think Melbourne was the right choice for us. It’s quickly becoming one of my favourite cities in the world and there is still so much I’m yet to uncover.
Have you lived in Melbourne before? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments below or via my social media pages!