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visiting/living melbourne, australia

I will be visiting/living in australia for two years as my wife was recently given an opportunity for a short period of time to work in Australia. Any advice on where to best find a place to stay in Melbourne for a few weeks initially and then for two years or so? Also, any useful websites on finding employment in accounting/finance would be helpful - thanks!

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1. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Do you know where your wife will be working. Will her job be in the city (CBD) or in the suburbs? If she is going to be working in the city or close to it then a suburb I would suggest is Port Melbourne or South Melbourne. These areas are very close to the city - only a short tram ride away and also close to the beach. Port Melbourne has lots of apartments that are low maintenance that you could rent and there is everything you need nearby including Bay Street which is the main shopping/cafe area of the suburb.

A short description of Port Melbourne:

…visitvictoria.com.au/displayObject.cfm/Obje…

Do you have children as that will make a difference also re. schools etc.

There are many other areas that are great to live in and this is just one suggestion.

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2. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Well I suppose like any big city (and Melbourne is at least 70 klms across in some places if not more) it all depends on where she is working and what sort of commute and what your willing to pay. Are you looking for land or is an apartment okay? Pretty significant questions to ask people that dont know you.

Some real estate places to check out for renting apart from visitnig local real estate agents when you get here (and the rent market in the inner city is very very tight at the moment with tenants outbidding each other in some cases to obtain a property);

www.realestate.com.au

www.domain.com.au

Employment website is;

www.seek.com.au

As for temp accommodation when you get here try the following serviced apartment chains;

www.the-ascott.com (for Somerset on Elizabeth and Gordon Place)

www.medinaapartments.com.au

www.mirvachotels.com.au (for Quay West apartments on Southbank)

www.savillesuites.com.au

www.oakford.com

www.questapartments.com.au (one of the largest chain of suburban serviced apartments)

www.southbankapartments.com.au

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3. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Hello snideram,

As other replies have indicated, the location of your wife's workplace will be a determining factor in your choice of place to live after your initial few weeks of looking around. Here is Melbourne's Metlink (public transport) website -

metlinkmelbourne.com.au/maps_stations_stops/…

which you can explore on your computer to give you an idea. Melbourne is one of the worlds bigger cities in area, though only midling size in population, 3.5+ million, because we have allowed our city to sprawl. This means the inner areas are pretty well served for public transport, but the outer areas are not. Rents, however, are cheaper in the outer areas because of this. Give us more detail and we will be able to advise you more specifically.

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4. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Other major employment web sites besides Seek are:-

www.careerone.com.au

www.mycareer.com.au

There is also a more niche site

www.accountingjobs.com.au

and www.jobjobsjobs.com.au. a new challenger in the market will be launching soon.

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5. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Although you may find your place via online real estate, I would suggest living in east side of Melbourne. Why? See how many people live in east!

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6. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

My husband and I are in a similar situation. We are moving to Melbourne for 2 years and he will be based in Bourke St in the city. We are hoping to find a 3 bedroom rental property ($500-$600/week) within 20-30 mins by public transport to the city.

We've been looking at domain but would love some local insight/recommendations. A townhouse is an option & if at all possible close to a park (jogging), cafes. Thanks!

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7. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Not sure what synyan was trying to say but people live all around Melbourne and there isn't any "good" side. If you want to live within 20 to 30 mins from town, you can go the beach side....Port Melbourne, Albert Park, South Melbourne, StKilda, Elwood, Brighton. To the east you could choose from places like Hawthorn, Kew, South Yarra. From the north east around to the north west, good suburbs would be Fairfield, Northcote, parts of Brunswick, Fitzroy North, Moonee Ponds, Essendon and Strathmore.

There are loads of great bike tracks and running areas. I like to run in different places and the best would be around Fairfield, Alphington and Clifton Hill (around the Yarra River precinct) and closer to town around South Yarra.

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8. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Agree with Will....and he's given you both some very good suggestions re: suburbs. I posted this on another thread 'tother day before TA shut it down! PS look at http://www.domain.com.au/ for rentals if you havent already...its quite extensive/well regarded.

I would personally stick to the north or east of the city in areas like Brunswick/Fitzroy/Northcote/Thornbury/Carlton/Parkville/St Kilda/Elsternwick/Kew/Prahran. All those are areas are well catered for in pretty much everything.

Brunswick/Fitzroy/Northcote/Thornbury are a little more relaxed and , I hate to use the word, bohemian. Very eclectic/mixed bag. A huge cafe scene in those spots esp. Bruns/Fitz.

Kew/Prahran are a little more 'toffy'/upmarket in general (though obviously there are good and bad in all areas and they are absolutely no exception to that as Will also stated).

St Kilda/Elsternwick close to beach -great for the kids! Also running/bike tracks along foreshore and well catered for re: trams/light rail in to city. heaps of cafes/restaurants etc oh..and Luna Park!! :-) If you are missing Sydneys waterways then perhaps that area is best for you...it is very pretty even in Winter.

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9. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Thanks everyone for your valuable feedback, advice and help. Looking forward to exploring Melbourne as our next adventure, after spending 2 years in Auckland.

Thanks again

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10. Re: visiting/living melbourne, australia

Melbourne has been voted one of the world's most livable cities for good reason. Excellent restaurants, shops, parks, theatre, sports etc anything you love is not far away including snow, ( Especially at the moment) We have the bay for all aquatic sports and surf further out. The hills around are lovely.

Living- the closer to the CBD the more expensive. we have Yuppy areas, bohemian, multicultural, monocultural, the bland and the beautiful.

$300-500 will get you an apartment or townhouse though the closer the less u get and rentals are hard to get at present.

Further out will get you a nice house for same.

Public transport services any area you would want to be in with a CBD work site.

It's a great place. Welcome!

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