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Moving to Melbourne

With it’s hidden street-art laneways and boutique street side cafés, Melbourne seems to be the capital of everything in Australia – the capital of coffee culture, shopping, sport and fine dining just to name a few. Expats moving to Melbourne appreciate the diversity the city has to offer.

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Melbourne.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Melbourne

With it’s picturesque Yarra river and plentiful gardens, Melbourne is a visual delight that offers a range of activities for all lifestyles.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Melbourne

Finding a place to live
The housing market is very competitive and high-priced in Melbourne. Demand for property is ever growing. It is best to engage the services of a real estate agent when looking for a place to lease. Those looking for a property to purchase are advised to employ the services of a buyer’s agent who often have access to properties that are on the market that are not available to the general public.

Getting around Melbourne
Although Melbourne has a wide-ranging public transport system, it is not always efficient and timely. Driving is the advised form of transport for those living outside of the city centre. For those commuting to work, the public transport system is the best option as driving in the city centre during peak hour poses its own challenges.

Access to healthcare
Australia has free healthcare for residents under the Medicare system. It is advisable that you check whether you will be able to access the healthcare system based on your visa type. Many expats choose to take out private health cover when moving to Melbourne to avoid long waiting lists in the public system.

A balanced lifestyle
Melbourne offers a perfect blend of the modern active lifestyle with a refined cultural character. There is always something to do in Melbourne. From exclusive exhibitions and theatre productions, to world stage sporting event like the Australian Open Tennis and Formula One, there is never a dull moment.

Coffee is a religion
Be prepared to be converted into a coffee addict. Even the die hard non-coffee drinkers eventually turn to some form of coffee consumption.

Meet your Melbourne Team Leader

John Marcarian

The Melbourne E-Team leader is our Expatland Global Network Founder, John Marcarian.

A long term expat himself and founder of CST Tax Advisors, John’s passion is to make life easier for expats home and abroad.

Leading our Melbourne E-Team enables John to be at the forefront in understanding the new challenges expats face and lead our E-Teams to provide support for these challenges.


Amanda Tinner

Amanda is a Melbourne girl born and bred, her love of her hometown is deep and flows through to understanding the heartbeat, the people, and the business networks. She was an expat in London for 5 years working at the Australian High Commission in the Immigration Department.

With her 30 years of experience working in immigration, Amanda can help expats moving into the city understand the movement of people and families and what they will initially find difficult to understand. Her large network of people in business associated with mobility and the expat world makes her suited to assist expats in their move. 

Amanda will provide support and prepare expats arriving in Melbourne for their new life in Australia and provide all the right tips and essential information.

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