Continuing the travel diaries I have decided to talk about my experiences when living in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is one of the most vibrant, culture filled, beautiful cities in the world. I am so proud to say I have experienced living here and would move back here tomorrow if I could. Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria and has been voted the most lovable city six years in a row, so not only is it me who loves this place but clearly a lot of others as well.
On the 23rd of October 2015, Me and my ex boyfriend got up at stupid o’clock to get a coach ride all the way from Sydney to Melbourne, we were making the big move and I couldn’t have been any more excited. We decided to take this journey via a 2 day trip to Canberra (the capital of Australia) on the way just so we could tick that one of the list, even if it wasn’t all that. A whole 12 hours later we arrived to our new destination, The one and only city of Melbourne. Spending a whole 6 months in Sydney it was sad to leave but we decided to go as I was bored with the city and wanted to go and discover what other places were like.
I couldn’t contain my excitement as I jumped off the coach at Southern Cross Station. Sydney was Tim’s place but I knew Melbourne would be mine. Straight away we began searching for Jobs and Apartments ready to begin our new life for the next few months. I won’t lie and say that was easy because it was damn well hard. Sydney had treated us very well with apartments and jobs however Melbourne was beginning to prove a little more difficult that expected.
Eventually given a little time everything fell into place and we was well on our way to saving money and travelling on further. In the end Tim got himself a nice little job with an events company on the Yarra River where he had so much fun, met loads of great people and to top it off the pay wasn’t too bad either. I myself got a position as a receptionist for a massage parlour, pay was decent, hours were great and I also made loads of new friends! For the next 6 months we spent our time living a normal couples lifestyle and not backpackers. That backpack got pushed right to the back of our wardrobe and was forgotten about for a little while.
I won’t lie to you, at the beginning it wasn’t all that easy and sometimes things didn’t always work out as smoothly as we’d have thought. I would like to give some advice and recommendations for people looking at moving to Sydney or Melbourne on the WHV and doing the same as what we have done. We didn’t come out here with that much money and we knew we would have to work but sometimes it just isn’t that easy to find good jobs or ones you can mentally, physically, emotionally deal with anyway (aka every single call centre in Australia). So with that in mind my advice to you would be to save up as much as you can before you come here and once you arrive do try to be sensible with your money, it soon disappears. We did do our fair share of rubbish jobs until we found the ones we did so don’t expect everything to fall into place straight away, give it time and don’t give up.
Finding somewhere to live was another problem we faced. It wasn’t as easy as you’d think compared with how easy it was in Sydney. It took us about 4 weeks to find a decent, well priced apartment/sharehouse in Melbourne that was perfect for us. I think being a couple played a huge part in this as a lot of places don’t accept couples. Eventually we found ourselves a lovely little share house in Carlton, Melbourne. It was a Great location that was not far from the city centre but wasn’t stuck right in the main part of it all. If you are looking at moving to Melbourne, I would highly recommend areas such as Carlton, Brunswick, or Fitzroy. They are all in great locations and are very well priced for what you receive.
My favourite thing about Melbourne is that there is always something going on whether that being in the city centre or in our local area. It is a fun filled city full of excitement ready for you to join in with and discover. You do not need to be a millionaire to live a fun lifestyle here and there are many things to see. Some of my favourites include The Great Ocean Road, Brighton beach, St Kilda, Shopping in the Queen Victoria Building and many amazing places along the way.
After multiply trips to the bottle-o and many $5 dominos, we managed to save up a nice and steady amount of $6000, now after 6 months of living in this great city we were ready to move on to our next destination.