A Local Melbourne Resident Gives His Perspective on the City
By Rahman Tayef - Melbourne Resident
Retiring in Melbourne, Australia may not be the most economical choice in the world, but the city has amazing beauty and a wonderful lifestyle. Melbourne, a dynamic and colorful metropolis, is ranked as the second most livable cities according to The Global Liveability Index 2019. But in case that isn’t enough reason why someone should be inspired to be spending the rest of their lives here, the city has left no stone unturned in order to be adequately convincing.
The people and their hospitality, the exquisite cuisines, the cultural diversity, the clear blue sky, an uncountable number of attributes will give you a warm greeting as soon as you step out of the airport and set foot on this marvelous city.
Top 5 Things I Like about Melbourne
Top 4 Things I Don't Like about Melbourne
While there are plenty of reasons for retirees to love Melbourne, no city is without its drawbacks. As pleasurable living here in this beautiful city is, some things will always feel like out of place. There isn't much, but significant ones worth sharing. So, here’s my top least favorite things about Melbourne.
Getting Around Melbourne
Melbourne has a great public transportation system of trains, trams and buses. And, there's actually a free tram zone within Melbourne's city center. Public transport is safe and affordable. Within the city center, Melbourne is one of the most walkable cities in the world. Of course, it's different story out in the suburbs. You'll need a car if you live outside the city.
How is the Weather in Melbourne?
Melbourne is a wonderfully temperate city. The average highs in the summer are in the upper 70s with the average lows being in the mid 50s. Winter months average daily highs are in the mid 50s and lows are in the low to mid 40s. If there's a heat wave, daytime temps can be up to the low 90s. Average humidity percentage is 66%. May through August are the most humid months and October through March are the least with humidity around 58%.
In 1956 Melbourne became the first city outside North America or Europe to hold the Olympics.
Is Melbourne Dog Friendly?
Despite all the cons, Melbourne is the place to visit if the pros are considered. The city is great fun to walk around and explore new different attribute every time. It’s also a heaven for pet lovers. Plenty of parks gives you an excuse to take your dog for a walk in different venues every day.
There’s not much restriction for pet owners while renting an apartment, but it is required to get the landlord’s consent. Pets are even allowed in public transport, which gives you an opportunity to take your friendly furry companion with you for the day.
Off the Beaten Path Activities
Melbourne was originally named Batmania, although it has nothing to do with Bruce Wayne. Instead, the name derives from one of the city’s founding fathers, John Batman.
Melbourne, Australia Cost of Living Chart
Data from Numbeo
Cost of Living Rank
88th out of 558
1 Bdr Apartment in City
1 Bdr Apartment Outside City
Meal for Two, Mid-Range
Melbourne is a dream of people, art, food and all things good blended into reality. No doubt it’ll be the top choice if anyone is interested and looking for a new place to retire to. With ever growing industrial, technological and educational sector, Melbourne is surely suitable place for the next generation bloom as well.
If you're looking in Asia Pacific but would like to be immersed in Asian culture, Singapore could be a good choice for your retirement.
Quick Facts about Retiring in Melbourne, Australia
Warm summers with cold and windy winters. Temperatures range from 43°F to 79°F. Climate often compared to the Bay Area in California but with a lower cost of living!
Flight time to U.S.
32 hours by plane to Los Angeles; 30 hours to New York
Yes. You should be eligible for a Seniors Card with a retirement visa.
Retirement visas not available for 1st time residents. Investor visa available.
Rail, tram and buses