“…don’t visit Melbourne first, you will fall in love and never want to leave!”
A friend told me this, which I then often told locals that I met who took it as a huge compliment and will almost guaranteed claim it is the best city in Australia to live in – and I can definitely vouch for it being one of the most amazing places I have ever spent time in!!
So as I guess it has probably been clear to most, I have spent the past 8 months of my life in Melbourne. What started off as plans to arrive in Melbourne for Christmas and then travel, ended up with a love and passion for the city – resulting in me and my boyfriend settling there and creating a short term life and home ( aww cute! ) That’s not to say that I would absolutely love to go back and explore the rest of Australia one day…so here’s a kind of toast to the reasons why I love Melbourne and a possible/hopeful promise to visit Australia again in the future!
To describe Melbourne to those who don’t know is almost an impossibility, I feel I struggle to do it justice – it is just one of those places you have to visit! In a nutshell, it is this amazingly diverse city that although being pretty big, still feels welcoming. I love the fact that 10 minutes on a tram out of the city and you can be at one of Melbourne’s amazingly gorgeous beaches that are just like what you would imagine! But even the streets of the city are pretty insane, from the graffiti alleyways to streets that are home to the most amazing coffee shops, cafes and restaurants ( fyi – locals are pretty big on their coffee! ) And the Yarra river that runs through the city provides an amazing choice of riverside bars and restaurants that have incredible views ( …okay I used the word amazing like 3 times but that’s because it really is! )
Although it is kinda similar to the UK in ways, it feels so different at the same time. There is this really laid back, cool, edgy/hippy vibe around Melbourne. The fashion is amazing, heaps ( – an aussie word for lots! ) of cool shops and I swear nearly everyone is in to some sort of fitness – there are yoga and pilates studios everywhere!
Transport in Melbourne is soooo easy – it sounds a bore but being from a small village in the UK definitely has its disadvantages when trying to get about! Melbourne has trams and trains that run all the time and are usually on time – unlike at home! I actually enjoyed getting the train and trams ( sad I know! )
Okay so I guess a big thing is the weather right?! Well it’s true what people say about experiencing all 4 seasons in one day in Melbourne! In summer it was pretty much how you imagine the Aussie weather to be, Christmas day was a cool 34degrees whilst in Jan there was a week of 40degrees + it was so hot the pages of my book started to melt and fall out!! Winter is cool but still pretty nice – clear skies and the occasional bit of rain.
And finally the nightlife is aaaaa-mazing. Seriously. There are so many different styles of bar that every week you could go somewhere different depending on how you feel. There’s always something going on too, from music festivals to sporting events and food and wine markets.
So to round things up I kinda feel like I want to say that Melbourne has really been life-changing for me. It is a place where I really felt at home and there was always so much it had to offer. It’s like this place that has the perfect balance of city life and the beach, old and new styles, cool hangouts and such a mix of people. It has been a pleasure and I feel so lucky and privileged to have spent a part of my life there. I think about my time there everyday, my favourite times being spent by the pool, at the beach, or days just out and about down Chapel Street ( one of my fave places to shop and eat/drink ) I am eternally thankful to this amazing city for playing such a big part in my life.
So dear Melbourne…thank-you!