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  1. ASK SEEK KNOCK Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. - Matthew 7:7 We are a group of Christian volunteers reaching out to the community in Melbourne who are in search of a job. There will be discussion on resume building, job interview questions and much more. Do come join us for a fun filled activity this weekend. Location: RMIT Building 80 (Melbourne CBD) Date: 25th of March 2017 (Saturday) Time: 10am to 11.30am Contact: 0434 281 446 (R.S.V.P via SMS with your name)
  2. Hi Everyone My partner and I are starting to make serious plans to move from Durban in South Africa, to Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. We would please like to have some objective views, from people who are currently, or have lived in the city within the last 5 years. Melbourne looks like the best city so far, and I think (from what we have found out about it) that we would fit in there quite nicely, but I would like to see comments from actual people, and not sites selling the city to you. I am very excited to receive your responses herein. Thanks Stefan
  3. Hi all, We will be arriving in Melbourne on the 5th January and one of our first tasks is to buy a car. Apart from actually buying the car, what else do we need to organise along side it....or does the dealer do it all? ie car insurance, registration, road tax? I just want to be as prepared as possible. Also, has anyone recently bought a car through carsales.com.au or any other firms/sites? What were your experiences and do you have any tips? Cheers in advance Andy
  4. Hi everyone My partner and I are both living and working in Durban, South Africa. He is a doctor and I am an admitted attorney. We are very serious about moving to Melbourne as it looks like an amazing city to live in, but we are quite unsure what the steps are that we need to be taking, and I was hoping someone here could assist. I don't think my partner would have much difficulty coming over and finding work in his field, as I think medicine would probably be the same all over the world? (Please correct me if I am wrong) With a South African LL.B and being admitted as an attorney in the High Court of South Africa, I might be finding it more difficult to find a job in the field of Law, and I would like to know what I can do to start the process, alternatively what I can do to be eligible to even work as a corporate legal adviser, if at all possible. Also if anyone can provide assistance in the general process and in providing names of trusted companies to assist with the emigration, as we are afraid of possible con-artists, and would not even know what would be seen as danger signs. I look forward to your responses. Thanks Stefan
  5. Hi, I am 27yo quantity surveyor (contract administrator) looking to relocate from the UK to Melbourne in Jan (possibly sooner) I was just wondering if anyone could give me some advise as to the current market in Melbourne for construction? I am being told different things from different recruiters, some say the whole of Aus is flat & some have told me that I won't have any issue securing work! I am keen to come to Aus, but a little nervous about flying across the world with no job secured & not being able to find anything! Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
  6. lucylu

    Moving to melbourne

    Hi everyone, so me and my other half have always talked about moving to australia, even before i met him. Recently we've figured out how possible this is for us. The company that he works in the UK, also have offices in Mornington, Victoria, so he can transfer to work there. His mother was also born in australia and can re-apply for an australian passport as can he. I am a self-employed hairdresser so I believe I can apply for a working visa (1-2 years), save $5000 and look for work once I get there, however Im worried about what would then happen once my visa expires, is there another option where I can move knowing that there's no limit on how long I live there for? I've heard you can gain sponsorship from employers but I don't know too much about this option.. We're looking to move to Melbourne area as this would only be up to an hours journey for my partner to travel to work so any advice on where to look would be great. We would like a big family home in the future but probably just looking for a small apartment initially upto $1400 a month (£650)
  7. Hi Guys, Please provide feedback for Craigieburn for living with family with Kids. I am planning to buy my first home here. I have no idea for this suburb . My budget is max 600K (including everything). I am looking for following: 1) What all streets and spots to avoid. 2) Best way to commute to City. 3) Safety for women and children. 4) Community feel. 4) Schools and Kinder's availability. 5) NBN/Internet Availability. 6) Preferred streets 7) Shopping and recreation. 8) Bike racing hoons etc. 9) Parking at station (really need to rush for getting a spot?) 10) Any other things to consider. Although, I have done some research over the internet but would really appreciate feedback from people having experience of North-west suburbs. Really appreciate your time. Best Regards Ash
  8. [h=2]New to Point Cook Melbourne[/h]
  9. Hi I'm moving to Melbourne in 5 weeks time alone and still have a million and one things to do but top of the list at the minute is to find temporary accommodation of some sort somewhere near the city. I came across some rentals on that AirBnB thing which are a lot cheaper than hotels and frankly sound too good to be true but I'm not quite sure what it's all about. Has anyone had any experience using AirBnB? I'm not quite sure about the whole thing sounds a bit like some strange cult if you ask me with you having to fill your profile in first and all. Im probably wrong but would be great to here off someone that has used the service before and could enlighten me on what it's all about. Thanks guys Mark
  10. Hello everyone, I'm Ana. I've been in Australia (WA) for the last 9 months and I'm planning to relocate to Melbourne next February (while awaiting for my Visa189 Skills assessment result). I'm a VIT registered and UK qualified Secondary LOTE teacher (French, Spanish, ESL), and I will be looking for work in my field when I move to Melbourne. The problem is that I've got no idea where to go. Melbourne looks huge compared to Perth (the biggest city I've seen in Australia, so far). Given my teaching specialism, I'm very likely to go down the CRT path across multiple schools. Has anyone got any advice on which suburbs/areas would be easy to commute from with (or without) a car? I've read about South Eastern suburbs being cheap and bustling with secondary schools and colleges (i.e potential tutees for me), but no particular place/town was named. Thank you very much for your help and nice to meet you all! Ana.
  11. Hi..i need some guidance and hope that anyone here would be able to help me out. I recently got admitted as a PhD student to the university of Melbourne. I am looking for places to live as the residential colleges of the university are too expensive and would be hard for me to afford. Therefore, I am looking for a good place to live that is safe, offers decent amenities and is close to the University (parkville in particular), transport facilities and shopping areas. I know that it's a lot to ask but I am hoping to find some place decent to live in a shared apartment/house. I don't want to compromise on safety and also proximity to the uni and i can't seem to understand the layout of the neighbouring suburbs on maps so that I can do an effective search. Can you please help me out as to which areas should i target for my search and which to avoid?? Also on many websites, they mention areas like inner city, northern and eastern suburbs etc instead of naming them which again is hard for a non native to understand..My budget for accommodation is around a $1000 per month.. any help in this regard would be highly appreciated.. regards lylah
  12. Hi we are looking for somewhere to stay the weekend of the F1 grandprix the weekend of 15/16/17th march we are a family of 2+2. we've left it a bit late to book hotels and campsites. Just thought people close to Melbourne might have some inside info and could help us. We are coming from the Goldcoast Regards and looking forward to your replies Anne:rolleyes:
  13. Hi Everyone, I'm looking for anyone who was a UK GP and made the move to work in Melbourne/Victoria, would really appreciate some advice and information about the whole set up and what to expect. Looking to make the move next year, just doing the background research to cement our decision. Can communicate by private messages if more appropriate. Hope there is someone out there who can help for this scenario. Thanks in advance
  14. Hi Guys I just wanted to start a thread about the things in Aus that I have found cheaper, when we told friends and relatives we were heading to Aus and particularly Melbourne they all said,'ooohhh everything is soooo expensive there'. Some things are but some things aren't Renting; If you don't mind living in a 'doer upper' (older house) you can grab a bargain friends of ours living round the corner are paying $500 a week, we are paying $800 a week but our his is brand new, but with zero garden. I wouldn't want to swop but the bargains are our there if you want then! The same for buying, an older house is way less, but personally I love the picket fences and old fireplaces! Shopping; the meat at the supermarket is fab quality, we bought a sirloin joint for $20 sliced two steaks off it for Saturday night and whacked it in the freezer, four sirloin steaks in England which you would only be able to get decent ones from the butchers, would set you back £40 ! The pork chops from coles are equally cheap at around $6 for two nice big chunky ones. Massive bags of frozen raw prawns for $16, back home £5 for a pack of 25, you get about 60 in these bags. lipstick and nail varnish surprisingly cheap, £2 ! Obviously petrol - we have a big 4wd and fill it up for $60, my other half reckons it would cost £80 back home Party gear !, plastic plates etc, not sure if that is because we are nearer China and that is where these things are all made ? Wine - but not obviously so, you have to have a good look, but we have been buying clean skin wine for about $6, we even managed to get a bottle of French Cabsav for £6 :-/ not as nice as the aussie stuff ! Anyone else think of the cheaper things in Aus ?? Lisa x
  15. Tpah

    Your opinion matters!

    Hi all, I'm new. I am an early childhood educator living in Singapore. My husband and I are keen to migrate to Australia and was thinking of Melbourne or Sydney. The idea to migrate was playing at the back our minds for sometime and just last week, we have decided that we will do this! Its just the two of us so we reckon it'd be easier to move now than later. I am glad to find this forum and am hoping and looking forward to any advise anyone has to offer. Cheers.. Tpah
  16. It looks like we may be moving to Melbourne in June (depending on details of job offer), and my sons are worried there won't be anything fun for them to do there! They are ages 12 and 13, and are into football (soccer), scootering, swimming (only for fun, not competing), Xbox gaming, mountain biking and just hanging out with their mates really. What sort of activities do youngsters get up to in Melbourne? They want to hear from people who live there rather than me fobbing them off with what I think! My son read that Melbourne was good for art and culture, and that has put him off going! Can anyone offer an alternative opinion of the city?!? Thank you Imogen
  17. lostgirlwildworld

    Melbourne migrant flying solo

    Hey I'm moving to Melbourne from Brighton and arriving in early April. I'm going on my own and pretty much diving in at the deep end as I don't have a job or long term accommodation yet. Oh, I also don't know anyone! I am, however, very excited nonetheless! Wondered if anyone had any top tips for getting settled, finding casual employment and also accommodation?! Or if anyone fancied arranging a social after I've arrived?! Would love to hear from anyone who's been there a while or anyone arriving soon! Ashleigh
  18. Good Evening, I am lucky enough to be going through a job process for a move to Melbourne, with a company who are going to sponsor me for visa's and things . The wage may not support my family totally, so my wife will need to continue her professional career as a Physiotherapist. We know a little bit about the requirements but we are looking for persons who are physios in Australia especially the Melbourne area, that she can use as a sounding board for questions relating to prospects, salary, qualifications etc. If there are someone out there that can assist please get in touch.
  19. Guest

    Moving from SA to VIC

    Hi, I'm just throwing the idea about of moving from Adelaide to Melbourne. Melbourne seems better in so many ways, and there's so many more jobs too. But that's the problem, I am unemployed at the moment. It's taking me forever to find a job over here, and I've recently thought of moving, but how would I pay for rent while I'm unemployed? So my question is, how easy is it to get a job in the Melbourne city, cbd preferably? I know that's hard to judge when you haven't seen my resume, but I've got plenty of experience in hospitality, I have certificates in hospitality and IT and experience in sales and retail. Is the living expenses in Melbourne expensive? I still live at home so I know next to nothing of bills and water and electricity etc. Can you find a place that pays for that in your rent? Most likely this idea will never happen, but I'd like to see what my options are like. If anyone has any answers to these, that'd be great! Thanks, Lauren
  20. I work for a college here in Melbourne and one of the courses we offer is the Children's Services. You need these quals to work in Child Care and we have over 380 Child Care Centres in Australia who take our students on work placement (most students then secure paid work from the centre they were placed in). For those of you looking for a pathway to sponsorship, MEGT also offers graduates of our Diploma in Children's Services sponsorship for the TRV (subclass 402) visa which allows you full-time work rights. I am not wanting to misrepresent my post, so I just want to let you know about MEGT Institute and offer to assist if you have any questions. Good luck with the move, and see you in Melbourne!! Tim tim_field@megt.com.au +61 3 9639 0000
  21. Hi all, Me and my family have been here 2 weeks now. We have done all the essential bits of finding our feet, getting our mobiles sorted, medicare, tax number thingys and OH has stsrted to settle into his work. Now my next thing on list is to meet some people.......and what a wonderful place to start!! There is myself, Danielle, Lee (OH), William who is 6 and Matt who is 5. We are currently staying on St Kilda Road on a short term lease, and looking to move out to the west in the next few weeks/ early next year. As this is going to be our first Christmas in Melbourne and in the sun I want to try and make it a fun day for the boys. I am still looking for the perfect presnts for them but was also wondering if any of you were arranging anything around Christmas day?? With having two children to talk to every day I am starting to crave other adult conversations. They also are craving me to talk to other adults and stop bugging them so much Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!! Danielle :xmas10:
  22. Teresa Noble

    Hi from a Newbie!

    Hi All, My husband and I are literally hours away from deciding if we move to Melbourne in January. He's been offered a job there and we're waiting on the final details to make the final call. I think we'll decide its yes, therefore I thought I'd say hello on here right now! So, I'm sure I'll have tonnes of questions down the line and by the looks of it everyone on here are so friendly and helpful that I'll be visiting many times. One initial question though - have there been expats meet ups as a result of this board? Anyway, bye for now. T
  23. Hi all, We are desperately looking for 2 weeks accommodation in Melbourne for 4 adults and 2 children. We are wanting to come over in February 2013. Can anyone recommend anywhere? or recommend any good web sites to visit? We have already contacted moving-to-melbourne.co.uk and are waiting on a response. Thanks guys Andy
  24. Hi all, We have our Visa and are planning a reccie visit to Melbourne next Easter We have somewhere to stay in Mornington but are struggling to find 'reasonably priced' flights to Melbourne. Can anyone recommend a travel company/airline? There are deals with Royal Brunei and China Eastern but Id prefer Malaysia/Emirates/BA etc but Im sure they will be mucho expensivo! Who have some of you flown with? Any help is greatly appreciated. Andy
  25. Where do the Melbourne suburbs rank in terms of liveability? Use this list to see its current rating, compare with its rating in the last The Age liveability survey (from 2005) and use the house price indicator to see where the bargain suburbs are nowadays (take a bow, Footscray). LEGEND 1. Overall rank + Suburb has risen in rank since 2005 (number indicates how many places) - Suburb has dropped in rank since 2005 (number indicates how many places)\ = No change since last survey $$$$$ Median house price above $1.2 million $$$$ Median house price $800k-$1.2 million $$$ Median house price $600k-$800k $$ Median house price $400k-$600k $$$$$ Median house price below $400k 1. South Yarra = $$$$$ Despite six years passing and our methodology somewhat changing since our last survey, South Yarra retains top spot, achieving a perfect score on nine out of 14 indicators, including provision of cafes/restaurants, shopping, schools and culture. Close to the city and coast, it also excels in areas where inner suburbs traditionally struggle — namely, it has plenty of open space and trees, aided by Fawkner Park and the Botanic Gardens. It is also hilly, has great public transport, and falls down only on crime rates and clogged main roads. Hard to budge. 2. East Melbourne = $$$$$ Home to Yarra Park, Treasury Gardens, the MCG and Parliament House, East Melbourne holds its ground in the 2011 survey with top marks in eight categories, also improving its score for shopping after changes to the “Eastbourne” retail strip on Wellington Parade. Not exactly in the belly of the bustle, what it lacks in urgency it makes up in proximity to dynamism — cross a boundary and you enter the CBD (26), Carlton (12), Fitzroy (70), Collingwood (31), Abbotsford (53) or Richmond (51). 3. Armadale +2 $$$$$ Hemmed in on the north, south, east and west by (respectively) Malvern, Dandenong, Glenferrie and Orrong roads, Armadale is perhaps bigger than you think. Toorak Park and Toorak Railway Station, for instance, are both inside its western edge. Train, tram and bus are never far away, shopping is plentiful, and crime rates and congestion on its main roads are not as big a problem as in most other suburbs close to the CBD — the only thing preventing Armadale from a higher ranking is its almost total lack of open spaces. 4. Hawthorn East -1 $$$$$ Unlike those neighbourhoods ranked above it, Hawthorn East can boast only two perfect scores across all indicators — one of those courtesy of its low crime rate. A thin, vertical strip of land between Hawthorn (11) and Camberwell (84), it is rich in historic mansions and stately homes, but the survey doesn’t take architectural aesthetics into account — Hawthorn East simply performs well by every measure, even more so than notable neighbours Kooyong (23), Kew (35) and Canterbury (48). 5. Toorak +1 $$$$$ High congestion, virtually no bus services and basically no open space — these are the things that drag Toorak down to fifth place in our rankings. One of Australia’s most expensive suburbs, with a median house price of $2.274 million, its curving northern boundary is formed by the steep slopes along the Yarra, where Melbourne’s largest homes were initially perched so that wealthy industrialists might keep an eye on their factories in flat “struggletown” suburbs to the north such as Burnley (16) and Richmond (51). 6. Clifton Hill -2 $$$ With a median house price of $766,000 and a ranking solidly in the top 10, Clifton Hill — a leafy oasis of Victorian homes and Yarra parkland amid the traffic of Hoddle Street and the Eastern Freeway — is arguably the best-value suburb in Melbourne: you’ll have to drop down to 20th place (Hampton East) to find somewhere cheaper that’s even close in terms of liveability. So why is it so much higher than its immediate (and pricier) neighbour Fitzroy North (28)? It has marginally better access to the train, it’s a bit hillier, and it has a bit more open space. What’s not to like? Crime levels aren’t great. 7. Parkville +12 $$$$$ A new arrival in the top 10, Parkville, another green oasis in the inner north, scores highly on open space (take a bow, Royal Park), and improved slightly on the last survey with schools and shopping to jump 12 places. What cost it ranking points? Crime, poor access to bus routes and, when you venture onto the main roads, traffic flow is lousy. 8. Ormond +10 $$$$ If you live in Ormond and always wished you could have afforded neighbouring Brighton East (50) or even Brighton (27) proper, here’s solace: your suburb is nicer than both. And cheaper. And, depending on your address, gets you into one of the best schools in Melbourne for free: savvy families know that parts of Ormond (below North Road) fall within the zone for McKinnon Secondary College. Crime is relatively low, there’s a train line and you’re well served by several good Indian restaurants. The only major negatives, at least in terms of how this study works, are small amounts of open space and a flat landscape. 9. Fairfield +1 $$$$ Bordering Clifton Hill (6), it’s not surprising that Fairfield scores highly too: again, access to Yarra Bend parklands means it fares well on open space, with high marks, too, for shopping and cafes. Only less-than-stellar proximity to schools and congested main roads costs it ranking points. 10. Hampton +36 $$$$$ So why did Hampton fare better than neighbouring, and ritzier, Brighton (languishing in 27th spot)? Less congested main roads (none to speak of, really, except Beach Road), slightly more (and hillier) open space, better bus routes and slightly better crime levels. Brighton has better shopping though. 11. Hawthorn -3 $$$$$ 12. Carlton +5 $$$$ 13. Carlton North = $$$$ 14. Aberfeldie +28 $$$$ 15. Mont Albert North +1 $$$$ The big performer in the east, Mont Albert North is strong on all indicators. Crossing the Eastern Freeway to the north, however, direct neighbour Doncaster (158) finds itself 143 places further down — the main differences being lack of proximity to schools, congested main roads and crime rates. 16. Burnley +20 $$$$ 17. Ripponlea +73 $$$$ When proximity to train, tram and bus are combined, Ripponlea is the best suburb in the city for public transport. What about Melbourne (26), you ask? The CBD scores well, too, but is let down by parkland stretching to Cremorne (74), where there are less bus stops. 18. Windsor -9 $$$$ 19. St Kilda East +51 $$$$ 20. Hampton East +56 $$$ 21. Caulfield South +10 $$$$ 22. Balaclava +3 $$$$ 23. Kooyong +4 $$$$$ 24. Elsternwick = $$$$$ 25. Parkdale +3 $$$ 26. Melbourne +7 $$$ The Melbourne CBD scores highest for restaurants and cafes. It is also the worst suburb for crime (per capita), but this is because it has so many visitors and so few residents. For instance, many of the violent crimes committed here are “outsider on outsider” offences. 27. Brighton -12 $$$$$ 28. Fitzroy North -7 $$$$ 29. Albert Park -3 $$$$$ 30. Elwood +44 $$$$$ 31. Collingwood -9 $$$ 32. Ivanhoe -25 $$$$ Ranked seven in the 2005 study, Ivanhoe has dropped 25 spots since then and is a lesson in how a few points can make a big difference. Ivanhoe suffered marginal losses in a few indicators, but the drop is largely attributed to the relative rise of other suburbs. 33. Sandringham -21 $$$$$ 34. Prahran -4 $$$$ 35. Kew +10 $$$$$ 36. Northcote +20 $$$$ 37. Footscray +7 $$ The most affordable suburb in the top 50 (by a mile), Footscray rates higher than many traditionally more highly regarded suburbs including blue‑blooded Canterbury (48), super-expensive Middle Park (61) and the middle-class heartland Malvern East (62). 38. Mont Albert = $$$$ 39. St Kilda +1 $$$$ 40. Williamstown -12 $$$$ 41. Brunswick West = $$$ 42. Newport +12 $$$ Closing the gap on its desirable neighbour Williamstown (40), Newport is close to the coast and city, scores high on culture and cafes and restaurants, has low congestion on main roads, good proximity to trains and open spaces. 43. Gardenvale +26 * Melbourne’s smallest suburb, at just under a third of a hectare, Gardenvale - a tiny wedge near Caulfield South (21) and Elsternwick (24) - flies under the radar but is close to the coast and city and has great public transport and roads, overcoming its lack of open space and hills. 44. Flemington +29 $$$ 45. Essendon +2 $$$$ 46. Kew East -35 $$$$ 47. South Melbourne -11 $$$$ 48. Canterbury -34 $$$$$ 49. Seddon +62 $$$ Twenty years ago, who would have thought that Seddon would be ranked just one spot below Canterbury (48)? The inner-western suburb has risen 62 places since 2005, scoring better in cafes and restaurants thanks to the evolving Victoria Street area, among other factors. 50. Brighton East +3 $$$$ 51. Richmond -17 $$$$ With Swan Street, Bridge Road, Victoria Street, Church Street and Victoria Gardens, Richmond is the top suburb for shopping facilities. Its popular cafe and restaurant strips and train and tram services also score highly (although it loses points for traffic congestion). 52. Travancore +40 $$$ 53. Abbotsford -18 $$$ 54. Black Rock -34 $$$$$ 55. Footscray West +34 $$ 56. North Melbourne -8 $$$ 57. Caulfield +6 $$$$ The established south-east suburb of Caulfield is actually the worst suburb in the city for open space, with relatively few parks, the bigger Caulfield Park falling within Caulfield North (63) and Princes Park in Caulfield South (21). 58. Yarraville +30 $$$ Up-and-coming Yarraville is one suburb closer to the city than Brooklyn (269), yet sits 211 places above it on the list, the disparity pinned down to differences in culture, cafes, schools and open space. 59. Glen Iris +1 $$$$$ 60. Montmorency +7 $$ 61. Middle Park -2 $$$$$ 62. Malvern East -13 $$$$ 63. Caulfield North +2 $$$$$ 64. Box Hill -3 $$$$ 65. Malvern -26 $$$$$ 66. Surrey Hills -34 $$$$ 67. Alphington -16 $$$$ 68. Ashburton -25 $$$$ 69. Southbank +12 $$$ As might be expected, Southbank’s proximity to the Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda Road sees it ranked as the top suburb in Melbourne by size of cultural sector. 70. Fitzroy -15 $$$$ 71. McKinnon +41 $$$$ 72. St Kilda West +34 $$$$$ Any rank inside the top 75 is upper echelon but St Kilda West, with a median housing price of $2.273 million, might expect a higher ranking. Its downsides are busy main roads, flatness and crime. 73. Belgrave -1 $ Also inside the top 75, with a median house price of $370k, Belgrave is the success story of the survey, shattering the trend of outer areas ranking low. If proximity to city and coast are left out, this gem shoots to number two. 74. Cremorne +36 $$$ 75. Burwood -52 $$$ One of a wide band of middle-eastern suburbs that have dropped in rank marginally since 2005 — not unlike Blackburn (89) and Bulleen (140) — Burwood fell 52 places in 2011, despite remaining stable in liveability. Its drop is relative to the rise of other suburbs. 76. Glen Huntly -26 $$$$ 77. Caulfield East +44 $$$$ 78. Brunswick East -10 $$$ 79. Murrumbeena = $$$$ 80. Ascot Vale +3 $$$ 81. Beaumaris -4 $$$$ 82. Moonee Ponds +3 $$$$ Outscored by neighbouring Aberfeldie (14), Moonee Ponds has great public transport and is close to the city, schools, shopping and cafes, but its roads are congested, its crime rates are high and it has limited open space. 83. Thornbury +25 $$$ 84. Camberwell +7 $$$$$ 85. Templestowe Lower -28 $$$ 86. Carnegie -11 $$$$ 87. Ashwood -7 $$$ 88. Kensington -24 $$$ 89. Blackburn -31 $$$$ 90. Brunswick -6 $$$ 91. Kingsville +27 $$$ 92. Princes Hill +34 $$$$ Tiny Princes Hill is the best suburb in Melbourne for proximity to schools, meaning residents on average have less distance to travel to reach a kindergarten, primary, secondary or special needs school — public or private — than anywhere else. 93. Ivanhoe East -22 $$$$$ 94. Heidelberg -42 $$$ 95. Braybrook -17 $$ This maligned inner-western suburb has limited open space and tree cover, plus high crime, but these are offset by low congestion, great proximity to schools, shopping facilities, cafes and restaurants. Braybrook is also (relatively) close to the city and the beach. 96. South Kingsville +46 * This little suburb you might not have heard of sneaks into the top 100. South Kingsville sits just underneath Spotswood (157), scores high for cafes, restaurants and culture, is near both the bay and the bridge and is relatively low in crime. 97. Tecoma +6 $ 98. Hughesdale -16 $$$ 99. Essendon West +2 $$$ 100. Highett -34 $$$ 101. Sassafras -4 $$ 102. Balwyn +5 $$$$$ 103. Oakleigh -4 $$$ 104. Bentleigh +52 $$$$ Another of the biggest movers, the rise of Bentleigh is probably more a reflection of its relatively low result last time than any major change in the suburb since then. 105. Upwey -19 $$ 106. Eltham North +53 $$$ 107. Balwyn North -9 $$$$ 108. Ringwood East +9 $$ 109. Essendon North -9 $$$$ 110. Oak Park -1 $$$ 111. Box Hill North -6 $$$ 112. Coburg +63 $$$ One of the big improvers since 2005, Coburg rose 63 places (from 175), attributable to a notable increase in score on the size of the cultural sector, following a general inner-northern trend towards renewal and gentrification. 113. Heathmont -18 $$ 114. Pascoe Vale South +65 $$$ Cross Moreland Road from Brunswick West (41) and you enter Pascoe Vale South. A big improver since 2005, the suburb rises 65 places, due to nothing dramatic but a series of small gains in half a dozen liveability indicators including shopping services. 115. Ferny Creek +13 * Topographical mapping reveals that Ferny Creek, perched on the edge of Mount Dandenong, is officially Melbourne’s hilliest suburb. It can also boast, according to per capita measures, the lowest crime rate in Melbourne. 116. Seaholme -2 $$$ 117. Macleod -1 $$$ 118. Selby -37 $$$ 119. Maribyrnong +27 $$$$ 120. Kallista -7 $$ 121. Mount Waverley -34 $$$ An interesting example of the difference a boundary line can make, stable Mount Waverley is 151 spots above Clayton (272), but the only sizeable difference between the two is Mount Waverley’s good rating on crime. 122. Chadstone -60 $$$ 123. Huntingdale +6 $$$ 124. Kingsbury -28 $$ 125. Briar Hill +67 $$ Adjoining Greensborough (162) and Montmorency (60), Briar Hill has risen 67 places in the rankings since 2005 with improved scores on a range of indicators including cafes and restaurants, proximity to bus lines, size of the local cultural sector and crime. 126. Warrandyte -33 $$$ 127. Saint Helena +60 $$$ 128. Mount Dandenong +2 $$ The number one suburb for tree density in Melbourne, and, naturally, one of the hilliest, Mount Dandenong sits 152 places higher than its neighbour Kilsyth (280), which has less open space and a less dramatic landscape. 129. Docklands +78 $$$$ Docklands is improving, tram extensions and better shopping contributing to a 78-place rise in ranking since the 2005 study. The waterfront neighbourhood is also a great reflection of how liveability is difficult to define, sitting on virtually equal footing with leafy Eltham (130). 130. Eltham -5 $$$ 131. Watsonia -37 $$ 132. Port Melbourne -13 $$$$ 133. Moorabbin -31 $$$ 134. Wattle Glen +9 $$ In the far east, north of Diamond Creek (205), Wattle Glen is a low-density suburb that ranks on the bottom for shopping facilities yet very well for its low levels of road congestion, its open space, tree cover and proximity to trains. 135. Cheltenham -15 $$$ 136. Bellfield +1 $$ 137. Box Hill South -14 $$$ 138. Lower Plenty +11 $$$ 139. Pascoe Vale +25 $$$ 140. Bulleen -37 $$$ 141. Ringwood North +3 $$ 142. Vermont -4 $$ 143. Mitcham -16 $$$ 144. Edithvale +23 $$ The corridor along the coast between Aspendale (266) and Frankston (193) does not fare well. Except for Edithvale, which is better on trains, congestion, tree cover and schools, outranking nearby Chelsea Heights (290) by 146 places. 145. Preston -12 $$$ 146. Mordialloc-24 $$$ 147. Dingley Village +4 $$ 148. Springvale South -8 $$ 149. Strathmore Heights +46 $$$ 150. Blackburn South +21 $$$ 151. Beaconsfield +10 $$ 152. Olinda -8 $$ 153. Maidstone +109 $$ A big part of the inner-west resurgence, Maidstone has risen 109 places (more than any other suburb) since 2005. Another great example of the variable nature of liveability, it is ranked alongside the tourist village of Olinda (152). 154. Coburg North +55 $$ 155. Glen Waverley +58 $$$ 156. Nunawading -41 $$$ 157. Spotswood +20 $$$ 158. Doncaster -34 $$$ 159. Yallambie +4 $$ 160. Park Orchards -24 $$$$ 161. Noble Park +22 $$ 162. Greensborough -15 $$ 163. Seabrook +68 $$ Improved open space and provision of cafes and restaurants has helped outer south-western Seabrook rise 68 places since the 2005 Liveable Melbourne survey, although the greatest change was an increase in proximity to bus lines. It scores well on congestion, open space and proximity to coast. 164. Jacana +5 $ With a median house price of $385,000, one of the lowest in the survey, Jacana, near Broadmeadows, is relatively good value, perched midway in our table above many much pricier suburbs. 165. Blackburn North +13 $$$ 166. Burwood East -35 $$$ 167. Research +22 $$$ 168. Clayton South -34 $$ 169. Viewbank -21 $$$ 170. Kalorama = $$ 171. Belgrave South +17 $$$ 172. West Melbourne +36 $$$$ 173. Donvale +33 $$$ 174. Doncaster East -16 $$$ 175. Upper Ferntree Gully +27 $$ 176. Reservoir -44 $$ Located just north of Preston (145), Reservoir is Melbourne’s most populous suburb, home to more than 45,000 residents. A slight decline in a few indicators caused the suburb to drop 44 ranking spots since 2005. 177. Rosanna -27 $$$ 178. Mentone -4 $$$ In many ways, Mentone is an ideal bayside suburb, and it does score highly for shopping, cafes and coastal proximity, but it is dragged out of the top half of the rankings by low scores on public transport, open space, and lack of hilliness and tree cover. 179. Oakleigh East +42 $$$ 180. Williamstown North +9 * 181. Niddrie +18 $$$ 182. Oakleigh South -30 $$$ 183. Belgrave Heights +43 $$ 184. Altona +12 $$$ 185. Montrose -25 $$ 186. Wheelers Hill +52 $$$ One of the highest risers in our list since the last survey, the south-eastern suburb of Wheelers Hill jumps up 52 places. A major attraction is the vast Jells Park, which has nine kilometres of bike paths. 187. Templestowe -6 $$$$ 188. Clarinda -53 $$ 189. Avondale Heights -4 $$ 190. Heatherton +33 $$$ 191. Keysborough +46 $$ 192. Ringwood -27 $$ 193. Frankston -25 $ 194. North Warrandyte +42 $$$ 195. Monbulk -15 $$ 196. Glenroy -14 $$ 197. Dallas +1 $ 198. Fawkner +3 $$ 199. Eaglemont -37 $$$$$ Dropping 37 places since our last survey in 2005, leafy Eaglemont, proud custodian of a group of homes designed around parkland by Walter Burley Griffin, ranks as the lowest-placed suburb with a median house price over $1.2 million — two spots below Dallas, where the median house price is just $320,000. 200. Plenty +28 $$$$ 201. Boronia -61 $$ 202. Seaford -49 $$ 203. Bentleigh East +51 $$$ 204. The Basin +14 $$ 205. Diamond Creek +18 $$ 206. Dandenong -34 $$ 207. Watsonia North +3 $$ 208. Sunshine -8 $$ 209. Vermont South -33 $$$ 210. The Patch +25 $$ 211. Carrum -58 $$ 212. Frankston North -39 $ The cheapest suburb in Melbourne is Frankston North, with a median house price of $288,000 - yet it's a long way from being the least liveable. A bargain. 213. Gladstone Park +21 $$ 214. Mount Evelyn -10 $$ 215. Sherbrooke -58 * 216. Heidelberg West -30 $$ 217. Laverton +30 $ 218. Albion -5 $$ 219. Broadmeadows -28 $ 220. Ferntree Gully +7 $$ 221. Mooroolbark -38 $$ 222. Forest Hill -25 $$ 223. Meadow Heights -19 $ 224. Truganina -14 $ 225. Lalor -1 $ 226. Croydon -33 $$ 227. Keilor East -15 $$$ 228. Airport West -26 $$ A small suburb south of Tullamarine (289) and north of Niddrie (181), Airport West has the lowest ranking for cultural sector but has excellent shopping facilities and low congestion on its arterial roads. 229. Bonbeach -13 $$ 230. Mill Park -8 $$ 231. Frankston South -1 $$ 232. Wonga Park +18 $$$ 233. Sunshine West +39 $$ 234. Westmeadows -40 $$ 235. Bundoora -16 $$ 236. Altona Meadows -21 $$ 237. Wantirna +2 $$ 238. Heidelberg Heights +3 $$ 239. Strathmore +5 $$$ 240. Eumemmerring +6 * 241. Doveton +1 $ 242. Lilydale +6 $$ 243. Notting Hill -104 $$ The greatest decline in ranking since 2005, Notting Hill plummeted 104 places, mostly after a drop in score on schools due to the closure of Monash Primary School, Monash Secondary School and Westerfield Preschool between 2006 and 2009. 244. Ardeer -79 $ Between Sunshine West (233) and St Albans (282) — both geographically and in our rankings — Ardeer scores well on open space, thanks to parkland around Kororoit Creek, but has dropped 79 places since 2005 on the back of an increase in crime. 245. Point Cook -13 $$ 246. Lysterfield South +7 * The top suburb for open space, more than 50 per cent of Lysterfield South is made up of Lysterfield Park, with a swimmable lake and extensive trails; it was the venue for mountain biking events at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. 247. Harkaway +2 $$ 248. Altona North +8 $$ 249. Wantirna South -24 $$ 250. Springvale -5 $$ 251. Coolaroo -31 $ 252. Croydon Hills +15 $$ 253. Hadfield +16 $$ 254. Croydon North -4 $$ 255. Croydon South +2 $$ 256. Roxburgh Park -16 $ 257. Gowanbrae +38 $$ Up 38 places (from 295 in 2005), Gowanbrea, between Glenroy (196) and Gladstone Park (213), climbs the list thanks to its greatly improved proximity to bus services, including the opening of bus route 490 in 2008. 258. Kealba = $ 259. Langwarrin -16 $$ 260. Albanvale -1 $ 261. Wandin North +12 $$ 262. Patterson Lakes -1 $$ Just up the road from Frankston (193), Patterson Lakes is a short walk from the coast with loads of open space and uncluttered roads but it lacks tree cover, proximity to schools and scores low on all forms of public transport. 263. Cranbourne = $ 264. Taylors Lakes +12 $$ A gain of 12 places since 2005 (when it ranked 276) in Taylors Lakes can be put down to a higher rating on shopping facilities following the expansion of Watergardens Town Centre in 2007. 265. Warranwood +10 $$$ 266. Aspendale +4 $$$ 267. Hoppers Crossing -7 $ 268. Mulgrave +12 $$ 269. Brooklyn +12 $$ 270. Chelsea +12 $$ 271. Kings Park +16 $ 272. Clayton -55 $$$ 273. Keilor Downs +4 $$ 274. Berwick +12 $$ 275. Baxter -42 $ 276. Werribee -5 $ 277. Dandenong North -9 $$ 278. Bayswater -12 $$ 279. Endeavour Hills = $$ 280. Kilsyth -25 $$ 281. Delahey +23 $ 282. St Albans -19 $$ 283. Greenvale -9 $$ A developing suburb on the edge of Roxburgh Park (256) and Meadow Heights (223), Greenvale is the worst-ranked suburb for cafes and restaurants, although developments are planned. 284. Carrum Downs -19 $ 285. Narre Warren South +5 $$ 286. Aspendale Gardens +23 $$ 287. Narre Warren -4 $ 288. Hampton Park +1 $ 289. Tullamarine -4 $$ 290. Chelsea Heights +4 $$ 291. Epping +1 $ 292. Lysterfield +11 $$$ 293. Thomastown -5 $$ 294. Scoresby -10 $$ 295. Knoxfield -4 $$ 296. Junction Village +16 $ 297. Keilor +2 $$ 298. Attwood -46 $$$ 299. Cranbourne North +8 $ 300. Chirnside Park -22 $$ At just over 32 hectares, outer-northeast Chirnside Park is by far our largest suburb. An area of small farms and some houses, it is ranked worst for proximity to schools in part because of its sheer size. 301. Rowville -8 $$ 302. Keilor Park -2 $$ 303. Narre Warren North -3 $$$$ 304. Deer Park -8 $ 305. Dandenong South +3 * 306. Craigieburn -9 $ 307. Sydenham -1 $$ 308. Kilsyth South +2 $$ 309. Wandin -7 * Just past Mount Evelyn (214), Wandin is the worst suburb in Melbourne for proximity to public transport, although that proximity is measured by distance, not travel time: on Wandin’s uncongested roads, the drive to Lilydale Station typically takes less than 10 minutes. 310. Campbellfield -5 $ 311. Keilor Lodge +3 * 312. Sunshine North -14 $$ 313. Bayswater North -2 $$ 314. Hallam -1 $ Somebody has to be on the bottom of the list, and it's Hallam, which is relatively hilly, has good proximity to trains plus moderate open space, but which falls down most notably on culture, schools, shopping and tree cover.