Does your family lifestyle veer between hectic and humdrum?
Are you sick and tired of the same routine?
Have you tried to refresh your perspective by taking a holiday, changing jobs and switching up your health regime, all to no avail?
Do you sometimes feel that you and your clan could be living their best lives elsewhere?
If the answer to all of the above is a resounding ‘yes’ then perhaps it’s time you think seriously about emigrating somewhere that suits you better?
With its warm climate, natural beauty and welcoming citizens, Australia has much to recommend it – and if you prize economic security, safety and a sophisticated transport infrastructure, Melbourne is possibly the jewel in the Down Under crown.
With that in mind, here are three reasons Melbourne is family-friendly.
Sydney has traditionally been Australia’s economic powerhouse, but it was revealed in a recent report from The Sydney Morning Herald that Melbourne contributed 40% of Australia’s national economic growth in 2019 and its growth rate is so bullish that it’s soon expected to take the top position.
This means that whether you’re a skilled worker or budding entrepreneur, there are opportunities aplenty in Melbourne and you’re catching the city when it’s on the crest of a wonderful economic wave.
When you’re migrating with kids in tow, it’s terrifically important that you take care of safety concerns – but luckily Melbourne has plenty of pretty suburbs where crime is extremely low and community and civic responsibilities are prioritised.
According to financial comparison site Canstar, Melbourne’s safest suburb is The Patch, with 1.03 incidents per 100 residents, closely followed by Ferny Creek, Selby and Kallista. In general, most of Melbourne east is safe as houses, so any neighbourhood here could be a pretty wise pick.
Melbourne is an easy city to get around and to get in and out of – which is super-important in terms of your daily commute, school runs and flying home to see friends and family when you need to.
Metropolitan trains, trams and buses are reliable and regular and a myki pass gets you all around town at a discounted price.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Airport is well-connected for local and international flights and has a host of amenities like airport parking from Looking4.com and superb shops and restaurants.
Sydney has its Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Cairns has easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and Perth has the sublime Swan River and beautiful Botanic Gardens on Mount Eliza.
But as you can see, when it comes down to finding a great place for families to thrive, Melbourne is more comfortable than a kangaroo’s pouch for most people.
When you do make your move, do us one favour though – don’t forget to throw a few shrimps on the barbie and pack your fridge with ice cold beers when we come around for the housewarming!
So ends our list, but please share your own Melbourne tips in the comments section.