First impressions living in Melbourne

One perk of hostel life in the CBD of any city is that the moment you stumble through the chaos of backpacker accommodation and out the front door, you are right in the heart of all the action. Here in Melbourne I am experiencing just that. Immediately after hitting the pavement I see the trams go by, the business people power-walking with their coffee in hand, the buskers, the police sirens, highrises towering above, the artists… everything good and bad about city living.

And in Melbourne in particular, the constant smell of great food around every corner is something I have welcomed with open arms. To say people are spoilt for choice when it comes to food here is an understatement. If like me you do not know the city well enough to make a revised decision, it means just jumping into a food joint and hoping for the best. I did this with a friend and it was very good leap of faith.

And this was a pretty cheap meal, AUD$12.50 each. This is just one needle in a giant haystack of eateries on offer and for this reason alone I am happy to be living here. Every place I go seems to have an establishment filled with people, from the main streets to the back alleys that although might not look too inviting on first glance, will have some guaranteed hidden treasures. One difference between Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne for me are these cool narrow streets of art and great cuisine that we have here, giving Melbourne a very unique feel. It’s exciting, and every walk feels like an adventure and it is actually fun to get a little lost.


And what better way to enjoy this other than having a job and an actual income? Today I had my first day at work after being transferred from Brisbane. I had a couple of interviews however one hotel offered full time work and this was the deciding factor. Today I walked with the concierge through the nearby streets and within probably one hundred meters already rattled off more places than I could remember. It was then that I realised I will need to do a lot of research as to what I should be recommending, and how much of an impossible task it will be just to scratch the surface and try many of these places myself. But I will do my best.

The cool weather helps too. Instead of focusing on drinking enough water, Melbourne’s weather is currently perfect for me. Fairly hot during the day and I can wear a jacket at night. A comfortable mix and the recent low clouds have glowed as they pass around the skyscraper lights. Another thing I learned today is that black swans exist. This guy was happy chilling with them. I thought it was just the name of a movie… not the case.

Australia again blows my mind with it’s animals. They’re probably venomous though.

The food is certainly what I am most excited about here. And my bank balance is my biggest fear. But it is all about the balance and I will actively try not to go crazy and actually save a little. If anything this will be a big test for me, if I can keep in shape here I can keep in shape anywhere. We will see if that happens.

I get a good vibe when I am walking through the streets. So far the crowds haven’t stressed me out and if I can live close enough to work without long commutes on crowded public transport, even better. But for me to get sick of this place will take a lot. There seems to be many more pros than cons and my aim is to tell you all about them as I discover.

More to come!


On another note, I took the featured image on Monday 18th, next to the State Library of Victoria in a square. The statue is of Sir Redmond Barry. I do not know what this protest was about (if it was one) and have had no luck finding out.


If anyone happens to be from Melbourne and know, I would greatly appreciate finding out what it was as it is bugging me. There were a few police kicking about but didn’t seem to be any tension or violence. I kept walking however as I look back I have started wondering.

Hopefully I will gain some answers!


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42 thoughts on “First impressions living in Melbourne”

    1. I think you’re right, I am sure I saw the words ‘climate change’ chalked onto a pavement or something nearby… walked by here a few times now and haven’t seen another protest there since 🙂


  1. Glad you’ve found full-time work and are enjoying your fiest few days in Melbourne. Don’t forget to visit other nearby areas such as St Kilda’s, South Yarra and Prahran (easy to get to on the train) and do try and see some cricket once the season starts.

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    1. Loving it so far! The work and the city. I have visited St Kilda recently and loved it (did a bike ride and pics coming soon!) but will venture more and further for sure.


  2. That food! Oh my gosh, heaven!
    I’m laughing at the dude chillin’ with the swans. Well, laughing in fear for him, ha ha. They remind me of our Geese and there is not a chance in hell that I’d just lay about amongst any of them. They’re SO mean! This guy seems ok though. Brave Soul!

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    1. From my experience growing up in a small town with a very angry local swan I can relate! This guy is VERY brave. But they seem to be very chilled here so maybe I can calm my nerves xD

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  3. Great post. I’m a Brissy girl … but my heart will always be in Melbourne. Every time I visit I fall a little more in love. So glad you are experiencing such a positive adventure there, the food is hard to pass up so good luck on not going nuts lol … and yay, that’s great about the work. Makes enjoying the city that much easier.

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    1. I love both cities 🙂 For different reasons. I will miss Melbourne as much as I did Brisbane for sure. Not going nuts will prove to be difficult I am sure xD

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  4. So gutted I didn’t go to Melbourne when in Australia.. One (more, if needed) reason to go back one day.
    Anyway, I’ll let you know that black swans do exist everywhere, I’ve seen them more or less everywhere I’ve been, although I must admit that I haven’t spotted one in the UK yet 🙂 And they are not venomous ahahaha although they are just as aggressive as any other swan, if they feel threatened (not just at random like bloody geese which I fear and steer clear of)

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    1. You will have to visit one day! Just avoid the section with these swans. I haven’t seen them anywhere in Australia or anywhere for that matter, but I have learned something. And from the above conversation you no know the fear is pretty common xD


  5. As you’ve probably already found out, to have any sort of conversation in Melbourne now AFL season has started, you’ll end up having to decide which team you follow, even if it’s just for 6 months. 🙂

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    1. Haha well I was talking to someone that works for Richmond football team today, and many fans of many teams. Maybe them? Who knows… but I need to make sure I don’t pick a team when in reality I live right in the middle of their rival fans haha. Some research is needed for sure.

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      1. Don’t stress, nothing to say sorry for,but have fun at your once in a lifetime experience, and your blog should be relaxation and pleasurable. It is good to hear that you are good, well understand you are tired. Take a beer if you want and just enjoy life when you can. It’s so deserving of Sam🦋
        I really enjoy your post on instagram too😊

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      2. You are right, I shouldn’t make this stressful or it won’t be fun. And I need this to be fun! I will upload now and on Instagram too, I have had a very lazy week!

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  6. Sounds great! I’ve been to Melbourne once (though I was only a kid, none too wise!) and I remember the one thing that really caught my eye was all the street art. It’s such a vibrant place!

    Good weather is always a good thing! Spring finally broke in Toronto for a while, but it’s been snowing for the last twelve hours again, and no one knows what to make of the pseudo spring we’ve had for nearly two weeks now!

    On an unrelated note, I finally got to go and see Muse live a couple of nights ago, and wow, I am speechless. The scale on which they do stuff while still being centred around the music has absolutely blown me away. I will most likely write a huuuge rave post later this week (assignments now just seem to be a constant in my life, but hey, this is the last week of school before finals! :D). I’m already hyped for when they return!

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    1. I think that street art is something that would be remembered for a long time especially from a young age as it is so colourful and bright. Also, I hope that Toronto starts to warm up soon! Sounds very pretty with snow, but very cold 🙂

      And I am so pleased (and very jealous) that you went to this Muse gig! I have seen footage of this concert and it looks incredible. Especially when Stockholm Syndrome kicks in. I look forward to the post 🙂

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  7. Hello Sam, I am a couple of weeks old in Melbourne & loving the experience so far. The weather is a bit whimsical but the city seems to provide a good balance of technology and nature.

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    1. Hello Zeeshan, glad you are enjoying it so far! I agree the weather isn’t the best but that is expected this time of year. We arrived at the wrong time! Haha.

      I hope you blog your experiences!

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