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Hello All,

I am sure many of us are researching or planning to move to Melbourne in the near future or have moved recently. Therefore, wanted to create a pool of information which can be used by many of us in coming days and months.

- Best areas to live in Melbourne (Expensive) -
- Best areas to live in Melbourne (Reasonable) -
- Best public schools in areas -
- Best private schools in area -
- Shopping and lifestyle
- Bars, pubs and restaurants -
- Kids places to visit -
- Areas to avoid in odd hours -

Please add your observation / inputs for many of us to leverage the experience.

Thanks
SSDK
 

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Visa Granted today ;)) , Sharing the time line and planning to move to Melbourne soon

ACS Preparation started on - 16th Oct 2011
ACS Application Filed on – 17th Nov 2011
ACS Result +ve – 23rd Nov 2011
IELTS Test – 7th Jan 2012 (R8.5, L 9, W 7, S 8.5 - Result on 20th Jan 2011)
Vic SS applied - 26th Jan 2012
Vic SS approved - 16th April 2012 (Almost 3 months)
DIAC 176 Application - 19th April 2012
CO Allocated – 2nd May 2012
Med and PCC submitted - 14th May 2012 (Japan and India)
Visa approved on – 18th May 2012
 

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Visa Granted today ;)) , Sharing the time line and planning to move to Melbourne soon

ACS Preparation started on - 16th Oct 2011
ACS Application Filed on – 17th Nov 2011
ACS Result +ve – 23rd Nov 2011
IELTS Test – 7th Jan 2012 (R8.5, L 9, W 7, S 8.5 - Result on 20th Jan 2011)
Vic SS applied - 26th Jan 2012
Vic SS approved - 16th April 2012 (Almost 3 months)
DIAC 176 Application - 19th April 2012
CO Allocated – 2nd May 2012
Med and PCC submitted - 14th May 2012 (Japan and India)
Visa approved on – 18th May 2012
Congratulations. Did you get your PCC and meds done beforehand? Or did co tell you to get it done?

Congratulations once again. Melbourne, here he comes ....
 

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PCC applied on the day of DIAC application and Medicals after CO asked for
Good move on the PCC thing. I got my appointment on 2nd June for PCC at the PSK. Should have applied for PCC on the same day like you did.

Guys reading this, apply for PCC on the same day you apply for DIAC.
 

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Hello All,

I am sure many of us are researching or planning to move to Melbourne in the near future or have moved recently. Therefore, wanted to create a pool of information which can be used by many of us in coming days and months.

- Best areas to live in Melbourne (Expensive) -
- Best areas to live in Melbourne (Reasonable) -
- Best public schools in areas -
- Best private schools in area -
- Shopping and lifestyle
- Bars, pubs and restaurants -
- Kids places to visit -
- Areas to avoid in odd hours -

Please add your observation / inputs for many of us to leverage the experience.

Thanks
SSDK
Here are some personal thoughts:

'Best' is very subjective and at the end of the day this really comes down to personal preference and experience. What may seem 'best' to you or me may not be the same for others.

- Best areas to live in Melbourne (Expensive) -

Inner East suburbs generally tend to be expensive - particularly Toorak (SE - 5 kms from CBD) Hawthorn, Camberwell, Kew, Balwyn etc...

Malvern, Armadale, Caulfield

Albert Park and surrounds

Brighton



- Best areas to live in Melbourne (Reasonable) -

You'll be fine in most areas. Depends on your requirements (amenities like schools, shops, transport; high-low crime, beach... etc). Avoid the following if possible as crime rates are high:

Sunshine; Noble Park; Dandenong; some parts of Frankston, Deer Park, St Albans


- Best public schools in areas:
They tend to be around the more expensive parts of Melbourne. Use the My School Home | ACARA website My School Home | ACARA for more info on schools and comparison.

My daughter's school (this is a selective school) is rated #1 in Victoria (MacRobertson's girls high school). 95% (or may be higher) of her batch mates take tuitions (she doesn't). Go figure!


- Best private schools in area:
Kew is known the private school belt suburb with lots of private schools to select from. I've heard good things about PLC...
Again use the above website.


- Shopping and lifestyle
I don't shop in Melbourne, prefer to do it online :p


- Bars, pubs and restaurants -
No idea about bars and pubs...
Restaurants - what kind? The best I've been to is Veggie bar; and an Indian joint in Richmond, off swan street (the thali was yum!)


- Kids places to visit -

So many parks to choose from; the zoo; aquarium, puffing billy...the list is endless! How old are your kids?



- Areas to avoid in odd hours -
See above, suburbs to avoid. We never really venture out in the wee hours!
 

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Thank you Bbay2Oz, I agree most of the definitions are subjective...however, wanted to have a feel of local experience. I am in Tokyo from last 8 years and now planning to move to Oz...here generally crime rate is very low and this city never sleeps...So it is very important for us to adjust with the new surroundings at new part of the world.
My daughter is 7 yrs old and is studying at American International School...may look for similar standards.

Thanks for the information, much appreciated
 

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Thank you Bbay2Oz, I agree most of the definitions are subjective...however, wanted to have a feel of local experience. I am in Tokyo from last 8 years and now planning to move to Oz...here generally crime rate is very low and this city never sleeps...So it is very important for us to adjust with the new surroundings at new part of the world.
My daughter is 7 yrs old and is studying at American International School...may look for similar standards.

Thanks for the information, much appreciated
TBH at primary level they're all pretty much the same.

Camberwell Primary is an excellent bilingual Eng-French state school (and ranks better than most of the private schools). We're very happy with it. Camberwell is a lovely suburb too - very green with many tree-lined streets, lots of reserves/parks, cycling & walking trails, family orientated, serviced by 5 train stations (Camberwell; E. Camberwell, Riversdale, Willison and Hartwell), tram service to the city...etc
 

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Visa Granted today ;)) , Sharing the time line and planning to move to Melbourne soon

ACS Preparation started on - 16th Oct 2011
ACS Application Filed on – 17th Nov 2011
ACS Result +ve – 23rd Nov 2011
IELTS Test – 7th Jan 2012 (R8.5, L 9, W 7, S 8.5 - Result on 20th Jan 2011)
Vic SS applied - 26th Jan 2012
Vic SS approved - 16th April 2012 (Almost 3 months)
DIAC 176 Application - 19th April 2012
CO Allocated – 2nd May 2012
Med and PCC submitted - 14th May 2012 (Japan and India)
Visa approved on – 18th May 2012
Congratulations Buddy!! :clap2:

So when do you plan to move? All the very best with your plans... :)

Hope to see you in Melbourne. ;)
 
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