Melbourne – most livable city in the World

“To be named the world’s most liveable city for four consecutive years is a great honor and a testament to the enviable lifestyle that Melbourne offers,” Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said . “Safety, sustainability and smart growth have been the keys to Melbourne’s livability and prosperity.”

Now you may ask me how can I say that ?

The Economist Intelligence Unit assessment uses 30 criteria to produce a single score out of 100 (Melbourne gets 97.5, followed by Vienna on 97.4 and Vancouver on 97.3).

Included are assessments about the threat of terror and military conflict, the prevalence of petty crime and murder, humidity and temperature, sport, culture, consumer goods, private education, roads, public transport, healthcare, and the quality of housing.

The 30 values are combined to produce scores for five broad areas: stability, infrastructure, education, healthcare, and culture and environment. A weighted average is then used to generate the overall score.

The Victorian capital beats 139 other cities to top the list


Sydney may have glitz, glamor, booming surf, sunshine and a sparkling harbor, but Melbourne has something more refined and civilized: it is good to its citizens. New York, London, Paris and Tokyo are all prestigious hubs with a wealth of recreational activity, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than would be deemed comfortable.

Top Reasons to pack your bags and move to Melbourne :

1- Culture

From multicultural cuisines to buskers filling the streets with music and chalk art around the streets, it’s not difficult to see that Melburnians are passionate about the arts, music and literature.In recent years Melbourne was named the UNESCO City of Literature, so whether you love Shakespeare or F. Scott Fitzgerald you’re in for a treat. From the sweet sounds of folk music to the beautiful tunes of violin and piano players, you’ll definitely find a street musician you’ll fall in love with. Melbourne has that kind of impact.

 2- Glorious Food and Drinks

Melbourne is often called the culinary capital of Australia.
Not only can you find a dazzling array of restaurants and cuisines to choose from, but the city boasts the country’s (perhaps the world’s) best coffee.You could spend your entire time here just eating and drinking your way around town. You might be surprised to know that  Australia is the fourth largest exporter of wine around the world, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year.Here are the list of restaurants that are stairways to heaven – The Langham ,Balzari , Berlin , Borsch ,vodka and tears , Bottega , Brunetti , Cicciolinastkilda , Cookie ,Gluseppe Arnaldo and Sons , Krl Krl and Let them eat cake

3- Fashion

Melbourne has impeccable style. Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed to find somebody dressed head to toe in an outfit you’ll envy.
Melburnians are also obsessed with being different and expressing our individuality through our outfits. You’ll find people in mesmerizing prints, vintage dresses, top-notch suits and – of course – all black.
I  recommend checking out Street Smith and Melbourne Girl, both uniquely Melburnian street style blogs.

 4- Shopping

Whether it be the little boutiques tucked in lanes or the brand new Emporium that has opened, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll cherish. You can pick up a bargain at second-hand vintage clothing stores such as Retrostar, or head to high-end fashion stores such as Michael Kors.

Even if you aren’t into fashion, there’s always something to shop for. Wander into an independent bookstore or check out a vinyl store. You never know what treasures you may uncover.

 5- People

Condé Nast Traveler just named Melbourne one of the friendliest cities in the world.Anywhere you go in in Melbourne you’ll find someone willing to have a friendly chat with you, whether it be a retail assistant, a public transport commuter or someone waiting for their drink in the coffee line or up at the bar. So if you’re new to the city, don’t be shy. Head over and say “hey!”

This city has something from everyone. You will get tired but the city won’t stop entertaining you . It amuses you beyond imagination. It has variety in true terms. There’s Auscarts Racing for the adventurous couples , Maha on Bond St for gastronomers and lovers of scenic beauty, Seven Seeds  for the Thrifty , Melboune Town Hall for culture addicts ,Altona miniature railway for Chidren.

6 -Easy to Get Around

In this era of being green and saving money, the ability to get around town quickly and easily is a major point of consideration. Melbourne has done a mostly good job of this through its extensive tram network. Melbourne’s cable tram network dates back to the 1870s and today is the largest urban tramway network in the world with more than 400 tram cars and 150 miles of track

7- Escape to breath taking locations

In Melbourne, there are plenty of amazing places to visit  all showcasing how great the state of Victoria really is. The Great Ocean Road, Healesville Sanctuary and Phillip Island are just a few of the easy escapes for Melbournians. Philip Island in particular is great for offering a fun, family-friendly getaway that serves as the perfect urban escape. Historic farms, animal sanctuaries and beautiful ocean views are make Philip Island a pastoral paradise.

8- Drive along the great ocean road

Just outside the city is one of the most scenic drives in the world.  The Great Ocean Road stretches for 243 km (151 miles) along the Southeast coast of Australia. During the drive, which is also on the register of Australian National Heritage List, you’ll pass by amazing natural sites including Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles.Have a look at the video

 9- Exploring  Hosier Lane inch by inch

Hosier Lane came into being when the Melbourne city counsel gave up prosecuting graffiti artists and instead dedicated this space as a living outdoor art gallery. Every inch of Hosier Lane is now covered with amazing spray-paint art that changes daily.

 10- Feast to a gypsy soul

While there’s plenty to do in Melbourne, there’s still a lot to explore in Victoria itself.Have a look at  Incredible 12 Apostles . Tanmay and Rohan got something to show you , check the video

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Which of these places you want to visit in Melbourne and why?

1.Melbourne Cricket Ground

2.Phillip Island

3.Sovereign Hill


12 thoughts on “Melbourne – most livable city in the World

  1. that is such an amazing post! i loved the pics as well as the narration 😀
    All the best!

    I would love to visit Philip Island as it is dedicated to wildlife conservation and my heart (literally)beats for nature and animals!!


  2. Nice compilation Chinky!
    Well like I wrote in my post, people like me would be spoilt for choices when they land in Melbourne. So picking just one place is one tough task for me, but guess if it's just going to be one place, I will pick Hosier Lane! I find street art intriguing, so what better place to indulge my curiosity than this landmark lane! Also I've read that it is one of the most photographed places in Melbourne! Must be something! 🙂


  3. Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
    Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
    Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.


  4. I would like to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which is located in Yarra Park. Cricket has fancied me since childhood. I still remember those days when the elders in my neighbourhood used to start shouting and hunting for us the moment the cricket ball hit by me broke one of their window panes. Running away from them was even more exciting than playing cricket itself.

    I used to follow every cricket match played by India religiously and used to analyse and discuss it with friends and siblings for days and months. Being such an enthusiastic fan of cricket, visiting one of the world’s largest cricket stadiums is one of my dreams.

    The thought of being seated amongst 95,000 other fans of cricket and cheering the players itself sounds exciting to me. Such large cricket stadiums are one of the ways to explore how much the passion for cricket has penetrated among the people of the world. MCG is located in Yarra Park, which also has many other sporting fields. This would allow me to explore not just cricket, but also many other games.

    – Ranjith (


  5. Nice post, you have detailed the Melbourne beautifully….
    After watching all the videos I would like to visit 'Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm'.
    I'm fond of strawberries and I have a special liking towards farms cause I love the silence and the fresh air. The green scenery is also breathtaking. So I fall for that place.


  6. Amazing Article.
    If I get a chance to visit Melbourne then
    I would like to spend my time in the Great Otway National Park, because I love watching animals. I would love to take a city tour by travelling on the Tram's of Melbourne. By travelling in tram's I want to explore every nook & corner of Melbourne. Besides this I would love to watch the amazing architectures of Melbourne like Eureka Tower, Royal Exhibition Building, etc. And without enjoying festivals, my journey would be incomplete so I will celebrate Australian Festivals.
    And how can I forget The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). As cricket is my favourite sport I would love to watch the Cricket world cup final which will take place at the largest stadium of Australia, that is, MCG.

    – Manu
    Harstuff Travel –


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