Daily necessities in Melbourne



Melbourne is a cosmopolitan and multicultural city with people from all over the world coming to live, work, and study here.

Socialising with the locals

The Australian people are friendly and welcoming towards foreigners. At work, a good way to get to know people better is to join everyone for drinks after work. It’s in the Australian culture to enjoy a pint or two at any occasion that calls for some relaxation and fun!

Australians are generally active people and many people engage in outdoor activities such as soccer, rugby, tennis, surfing, kayaking, camping, hiking, etc. Participating in such activities is also a great way to get to know more people. But remember to slap on the sunscreen when you’re partaking in such activities – Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world from sun exposure!


Expats living in Melbourne can drive for three months on a valid international driving license or your home country license (provided it’s in English, or it’s translated), but you will need to apply for and get a Victorian driving license if you are planning to drive for a longer period. For more information, click here.

It would be useful to own a car in Melbourne especially if you’re living in the suburbs or if you want to drive to the country on the weekends. However, if you’re living in or near the city centre, you don’t need a car to the public transport system is good with its efficient network of buses, trams, and trains.


Australia has excellent produce and the quality of food you get there is excellent. People on special diets (for example, vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic diets) will also find it easy to find suitable food products. Supermarkets are open seven days a week, but they close earlier on Sundays. When eating out, no service charge applies, but a 10% tip in restaurants and hotel bars is normal for good service. There is also no need to tip taxi drivers.