• World's most liveable city, six years running

    The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2016 Global Liveability Index has awarded us the top city for the sixth year running.

    Melbourne has consistently ranked as one of the world's three most liveable cities since the index began in 2006. Our cohesive and stable society, healthcare, education and world-class infrastructure make Melbourne a magnificent city in which to live, work and study.

  • Australia’s finest shopping, cafes and restaurants

    Melbourne's inner-city atmosphere is fueled by a creative, culturally diverse community and is globally recognised as one of the most concentrated dining and fashion cultures in the world.

    Our city's interlocking laneways and the buzzing inner-city precinct reveal one-off boutiques and world-class restaurants, while our larger modern department stores and shopping complexes compete to enchant the most discerning shopper.

  • Outstanding theatre, arts and culture

    Melbourne is a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture.

    Discover the Southbank precinct where the Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse theatre, Recital Centre and National Gallery of Victoria supply the oxygen for our beating cultural heart. Our world famous festivals attract talent from across the globe as do our innovatively designed venues such as Hamer Hall and Federation Square.

  • The best sporting events in the world

    Melbourne puts on a spectacular series of large-scale sporting events throughout the year.

    Experience Grand Slam fever at the Australian Open Tennis, the thrill of Formula 1 racing at the Australian Grand Prix, the roar of the crowd at the AFL Grand Final, the fast-paced Twenty20 Cricket, and our 'race that stops the nation' – the iconic and sophisticated Melbourne Cup.

  • The sublime landscapes of regional Victoria

    Victoria's tall forests, historic villages, Australian wildlife, vine-filled valleys and rugged coastlines are all within a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. Experience regional Victoria's award winning wineries, artisan breweries, cafes and restaurants. Discover an impressive checklist of cultural highlights and natural attractions such as Phillip Island's great beaches and famous Penguin Parade, the Great Ocean Road's sleepy beach holiday towns and the 12 Apostles.

Melbourne is a truly magnificent city in which to live, work and study.

In 2016, Melbourne was once again ranked the world's most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index – an accolade we've received six years running. Recognised throughout the world, the EIU index rates 140 global cities across a range of liveability factors.

While this is our sixth consecutive year at the top of the table, we're proud to have consistently ranked as one of the world's top three most liveable cities since the index began in 2002.

Contributing to our ongoing top ranking is Melbourne's consistent performance across five broad categories. In 2016 we achieved perfect scores in healthcare, education and infrastructure while we outranked Sydney in the areas of stability, and culture & environment.1

It's achievements like this that make Melbourne's lifestyle an easy sell when recruiting and retaining talented professionals. Australia is ranked by expats in the top 10 places to live, ranking particularly highly for general quality of life, ease of settling in and as a destination for working abroad.2

Melbourne's inner-city atmosphere is fuelled by a creative, culturally diverse community and is globally recognised as one of the most concentrated dining and fashion cultures in the world. Our city's interlocking laneways and the buzzing inner-city precinct reveal one-off boutiques, hidden cafes and world-class restaurants, while our larger modern department stores and shopping complexes compete to enchant the most discerning shopper.

No matter what time of year you visit, Melbourne city pulses with a dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture scene. Explore the Southbank precinct in the city centre where the Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse theatre, Recital Centre and National Gallery of Victoria supply the oxygen for our beating cultural heart.

Our world famous festivals such as the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival attracts talent from across the globe, as do our innovatively designed venues such as Hamer Hall and Federation Square.

Melbourne puts on a spectacular series of large-scale sporting events throughout the year. Experience Grand Slam fever at the Australian Open Tennis, the thrill of Formula 1 racing at the Australian Grand Prix, the roar of the crowd at the AFL Grand Final, the fast-paced Twenty20 Cricket, and the 'race that stops the nation' – our iconic and sophisticated Melbourne Cup.

With an eclectic range of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from, Melbourne's dining scene will satisfy the most discerning palate with its fusion of culinary traditions serving up a smorgasbord of the world's finest cuisines from popular favourites to groundbreaking gastronomy.

Our numerous parks and open public spaces in the middle of our bustling city provide ample opportunities to relax. Enjoy some peace and solitude in the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr and the expansive Royal Botanic Gardens.

Regional Victoria is an impressive checklist of rich cultural highlights, epicurean delights and natural attractions. You won't have to travel far out of Melbourne city to experience Victoria's tall forests, historic villages, Australian wildlife, vine-filled valleys and rugged coastlines – all within a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.

Discover regional Victoria's award winning wineries, artisan breweries, cafes and restaurants nestled in a diverse range of stunning landscapes – from the cool rolling highlands of the Yarra Valley, temperate river lands of the Murray River and the fresh ocean climates of Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula – to name just a few. Explore Phillip Island's great beaches and famous Penguin Parade, the Great Ocean Road's sleepy beach holiday towns and the breathtaking 12 Apostles.


Source:

  1. Economist Intelligence Unit, Global Liveability Report.
  2. Expat Insider 2014 Survey.