What should I do/know when I arrive at the airport?
There are two Airports in Melbourne , Tullamarine is the main on and Avalon is the one further out. Make sure you declare ANY food items you have with you at customs. You will also need to fill out a electoronic quetionairre using a machine regarding customs and have a landing card. You can get to the City via the Sky Bus which is about 23$ or an Uber will be around 40$
What's different from other countries/cities?
Its expensive as a country like most of Australia. Its smaller and cheaper then sydney and easy to navigate. There are cool laneways to expore and roof tops bars
I need a SIM card
There are various Mobile Operators ( Optus/Telstra Vodafone being the main ones ) at the airport after arrivals who can help you with this. Cheaper ones can be found in Supermarkets e.g. Boost
Where should I stay / live?
There is a known divide of North and South of the Yarra river. North of the River is a bit more hipster and chill. South of the river is a bit more glam and posh! St Kilda is a big backpacking community and good for hostels
How can I rent an apartment?
Airbnb or coachsurfing or short term lets via Gumtree might be a good start sussing out which area you want to be. There is a good Facebook group Fairy Floss for housemate finding
I need a bank account / debit card
If you are arriving on a working holiday visa you should submit for a TFN ( Tax File Number ) as soon as you land. You can then take a passport with an address where you bank cards can be sent too
How to go from A to B?
Trams are Melbourne main form of transport. Anything inside the CBD is free. You will need a Myki card when travelling out of this free zone which can be bought at any 7/11
Coffee shops / Coworking to work from
The coffee is amazing in Australia, any coffee shop ( Except Starbucks ) you will not be let down. Inspire9 is probably the oldest coworking space , there has been lots new ones pop up all over the space
The must try restaurants?
Dumplings in Chinatown, Vietnamese in Richmond, a local pub meal ( Recommend Napier for Kangaroo Steak ) , Taxi Kitchen for some posh local Nosh
Where can I workout?
Multiple Gyms and pools around the city , public and private offer daily passes
Where can I go for a weekend gateaway?
Great Ocean Road Drive, Hot Springs , Winter you can ski!
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