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Moving to Melbourne | Relocating to Melbourne

Are you Relocating or Moving to Melbourne ? Let us help!

Moving to a new city can be challenging at the best of times, let us help you take the stress out of relocating to Melbourne by staying at one of our short term accommodation rentals during the transition from your old home to your new. We have included some helpful information to help you get settled.

Migrating to Melbourne 

Moving interstate, or even internationally can be a daunting and expensive undertaking and can often require temporary or short term accommodation for up to three months when you first move to a new area.  One of the best ways to reduce the cost of the temporary accommodation is to stay at quality short term rentals properties that are not located in the CBD area, as these properties are generally much cheaper than their inner city counterparts, while still offering great quality and features.  

Ivydale is presently specialising in this market and we can assist you with your big move to Melbourne.

At present, we have great properties that provide Bundoora accommodation and South Morang accommodation for you while you relocate to Melbourne.  If you are looking for Greensborough accommodation, Mill Park accommodation or Whittlesea accommodation, you needn't look any further as our present properties are just a stones throw away from these great suburbs.

Local Councils:

The municipalities of inner Melbourne are:

The City of Melbourne

The City of Port Phillip

The City of Stonnington

The City of Yarra

The City of Stonnington:

We recommend you visit the relevant municipality’s website for information relating to parking restrictions, permits, roads and maintenance, footpaths, parks, garbage removal, town planning, available childcare services, libraries and tourism etcetera.


For a full listing of Melbourne’s 31 metropolitan municipalities, visit the only Melbourne website.


Public Transport:

Melbourne has many ways to travel. Our public transport system is world class, reliable and affordable. Our train network travels to most suburbs and to regional Victoria. Our hugely popular tram system is environmentally friendly.

When you use public transport in Victoria there are some things you should be aware of. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) no longer uses a 'ticket', instead a smart card is required. This technology is known as Myki smartcard. Please be aware that bus, tram or train stations DO NOT SELL Myki cards. These can be purchased at convenience stores, then additional ‘top ups’ can be purchased as required.  Alternatively a "Visitor Pack" is also available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, Sky Bus terminals at Melbourne Airport and from the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station. The pack includes a Myki smartcard, a public transport map, information on how to use Myki and discount offers at 15 popular attractions.

Please note the train and tram system is frequented by ticked inspectors who will issue a fine if a valid ticket is not being used. To avoid a fine, we encourage you to purchase a Myki card prior to travelling on our system.

Victorian Police Protective Service Officers (PSO’s) also frequent Melbourne’s PTV system on carriages and stations during major attractions that draw large crowds to the centre of the city, or late nights/early mornings for the safety of patrons. PSO’s can be approached with any issues you may have while using PTV. They look very similar to police, with bright ‘PSO’ on their uniforms.

For further information visit the Public Transport Victoria website.


Government Assistance:

All services offered by the Department of Human services (government pensions, Medicare, the Australian Taxation Office, child support, all other government assistance) can be found online at:


Drivers Licence and Motor Vehicle Registration:


These areas are handled by Vic roads in Victoria. Although there are depots located at various locations, many items can be handled online. We recommend you start online to save yourself time at the Vic roads website.




Electricity and Gas Connections:


There is much competition in this market space, this in turn has previously created confusion and bias when trying to get the best rate for consumers. For your convenience, the Victorian State Government has established an impartial comparator tool which compares gas and electricity retailers throughout Victoria. For the best rate available to you in your local area, or for information regarding your billing rights, flexible pricing and solar power, we recommend the government run yourchoice website.



Water services:

Melbourne Water is a government owned statutory authority that controls much of the water system in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia including the reservoirs, and the sewerage and drainage system that services the city. Check their website for information regarding supply of water, managing flooding, recycled water, storage levels and permanent water restrictions at melbournewater.

Mail Redirection:

When it is time to move to your new permanent residence, please ensure you visit Australia Post to have your mail redirected. It is not possible for a business or other person to organise redirection for you. We cannot take any responsibility for any mail that arrives after you have checked out. We recommend you check out the Australia Post website or visit an outlet in person. For further information, visit the Australia Post website.

Schools - Public and Private

Melbourne offers many world class schools both public (government funded) and private. To assist in your relocation, here's a list of some helpful websites:


Department of Education

Australian Schools Directory

Private Schools Guide



Melbourne is world famous for its food, fashion and major shopping destinations. You really are spoilt for choice, Melbourne has markets, malls, major shopping centres, boutique stores and ‘character’ destinations.

Some suggested shopping experiences to try out are:

·         Chapel Street

·         Collins Street and Block Arcade

·         Bourke Street Mall

·         South Melbourne Market

·         Queen Victoria Markets

For major Shopping Centres, we suggest:

·         GPO

·         The Emporium

·         Chadstone

·         DFO South Wharf

If you are after some serious shopping, there are tours operated that travel from one destination to another. To organise or join a tour visit:


Major Supermarkets:

Most major supermarkets trade from 7am through to Midnight every night, with some opening as early as 5am. For specific trading hours of a supermarket in your local area, we have included some websites of the major supermarket chains operating in Melbourne:

·         Woolworths

·         Coles

·         Aldi

·         IGA


Retail stores:

The normal trading hours of most retail stores is as follows:

o   Monday to Wednesday       9am -   5:30pm

o   Thursday & Fridays             9am –   9pm

o   Saturday & Sunday             9am -   5pm 


Please note, there may be a variance to normal trading hours due to restrictions on a public holiday.

Short Term Rental Melbourne

For further information:

If you are considering relocating to Melbourne and are looking for further information, not found on here, regarding Melbourne and Victoria visit: