This is a lie.
@tomclevitt I don’t know anything about NZ so I can’t really give you any sort of comparison. @Unlucky has definitely been in Melbourne so he might have some good recent comparisons for you, though.
Maybe depends more on what you love. Melbourne is certainly way less hectic than London or NY. Coming over directly from London I’ve always felt instantly like I’m in a ghost town although you quickly realise it is actually fairly bustling!
Obviously if you’re used to London Transport then the public transport is a bit of clown-car but that’s a given for about 99.99% of the world. It’s not awful though. But the trains only run every 15 mins at best so you can be 1 minute late getting to your train and then the knock-on can make you 20-30 mins behind. And while they’re normally not too rammed if it is too busy for you to get on you’re fucked unlike a tube train where there’s one in 2 mins.
Trams are decent but they run on the roads so unlike tubes they are fucked if there’s a problem or a demo or something above-ground and then you’re fucked.
Public Transport Victoria has clearly never actually even looked at TFL’s site. They’ve just started a load of roadworks near us that has taken out the bit of the bus route that takes me and my daughter to school. They have ZERO information: no maps, no alternatives. I mean by faffing with Google for a while I found an alternative but they hadn’t bothered to provide it. Like I say: Clown-Car
The weather is nice in Melbourne but it never really gets cold, which is a shame. It’s got down under 10C maybe twice this winter and that’s only thanks to arctic winds. If you’re one of those people who has SADS issues then there is a LOT of sunlight, even when it’s cold. It’s also nice and dry: even when it’s hot you rarely get one of those dreadful close, damp muggy days.
There’s LOTS of band stuff. My mate is at gigs all the time. I can’t say about bar wages but I feel like my equivalent salary keeping my job is better and it’s still pretty cheap to buy food or eat out (eating out is cheaper in Australia).
But: they only just got Amazon and it’s pants. Also postage costs are high so those days of seeing something on Amazon you want and just buying it and getting it quickly and cheaply are GAWN! I don’t think that’s impacted my life particularly but it has irritated me a few times and it depends on how much you buy technology and the like?
Overall I like Melbourne a lot. I obviously miss the UK too loads but a large chunk of that is about family/friends. I already lost one uni friend to cancer since I moved out here but she had been battling for a while so it was expected. I hope not to lose any others.