Moving to Victoria - 10 things you need to know
Planning to move to Victoria? The below tips will help prepare yourself on living within Victoria.
1. Get in touch
When you’re moving to Victoria, you’ll want to get in the loop with the latest local news. Find out about your new TV stations, radio stations and newspapers:
- Watch your regional and metropolitan TV stations
- Read the state newspapers: The Age and Herald Sun
- Read your regional newspapers
- Listen to your local radio stations
2. The road rules
There are a few unique road rules in Victoria. For example, it’s legal to do a U-turn at traffic lights (unless marked otherwise) and, in Melbourne, sometimes you’ll need to turn right from the left lane.
3. Get your car on the books
Get your car on the road in Victoria. You’ll need to change your car rego, roadside assistance membership and sign up for a toll road account. You’ll also need to change you address on your existing drivers licence with your current state road authority.
- Register your car in Victoria
- Change your address on your driver’s license
- Sign up for roadside assistance or switch your existing membership
- Create a toll road account with CityLink
4. Trams, trains and buses
Victoria and Melbourne boast an excellent public transport system. You’ll need to buy a myki card to get around as there are no cash machines or fare collectors. Trams, trains and buses are regularly policed by ticket inspectors, so make sure you have your card and it’s topped up.
- Buy a myki card online, at main train stations or instore at numerous retailers
- Plan your journey
- Travel from interstate
5. This sporting life
Sport is the unofficial religion in Victoria. If you’re moving to Victoria, you might want to find out about AFL, the A League, the Australian Open, the F1 Australian Grand Prix, and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Lots of people follow the AFL, or the A League so you might want to choose a team to follow. If your home city already has an AFL or A League team, perhaps choose them.
- Find an AFL team
- Find an A League team
- Find out about the Australian Open
- Find out about the F1 Australian Grand Prix
- Find out about the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Victoria’s other religion is food. Home of Australia’s best coffee, Victorians love their cafes, restaurants, bars, markets, delis and wineries.
- Find a good coffee in Melbourne
- Find a good coffee in regional Victoria
- Find a restaurant, café and bar
- Find a food and art market
- Find a winery
7. The great outdoors
Another perk of moving to Victoria is the beautiful scenery. Get outside and see Victoria’s beautiful beaches, mountains, forests and countryside. Here are just a handful of the hundreds of stunning places to see:
- The Great Ocean Road – a spectacular stretch of southern coast, famous for the Twelve Apostles and towns like Lorne and Apollo Bay
- Wilson’s Promontory – a beautiful headland of national park, with famous beaches and bushwalks
- The Alpine Region – skiing in the winter and stunning bushwalks in the summer
- Grampians – an unusual and beautiful national park in the west of Victoria
- Yarra Valley – home of wineries and good food
8. Public holidays
Victoria has a couple of unique public holidays, both for sporting events. The Melbourne Cup and the AFL Grand Final both have dedicated public holidays.
9. Music and culture
Famous for its live music scene, it’s worth getting to know your local pubs, bars, music venues and festivals. Equally famous for its arts scene, there are plenty of galleries, theatres and other events to see.
- Find a music gig in Melbourne
- Find a music venue in regional Victoria
- Find a festival
- Find out about Aboriginal Victoria
- Explore the arts scene in Melbourne
10. Buying property
If you’re looking to buy a property in Victoria, there are a few things to consider other than your mortgage repayments. Get advice from your lawyer and read more about differences in stamp duty and local laws. The below guides can help you get started:
- How to buy property in Victoria
- Calculate stamp duty on a Victorian property
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18 November 2015
Category: Lumo Community