5 Reasons Working Holiday Makers Should Consider Basing in Melbourne

Travels and Tours Australia - Day 20: The End of the Road

So, you’ve decided to take a working holiday down under. One of the first questions on your mind is bound to be where to go. With six huge states spanning lush rainforests, vast deserts and exciting cities, it can seem almost impossible to decide where to be based. At BBM we think Melbourne is a pretty sound choice; with an incredible cultural scene, excellent employment opportunities and seemingly endless things to do, we can’t think why you wouldn’t want to live there!

1. Attractive job market

Between 2000 and 2017 Melbourne saw a 50-70% increase in employment, so it wont be difficult finding employment for your working holiday. Melbourne in particular plays host to numerous international sports and cultural events, providing the opportunity for short term employment. For a longer term job, look towards industries such as finance, nursing, hospitality and teaching, which often provide temporary, flexible employment opportunities.

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2. Excellent quality of life

It’s no coincidence that Melbourne has won the award for ‘most liveable city’ six times in a row! With world class healthcare and education facilities, excellent infrastructure and an inspiring arts and culture scene, Melbourne truly is the centre of the world. If you choose to work in Melbourne, your free time is sure to be filled with something you enjoy, whether its wandering around one of the cities art galleries or tasting some of the gastronomic delights it has to offer. Who wouldn’t want to live in such an incredible place!?

3. Unique neighbourhoods

The beauty of Melbourne undoubtedly lies in its diverse neighbours, each unique in its own way. For example, Collingwood’s music and arts scene makes it a great place for entertainment, whilst Footscray would be the place to head to enliven your taste buds. After arriving and getting on your feet, you may want to look into a flat share; neighbourhoods such as Richmond and Fitzroy are teeming with students and young creative professionals. There’s so much to explore in this city you’ll want to stay forever!

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4. Good rates of pay

Working in a city during your working holiday is more likely to secure you a better rate of pay, and Melbourne is a prime example of this. Industries such a nursing and hospitality pay particularly well, and you can expect to be earning more than you would be back at home; it’s also worth noting that the minimum wage for those over 21 in Australia is $17.29 (around £10.50), whilst the UK equivalent is £6.70.

5. Explore Victoria

Setting up base in Melbourne gives you the perfect opportunity to explore everything Victoria has to offer. From wine tasting in the idyllic Yarra valley to watching penguins play on Philip Island, you’ll always have something to do on the weekends. Melbourne also provides the perfect starting point for an East Coast trip if you decide to move on after a period of employment, so you can continue your adventure.

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