The Melbourne Ahoy Blog

Random posts about moving to Melbourne tips, property news, events and just Melbourne life in general

H&M arrives in Melbourne

H&M arrives in Melbourne ! The global superstore opened to much fanfare yesterday and was greeted by thousands of Melbournians eager to check out this new shopping experience. A typical queue wait time – for most of the day – to get into the massive store was around 3 hours ! I do love shopping but personally, I think I shall wait for the buzz to settle down a bit and avoid the queues ! Located in the historic Melbourne GPO (General Post Office) building, this  iconic Swedish retailer is the latest in a growing list of new overseas stores to hit Aussie shores like Zara, Topshop, Muji and GAP just to name a few. I have been to H&M during overseas holidays and I reckon it is a nice addition to the department store landscape in Melbourne. It will be very interesting to see how the other big boys like Myer and David Jones react. Hopefully, it’ll just mean more BARGAINS for Melbourne shoppers !...

Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck comes to Melbourne !

In news just in this morning, British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has announced that he will be relocating the Fat Duck, his three-Michelin starred restaurant, to Melbourne for six months while the UK venue is undergoing renovations. One of the top chefs in the world, Heston Bluementhal made his name with his food creations popularly tagged as “molecular gastronomy”. He openly hates the term though and very much prefers to call it a less extravagant “modernist cuisine”. Voted Best restaurant in the world in 2005 and omnipresent among the top 10 list, the Fat Duck is a HUGE coup for the Melbourne dining scene and the big boost for Melbourne’s already glowing international reputation. Just another reason why Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city ! In a huge bonus, Heston has  announced that he would bring his entire British staff and even parts of the Fat Duck restaurant to Melbourne ! That’s right – same quality of food, same staff / service and even a similar environment ! The new restaurant will open in the Crown Casino entertainment complex with Crown chairman James Packer saying this move will be a fantastic win for the resort and the Victorian tourism industry. “To attract an internationally renowned chef and innovator of Heston’s calibre is a reflection on Melbourne’s culinary reputation,” Mr Packer said. “The relocation of the coveted restaurant will be a big boost for local tourism, attracting interstate and international guests to Melbourne so they can experience a once in a lifetime dining opportunity.” Melbourne triumphed for many reasons but not surprisingly with Heston a frequent visitor to Melbourne and...

What property you get for $1m in Melbourne CBD

Ever wondered what kind of property you can get in the Melbourne CBD for a cool $1 million ? Being a very built up area, houses are practically non-existent but there are many luxurious apartments to choose from. Here are some examples of million dollar apartments .. 1. This 3 bedroom property on St Kilda Road is listed at $995,000. 2. You can still get a three bedroom penthouse property with skyline views in Melbourne for just over a $1 million. 3. This inner city three bedroom Melbourne penthouse is on the market for $995,000 and is around the same size as what you can buy in Darwin. If you are living overseas or interstate and interested in buying or renting a particular property in Melbourne, Melbourne Ahoy can help ! We can conduct a property site visit and produce a detailed customised Property Profile report to set your mind at ease. To find out more, visit our services page...

Melbourne’s answer to the world famous Heart Attack Grill burger!

Are you feeling HUNGRY? Anyone with a HUGE appetite out there? Here’s a BIG challenge if you are up to it! I was walking around Melbourne CBD when I came across this interesting challenge from the good people at Panned Pizza. If you can chomp down this baby, you can eat for FREE! And you’ll even win a $20 voucher to boot! Aptly named the “What The Hell” burger, this is possibly Melbourne’s closest answer to the famous American Heart Attack Grill burger. The promotion starts in May so there’s ample time for you to “practice”. P.S. Melbourne Ahoy does not condone over-eating. Eat at your own Risk !...

Real life Sister Act on The Voice Italy !

Real life SISTER ACT on The Voice Italy !! Sister Cristina – a genuine Sicilian nun – is taking the world by storm after her amazing flawless performance of Alicia Key’s hit “No One”. I know this is a bit off-topic and nothing to do with Melbourne, but I am so taken by Sister Cristina’s performance that I had to share this amazing event. I absolutely love Sister Cristina’s passion, energy and honest goodness. And her outstanding voice and talent of course ! I reckon Whoopi Goldberg should sign this Singing Nun up right now to make Sister Act 3 ! “He (the Pope) always says we should go out to evangelize, telling God doesn’t take anything away from us but will give us more. I am here for this.” – Sister Cristina on the Pope’s possible reaction to her performance and participation on the Voice. (English subtitles are available on the video)...

Melbourne property market pulse check

Last weekend,  Melbourne experienced yet another strong clearance rate of 73.9 %. This was despite the relatively large number of auctions held. The Melbourne market has been doing really well this auction season so far with clearances averaging 74.4 % – compared to 66 % over the same period last year. I would attribute the good results to low interest rates, improved market sentiment and also strong interest from overseas buyers (especially for the top end of the market). There is some debate over how much property is actually being purchased by overseas buyers and that is primarily because of the lack of accurate statistics. The fact that many overseas investors are buying property through local relatives and contacts does not help. Understandably, this is something that is really hard to measure and prove. In reality, overseas investors make up only a fraction of property sales. The large bulk of purchases are in inner and outer suburban Melbourne by local families. With the property market showing strong signs of recovering from years of flat growth, this may be the upswing in the market that triggers the next cycle of sustained property growth. If you are living overseas or interstate and interested in buying or renting a particular property in Melbourne, Melbourne Ahoy can help ! We can conduct a site visit and produce a detailed customised Property Due Diligence report to set your mind at ease. To find out more, visit our services page here....

Moomba Festival 2014 – A 60th anniversary celebration

The major events in Melbourne just keeps on coming !! White Night the week before and RAAF Centenary Airshow just last weekend. Now this week … It’s Moomba Festival time ! The Moomba Festival runs over the Labour Day long weekend (Mar 7th to 10th) and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year ! Dubbed the “festival for the people”, it truly is an iconic and unique Melbourne event. Situated along the Yarra river on the southern edge of the CBD, the festival has something for everyone. There are lots of rides, food, art displays, performances, etc to cater for all ages. The major events are: The classic Moomba Parade down the streets of Melbourne. It is so huge it is telecast LIVE on free TV ! The world reknowned Moomba Masters Championships where the best waterskiers and wakeboarders compete all through the festival Ashton family circus (Australia’s oldest circus) will be headlining the kids zone  again this year The famous Birdman Rally where competitors launch themselves off a platform in hilarious costumes & ridiculous contraptions in a bid to see who can fly the furthest. Most result in spectacular crashes into the river! The Moomba Pro Skateboard, BMX and Scooter championships Fireworks display every night ! So head on down to Birramung Marr by the Yarra river and join in the festivities ! See you there !P.S. And don’t forget there’s the Australian F1 Grand Prix being held next week from Thurs-Sun too. More on that to come …...

Melbourne Ahoy – Another new beginning ..

The below text is from my very 1st Melbourne Ahoy blog post way back in Sept 2011 – a small introduction about Moving to Melbourne Australia. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this new website by revisiting the post that started it all. It’s amazing that after all this time, the sentiments expressed in the post are still so very valid ! For newcomers to Melbourne Ahoy, I extend a very BIG welcome. And for my loyal followers, a BIG Thank You and hope you stick with me as I continue our little Melbourne adventure … ———————————————————————————– Welcome to the Melbourne Ahoy! blog– The ultimate newcomer’s guide to settling down in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. If you are going to migrate, planning, recently relocated or even just dreaming about moving to Melbourne, then it is an absolutely MUST to visit this Blog frequently! What can you expect to find here? Lots of practical tips, real-life shared experiences, step-by-step walkthroughs, etc that will help make your life transition to this lovely city as smooth as possible. Basically, a ONE-STOP site for all things related to moving to Melbourne. A lot of the tips found here can also be applied to Australia in general. Why am I creating this Blog? To HELP anyone moving to Melbourne have a stress and pain-free experience full of certainty and pleasant memories. When I was first planning to migrate to Melbourne, I trawled through the library, bookstore and of course the internet in search of a SIMPLE and STRAIGHTFORWARD guide for someone like me. Most of the material I found was very...

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