How to Build a Life in Melbourne

How to Build a Life in Melbourne

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How to Build a Life in Melbourne is the thoughtful, compendious guide to how Melbourne lives, breathes and functions — the essential companion for every new, or aspiring, resident of the Australian city.

This publication has been delayed since its original announcement, but is in production.

Estimated delivery is November 2019.

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I think Melbourne is the most beautiful, most joyful, safest, creative and abundant city in the world. It’s still home and I cherish it. I’m not sure that our generation are aware of how lucky we are and have been.
— Berry Liberman, editor-in-chief of Dumbo Feather
Back cover of How to Build a Life in Melbourne
I quite like the way people use restaurants, cafes, bars, wine bars, bistros; it’s an extension of their lifestyle. Whether it’s a coffee or a catch-up after work, or a snack during the day, it’s part of people’s routine to socialise.
— Andrew McConnell, chef and restauranteur

This is a book for people who are moving to Melbourne, but not leaving the rest of the world behind

Packing up your life — in one suitcase or many, with a partner or without, is full of unpredictability. But how do you build a life in a new city? In Aerostorie’s first publication, How to Build a Life in Melbourne, we learn from the experts; the residents who call Melbourne home. We meet local business, academics and creatives and explore the cultural events which bring Melbourne to life. We meet the thinkers and doers who shape the city, and most importantly, we show you what it’s like to live in this great global city.

What is it like to live in Fitzroy? Or Richmond? What are schools in Melbourne like? How do people stay fit? What’s it like to open a pop up business in the heart of the city?

How to Build a Life in Melbourne brings you in-depth features exploring the places, spaces and cultural events that make Melbourne the city so many choose to call home. With essays from the thinkers shaping the city, and tours of workspaces, homes and suburbs, we’ve made it our business to explore the city from the inside out.

Aerostorie’s premiere title is more than a city guide for backpackers and tourists – it’s a thoughtful, well-curated field guide to designing your new life in Melbourne. Welcome.


Inside, we cross-examine the city from every angle to give you a comprehensive briefing on what you can expect from a life in this vibrant city.

Find a community to call your own

Family & Home
Everything to make yourself at home

How the city moves, breathes and rattles

The perfect perch to plant your practice

A reputation for research and study

Start your Melbourne daydream here

Food and beverage, at your service

Let us entertain you with the city’s best

Media & Politics
Keeping informed and enlightened

Health & Recreation
Finding your daily rhythm, indoors or out

People & Ideas
Resident reflections on life in the city

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Quite apart from Melbourne’s leading role in multi-culturalism (or perhaps, in part, because of it), Melbourne has become a city which genuinely values and cultivates the arts.
— Julian Burnside, barrister and human rights advocate


Photo essays and profiles on key neighbourhoods

Essays from notable Melbourne residents

Features on local businesses, activities and cultural institutions

Q&As with residents who call the city home

Useful tips and illuminating case studies on how to get the most out of your life in Melbourne