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Think you’re a Melbourne expert? Before you can consider yourself a resident of the World’s Most Liveable City, there are 17 things you must accomplish before you can call yourself a Melbournian.

Exclaimed it Mel-born

If you wish to blend in and speak as a native, you must master the correct pronunciation of Melbourne. Try saying Mel-buhn or Mel-ben instead of Mel-borne. By learning the correct pronunciation, you will impress the locals and appear less like a tourist.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 ThingsDevelop a dependency on coffee

Melbourne is a city where everyone drinks as much coffee as a Gilmore Girl, and if you leave without being addicted to caffeine, you haven’t lived like a local. Melbourne residents appreciate the art of coffee making, and their favorite varieties include the flat white, latte, and espresso. They prefer local cafes over chain brands.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Market Lane QVM Deli Hall Shop | Courtesy of Lauren Bamford

Observed an AFL match

AFL, which was founded in Victoria in 1896, is an integral part of Melbourne’s culture. Not only is the Grand Final held annually at the MCG, but the Friday preceding it has been designated a public holiday since 2015. Choose a team, purchase a football jumper, and attend a game if you are staying in Melbourne for an extended period.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Stoppage in an AFL game | © Tom Reynolds/WikimediaCommóns

Utilized Myki Card

To ride the train, tram, or bus in Melbourne, a Myki Card must be purchased in advance from a ticket office or authorized retailer. Please note that smartcards cannot be purchased onboard trams or buses. Melbourne’s public transportation network is the easiest way to navigate the city and its suburbs, despite the system’s complexity.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Myki Card

Performed a Hook Turn

When driving in the city, motorists are terrified of one thing: the dreaded hook turn. Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world that allows this maneuver, which entails making a right turn from the left lane. Foreign drivers who have successfully executed the turn should pat themselves on the back.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Hook Turn Sign Melbourne | © Melburnian/WikiCommons

Four seasons were experienced in one day.

The weather in Melbourne, which has been immortalized in songs by Crowded House and the Beatles, is a major topic of conversation among locals. The seasons are fashionably late, unpredictable, and you must always be ready for anything, including hail in the summer and mild winter days. Always keep an umbrella, a sweater, and sunscreen in the trunk of your vehicle.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Four seasons were experienced in one day.

Utilized the Tram

Melbourne has the longest urban tramway in the world, with 250 kilometers of track and 25 routes, making it the easiest and most convenient way to explore the city. In Melbourne’s central business district, there is also a complimentary, burgundy City Circle Tram.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
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Someone I met beneath the Clocks

People have gathered under the clocks at Flinders Street Station for more than a century, and subcultures frequently congregate on the stairs. Trains from every corner of Melbourne arrive at the station, making it the ideal location for a social gathering.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
The clocks at Flinders Street station | © James Cridland/Flickr

Exploration of the RetroStar Vintage Warehouse

The largest vintage store in Australia opened their warehouse to the public and held a sale in 2002. RetroStar Vintage now hosts warehouse events on a regular basis, and with nothing costing more than $10, it has never been easier to look like you just stepped out of a John Hughes movie. The sale attracts the most fashionable shoppers in Melbourne and has become a part of the city’s fashion culture.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Courtesy RetroStar Vintage

Observed Myer’s Christmas windows

Throughout the holiday season, Melburnians have lined up on Bourke Street Mall to view the Myer Christmas Windows since 1956. The tradition brings popular stories to life through a series of inventive window displays that delight young and old alike. A Christmas trip to Melbourne would be incomplete without viewing the display.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
MYER 2013 Christmas Window Display – Gingerbread Friends | ©Chris Phutully/WikiCommons

Observed the Penguin March

Philip Island’s Penguin Parade, one of the most popular attractions in Victoria, is the only commercial venue in the world where you can observe penguins in their natural habitat. Observe Little Penguins each evening as they waddle up Summerland Beach and into their burrows.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Courtesy Penguin Parade

Purchased items at the Queen Victoria Market.

Obtain a coffee from Market Lane before exploring the historic Queen Victoria Market sheds. It is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, spanning 17 acres, with stalls filled with fresh produce, gourmet treats, souvenirs, and more. On your way out, don’t forget to treat yourself to a jam donut.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Sung along to Candlelight Carols

Melbourne popularized the Australian tradition of Carols by Candlelight in 1938, and the Christmas Eve event now draws thousands of spectators and over two million television viewers. The event will feature celebrity performances, Christmas carols, and Santa’s appearance. Profits contribute to Vision Australia.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 ThingsParticipated in the Moomba Festival

Since 1955, Melbourne has celebrated its diversity and traditions every Labor Day long weekend with the Moomba Festival. The festivities consist of the Moomba parade, the coronation of the Moomba monarchs, live music, watersports, nightly fireworks, and the birdman rally. Since then, the event has become Australia’s largest annual free community festival, attracting over a million people annually.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Moomba Parade 2013 | ©Chris Phutully/Flickr

Been caught in Heavy Road Traffic

Every driver in Melbourne has encountered the frustrating traffic on Punt Road, which worsens whenever a football game, concert, or sporting event is taking place. Despite the 40 kilometer per hour speed limit, rush hour traffic crawls along the stretch at less than 10 kilometers per hour.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 ThingsObserved the Melbourne Cup

Millions tune in on the first Tuesday of November at 3 p.m. to watch the ‘richest two-mile handicap’ thoroughbred horse race known as The Race That Stops a Nation. Race day, a public holiday since 1873, features ten races and Fashions on the Field.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Protectionist before the 2014 Melbourne Cup | © Chris Phutully/WikiCommons

The author explored Melbourne’s laneways.

Melbourne is a tangle of narrow alleyways adorned with color and art by some of the world’s most talented street artists. Explore the vibrant urban canvases of Hosier, Union, AC/DC, and Duckboard Lanes to gain a true appreciation for the city. Along Degraves Street and Centre Place, there are also quaint boutiques and cafes with no windows.

You're Only a Melbourne Expert If You've Done These 17 Things
Shepard Fairey Hosier Melbourne | © TigTab/WikiCommons

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