I know culturally it's not that far from Sydney, and experientially I feel less foreign now than I did when I moved to Orange, but there are still differences between Melbourne and Sydney.
I thought I'd list them while I'm still in the noticing phase.
+ It is SO VERY FLAT. Where are the hills? I go for my jalk (jog/walk) in the morning and there's nothing to fight against. There are only very slight inclines. It's weird, but perfect for cycling.
+There are SO MANY bikes.
+People are more chilled out.
+People wear less. As in, they wear short shorts and singlety things alot. Or maybe this was because it was so hot, and Melbourne people don't get to "do summer" much?
+The city doesn't feel like it's just for business suits and ties. It's for everyone.
+Transport is heaps more regular. Trams win over buses for sure.
+Streets are wide and treelined.
+Two lanes on the same side of the road are split by avenues of trees, creating a kind of dramatic curtain between you and the cars beside.
+There's no pretty water. I do miss Blackwattle Bay.
+Savers. OH MY. The best invention ever. It's like an op-shop on steroids, and everyone goes there for everything. Today I bought a sleeping bag and a saucepan for around $10.
+The route to the airport is way simpler than Sydney.
+I live here. That is weird.