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The Yarra River in Melbourne at night time

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Feel right at home in the European-flavoured city of Melbourne, which dances to an entirely different beat from elsewhere in Australia. Arrange Melbourne car hire to tour the city's sights with ease before hitting the open road and exploring this great nation.

Why go?

From vineyards to surf spots, when you book Melbourne car rental you can create your ideal Australian adventure...

Located in the south-eastern corner of the vast land we have affectionately labelled “Down Under”, Melbourne is one of those unfathomable destinations that draw you in and have you falling completely and wholeheartedly in love. There are no major landmarks to speak of... no stunning harbour bridge to capture on camera... no coral reefs or big bananas... holidays in Melbourne are about enjoying the local lifestyle, eating from the eclectic city menu, hanging out with families at the beaches of St Kilda, cheering on sports teams or simply ambling around this river-side beauty and savouring the unique atmosphere.

It might not have instantly recognisable landmarks, but Melbourne offers many tourist attractions. Visit Melbourne Zoo, Old Melbourne Gaol or take a tour of the set of television's Neighbours. For fans of sport, Melbourne is beyond compare. Have a day at the races at Flemington Racecourse, see cricket or Aussie Rules football at the MCG, catch the tennis at Melbourne Park and then watch the Formula One action at Albert Park Lake, home of the Australia Grand Prix.

Melbourne is a big city but easy to navigate and having a car means you can get around at your own pace. Driving in the UK is different from the Australian driving experience, and in Melbourne in particular it is important to be aware of “hook turn” procedures when in areas of tram traffic. Car hire is most suitable for venturing out of the city and suburbs and, when you do so, be alert to your fuel needs and wary of the distances involved.

Cheap car hire in Melbourne is typically available when you compare prices online and book in advance. For most tourists, an airport pick up is the most convenient way of collecting their vehicle - all the major car rental companies have pick-up points there along with many local rental firms. Vehicles can also be collected at convenient downtown locations in Melbourne.

Where to explore?

You've explored the best of Melbourne, so where to next? This corner of Australia is packed with ways to create unforgettable memories...

Although the city itself is well served by public transport, including its wonderful tram system, exploration of the surrounding areas is easy when you organise car hire in Melbourne. From the city, car hire is a quick and convenient way to visit the Yarra Valley wine-producing region, the Surf Coast near Geelong or Mount Dandenong and the Puffing Billy steam train. You can also use your car rental to discover local history in the so-called ghost town of Walhalla, site of many interesting walks and filled with memorabilia of the gold-mining age.

Head west out of Melbourne and the urban vista soon gives way to famed surfing beaches. Hit the waves at Torquay and Bells Beach, both just a little further past the attractive water-side city of Geelong. It takes around 80 minutes to drive from central Melbourne to the sands of Torquay.

One of the world's greatest drives is begging to be travelled when you've packed up your wetsuit. The Great Ocean Road is probably the best reason to book car hire in Melbourne. From Torquay the road twists and turns along cliffs and through forests, with a glimpse of the ocean never more than a few minutes away. It's a spectacular journey and an unforgettable driving experience. 

Back in the city of Melbourne, consider heading east to the Mornington Peninsula or to Phillip Island Nature Park. Within two hours of leaving the skyscrapers and cafés of Melbourne you could be watching penguins toddle up the sands at sunset. This is yet another enduring memory of your time in Melbourne and just one more compelling reason to arrange Melbourne car rental with TravelSupermarket. 

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