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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 draws you in and has 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. Instead, 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 riverside beauty and savouring the unique atmosphere.
It might not have instantly recognisable landmarks, but Melbourne offers many tourist attractions, including Melbourne Zoo, Old Melbourne Gaol or take a tour of the set of television’s “Neighbours”. And for sports fans, 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 Australian Grand Prix.
Melbourne is a big city. However, it is 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. Outside the city, meanwhile, be alert to your fuel needs and wary of the distances involved.
Compare prices online and book in advance to secure cheap car hire in Melbourne. Vehicles can be collected at downtown locations in Melbourne. But for most tourists, an airport pick up is the most convenient option. All the major car rental companies have pick-up points at the airport, along with many local rental firms. Melbourne Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is located a little over 20 kilometres to the north of Melbourne’s city centre. With car hire, Melbourne Airport is just 25 minutes by road from central hotels. A taxi fare between the airport and the city can cost $60 (around £30). So with car hire rates from less than £10 per day, it’s easy to see how renting a car could be a smart way to save money on transfers.
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With car hire, Melbourne and this remarkable corner of Australia open up to create unforgettable holiday memories...
Although the city itself is well served by public transport, including a 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 rental car 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 superb surfing beaches. Hit the waves at Torquay and Bells Beach, both just a little further past the attractive waterside 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. Just one more compelling reason to arrange Melbourne car rental with TravelSupermarket.