Car hire in Melbourne
Hiring a car in Melbourne
Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne is a modern metropolis with a fascinating history. Dubbed “Marvellous Melbourne” during the gold rush of the 1850s, the city’s wealth derives from the nearby goldfields, which contributed to the construction of numerous buildings throughout the city. With a number of these buildings still standing today, Melbourne is recognised as having more examples of Victorian architecture than any other city in Australia.
Situated in Victoria, on the banks of the Yarra River, near the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne really does have something for everyone. Take a stroll round the city’s many parks, or treat yourself to a bit of retail therapy in its brilliant shopping quarter. The city’s many plazas, bars and restaurants will leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out.
Its modern motorways and tree-lined boulevards make driving in Melbourne easy and enjoyable to navigate, so if you want to explore at your own pace and freedom, then hiring a car is your best bet.
What you need to know
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Many of Melbourne’s main attractions can be found in the city centre, so if you’re looking to visit these then it’s worth parking up for the day so you can explore on foot. However, if you’re looking to go a little further afield and to make the most of your trip, a hire car is necessary.
In addition to this, in the summer months, temperatures in Melbourne can reach well above the 30C, and tourist attractions are placed long distances apart, making taxi fares expensive.
Where to pick up your car
There are many different options when it comes to collection points for your hire car, but the easiest and most convenient is to pick it up from the airport that you’re flying into.
Delivering award-winning, great value car hire for over 20 years, and backed by many travel industry awards, booking with Holiday Autos is fast and secure. Our Melbourne airport rental prices are also fully inclusive with no hidden extras, and are backed with a best price guarantee.
There are two main airports in Melbourne, Avalon Airport (AVV) and Melbourne Airport (MEL). On arrival to the latter, you will find car hire companies on the ground floor of the Terminal T1, T2, T3 car park, as well as information desks in the Melbourne Airport domestic terminals.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Over five million travellers have explored new places thanks to Holiday Autos, with the freedom of a hire car nowhere is out of bounds, so where you want to go in Melbourne is entirely down to you. Once you’ve packed up the car boot and jumped in, Melbourne is at your fingertips, waiting to be explored.
Australia is widely known for it’s beautiful beaches and Melbourne certainly contributes to this with some of the best in the country including St Kilda Beach, which is suitable for swimming, surfing and a host of other activities. Melbourne doesn’t fall short of its museums and art galleries either, with a number located throughout the city.
At the heart of Melbourne, in Southbank, you will find the Melbourne Arts Precinct, a performing arts complex, and the National Gallery of Victoria, which showcases the best in traditional Australian and Indigenous art.
History lovers will enjoy a trip to the Old Melbourne Gaol, where they can investigate the past, present and future of crime and justice in this award-winning museum which was once home to notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor. The museum is located on Russell Street, with parking available within walking distance on Lonsdale Street.
If you’re interested in visiting the only 18th Century building in the whole of Melbourne then head to Cooks’ Cottage, which was originally built in Yorkshire in 1755, before being shipped over to Oz. 24-hour parking is located on Flinders Lane, with the cottage nearby on Wellington Parade.
The flexibility of your car hire means you can explore parts of Melbourne located on the outside of the immediate centre whenever you choose to.
If you want to experience dramatic coastlines, through forests and past waterfalls, then follow the Great Ocean Road, which many argue is one of the most scenic drives in the whole of Australia - a far cry from the M1. The road starts in Torquay 60 miles southwest of Melbourne, where you can take the Princes Freeway.
Alternatively, why not get to grips with Australia's wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary? Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, following the Eastern Freeway merging with the Maroondah Highway, tourists are able to meet 200 species of wildlife.
Located 150 miles from the city you will also find Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, which boasts beautiful clear waters where you can swim, surf and relax.
Top attractions to visit in Melbourne
Take in some of the best sights in Melbourne with the flexibility and independence your hire car offers you.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Established in 1846, the Royal Botanical Gardens are among the finest in the world, with a variety of rare and tropical plants (50,000 in total), stretching over an area of 40 hectares. Each year, the gardens are visited by 1.5 million people, who flock to participate in popular tours such as the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, which looks into the rich heritage of Australia.
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Whether you prefer classical ballet or modern day musicals, why not take in some of the greatest shows on earth at this beautiful theatre? Established in the 19th Century, the theatre reminds visitors of its glorious history with its stunning traditional architecture. Her Majesty’s Theatre is true icon of Australian theatre, and is held in great affection by audiences and theatre workers alike.
Queen Victoria Market
This historic icon has been at the centre of fresh produce shopping since 1878, and is home to magnificent food halls and market stalls, selling everything from art, clothing, toys and unique souvenirs. Queen Victoria Market is open five days a week, and the venue also holds music concerts, night markets and other functions.