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Melbourne Campervan HireAustralia’s second largest city, Melbourne is the country’s cultural capital thanks to its magnificent Victorian-era architecture, fabulous food, excellent shopping and numerous cultural sites. It is also the gateway to the state of Victoria and where many travellers arrange to pick up their Melbourne campervan hire to start their exploration of Australia’s most southern state. Still, the city itself is also well-worth exploring, what with its cultural vibe, beautiful parks, lively beaches and historical sites. In fact, Melbourne is recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, and this, combined with its bohemian suburbs, funky cafés and high-end shopping makes it an essential stop before heading on your road trip.
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Important facts Why you should hire a campervan in Melbourne
There are two major airports in the city, which is yet another reason why so many people organise their motorhome hire in Melbourne. Plus, there are a number of campsites right in the city where you can park your RV for the night, exploring the city by day. You can also use this time to stock up on any supplies that you will need before enjoying your road trip. There are so many shops throughout the entire city that will sell everything that you need, from food to toiletries. An essential stop is the Victoria Market, though it is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. Here, you can get fresh fruit, vegetables and meat for your journey, as well as any non-food items that you may need. The Prahran Market is also a great choice, which is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also go to any supermarket in the city for other essentials that you may need. Coles and Woolworths are the largest chains in Melbourne and are conveniently open early and closed late. There are also quite a few camping supply shops across the city to pick-up specialty items that you may need for your RV road trip, like fishing gear, hiking gear, first-aid kits and cookery. Once you have picked-up everything that you need to truly enjoy exploring Melbourne in your motorhome, park your camper at one of the sites in or near the city and traverse by tram.
Melbourne has the world's largest urban tram network, so this is extremely easy to do. And the best part is that you can avoid Melbourne’s hefty parking fees and all toll fees. You can literally reach any corner of the city by public transportation, although most tourists tend to explore in and around the City Centre. This is where some of Melbourne’s most famous attractions can be found, like the Flinders Street Railway Station, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Kings Domain and Parliament House of Victoria. While in the neighbourhood, don’t forget to head to the Eureka Skydeck 88 to enjoy magnificent views of the city, or take it one step further by getting into the glass cube ‘The Edge’ that moves over the edge of the building. A wander around the Docklands area can’t be missed, which is a great place to see a mixture of Melbourne’s old and new. There are magnificent historic buildings like the Renaissance Revival style 67 Spencer Street and the lovely Queens Warehouse, as well as some usual modern buildings like Webb Bridge and the Port 1010 building. This is also where you will find the iconic Melbourne Star, which is Melbourne’s version of the London Eye.
A stroll along Collins Street is another superb way to get in touch with the city’s historical side. It also happens to be the city’s premier shopping strip. Fashionistas should also head to the Chapel Street shopping district, while Greville Street is best if you’re looking for something a little more unusual. You can’t visit Melbourne without enjoying the food, as it is known as one of the best places in the world to eat. There are an abundance of places to dine all over the city no matter what your budget is. This means that you can easily leave your campervan at the campsite and enjoy a night on the town, enjoying all of the different worldly cuisines that are offered. Follow this up by enjoying the city’s nightlife, which seems to go on no matter what time it is. After a good night’s sleep spend the day at St Kilda Beach or Brighton Beach. Other relaxing places to visit in Melbourne include the Melbourne Zoo, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens. A great thing about Melbourne is that there are also some great things to see just outside of the city that can easily be done on a day trip with your motorhome rental in Melbourne. You can go on a wine-tasting tour in the Yarra Valley or visit the famous Werribee Mansion. Just to the east of the city are the Dandenong Ranges that offer spectacular views of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley and beyond.
Take your hired campervan to Phillip Island, which is less than two hours away. Once there, you can see koalas in their natural habitat and watch penguins parading at sunset. You can also just laze around on one of the island’s beautiful beaches. If you want to really enjoy the island, stay for the night in one of the numerous camping sites. Rent a campervan and have the freedom to explore even further, spending anywhere from a few days to upwards of one month on the road. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, which is not only scenic, but also thrilling, and has plenty of beautiful places where you can stop and park your hired RV. Go northeast to the magnificent Alpine National Park to truly enjoy Australia’s great outdoors, or drive north into the Goldfields region to learn about the Victorian gold rush. Melbourne is home to the country’s most extensive freeway system, which makes it that much easier to rent a motorhome in Melbourne to go on an exciting exploration of Victoria and beyond. Roads span out of the city in every direction, linking it to the coast, the mountains and the dry Sunraysia region. No matter what your budget is, SHAREaCAMPER has an RV to suit your needs, offering everything from a towed caravan to a 6-berth family motorhome. Regardless of which campervan rental in Melbourne you choose, or which direction you head in, you are sure to have the road trip of a lifetime in your caravan hire.
Arriving in Melbourne for your RV Holiday
If you are arriving from an international destination you’ll land at Melbourne Airport, which is 23 kilometres from the City Centre. The airport also handles domestic arrivals, although some travellers that arrive on a Jetstar Airways flight may opt to land at Avalon Airport, which is 50 kilometres south-west of the city. Taxis and shuttle buses connect both of these busy airports to the city centre. Uber, Skybus shuttle buses and regular buses are also offered at Melbourne Airport. As well, when you book your RV rental in Melbourne with SHAREaCAMPER, you can arrange with the owner of the vehicle to meet you at the airport. Once you meet the owner of your campervan you will want to allow 45 minutes to go over everything and fill out the Vehicle Handover Form. The owner will explain all of the ins and out of the motorhome so that you know how everything works before you head off on your road trip.
Picking Up and Dropping Off Your Melbourne Camper Hire
Drop offMost people want to go straight home after finishing up a holiday, but you will need to plan around 20 minutes of your time to fill out the Vehicle Handover Report. As well, any damages or wear that you have sustained while exploring around in the vehicle must be noted. You also need to inform SHAREaCAMPER of these damages.
PickupYou will need around 45 minutes with the owner of the vehicle before you can head on your way. During this time, you will together inspect the vehicle and report any existing damages or wear on the SHAREaCAMPER Vehicle Handover Report form. This will also give the owner time to go over all of the details of the campervan.
If you’re not picking up your motorhome hire in Melbourne at one of the airports, feel free to ask the owner for advice in regards to the best way to get from the airport to the arranged pick-up point. Also be sure to give plenty of notice on your arrival time and drop-off time so that you don’t inconvenience the owner of the vehicle. If you are a Melbournian, decide what the easiest and most convenient way is for you to pick-up your RV hire. This could mean asking a friend or family member to drive you to collect your campervan, or finding a place to park your own vehicle while you tour around the state.
Campervans in Melbourne: A City Guide for Motorhome Hires
Food and DrinkMelbourne is one of the best culinary cities in the world, having an abundance of options in terms of budget and flavour. You can dine on everything from English-style fish and chips to Malaysian laksa. Melbournians will often say that Lygon Street in Carlton, Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy and Victoria Street in Collingwood are the best places in the city for wining and dining. Not to mention the CBD and Southbank. Although there are hundreds of places to taunt your taste buds in the city, there are some that stand out amongst the rest.
France Soir – Not only is this one of the top restaurants in the city, but it is also one of the most famous restaurants in Australia. This Parisian bistro not only serves exceptional French food, but owner/sommelier Jean-Paul Prunetti has ensured that it boasts one of the best wine lists in all of Melbourne. In fact, there are over 1,200 wines on the wine list, some of which come straight from wineries in the Yarra Valley.
Mario's – This Brunswick Street landmark serves up simple, but delicious traditional Italian cuisine at an affordable price. It was opened in 1986 by two Italian-Australian waiters and has been a pillar in the Fitzroy community ever since. Try the Caramelised Peach and Pistachio Pancakes with Double Cream for breakfast or the Ham Hock and Asparagus Risotto for dinner. The restaurant also has fabulous wine, some of which come from wineries in the Yarra Valley, as well wineries in other regions of Victoria.
Young and Jackson – Located on the ground floor of the Young and Jackson Hotel is one of the city’s most famous bars. The boutique bar has a classic pub feel to it, having an impressive selection of over 30 different taps, many of which dispense Australian craft beer.
Polly Cocktail Bar – This award-winning Fitzroy bar is one of Melbourne’s first ever cocktail bars and to this day has one of the most expansive list of cocktails in the city. The bartenders expertly mix up the perfect cocktail and are even willing to test their skills and customise a cocktail just for you right on the spot. It also features a large selection of absinthe and a cigar menu.
Public TransportMelbourne has an extensive and reliable public transportation network, which means that you can easily get around without the use of your motorhome. In fact, Melbourne has the world's largest tram network, in addition to having over 320 bus routes, 16 railway lines and five regional railway lines. Many tourists enjoy taking the free City Circle tram that encircles the City Centre, going both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Melbourne also boasts the largest freeway network of any city in the country, meaning it is possible to rent a campervan in Melbourne to get around in. The Flinders Street railway station is one of the city’s major transport hubs, being the terminus for the entire metropolitan rail network. There are also 14 tram lines connected to the station, as well as one bus route. Surprisingly, there is no direct link from Flinders Street railway station to the city’s two main airports, however, there is a bus that links both Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport to Southern Cross Station. Station Pier in Port Melbourne is where all passenger ships dock, with a tram linking the pier directly to the CBD. All public transportation services in Melbourne fall under the myki ticketing system. This is a reloadable contactless card system that can be purchased from vending machines at train stations, major tram stops, newsagents and convenience stores. Top up your card online, over the phone, at railway stations or at one of the 800+ retail outlets. As a visitor, your best option is to purchase a myki visitor value pack at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square or at a PTV Hub.
Sports and RecreationSports and Melbourne seem to go hand-in-hand, especially considering that the city hosts three major international sporting events; the Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Grand Prix (Formula One). Still, most Melbournians will tell you that ‘footy’ (Australian football) and cricket are what the city is all about. In fact, half of Australian Football League’s teams are based in Melbourne, with up to five matches being played within the city each week! There are also two professional cricket teams based in the city, as well as three National Rugby League teams. In short, there are a plethora of changes to catch a match in Melbourne. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the largest stadium in the city as well as being the 10th largest stadium in the entire world! In addition to hosting cricket games, the stadium also hosts Australian Football League (AFL) matches, Rugby league games, soccer events and tennis events. On dry days, it is possible to park your motorhome on the grass in Yarra Park, although there are a limited amount of spaces for each event. If it is full or closed, there is a car park nearby on Flinders Street, which is around a 15-minure walk away. Docklands Stadium is another arena in the city that hosts numerous major sporting events, like Twenty20 cricket matches and rugby union matches. It is also the home ground of five AFL teams and is actually owned by the Australian Football League. There are over 2,500 covered car parks at the stadium, though the maximum clearance is 2.1 metres. Alternatively, you can arrive at the stadium by train, tram and bus.
Events and FestivalsMoomba Festival – March Australia’s largest free community festival celebrates Melbourne’s diverse culture. The four-day event has been running for over 60 years and today over 1.5 million people come to enjoy the magnificent festival each year. Key events that take place include a massive parade, a fun carnival, live entertainment and the controversial Moomba monarchy. There are also water based events like water skiing shows, Chinese dragon boat races and the popular Birdman Rally. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – March This internationally acclaimed festival showcases Victoria’s food and wine culture. The festival is run by a small non-profit, but it has still attracted the likes of Jamie Oliver, René Redzepi, Thomas Keller and David Chang. Big name local chefs that have been part of the event include George Calombaris, Maggie Beer and Stephanie Alexander. There are over 200 events to enjoy throughout the festival, including cooking classes, food tastings, wine tastings and banquet-style lunches. Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) – August Founded in 1952, this is one of the world’s oldest film festivals and one of the country’s most notable film events. There are around 300 films shown each year in various venues throughout the city, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Arts Centre Melbourne, the Forum Theatre and Greater Union Cinemas. In addition to just showing great cinema, the festival also has a short film competition, as well as featured film awards such as the People's Choice Award for Best Feature, People's Choice Award for Best Documentary and the TeleScope Best European Feature Award. Melbourne Writers Festival – August/September Melbourne wouldn’t be a UNESCO City of Literature without hosting this incredible 10-day literary festival. There are workshops, talks and book launches, and you may even get the chance to meet your favourite author. The festival even has fun activities for kids. Hundreds of writers attend the festival, as do tens of thousands of others. Famous guests that have been part of the literary festival include Margaret Atwood, Paulo Coelho, Salman Rushdie, Ian Rankin and Vikram Seth, as well as locals Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Peter Carey, Robert Drewe and Helen Garner. Melbourne Festival – October This annual international arts festival celebrates music, dance, visual arts, circus and multi-media. It is one of the most significant festivals in the country, attracting over 1,000 artists and more than 450,000 visitors each year. Some of the events are completely free, though tickets must be purchased in advance for bigger acts.
National Parks to VisitThe Yarra Ranges National Park can easily be explored with your motorhome rental in Melbourne, and although it is just 107 kilometres away, you can easily spend days there. Its 76,003 hectares is a protected area that is filled with an abundance of wildlife, including wombats, kangaroos, platypi and wallabies. It is also home to one of the world’s tallest species of trees; the Mountain Ash tree. These majestic trees tower above you at a height of up to 90 metres, creating a habitat for over 120 species of birds. One of the most magnificent ways to see these amazing trees is by driving your campervan hire along the famous Black Spur, which runs from Healesville to Narbethong. If you would prefer to walk, follow the historic O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail. Camping is not permitted within the national park itself, although there are a few campgrounds at the start and end of the Black Spur. Adjacent to the Yarra Ranges National Park is the Alpine National Park, which is part of the Australian Alps. This Australian National Heritage site is home to the highest peak in Victoria (Mount Bogong), which can be reached on a number of hiking routes. Still, one of the most popular attractions in the park is the Australian Alps Walking Track that is a whopping 655 kilometres long, running from Walhalla all the way to the Australian Capital Territory. The park is also filled with some amazing fauna, much of which are threatened species. While exploring, keep your eyes open for spotted tree frogs, broad-toothed mice, mountain pygmy possums and alpine bogs. There are numerous camping grounds scattered throughout the park, some of which you can access with your RV rental in Melbourne and some that you can only get to on foot.
Things to DoState Library Victoria - If you are a lover of books there is no excuse why you shouldn’t visit the State Library of Victoria. It is one of the reasons why the city was pegged a UNESCO City of Literature. It also happens to be one of Australia's oldest cultural institutions. There are over 2 million books here, as well as it being home to the diaries of the city's founders, the folios of Captain James Cook and Ned Kelly’s armour. The building itself is also quite spectacular, especially the iconic LaTrobe Reading Room.
Royal Exhibition Building – This World Heritage site was built in 1880 for the Melbourne International Exhibition. It is a beautiful building with an eclectic design, with inspiration coming from a variety of sources. Since it was built it has hosted many other exhibitions as well as being used as an exam hall for some of Melbourne’s most prestigious schools.
Melbourne Museum - Sitting right next to the Royal Exhibition Building is this modern building that houses the largest museum in the southern hemisphere. The museum is continuously voted as one of the top attractions in the entire country and it isn’t hard to imagine why. Its amazing collection of dinosaur bones and other pre-historic animals is jaw-dropping. So is its amazing exhibits that showcase the history of the city.
Rialto Towers – If you are not an acrophobic, a visit to the third tallest building in the country (to the roof) is a must. This 251-metre high tower is right in the CBD, with its observation deck being on the 55th floor. On a clear day, you can enjoy views that span as far as 60 kilometres, which can also be enjoyed from the tower’s fine dining Vue de Monde restaurant.
National Gallery of Victoria – Australia’s oldest and largest art gallery is also the country’s most visited art museum. In fact, over 2.6 million visitors come to the gallery each year to gaze at its amazing collection of Australian and International art. The gallery also has a fantastic collection of fashion and textiles, antiquities and aboriginal art.
Melbourne Zoo – Over 5,000 animals live in this 22-hectare zoo, which is located just four kilometres away from the city centre. It is the country’s oldest zoo, and when it was built it was modelled on the London Zoo. The zoo not only houses domestic animals, but also species from all over the world. There are a number of different exhibits, including the Trails of the Elephants, the Orang-utan Sanctuary, the African Rainforest and the Australian Outback. St Kilda Beach – Melbourne’s most famous beach is a great place to kick back, relax and cool off on a sunny day. The 700-metre long sandy beach is not only a great place to go swimming and sunbathing but also fantastic for water sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing and water skiing.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Founded in 1846, these exceptional gardens now extend across 38 acres of land and are home to over 50,000 different plants from around 8,500 plant species. Spend an afternoon wandering through the award-winning gardens and admiring all of the different plants and flowers. Take a walk along the Australian Forest Walk, into the Tropical Display-Glasshouse or through the Water Conservation Garden. Stroll beside lakes, majestic forests and green lawns, and ogle at the wildlife.
Other Accommodation OptionsIf you are arriving a few days before you pick up your rental campervan or are staying after you drop it off, you will not have a hard time finding accommodations. There are thousands of rooms available across the city, with everything from a bunk bed in a dorm to a king size bed in a luxury suite being available. It doesn’t matter what your budget is, you can easily find something in the neighbourhood of your choice to suit your needs. The City Centre has the largest selection regardless of your budget, though there are also a few good options in South Yarra. If budget is a concern, St Kilda is your best bet for finding a cosy place to sleep for a reasonable rate. Hotel Windsor This luxury hotel is the only surviving grand 19th century hotel in all of Melbourne and it is still considered to be one of the most magnificent hotels in the city today. All rooms and suites are impeccably decorated to match the history of the building, as is the rest of the period hotel. This is, no doubt, why Sir Robert Menzies, Margaret Thatcher, Katharine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier and Meryl Streep have stayed here, amongst others. The Larwill Studio This funky boutique hotel is located in the thriving neighbourhood of Parkville. It is a colourful hotel that is dedicated to Australian artist Davis Larwill, with his work filling the walls throughout the establishment. Rooms are just as modern as the artist’s paintings and feature large windows to allow for heaps of natural light. Westin Melbourne This award-winning luxury hotel is a modern oasis right in the centre of the historic area of the city centre. Rooms are specialised to suit everyone’s needs, be it a room with a treadmill or stationary bike, one with spectacular views of the city or a spa room with an extra-large bathtub. The rest of the hotel is just as magnificent as the rooms, from the tranquil spa right down to its splendid high tea.
Caravan Parks and CampgroundsWhether you are travelling around by motorhome or have a caravan hire in Melbourne in tow, there is no shortage of campgrounds to suit all of your needs and your budget. It doesn’t matter which way you drive, there is sure to be a great selection of caravan parks through the entire state of Victoria to choose from, many of which have facilities like a playground, a swimming pool, WiFi access and a shop. A few are also 100 percent pet-friendly! If you want to park your Melbourne caravan hire close to the city centre, then Crystal Brook Tourist Park is by far the best option, as it is only a 35-minute drive away. You can also leave your vehicle there and take the bus into the city, which takes around 45-minutes. This park is great for the whole family, even your furry loved one. It features a communal kitchen, a shop, a games room and a large swimming pool. It also has a fun playground and an off-lead area for your dog. Another great option is the Melbourne Discovery Park that is just a 30-minute drive or 40-minute bus ride into the city centre. This holiday park offers various accommodation options, so if you would rather enjoy sleeping in a large townhouse or a cabin for the night you can. Features at the park include a swimming pool, a playground, BBQs and a spa/sauna. Werribee South Caravan Park is just 45-minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and, in addition to being right on the beach is also right next to a recreation reserve. After you leave the city to explore the rest of Victoria there are so many camping sites to choose from that it can be overwhelming for some. But not to worry, because if you are just enjoying a quick weekend getaway outside of the city to enjoy time on a beach, then Cowes Caravan Park on Philip Island is the perfect place to do this. Not only is it right on the beach, but it also has a playground, a BBQ area and a rec hall. Plus, hosts Mark and Julie Curran make families feel extra special by organising special family activities throughout the year. The Surfside Holiday Park is highly recommended if you are driving along the scenic Great Ocean Road, which sits right on Warrnambool’s beautiful shoreline just a short stroll away from the beach and the boardwalk. In addition to having 500 powered sites, it also has a wide range of other accommodation options. There is also a communal kitchen, a BBQ area, laundry facilities and cubicle showers. If you are more about wine than the beach, then BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park offers a peaceful escape right in the heart of Victoria’s wine country. This large campground has powered sites both with and without an ensuite, as well as a plethora of facilities that include a shop, a playground, a pool, tennis courts and a TV room.
If a south-eastern exploration is what your heart desires, Melbourne is not only the perfect place to start, but also really the only place to organise campervan rental.
Best Time of Year for Motorhome HolidaysThe weather in Melbourne is quite unique, as you can experience all four seasons in one single day. Still, it has an oceanic climate, so it never really gets colder than 11°C, though the average daily mean temperature is 16°C. The location of the city plays a big part in the weather, with inland areas being very hot and oceanfront areas being cooler. It can also rain all year, especially in the summer months. But the city experiences over 2,300 hours of sunshine per year, so there is no bad time to rent a motorhome in Melbourne.
- If you are arranging RV rental in Melbourne over the summer (December to March) you may want to consider hiring a vehicle that has air-conditioning, or, at the very least, an awning to provide some outdoor shade.
- Some vehicles have heating in the rear cabin, which will come in handy if you are travelling in the winter (June to August).
- Because of the frequent rainfall, it is a good idea to hire a campervan with an awning so that you can still enjoy sitting outside.
- Thunderstorms are frequent in the spring (September to November) as well as the start of summer, so you may want to consider renting a 4WD vehicle if visiting at this time.
Melbourne: The Ultimate Guide to Motorhome Road Trips
Driving Tips for Your Melbourne Road Trip
- Melbournians drive on the left and tourists should follow suit.
- If you are used to driving on the right-hand side, take note that driver's controls are on the opposite side of what you will be used to.
- Distances between towns are not as great as in other parts of the country, so you should have no trouble finding places to fill up on petrol. The only exception is when driving along the Great Alpine Road.
- Don’t drive over 100 km/h outside of urban areas.
- If you are from a country where English is not the first language, you may need to get an International Driving Permit.
- The blood alcohol limit in Australia is 0.05% and you could be stopped for a random breath test.
- Roads throughout Victoria are extremely good, which makes touring around in an RV hire quite enjoyable.
Things to Do on Your Road Trip
Go wine tasting in Central VictoriaThere are over 600 wineries in Victoria, but some of the oldest and most famous are in Central Victoria. You can easily go on a wine tasting tour with your motorhome rental in Melbourne, sipping on shiraz in Heathcote, Cabernet Sauvignon in Bendigo, Marsanne in the Goulburn Valley or Chardonnay in the Strathbogie Ranges. There are a few wineries in Central Victoria that stand out amongst the rest, including Merindoc in Heathcote, the award-winning Fowles Wine in the Strathbogie Ranges and Tahbilk Winery, which happens to be the oldest family-owned winery in all of Victoria. The prominent winery is located in the Goulburn Valley and specialises in Rhone grape varietals.
Go canoeing in the Lower Glenelg National ParkThe Glenelg River is scored as a Grade 1 river, so canoers of any levels can enjoy a journey along the river in a half-day, full-day or even a three day trip. The river offers over 75 kilometres of calm water, where you can canoe downstream or upstream between Nelson and Dartmoor. There are numerous campsites along the way, but they are only accessible by canoe.
Cycle the Murray to the Mountains Rail TrailIf you are going on the Great Alpine Drive, take along a bicycle to go cycling along the Murray to the Mountains rail trail. This 95 kilometres trail follows the former Bright railway line that closed in the 1980s. It has since been converted into a cycling trail that goes through forests, down hills and into the mountains.
Walk up to Arthurs SeatThis hill sits on the Mornington Peninsula and is famous for its incredible sweeping-views and trails. Take a walk along the entire state park from Bunurong Track to Waterfall Gully Road, or opt for the easier Kings Falls Circuit walk. Leave your campervan in the car park and enjoy breathing in the fresh air while admiring the magnificent views. One of the most rewarding views is from the Arthurs Seat summit, which is accessible on foot and by road.
Soar Above the Great Ocean RoadWhen in Torquay, before driving off on the Great Ocean Road, take the spectacular 12 Apostles scenic flight above the famous seaside road. Tiger Mouth World offers fabulous bird’s-eye views of the road and landmarks along it, so you can truly enjoy some mesmerising views of the Twelve Apostles, Otway National Park, the sea and the cliffs that drop into it. It is a great way to see just what you have to look forward to before heading down this scenic road with your caravan.
Golf on the Mornington PeninsulaNo avid golfer will be bored here, as there are a whopping 14 different golf courses in the Mornington Peninsula. One of the top in the area is the Moonah Links Golf Club that has twice hosted the Australian Open. The Rosebud Country Club is another great Australian golf course that hosted the Australian PGA Championship in 1976. Or try the greens at The Dunes Golf Links, which has been ranked as one of the country’s best public access courses.
Driving ItinerariesWhether you are driving east through the mountains, southwest along the coast or any direction north into the less travelled parts of Victoria, you are guaranteed to see some spectacular scenery. Rent a campervan in Melbourne and start on your way on a road trip of a lifetime.
Great Ocean RoadThis 243 kilometres stretch of road runs along the southeast coast from Torquay to Allansford, with the most scenic stretch being between between Port Campbell and Peterborough. In addition to just being a spectacular drive, it also features some amazing limestone formations, including the Twelve Apostles, the Grotto and the Loch Ard Gorge. The road was built by veterans returning from World War I to commemorate the fallen soldiers. Today, it is world's largest war memorial. It is easy to make the drive from Melbourne along this Australian National Heritage site, and there are plenty of amazing places to stop along the way. It is not a long drive, but there is so many landmarks, beaches and towns to visit that it can easily be stretched out to take as many as 10 days or more if you’d like. The first thing you need to do is to get yourself out of the city by following the M1 towards Geelong. When you get to Waurn Ponds, exit at the C134/Torquay/Anglesea/Great Ocean Road. Once you get to Torquay, continue along the B100; aka the Great Ocean Road. While enjoying this spectacular drive, make sure to stop at the Memorial Arch at Eastern View, Carisbrook Waterfall, Marriner's Lookout and the Cape Otway Lightstation, as well as all of the magnificent rock formations. It is also worthwhile to make a side trip from Lorne to see the 30-metre Erskine Falls. You can return to Melbourne the same way you came, enjoy the scenery yet again, or you can follow the A1 to Waurn Ponds and from there take the M1 back to the city.
Great Alpine RoadThis 339 kilometre road winds through mountains, forests and valleys, as well as passing by rivers, vineyards and farms. It is a phenomenal drive that runs from Wangaratta in the north-east right across to Metung on the beautiful coastal Gippsland Lakes, with plenty of magnificent things to see and do on route. This is the highest year-round accessible sealed road in the country, so you can enjoy all of the amazing scenery and sites no matter what time of the year you visit. Those renting a campervan in Melbourne should take National Highway M31 to Wangaratta at the start of the Great Alpine Road (B500). Follow the scenic road through the Mount Buffalo National Park, the Alpine National Park and the Mount Elizabeth Nature Conservation Reserve until you reach Metung. Along the way, drink fine wine in Bright, go skiing on Mount Hotham or go horseback riding in Dinner Plain. There are jaw-dropping waterfalls, breath-taking views and granite formations, as well as quant gourmet restaurants, fabulous wineries and numerous camping grounds where you can stay the night. To get back to Melbourne from Metung, drive along the Princes Hwy/A1, which turns into the Princes Freeway/M1 at Traralgon.
Being the second largest city in the country means that Melbourne has much to offer, but the real adventure begins once you leave the city to explore the rest of Victoria. Although it is the smallest state in Australia, it happens to be one of the most diverse areas to visit, with a wide range of terrain to enjoy. You will be in awe gazing at the scenery from the window of your motorhome rental no matter which direction you head it. In fact, once you leave the city you are not far from a few phenomenal drives, like the Great Ocean Road, the Black Spur and the Great Alpine Road. You can also go a further afar with your campervan hire, driving along the coast north to Sydney to visit some beautiful white sandy beaches, sample wines on the Mornington Peninsula and dine on fresh seafood. Or drive west to the magnificent Grampians National Park and enjoy the spectacular views on the Grampians Tourist Road. You can even go further, heading northwest to the town of Mildura and into the Australian Outback. No matter what your heart desires, be it beaches, mountains or desert, you will be able to find it in Victoria.
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