Campervan hire from Melbourne may be the most popular way to enjoy a holiday since Covid 19 has now changed the way we travel for the foreseeable future. Since international travel may be restricted for some time, why not plan a once in a lifetime road trip around Australia in the comfort of a campervan. Usually road trippers opt for a cheaper 2 - 3 berth campervan option, however now would be a great opportunity to splurge a few more dollars and opt for a more luxurious camper.
If you’re thinking of going on a self-drive trip for the first time in Australia, you may want to check our Everything You Need to Know Before Booking a Campervan page.
Victoria's state capital is full of interesting sights and unforgettable activities. Melbourne is a multicultural city and is rich with Victorian buildings, magnificent parklands and shopping destinations. There are many incredible places to visit in Melbourne including the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Tower, St Kilda Beach, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, National Gallery of Victoria, Flinders Lane, Docklands and Southbank.
Some of our favourite things to do year-round in Melbourne are:
Summer (December, January, February): Only a 2-hour drive via M1, Phillip Island is a favourite day trip destination from Melbourne. Essential experiences to enjoy on Phillip Island include the famous Penguin Parade and the Island Summer Carnival. In Melbourne, most of the popular events in sports such as the Boxing Day Test Cricket Match, Australian Grand Slam Open, and the Australian Grand Prix happen during this time.
Autumn (March, April, May): Just an hour away from Melbourne's CBD is the Yarra Valley. This place is filled with culture and culinary delights, not to mention the star of the show, the world-class wine. You can also go canoeing and kayaking on the Yarra River and visit the Currawong Bush Park if you want to discover stunning nature while on your holiday.
Winter (June, July, August): Wintertime is said to be the ideal time for a drive on the most famous Great Ocean Road because the traffic is less chaotic. Only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne's city centre, must-see sights along the Great Ocean Road include the Twelve Apostles, Split Point Lighthouse, Bells Beach, Loch Ard Gorge, Otways National Park, London Bridge and The Grotto, and Beauchamp Falls and campground.
Spring (September, October, November): The Mornington Peninsula has everything you need for your holiday, with numerous beaches, seaside towns and plenty of family fun. You can take the Monash Freeway to merge onto Eastlink and drive south toward the Mornington Peninsula. With lots of marine wildlife, this beach-laced peninsula is a nice place to enjoy snorkelling off the coast during spring.
Year-Round: The great news is, Melbourne is essentially a year-round destination. The popular Melbourne to Sydney route is considered one of the best Australian road trips. Discover the dramatic coastline, visit multiple National Parks including Phillip Island and relax at white sandy beaches along the way. Check out our Road Trips from Melbourne for more inspiration.
Ashley Gardens BIG4 Holiday Village lies at 129 Ashley Street in Braybrook. It is a popular holiday destination, around nine kilometres from Melbourne. It has disabled facilities; a playground, barbecue facilities and a camp kitchen. Visitors can also enjoy a recreation room, pay TV, a full-size tennis court and a heated swimming pool. The campsite's top activities are camping, swimming and tennis.
BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park is at 370 Frankston, Dandenong Road in Dandenong South. The park has beautiful scenery. It is also very close to central Melbourne. Port Philip Bay, the Dandenong Ranges and Phillip Island are also close by. Its campsite facilities include a covered barbecue area and a recreation room. The park also has double concrete patios on each of its shady sites.
BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park is at 265 Elizabeth Street in Coburg. The site is around nine kilometres from the central business district of Melbourne. It has a wide range of accommodation and facilities. Its campsite facilities include a barbecue, camp kitchen and a recreation room. There is also a playground and swimming pool ideal for people travelling in a campervan.
Brighton Beach lies eight kilometres south of Melbourne. It features coloured beach huts, relaxing sands and picturesque views of the city. On a sunny day, the colour of the huts is striking against the yellow sand and blue skies.
Chinatown Melbourne is along Little Bourke Street in Melbourne. It goes back to 1851 to the discovery of gold in Australia. It has since served as home to many Chinese migrants. The area's highlight is the Chinese Museum. The area also features stores and affordable yet great tasting food. It is also known for its diverse eateries. Find Singaporean, Thai, Japanese and Indian food.
Dandenong Ranges are the picturesque low mountain ranges in East Melbourne. The area also features many beautiful little villages. The heritage Puffing Billy Railway is a great way to explore the Dandenong Ranges.
Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens or Melbourne Zoo lies within Parkville, Melbourne. It is around four kilometres from the city centre and is great for people of all ages. The zoo first opened on 6 October 1862. It is home to over 320 animal species from Australia and many parts of the world within 55 acres land. The zoo's major exhibits include elephants, gorillas, lions, orangutans and tigers.
Queen Victoria Market is on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria streets. The market opened on 20 March 1878 and is currently one of the most popular destinations in the city. The venue hosts stalls that sell a wide variety of items. These include fashion, jewellery, arts and crafts. Also find fresh produce like fruits, meat, and vegetables.
You must be at least 21 years old to hire a campervan in Melbourne. However, some suppliers will permit drivers under the age of 21 if they hold a full driver's licence in English and pay a young driver's surcharge. Read more information by clicking here.
Generally, you will not be required to show a special type of licence. You can present your driver's licence as long as it is full (not probationary) and valid (not expired). If your licence is not written in English, you will need to provide an International Driving Permit (IDP).