If you’re considering a trip to Melbourne, why not plan a road trip there in the comfort of a rental campervan? Usually road trippers opt for a cheaper two to three berth campervan option, however now would be a great opportunity to splurge a few more dollars and opt for a more luxurious camper or motorhome. If you’re thinking of going on a self-drive trip for the first time in Australia, you may want to check our campervan booking tips 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.
Discovery Parks — Melbourne lies at 129 Ashley Street in Braybrook. This 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 and is close to central Melbourne, Port Philip Bay, the Dandenong Ranges and Phillip Island. Its campsite facilities include a covered barbecue area and a recreation room. The park also has double concrete patios at 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, and 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.
It is recommended that you book your camper for at least one month before you travel, even a little earlier during the Christmas season, as that is a peak season for travel to Melbourne. Doing so lets you secure your ideal motorhome type, minimises last-minute booking hassles, and allows you to lock-in on better rates.
You must be at least 21 years old to hire a campervan or motorhome in Melbourne. However, some rental providers will permit drivers under the age of 21 if they hold a full driver’s licence in English and pay a young driver surcharge.
Generally, you will not be required to show a special type of licence. You can present your driver 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).
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 can also check out our Road Trips from Melbourne page for more motorhome travel inspiration around the area.