Tullamarine is home to Melbourne Airport, the start of your Melbourne and Victorian travels. Located 30-minutes from the heart of the city, picking up your rental car from Tullamarine opens up the whole of Melbourne and Victoria. Tullamarine Drive, where you can pick up your rental car, is just a 5-minute drive from the airport.
Melbourne wasn't voted the world's most liveable city 6 years in a row for nothing. It has a huge range of activities and attractions, all accessible by car from Tullamarine. See the best of Melbourne's museums, galleries and heritage buildings while stopping off for some incredible food and the best coffee in Australia. Melbourne is home to many festivals and has been shaped by its multicultural heritage. Melbourne is a great cost-saving travel destination if you know where to look, with free museums and attractions saving you money and offering world-class experiences. Due to its many sporting events and lively theatre scene, Melbourne is known as Australia's sporting and cultural capital.
Melbourne is filled with restaurants with cuisines from every corner of the globe, but it is perhaps best known for its fantastic Chinese food. You can find Chinese restaurants all over Melbourne, but Little Bourke Street in Melbourne is lined end to end with Chinese restaurants. Little Bourke Street, or most widely known as Chinatown, is the longest continual Chinatown in the Western World.
Different areas of Melbourne are synonymous with different cultures and styles. Melbourne's north is known for trendy bars, Carlton is known for its strong Greek and Italian presence and East Melbourne is home to affluent 19th-century homes, parks and old-world wealth. It is a fun activity driving around Melbourne and experiencing all the unique pockets of culture.
See Nature in the City with a Car Hire
A great way to balance Melbourne's suburbs and CBD is by heading to some of the natural oases in the city. From laneways to garden beds, Melbourne has something for everyone.
Melbourne has its fair share of genuine tourist attractions. Start off with a visit to the historic Melbourne Zoo. The zoo was established in 1862, making it the oldest zoo in Australia, and it is Melbourne's primary zoo with over 330 different species from Australia and around the world. The zoo is 4 kilometres north of Melbourne's CBD and is easily accessible by car. Stroll across the 22-hectares of space and view the world-class animal exhibits. From gorillas to tigers and native favourites, it can take a whole afternoon to see every animal exhibit, so give yourself time.
Melbourne's Royal Botanical Gardens offer a natural escape to everyday workers in the city who leave their offices for somewhere greener and calmer. During peak periods, it is estimated that nearly 2 million people will pass through the gardens, although you wouldn't think so when you're inside, with a calm feeling created by lakes, diverse plants and different horticultural exhibits.
Enjoy some Free Fun in Melbourne with a Rental Car
Melbourne can be an extremely cost-effective place to travel if you know where you're going. Visit one of the free attractions around Melbourne, with world-class museums and galleries free of charge. Starting off with the National Gallery of Victoria, playing host to local, Australian and International audiences, it has more than 70,000 works in its collection and a constant revolving door of travelling exhibitions, so even if you've been before, it always provides something new.
Other free sites include The State Library of Victoria, the new home of infamous outlaw Ned Kelly's bulletproof armour. The Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts is excellent at providing something different in Melbourne's art space. Stop by The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), located in Federation Square, with exhibits revolving around cinema, video games and television.
Save some of that budget with these free activities and treat yourself to some shopping on Melbourne's famous Bourke Street or in one of the iconic arcades.