Located in the south coast, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne is considered Australia’s cultural capital and it features museums, art galleries, restaurants, and theaters. Melbourne is also a huge sports town with a large following for “footy”, horse racing, tennis and Formula One car racing.
Melbourne is an excellent base for weekend trips and road trips. You can easily spend a day at the nearby Grampians National Park, Phillip Island, or the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy the views over the limestone cliffs at The 12 Apostles or relax in the natural hot springs and thermal baths at Peninsula Hot Springs. With a car rental you can also navigate Melbourne’s many districts and visit some of its unique finds. There is so much to see, you will need a car to get around as much as you’d like.
For sweeping views of the entire city, head to Eureka Skydeck. Located in the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, the platform will leave you in awe. Plus, the ride up to the top takes only 38 seconds.
Indulge your inner foodie at the open-air Queen Victoria Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, dairy, and seafood. Queen Victoria Market also conveniently features clothing, shoes, and jewelry shops. There’s something for everyone here.
Wine enthusiasts can enjoy a scenic drive to the Yarra Valley to sample Australia’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. For more wineries, drive about an hour to Domaine Chandon and visit Australia’s only French wine estate, or Yering, which is the oldest wine estate in Victoria.
Adore animals? An hour from the city center, drive to Warrook Cattle Farm to get up close and personal with kangaroos, wombats, alpacas, goats, deer, and exotic birds. Take a guided tour of the farm and feed baby calves, milk cows, or help sheer sheep.
Lastly, ninety minutes from Melbourne, hop into your rental car and head over to Phillip Island to witness the Penguin Parade. Every day at sunset, the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins emerge from the ocean and march across the beach to their burrows for the night. You can listen to their low songs as they make their way back to their offspring.
With our low rates and wide selection of car classes at Orbitz, including compact cars and SUVs, you can hit the open road and explore the great outdoors. We offer affordable rates and have just the type of car to suit your travel needs, no matter if you are traveling alone, with a partner or a big family. Pre-book your rental car and pick it up at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.