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From the Queen Victoria Market to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the capital of the state of Victoria has something for everyone, and if you rent a car in Melbourne you'll be able to enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer.
If you enjoy driving on the open road, you'll also want to take your Melbourne rental car for a spin on the Great Ocean Road and take in the great views of the sea, natural landmarks and wildlife along the southern Australian coast. The road was built by soldiers in the years after the first world war in dedication to those killed during the war, making it the largest war memorial in the world.
The city centre is a 30-minute drive from Melbourne Airport in your Melbourne hire car, and Avalon Airport is also accessible at 50 minutes away.
Essendon, just over 20 minutes' drive in your Melbourne rental car, offers loads of attractions, including a helicopter ride with Heli Experiences and Bounce Inc, a huge indoor trampoline park.
You can rent a car in Melbourne city centre, as well as Melbourne Airport and the other airports in the local area. On-street parking is available in the city, but it can get crowded at times so it's advisable to book a hotel with a parking space.
If you want to rent a car in Melbourne, the following companies are available:
The port city of Geelong is just over an hour's drive in your Melbourne hire car. Geelong is home to multiple parks and beaches, and you can also enjoy a visit to Adventure Park, Geelong, with water slides, rides and loads of activities for kids. If you enjoy natural sights and want to travel a little further, drive north to the You Yangs, a range of granite ridges.
Bendigo, around two hours away when you rent a car in Melbourne, is home to the Golden Dragon Museum, which is dedicated to the Chinese immigrants in the local area, and the impressive Sacred Heart Cathedral, as well as museums, art galleries and the Discovery Science and Technology Centre.
When driving in Australia, stay on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. Stick to the speed limit of 68mph on motorways and watch out for animals on the road. Ensure that everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt at all times, and keep children under seven in an appropriate child restraint.
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