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Notting Hill is a suburb of Melbourne, capital of the state of Victoria in southeast Australia. Known for its culture, sports and food, Melbourne is a soaring, cosmopolitan harbour city on Port Phillip Bay. The suburb of Notting Hill is a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Cranbourne, Narre Warren and St. Kilda.
If you’re arriving via Melbourne Airport then it’s a 29-mile drive by rental car to Notting Hill. En route, you could stop off to visit Melbourne Zoo, which is situated north of the city and has over 320 species of animal.
Finding a hire car in Notting Hill is simple. You can rent a car from a range of providers at Melbourne Airport or in and near Notting Hill itself. Paid parking facilities in Notting Hill are limited, although there are a number of short-term parking spots at supermarkets in the area. However, various hotels offer free parking for guests, so do check before booking. Notting Hill has a variety of hotels on offer, including Best Western Atlantis Hotel, Oaks on Market and Novotel Melbourne on Collins.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Economy, Enterprise and Alamo. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and a shuttle service to your rental car.
There’s much to see and do by hire car in Notting Hill and Melbourne. Notting Hill is the home of Monash University, which boasts a range of breathtaking and innovative architecture, including the New Horizons building. Beyond Notting Hill, you have the whole of Melbourne on your doorstep and there’s a lot to enjoy in this city. The arts hub of the Carlton region includes the Carlton Gardens, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Royal Exhibition Building, the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Federation Square, and the Melbourne Museum. Great beaches to visit include golden St Kilda Beach with its range of water activities, Brighton Beach with its colourful bathing boxes, and Williamstown Beach, which has a pier with spectacular city views. Another highlight to visit by rental car in Notting Hill itself is the landmark Notting Hill Hotel, built in 1891.
If you’re looking for a breathtaking journey to enjoy, then you could do no better than Great Ocean Road. Winding along Victoria’s southwest coast, this 249-mile route is one of the world’s most stunning ocean drives. It begins at Torquay, a 77-mile drive from Notting Hill, and ends at Nelson. En route you can see the 12 Apostles, a set of iconic limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park.
Port Campbell National Park itself is wonderful to visit, and is a 155-mile drive by rental car from Notting Hill. It’s known for its wave-sculpted rock formations, and also includes the site of a 19th century shipwreck and the Port Campbell Discovery Walk. Bear in mind that the quickest journey to the park, via the inland route of the M1 and A1, has tolls.
Driving around Melbourne can be complicated due to tolls, trams and rail crossings, so aim to plan your route ahead of time. The fastest route from Melbourne Airport into the city, via the M2 and M1, has tolls. However, if you take the M2 and M3 route then the journey is around 15 minutes longer but there are no charges. Remember that Australia is left-hand drive.
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