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Less than a mile and a half from Melbourne’s central business district, along the south bank of the Yarra river, Southbank is its entertainment hub. Walking along the
Once you’ve covered the city’s main sights, it is time to explore further afield with a hire car in Southbank.
International flights land at Melbourne Airport, and the city centre is about 16.6 miles away. The Skybus express runs 24/7, departing every 10 minutes for a journey of 30-45 minutes into the city for AU$19 one way.
With a hire car in Southbank, you can do the same journey in half an hour in the comfort of your own vehicle, and you’ll be ready for your day trips straightaway. A toll of around AU$15 is required for using the CityLink road, which you can pre-purchase on the CityLink website. Otherwise, take toll-free alternative roads for a 10-15 minute longer journey.
Your Southbank car hire can be arranged either at Melbourne Airport or from various points around the city. Road trips are the perfect way to discover the delights of the Australian landscape.
As in any major city, rush hour traffic is bad and finding parking spaces can be tricky. The less stressful but pricier option is to use parking lots. Downtown, you can park at the Crown Casino for reasonable rates, or free, if you become a member (no joining fee). If you park on the street, make sure to check the parking sign well and ask someone if unsure. Parking fines in Melbourne can be upwards of AU$120.
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Driving on the wide, scenic roads of Australia can be a beautiful experience but watch out for animals straying onto the road. UK driving licence holders do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP). As in the UK, Australians drive on the left-hand side and overtake on the right.
The speed limit in Melbourne is 31 mph unless signposted otherwise. Melbourne has an extensive tram network, and trams (that is, the passengers) have right of way. Familiarise yourself with the tricky ‘hook turn’. Move forward into the intersection as far to the left as you can and wait for the traffic lights to turn red. When they do, and the right-hand side is clear of oncoming traffic, take a wide turn to the right.
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