Car Hire from Albury Airport
Albury Airport sits on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, Australia. It’s a midpoint on journeys between Melbourne and Sydney and offers great access to some of Australia’s vibrant cities, incredible scenery and spectacular coastline. Hiring a car from Albury Airport is a great way to get off the beaten track and explore Australia’s sweeping southern regions.
Where to hire a car at Albury Airport
There are a number of car hire companies at Albury Airport, which is small and easy to navigate. Avis, Budget, Thrifty and Hertz all have desks in the arrivals hall.
Petrol Stations near Albury Airport
“Full to full” fuel policies are common when it comes to hire cars and these ensure you collect a car with a full tank of fuel which must be refuelled when it comes to dropping off the car.
The closest petrol station to Albury Airport is a Caltex Australia garage less than five minutes’ drive away. It can be found by taking a right onto Drome Street off the main road leading west from the airport.
Driving around Albury Airport
Riverina Highway (or the B58) is the main road leading to and from the airport entrance. Heading west, you’ll come to Albury city centre and also pick up the M31 with routes towards Canberra in one direction and Melbourne in the other. Heading east the B58 crosses Lake Hume and travels in the direction of a number of national parks.
As with the UK, in Australia they drive on the left hand side of the road. It’s easy to forget just how vast Australia is and how huge distances sometimes are between one town and another. Always take food and water with you when setting out on a long journey and, if possible, carry a spare can of petrol in case you find yourself running on empty in the middle of nowhere.
It is important to check the terms of your car hire agreement if you are planning on travelling between territories as some may have restrictions in place.
Getting to your destination
Albury Airport sits on the Hume Highway, between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. It’s a great starting point for an exploration of the Victoria and New South Wales regions, particularly if you have the freedom awarded by your own set of wheels.
Albury The city of Albury sits on the banks of the Murray River. It’s twinned with the neighbouring city of Wodonga, and the two cities together straddle the border of Victoria and New South Wales. Albury is home to some beautiful botanic gardens and its own dedicated museum and gallery. Nearby, there are walking and cycling trails and the rich wine country of Rutherglen.
Albury Airport to Albury is a 10 minute, 5km drive taking the Riverina Highway west. There are significantly fewer signposts in Albury than in Wodonga so drivers travelling in the city may have to rely on their GPS or friendly pedestrians for directions. Parking in Albury is much easier, however. There is plenty of free on-street and off-street public parking available around the city.
Falls Creek Located in Victoria’s Alpine National Park, Falls Creek is a popular destination for snow sports during the winter and hiking and cycling trails during the summer. There’s skiing, snowboarding, dragon boat races, fishing and horse riding to be enjoyed within the spectacular scenery of the national park.
Albury Airport to Falls Creek is a 1 hour, 50 minute, 123km drive via the B400 heading south. There is on-mountain car parking at Falls Creek, the cost of which is included in a resort entry pass. Mount Beauty is the closest town to Falls Creek and has the last petrol station before reaching the resort. For drivers travelling in winter months, it’s a requirement for all vehicles entering the resort to carry snow chains.
Melbourne Melbourne is known as Australia’s cultural capital. It’s a vibrant, multicultural city characterised by hip bars, street art and some excellent museums. Visitors should head to the bustling Queen Victoria Market, take a boat trip on the Yarra River and cross a few of the city’s many museums off the list before going to the bohemian Fitzroy neighbourhood for an evening of cafes, bars and clubs.
Albury Airport to Melbourne is a 3.5 hour, 330km drive, taking the Hume Highway (M31) south. There is a toll booth along the way for which you can buy a pass in advance or up to 72 hours after passing through. Driving around Melbourne, as long as you keep an eye out for trams, is easy. The city’s roads are well signposted and based on a simple grid system.