Car Hire from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
The Victoria region surrounding Melbourne Tullamarine Airport in Australia offers an incredible array of options for visitors. There’s Melbourne itself, the second largest city in Australia packed with culture, history and charm, and the surrounding countryside too. Getting to wineries, national parks and exploring the coastline is easy when you hire a car from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
Where to hire a car at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
Car hire offices at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport are all based on the ground floor of the short term car park. They also have information points in the arrivals hall of the domestic terminal. There is a good selection of companies with Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot to choose from.
Petrol Stations near Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
If you hire a car with a full to full fuel policy you will be required to return the car with a full tank of fuel. There’s a petrol station right outside the airport terminal at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. A BP Connect garage can be found just off Centre Road, next door to McDonalds.
Driving around Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
In Australia, they drive on the left, like we do in the UK. Roads around Melbourne and Victoria are well-maintained and well-signposted, even in smaller towns and out of the way places. The Tullamarine Freeway is a toll road for which you’ll need a CityLink pass. Rental companies will usually organise a pass for you but it’s worth double checking.
The Tullamarine Freeway (or route 43) is the main road leading away from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport towards Melbourne city centre. Alternative routes are also available for drivers who would rather avoid the toll road. The C743 provides the main route away from the airport heading northwards. After you’ve passed through Sunbury, it joins the M79 which heads north towards Bendigo.
Getting to your destination
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is a great base from which to start your Australian adventure. When you hire a car from the airport, there are some great destinations within easy reach.
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. It is vibrant, multi-cultural and full of attractions for tourists. There’s lots of Victorian architecture, museums, galleries and parks as well as some major sporting venues. Visitors will also find beaches down in the St Kilda neighbourhood and historic ports in South Melbourne.
It takes around 20 minutes to get from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne city centre, taking the route 43 toll road.
Melbourne has over 42,000 car parking spaces so it’s usually easy to find one. Street parking is monitored by in-ground sensors which can detect when a car arrives to and leaves a space. Drivers will also find a large public car park at City Square where parking costs $8 per hour up to a maximum of $55 per day. Prices are generally a little cheaper at weekends but parking on the outskirts of the city and taking public transport to the centre can be more cost effective if you’re not in a hurry.
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Dandenong Ranges National Park is home to Mount Dandenong and some exceptionally scenic walking routes. In the park visitors will find the Puffing Billy historic steam train, the National Rhododendron Gardens and the Mount Dandenong Arboretum. There are also plenty of picnic spots and lookout points with spectacular views.
The Dandenong Ranges National Park is around 80 minutes’ drive from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Drivers can either head into the centre of Melbourne before picking up route 20 and then 22 east, or bypass the city using route M3. Car parks are available at the park entrance.
The Yarra Valley is wine country. There are a number of wineries in the region offering tours and tastings. The area also boasts a selection of golf courses, the scenic Sugarloaf Reservoir and the Healesville Animal Sanctuary where you can see kangaroos, platypus and emus. The Yarra Glen Sunday market is a local farmer’s market also worth a visit.
The Yarra Valley is an hour’s drive from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. The most direct route takes route 43 towards Melbourne before turning off onto the M80. Parking is available at all of the wineries and is generally easy to find in the small towns that make up the region.