Melbourne! Some see it as their favoured city, others as a poor cousin to Sydney. But what is hard to deny is that it is described as the ‘coffee capital of Australia’. If you like street art, good food, even better coffee and urban culture with a dash of sport, Melbourne is a must on your road trip and we suggest spending a couple of days here and in the areas around it, so you can really get your teeth into the history and culture (before you even get back to the city and Hire a Campervan in Melbourne) so you can then head off to explore even more.
Melbourne is the rich and culturally vibrant coastal capital of Victoria and it is easily accessible from Sydney, via the Australian Capital Territory. Ask anyone what they love and you will get as many answers as people you ask!
If you’re looking for fresh, fresh produce such as veggies, meat and fish, be sure to take a trip down to Queen Victoria Market, a favourite with the locals. This is a great place to pick up supplies for your camper, especially if you love to cook alfresco!
Melbourne’s laneways and arcades have become an attraction in their own right. A culturally integral part of Melbourne, the laneways are home to amazing cafes and impressive street art and the arcades are exquisite examples of a 19th-century architecture and design. Choose from one of 40 laneways and arcades to take some great Instagram shots, have a bite to eat and drink speciality coffee.
If you’re looking for places to explore in your campervan when in Melbourne, then fear not, there is a lot to keep you and your four-wheeled friend entertained. Less than an hours drive from the CBD you will find the leafy Yarra Valley. Made up of rolling green hills and lush vineyards, you will find the region’s famous wineries here. The winery restaurants are quickly becoming famous in their own right so it’s worth booking a table if you have time for a bite to eat.
Phillip Island is a popular day trip from Melbourne and worth a visit whilst on your road trip. The island is linked to the mainland by a bridge at San Rem and is around 140 km from Melbourne city centre, around 1 hr 50 mins drive. There is no vehicle ferry to Phillip Island, so if you wish you take your camper to the island you must do so via the bridge at Sam Rem. Phillip Island is well know for it’s penguin parade, large fur seal colony, native wildlife, scenic coastline, quaint fishing villages, beautiful beaches, outdoor dining and of course the racing at the islands Grand Prix circuit.
If you have little ones with you, you could coincide your trip to Phillip Island with the Yearly Island Whale Festival In July, a family friendly festival celebrating the annual whale season.
A popular road trip from Melbourne is the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean road is a 243 km stretch of stunning beaches, lookout points and coastal towns and we recommend allowing a few days for this trip to really appreciate the beauty of The Great Ocean Road. It’s possible to drive all or part of the Great Ocean Road and return to Melbourne or if you’re looking to drive onto to Western Australia then it’s a great part of the journey.
Melbourne is known for its fickle weather and it’s not unusual to experience more than one season in a day! The winter months, June to August, see an average daily low of 7°C and highs of 14°C whereas the summer months, December to February, see an average daily low of 16°C and highs of 26°C. Melbourne gets 9 days of rain per month in the winter but as little as 4 per month in summer. The best month to swim in the sea is in February when the average sea temperature is 18°C.
If this has got you feeling excited about your campervan trip, talk to us today and let us help you get the best possible campervan hire deal in Melbourne.
- Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park – family retreat a stone’s throw from the city’s best attractions
- Discovery Parks – great for families with playgrounds and activity room
- Honey Hush Caravan Park – central location, great value
- Crystal Brook Tourist Park – great value camping site
- Sundowner Rockbank Caravan Park – central location with a pool
- Maha – Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern restaurant in a beautiful setting
- The French Brasserie – excellent French cuisine
- Laksa King, Flemington – quick and cheap Asian eatery that’s big on flavours
- Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. – super tasty burgers
- Magnums – a large patio seating area, perfect for an afternoon beer
- Boatys – a great atmosphere, the perfect place to socialise with some delicious food –
- Mama Africa – a nightclub to really let your hair down – Boom Nightclub – the place to be if you’re looking to party
- Yering Station Winery, Yarra Valley – incredible restaurant at one of the most famous Yarra Valley restaurants
- Giant Steps, Yarra Valley – a stunning Yarra Valley restaurant specialising in wood-fired pizza, charcuterie and tapas