Melbourne: a colourful start of your once-in-a-lifetime campervan road trip
Posted on 02/08/2018 by Spaceships Crew
You've been bitten by the travel bug and wanderlust is flowing through your veins. What better way to see the sights and soak up local culture than with a road trip on a continent like Australia? It's the world's largest island with a lengthy coastline, exciting cities, quirky small towns, and the breathtaking beauty of the Outback. Begin your journey with a campervan hire in Melbourne.
Getting to Melbourne
You can get to Melbourne from practically every corner of the planet. If you're an Aussie coming from another part of the country, the Melbourne Airport is served by several domestic airlines like Jetstar, Qantas, and more. International flights on at least 35 airlines from Air New Zealand to United Airlines will get you to Melbourne Airport from abroad. Get to the city by taxi, rideshare, car rentals, bus, shuttle, even by helicopter shuttle. Then relax and enjoy the city and surrounding area before picking up your campervan hire in Melbourne.
What to see and do in Melbourne
Melbourne is one of Australia's most fun coastal cities and is the state capital of Victoria. The city centre and surrounding neighbourhood hubs buzz with excitement and serve as the gateway to a spectacular coastline, peninsulas, natural springs, and alpine villages. You'll find a huge variety of things to see and do to fit every taste in travel.
There's always a festival going on with food trucks to please the foodies. If you love al fresco dining, there's plenty of places to dine with a lovely view. If you're the outdoorsy type, the bike trail to St. Kilda Beach and Brighton Beach will be a big thrill. If you like to see iconic landmarks and buildings, the city has a free tram with commentary provided. So before you pick up your campervan hire in Melbourne, check out the following cool things to see and do around the city.
Melbourne Street Art
Melbourne's legal street art has earned the city the reputation of street art capital. The colourful and vibrate expressions are filled with energy and ideas. It seems to cover every nook and cranny of every alley in the city. For some of the best take a stroll down the cobblestoned Hosier Lane opposite Federation Square and Centre Place between Collins Street and Flinders Lane.
Life's a beach, and Melbourne has over a dozen of Australia's best ones. They are wide and sandy with colourful bathing boxes and shoreside diners. Most employ live savers in the warm season and on school and public holidays. St. Kilda is one of the most popular. The St. Kilda Pier is a promenade with great views of the city skyline and sunsets.
Eureka Skydeck 88
For more unparalleled views of the region, go to the top of Eureka Tower on the banks of the Yarra River. You'll have floor-to-ceiling views in the Edge, a glass cube projecting three metres out from the skyscraper. It provides the highest public vantage point in the Southern hemisphere.
For a unique experience and a chance to see panoramic views of the city, take a spin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Think private cabins (they hold up to 15 passengers) on a giant Ferris-type wheel. Drink, dine, and listen to music while enjoying the view.
The Melbourne Zoo is a fascinating journey into the world of wildlife. The zoo has more than 320 species represented in their natural habitats. You won't believe you're only five minutes from the city centre as you stroll through an African rainforest or Australian bushland.
Time to pick up your Spaceship campervan
It'll be hard to leave Melbourne behind. But let's be honest, there was one important reason why you decided to travel to Australia in the first place. You wanted to explore more of this amazing country. Let's kick off that amazing road trip.
You already booked a Spaceships campervan, which comes with heaps included: unlimited kilometres, all sleeping & cooking gear and 24-hour roadside assistance. You're all set and ready for lift-off. The only thing that will be a surprise is the name of your Spaceship. Each campervan has its own unique name that refers to all the stuff we love, from gaming to sci-fi. Your Spaceships campervan could be named after a character from Star Wars, Star Trek, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's all possible. Make sure to keep an eye out for other Spaceships as spotting the names of other Spaceships is a fun road trip game.
All systems are go: it's road trip time!
As there are no one-way fees at Spaceships, it's super easy to go for a long road trip or follow your own route. As long as you drop off your campervan at a Spaceships depot. And make sure you have booked it in before you start your road trip.
There are several routes to follow from Melbourne... One of the most popular ones is Great Ocean Road. Or if you want to go for an alternative route to Adelaide take the inland route. There's heaps to do and see on that route as well.
At Spaceships, we like to make your campervan hire in Melbourne as easy as possible. Our travel blog is packed with road trip inspiration and more posts will be added. It's your one-stop Aussie road trip & travel inspiration stop.
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