Coastal capital of Victoria and vibrant city boasting modern developments. Melbourne is touted to be the world’s most liveable city with a combination of world class dining, art galleries, home grown fashion and sports events packed calendar all year round.
You’ll find yourself wandering through Melbourne’s famous cobbled laneways which have become a mecca of unique shopping boutiques, café’s and coffee shops and street art – keep your eyes peeled for the work of the England based graffiti artist Banksy!
This city is also renowned for its markets too, where you’ll discover local produce, sift through the arts, crafts and vintage fashion. Absorb yourself in the hustle and bustle of the largest open-air market in the Southern hemisphere at Queen Victoria Markets or head to the South Melbourne Market and enjoy a taste sensation of food from all over the world. If you are in Melbourne over the weekend then head to the Rose St. Artists Market in Fitzroy (a quick tram ride from the city) if picking up handmade pieces is your thing!
You won’t be hard pressed to find somewhere to eat if fine dining is your thing too. This city has many famous eateries with some of the restaurants hitting the top 50 world’s best restaurants to dine at. You can always go on to find one of the many rooftop bars to enjoy drinks with a view and end your magnificent night on the town.
So, if you are setting off from one of Melbourne’s motorhome depots, you’ll find that this city will be a great way to start your exciting adventure Down Under and this blog will be worth your while in reading as it’ll give some insight into options on where you can stay if you’ve just arrived in the city and have yet to pick up your campervan along with some great locations on where you can stock up on supplies before hitting the open road.
Melbourne Motorhome Depot Locations
Regardless of which depot you are heading to, it is our suggestion you grab yourself a taxi. None of the depots provide airport transfers and although you could catch public transport, we suggest the simplest form of transport, which is a taxi.
Apollo / Cheapa / Hippie and Star RVdepots are located at 189A South Centre Rd, Tullamarine (entrance via Annandale Rd) Melbourne, VIC, 3043. Tel: 1800 777 779
Distance (approx.) from airport 4.1km / City 22km
Taxi Fare Approx. Airport $17 (AUD) / City $49 (AUD)
- Maui / Britz / Mightydepots are located at 2/9 Ashley Street, Central West Business Park, Braybrook, VIC, 3019. Tel: (03) 8398 8855
Distance (Approx.) from airport 20km / City 13km
Taxi Fare (Approx.) Airport $47 (AUD) / City $25 (AUD)
Top tip: grab yourself a taxi from the airport to get to the depot and collect your motorhome.
Before setting out on the open road, you’ll most likely want to stock up on supplies and we’ve checked out the closest supermarkets to the depots, and are as follows:
From Apollo / Cheapa / Hippie / Star RV
- Coles and Woolworths – Westfield Shopping Centre, 29-35 Louis Street, Airport West, VIC, 3042
From Maui / Britz / Mighty Depot
- Coles – 65 Military Road, Avondale Heights, Victoria (2.8km)
- Woolworths – Braybrook 227 Ballarat Road Cnr Ashley Street, Victoria (1.5km)
We don’t have any affiliations with hotels in and around Melbourne, but for your ease of reference we have provided a couple of suggestions that you could stay at. You could also check out Wotif.com and Booking.com for some last-minute deals online, but please be aware with any city hotels in Australia, the accommodation can get booked up well in advance.
A couple of our suggestions are:
- Gladstone Park Motel – 196 Mickleham Road, Gladstone Park. (03) 9338 3533
- Quest Melbourne Airport Hotel – 20 Annandale Road, Tullamarine, Melbourne Airport (03) 8340 8400
- Ciloms Airport Lodge Motel– 398 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine (03) 9335 2788
If you don’t want to travel too far on your first day then either of these would be an excellent option! Again, we have no affiliation with any campgrounds, but are happy to recommend these to you, based on our own experience and client feedback.
- BIG 4 – Ashley Garden Holiday Village 129 Ashley Street Braybrook Victoria (03) 9318 6866
- BIG 4 – Tourist Park 265 Elizabeth Street Coburg Victoria (03) 9354 3533
Getting around Melbourne
If you are setting off from the Maui depot, which is located on the western side of Melbourne, the branch is close to the Western Ring road freeway system that provides quick access to and from the airport and central Melbourne, the Hume Highway for those travelling north, west towards Ballarat and Bendigo and south for Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the spectacular Great Ocean Road.
Apollo is conveniently situated within a stone’s throw of 3 main routes around Melbourne – the M79, the M2 and the M80, making it easy to gain quick access to and from the airport and to central Melbourne too.
Melbourne is one of the cities in Australia that has toll roads (along with Sydney and Brisbane). The depot will explain more to you at pick up, however the best way once you have your motorhome, is to set yourself up with a holiday toll pass. You can set yourself up with a temporary account, by entering your number plate on the Toll Company website (for a set time period) and the toll charge will be charged to your credit card. The alternate is, after you have been through a toll, you can call up (or jump online) and pay as you go, but this must be done within three days of going through the toll. This cannot be done prior to pick-up as it is all based on your number plate and there can be a last minute change if an issue.
Getting around and exploring Melbourne city itself can be fraught with congestion, we would highly recommend that you park at your accommodation, if you are staying at somewhere, or park just outside in one of the surrounding suburbs of the city and catch either a tram, train or bus into the centre.
Victoria state have a really easy to use website to plan your journey, so check that out here and you’ll be able to plan your trip using public transport and take the headache out of searching for parking and driving around the city.
Also, contacting the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre will be a great source of information to get the most out of your stay here.
If you’ve already sorted your motorhome hire and are looking to plan your trip around Australia, then check out our Travel Routes to get some great insight and inspiration on some of the routes you can explore around our magnificent country.
We’ve also written a couple of other blogs that take Melbourne as a starting point, which you may find of interest. You can read our blog on ‘Melbourne to Adelaide self-drive camper trip’ here, which incorporates a video too and also ‘Camper hire Melbourne to Sydney via the coastal route’ here, again with a video detailing places you can go and stop off at along the way.
We hope you’ve found this information useful and interesting. If you have any question or require some help in planning your trip, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.