The value of the Australian dollar has fallen since late 2015 and at one point in January this year, went further south below S$1. Well, we think there can’t be a better time than now to plan for a road trip holiday to Melbourne. Before you go, here are some tips on where to go and what to do while you’re there.
1) Driving into Melbourne city
Renting a car to drive in Australia is relatively straightforward. You can book your ride online before you depart, with a wide variety of car rental companies to choose from and then pick up your car at Melbourne Airport; remember to compare prices! From there, the city is just 23km away, a mere half an hour drive if traffic is good.
Once inside the city however, things get a bit trickier. One of the quirks of driving in Melbourne’s CBD is their procedure for making right turns. To do so, you need to pull to the left, letting traffic past, and then complete your turn once it’s clear. This is called a hook turn, and comes about due to the tram system that runs down the middle of most Melbourne city streets, beware of the tram.
2) Cruising Rules on Longer Trips
Of course, if you rent a car, you would want to take a longer drive out of the city, and Melbourne is ideal for a scenic road trip. There are plenty of options and places you could go, but you have to make some preparations if you’re intending to do so.
Heading somewhere several hours drive away should include breaks in-between, preferably once every hour or so. Driving through fatigue is not advisable especially on unfamiliar roads; do facto rest time into your journey.
Obey the laws and speed limits (duh!). In the state of Victoria (where Melbourne is), the speed limits are 110km/h for highways, 100km/h for rural roads, and 50km/h in built-up areas (through towns and villages, for example). Australia has strict traffic rules and the police will not hesitate to nab you even if you breached the limit by only a small amount.
3) Great Melbourne Coasts
Within Melbourne city itself, there are plenty of attractions to keep even the pickiest of hipsters pleased. Go to Queen Victoria Market, which is like a big ‘pasar malam’ cum wet market, where you can get anything from fresh food to trinkets and souvenirs. Nature lovers can head to Albert Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens, while sports fans will surely want to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament.
There is also no shortage of options too if you want to go on a road trip, with plenty of selections depending on your tastes. The Great Ocean Road is about two hours drive out of Melbourne, and offers scenic views of the southern Australian coast. Drop by the Cape Otway Lighthouse for a touch of history, and visit Port Campbell National Park to look at the Twelve Apostles, a series of limestone rock structures that are huge tourist attractions.
Another road trip suggestion is Phillip Island, about three hours drive from Melbourne. Home to plenty of Australian wildlife, Phillip Island is most well-known for its penguins, which come to shore every evening at the Phillip Island Nature Park. There’s even a chocolate factory on the island where you can visit too. Certainly an ideal road trip for families with kids looking for a fun day out.
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