Sydney might host Australia’s most iconic cityscape, but Melbourne takes the reigns as the country’s cultural capital. Famed for its bar-strewn laneways, bustling multicultural restaurants, and hip café scene, the vibrant Victorian metropolis boasts a lively cosmopolitan vibe.
But it’s not just about the hospitality scene. The city has a slew of worthwhile attractions, from eclectic art galleries to historic colonial sites and leafy inner-city parklands.
What’s more, Melbourne serves as a springboard for exploring Victoria in a campervan. Straddling the southeast corner of mainland Australia, this compact little state punches well above its weight. Scenic coastal drives, wildlife-rich rainforests, and untouched national parks beckon adventures in the open air.
With so much natural splendour in such a small area, it’s little wonder Victoria has become one of Australia’s leading motorhome destinations. World-class RV infrastructure has sprung up to meet demand, with campsites, dump points, and water refills peppered throughout the state.
Give the pricey hire car and hotel combo a miss and book a convenient, cost-effective campervan to explore this magnificent city and state.
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A kitted-out camper is the most cost-effective and convenient way to explore the state’s immense natural splendour.
Here are the top reasons you should rent a campervan for your next Victoria adventure.
Cheap: The camper combines your transport and accommodation expenses, saving you a significant sum on car hire and hotels.
Convenient: Forget about returning to Melbourne’s grid-lock streets after a long day. A motorhome lets you pull up at a nearby campsite for a restful night’s sleep.
Freedom: You don’t need to pre-book hotels or plan in-depth itineraries when rolling in a motorhome. The freedom of the open road is difficult to understate.
Amenities: You’ll have all (or at least some of) the comforts of home right there when you need them, from charging points to clean clothes and food.
Self-catering: Eating out costs a fortune in Australia. But your mobile kitchen lets you enjoy budget-friendly alfresco picnics with a breathtaking view.
Remember these helpful tips when driving around Melbourne in a campervan rental:
There are toll roads in Victoria, particularly in and around Melbourne.
Some of the notable toll roads in the area include:
These toll roads use electronic tolling systems, such as e-TAG, to collect fees automatically as vehicles pass through the toll points. If you plan to drive in Victoria, it's essential to familiarise yourself with the toll roads and the payment methods available.
A moody rainforest-fringed road leads to this gem of a free camp hidden deep within Cape Otway National Park. The first-come-first-served spot only accommodates a handful of campervans, so get in early to snag a site. Be sure to wander around the corner to relax by its gorgeous gurgling creek.
Main amenities: toilets, non-potable water
Overnight near the beach and an easy drive from the Penguin Parade at this BIG4 branch on Phillip Island. You won’t be roughing it for a minute because this well-equipped holiday park comes complete with every conceivable amenity.
Price: from $39 per site per night
Main amenities: toilets, showers, potable water, powered sites, bins, bbq, games room, camp kitchen, laundry, dump point, WiFi
Give wee little Wye a gander on your Great Ocean Road adventure. This well-stocked Big 4 locale boasts all the bells and whistles and straddles the Wye River for a refreshing swim. Prefer the beach? It’s a two-minute walk away.
Price: from $55 per site per night
Main amenities: toilets, showers, potable water, dump point, powered sites, camp kitchen, games, laundry
Camp near the water in comfort at Lake Eildon National Park’s best-equipped campsite. Surrounded by tree-studded ranges, this sprawling watercourse is a hotspot for bushwalks and aquatic activities. Don’t fancy forking out for the fee? Try the free camps on the other side of the lake.
Price: from $56 per site
Main amenities: toilets, showers, potable water, fire pits, bbq
High in the Cathedral Ranges lies Cooks Mill, a spectacular campsite surrounded by dramatic mountains. If kicking back with a coldie doesn’t do it for you, work up a sweat on one of the several surrounding bushwalks (the Southern Circuit is the pick of the bunch).
Price: from $13.50 per site per night
Main amenities: toilets, fire pits
Less than 1.5 hours from Melbourne’s CBD, this leafy eucalyptus-shrouded campground fills up with stressed-out city-dwellers each weekend. To savour some serenity, rock up mid-week or meander through thick fern forests on the Cicada Circuit walking trail.
Price: from $31.40 per site per night
Main amenities: toilets, fire pits, bbq
Escape the rat race with a relaxing stay at Johanna Beach. Located within the Great Otway National Park, this thickly forested region is a mecca for trekkers and everyday nature lovers. Plus, the 12 Apostles is only a quick 50-minute drive away.
Price: from $15 per site per night
Main amenities: toilets, non-potable water, dogs allowed
Set inside an ancient volcanic crater, this lush little freebie sees you parked up between towering pines. Stretch your legs on a tranquil four-hour bushwalk or pop into Daylesford for quaint country town scenes. Get in early to grab one of the more level spots and avoid noise by camping midweek.
Main amenities: toilets, non-potable water, fire pits
The Grampians is a hiking paradise, and this well-equipped campsite puts you right in the thick of it. Spacious, secluded sites mean you’re only neighbours will be marauding emus and kangaroos (lock up your tucker or lose it).
Price: from $15.70 per site per night
Main amenities: toilets, showers, fire pits, non-potable water
Smack bang in the centre of the Prom, this handy campground puts Victoria’s top national park at your doorstep. Norman Beach and Tidal River sit mere metres away, or you could bushwalk to admire the spectacular surrounding scenery. Book early, especially during peak season.
Price: from $32 per site per night
Main amenities: toilets, showers, potable water, powered sites, dump point, bins, bbq, laundry
Australia’s second-largest city has no shortage of worthwhile sites.
At its heart lies Federation Square, a sprawling block-sized plaza flanked by abstract edifices. Get there via the iconic Flinders Street Railway Station, taking a moment to admire its arched entranceways and early 20th-century façade. Across the road, you’ll spy St Paul’s Cathedral, a Neo-Gothic construction known for its razor-sharp spires.
Melbourne’s cultural cache gravitates around its eclectic collection of galleries and museums. The pièce de résistance is the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum. Other worthwhile options include the Melbourne Museum, the Arts Centre Melbourne, the Immigration Museum, ACMI and Scienceworks.
A stone’s throw from the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens spans 36 hectares of immaculately manicured flora. Nearby, the Fitzroy and Carlton Gardens offer additional quiet respite from the pulsating city life.
Interested in early-colonial architecture?
Melbourne has landmarks aplenty. Take a squiz at the State Library Victoria, the Royal Exhibition Building, the Shrine of Remembrance, Cooks’ Cottage, Abbotsford Convent, and Old Melbourne Gaol.
Shopaholics (and curious window shoppers) mustn’t miss Queen Victoria Market, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open-air marketplace. Other unique retail spaces include the opulent Block Arcade and the colourful South Melbourne Market.
For the best panoramic views, head to the 88th-floor observatory at the Melbourne Skydeck. Animal lovers could check out the Melbourne Zoo or SEA LIFE Aquarium, while sports fanatics should snag match tickets for the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to wining and dining in Melbourne. Hit Chinatown for flavoursome Oriental eats, Southbank for chic riverside digs, or St Kilda for a youthful seaside vibe. Other gastronomic hotspots include Brunswick Street (Fitzroy), Lygon Street (Carlton), and Chapel Street (CBD).
Within easy reach of Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges boasts lush canopies of towering ash trees. The outlying Yarra Valley is Victoria’s viniculture epicentre, with scenic wineries as far as the eye can see.
Top-shelf natural attractions unfurl in every direction on a road trip from Melbourne. Head east or west along the salt-lashed coastline, or venture inland to savour country Victoria’s charms.
The western route takes travellers along the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most sought-after road trips.
If time permits, make a pit stop at Geelong to peruse museums and kick back on its crescent-shaped waterfront esplanade. The adjacent Bellarine Peninsula is a worthy off-the-beaten-track detour with scenic vineyards and windswept beaches—don’t miss Queenscliff.
Back on the Great Ocean Road, the seaside settlements of Torquay and Anglesea boast beautiful coastal vistas and world-class surf breaks. Every Aussie 90s child should stop by Aireys Inlet to whistle Round the Twist melodies at Split Point Lighthouse.
Take it slow on the next westerly stretch to savour those stunning coastal views—stop off at Memorial Arch for an iconic photo opp. Laidback Lorne is a holiday hotspot for its splendid scenery and nearby natural sites. Check out Teddy’s Lookout and Erskine Falls.
Stop to stretch your legs at Wye River and Kennett River before rolling into Apollo Bay, an unpretentious seaside town and the gateway for Cape Otway adventures.
The most postcard-worthy Great Ocean Road sites reside around Port Campbell. While the jagged limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles take centre stage, cragged coastal photo ops abound. Don’t miss the Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, and The Bay of Islands.
If more western adventures beckon, take the time to suss out the coastline surrounding Warrnambool, Port Fairy, and Portland.
Although the eastern route doesn’t receive the same international acclaim, this sparsely populated region, known as Gippsland, brims with beautiful beaches, mountains, and lakes.
First up is Mornington Peninsula, a scenic cape full of vineyards, open-air galleries, hot springs, and hikes. Kick back in Point Nepean National Park and enjoy sweeping vistas from the Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola. Worthwhile Mornington towns include Sorrento, Portsea, Dromana, Rosebud, Flinders, Mount Martha, and Rye.
Hit Phillip Island’s Summerland Beach at sunset to watch the adorable Penguin Parade. Next, try Nobbies Rock to see a colony of lazy Australian fur seals.
Heading east, stop off at Inverlock before rocking up at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria’s most mind-blowing national park. Outdoor adventures range from accessible scenic lookouts to stunning secluded beaches and multi-day backcountry forays.
A short detour inland leads to Tarra-Bulga National Park, famed for its lush rainforests and enormous tree ferns. The coastal route takes you to stunning seaside towns like Lake Entrance and Metung— both idyllic spots to laze the day away by the water. Near the NSW border, Mallacoota is a lovely coastal town wedged between a scenic inlet, and the untamed Croajingolong National Park
Occupying large swathes of northeast Victoria, the High Country offers some of Australia’s most dramatic alpine scenery.
Lofty hilltops in Mount Buller and Hotham draw skiers during the snow-smothered winter months. Warmer temps see hikers, mountain bikers, and intrepid 4WDers head to the hills. Some of the most sought-after protected areas include Alpine National Park, Mount Buffalo National Park, Snowy River National Park, and Cathedral Range State Park.
Picturesque townships lie peppered throughout the hills. Rutherglen, Beechworth, Bright, Yackandandah, and Myrtleford offer breathtaking alpine scenery and intriguing historical sites.
The central and western sections of inland Victoria give rise to rolling pastoral lands and historical Gold Rush towns.
Ballarat and Bendigo blend early Australian history with an energetic, urbanised vibe. Cute quaint settlements include the likes of Healesville, Daylesford, Dunkeld, and Clunes.
The mighty Murray River divides Victoria from New South Wales. A string of scenic free campsites line the waterfront and you’ll encounter plenty of character-filled towns. Echuca, Mildura, Swan Hill, and Albury Wodonga pull in the biggest crowds.
Avid outdoorsy types mustn’t miss Grampians National Park, one of the state’s most sought-after hiking destinations. Challenging trails scale the rugged mountainous terrain; routes span short easy walks to arduous multi-day adventures.
Epic alpine hikes and thrilling mountain bike trails make the High Country high on the list of every active traveller. If you’re not that energetic, the vast alpine region boasts a multitude of stunning hilltop towns and scenic lookouts to admire.
Not only is it Australia’s biggest river, but the mighty Murray is a mighty fine place to visit in a campervan. Dozens of dreamy free camps line the gum tree-fringed waterfront, while intriguing old towns offer insight into Australia’s colonial era. Treat yourself to a paddle steamer cruise for a real blast from the past.
Straddling Australia’s largest inland waterway, this charming Gippsland town affords abundant aquatic adventures. Whether you’re bopping between ocean waves or paddling tranquil canals, there’s no better place for it than here. Head to 90-Mile Beach to free camp right by the shore.
Victoria’s most enchanting national park, this postcard-perfect peninsula features pristine beaches framed by cragged granite tors. Summit lofty mountains for lookouts with panoramic views, then wash off the sweat with a refreshing swim in a secluded cove. Park your camper overnight at the stunning Tidal River Campground to make the most of it.
Watching the adorable Penguin Parade waddle across Summerland Beach is a rite of passage for any road tripper. Pumped to see more wildlife? Pop over to Nobbies Rock and see a colony of plump Australian fur seals frolic. Rev heads mustn’t miss the renowned Phillip Island Circuit—no, you can’t race your motorhome there.
A classic weekend destination, this action-packed peninsula brims with breathtaking beaches and world-class vineyards. But there’s plenty to keep you busy for more than a couple of days. Soak your stress away in a natural hot spring, peruse organic produce at a farmers market, or contemplate its eclectic open-air galleries.
An easy drive from the CBD, the Dandenong Ranges is a convenient place to escape the bustle of big city life. Embark on luscious rainforest trails flanked by verdant fern glades, or take the Puffing Billy Railway to soak it all in without breaking a sweat. The outlying Yarra Valley produces top-notch plonk should you crave a celebratory drink.
A veritable trekking mecca, the Grampians attracts droves of energetic hikers for its lofty mountainous trails. Arduous uphill ascents get rewarded by sweeping views of the majestic sandstone mountains. Curious critters like wallabies and echidnas roam the thickly forested region—drive slow come sundown.
Australia’s most iconic road trip, this stupendously scenic stretch straddles sparkling beaches, cragged cliffs, and world-famous limestone stacks. Admire erosion-sculptured coastlines and venture deep into teeming rainforest the same day. Laidback seaside hamlets, booming surf breaks, and epic multi-day hikes await.
A quick drive north from the city sees you winding up scenic pine-clad mountains and savouring sweeping views. Nearby highlights include the atmospheric Hanging Rock, the thundering Trentham Falls, and the untamed Lerderderg Gorge. Swing by the leafy lakeside town of Daylesford for quaint country vibes.
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An Australian resident must hold a valid class C (car) licence to rent a camper in Melbourne. Learners (L), provisional (P) and probationary licences won’t cut it.
Overseas arrivals need an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) or an approved English translation of a comparable foreign licence.
Generally speaking, drivers must be 21 years of age or older to rent a camper. If you’re under 25, expect to fork out for a young driver surcharge.
It’s recommended you stay in a holiday park, caravan park or designated campsite. Free camping is only allowed in designated areas, and overnight parking is generally prohibited. Most caravan parks are located just a short drive away from the city centre.
Some popular sites include: Discovery Parks Melbourne, Five Ways Caravan Park and the BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park.
If you wish to explore the city centre, it's best to avoid peak traffic hours and to plan where to park ahead of time, especially if you're in a large motorhome.
To kick off your motorhome holiday, you may also want to plan a road trip close to Melbourne and explore the Mornington Peninsula, Bells Beach and Dandenong National Park or experience rural Victoria, the Yarra Valley and Yarra River.
When renting a vehicle, it is standard to be charged a bond (security deposit), also known as ‘excess’, which is the amount the renter is liable to cover in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle.
The bond amount fluctuates based on the insurance package selected at the time of rental and is charged and debited on the renters’ credit or debit card.
Most campervan rental companies in Australia require the driver to be 21 years of age or older to rent from their full range of vehicles.
Some companies will rent to drivers between 18 and 21, but only certain models may be available. A couple of companies have higher age requirements: 23 (Leisure Rent) and 24 (Captain Billy’s). Enter the driver’s age into our search tool and we will filter available vehicles to match.
For young drivers, additional insurance may be required and special conditions may apply.
Most companies generally have a minimum rental period. Weekend rentals are possible, but the minimum rental period can range from one day to a full week, depending on the time of year.
Enter your dates in the comparison tool to see which vehicles are available for your travel dates.
Yes, a large number of rental companies allow for one-way rentals. Our comparison tool will show you availability on your preferred route and automatically factor in any one-way fees charged by the campervan hire company.
Popular one-way routes for a motorhome holiday starting in Melbourne include: