Melbourne has lots to offer for every kind of traveller. Rent a car in Melbourne and drive around for an easy and cost-effective holiday. You can head to the heart of the city, its business district, which is rich in heritage buildings and vibrant murals showing the artistic face of the city. Another option is to head to Southbank - an creative epicentre, full of theatres, ballets, symphonies, operas, as well as the grand Crown Casino. Southbank also has beautiful walks to explore the Yarra River. If you want to stay by the seaside, then drive down to the iconic St.Kilda, the backpackers' base in Melbourne. Lively with its seaside activities, art markets and a pulsating, bohemian nightlife, St Kilda is also famous for Luna Park, Australia's foremost amusement park. Alternately if you want to stay in a more upmarket neighbourhood, Stonnington is a high-end suburb with luxury accommodation, dining and shopping.
Melbourne is surrounded by nature's bounty - rivers, hills, seas and islands, so there is a wide variety of activities for nature lovers. A must do is the world-renowned Great Ocean Drive (230km from the city) that takes you to the 12 Apostles - giant stone pillars jutting out of the sea. Rent a car in Melbourne to go for this stunning drive by the coast of Victoria. If you love fauna, then head over to Phillip Island, which offers guided tours to see marsupials as well as the famous Philip Island penguins. For the hiker, there are scenic trails on the Yarra river and by the nearby Port Phillip Bay. For the art connoisseurs, there are museums, art deco theatres, heritage buildings with baroque architecture and art galleries strewn all around the city. There are marvellous murals and street art as well.
Melbourne tops the index of the most liveable cities of the world year after year. It is very multicultural, has a low crime rate and is, therefore, a safe and beautiful city for an unforgettable holiday. Its cultural trails, late night pub crawls, friendly locals and gourmet cuisines will keep you engaged for days, if not weeks. The nearby Yarra River valleys are full of wineries, which are increasingly gaining world fame. Melbourne also has an exciting sports scene. The Melbourne Cup is the world's highest paying thoroughbred horse race, while the Australian Tennis Open is also hosted here. Film festivals, food and wine shows, spiritual festivities and boat shows run almost year round. Ensure that you have your bookings in place if you are visiting Melbourne during these big festivals.
As in the UK and all Commonwealth nations, Melbourne has left-hand traffic rules. International driving licenses are permitted in Melbourne and the state of Victoria over the age of 17 years. Similar to the other big cities of Australia, Melbourne has stringent traffic rules, with extensive monitoring and police patrol, particularly during the grander festivals. Purchasing insurance for your vehicle is recommended when renting a car. Also, ensure that you do not drink and drive as the limit of blood alcohol concentration is 0.05%. Speed limits are marked at the entrance to all roads and motorways and you will need to adhere to these limits, especially in school zones. Throughout Melbourne, the roads are world class and fitted with traffic lights and signboards everywhere, and the city's moderate traffic makes for an easy driving experience.