The dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne is brimming with world-class restaurants and bars, arts and theatre, outdoor activities, and fantastic shopping opportunities. To help you hit all the hot spots on your Melbourne motorhome holiday, we’ve put together a list of the Victorian capital’s top attractions.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
One of only four giant observation wheels in the world, catch a glimpse of the horizon when you take the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel up into the wide Australian sky.
Fully enclosed and air-conditioned for those hot summer days, the Melbourne Star’s pods have floor-to-ceiling windows wrapped around them so no matter where you stand or sit, your heart will skip a beat when you see that glorious view over the city and the harbour. Equipped to comfortably seat up to 20 people, this observation wheel is suitable for large groups, and with so much room in each cabin you’re able to walk around and fully experience the sights from every angle, night or day.
A definite highlight of the thriving city of Melbourne, the Observation Wheel is not one to miss. Park your motorhome rental at Pearl River Road West Car Park or Waterfront Way East Car Park for a daily rate of $10, and take the wheel into the sky.
Where: 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands, Victoria, 3008, Australia
Open: 7 days, 11:00am - 6:15pm
Jack Rabbit Vineyard
It’s hard not to fall in love with Jack Rabbit Vineyard. The stunning atmosphere, beautiful function spaces, and stunning views over the ocean will capture your heart, but it’s the exquisite wines that will entice you back. Jack Rabbit Vineyard winemaker, Nyall Condon, is passionate about creating wines with little interference, letting the grapes be the shining star of the flavoursome bottles. His approach seems to work, with clean, fresh tasting wines renowned throughout the region. Dine in style and enjoy some of the delicious dishes served by excellent chefs at the restaurant, or book the function space for weddings and other celebrations. Jack Rabbit Vineyard is located 100km from Victoria’s capital, so pick up your motorhome rental in Melbourne and hit the road.
Where: 85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine, Victoria, 3221, Australia
Opening hours: Open 7 Days
Flying Brick Cider Co
You’re spoiled for choice when you visit Flying Brick Cider Co. With three different ciders in their repertoire - Original, Draught and Pear - and a delicious menu to accompany them, you may find yourself venturing back for another visit. Flying Brick Cider Co opened in 2014, its iconic yellow and black building designed to resemble the bird it was named after: the yellow-tailed black cockatoo, or ‘flying brick’. Not only is the building in fantastic contrast to the lush green lawn that surrounds it, but it makes the restaurant incredibly easy to spot. The Cider House serves refreshing cider and an incredible range of meals, and has the facilities to host up to 400 people for weddings and other events. It’s definitely a spot worth heading to in your Melbourne motorhome rental. From the city’s CBD, it’s a 90 kilometre trip around Port Phillip Bay, and will take you about 1.5 hours to drive.
Where: 1251 - 1269 Bellarine Highway, Wallington, Victoria, 3222, Australia
Phone: +61 3 5250 6577
Curlewis Golf Club
Tee off at the Curlewis Golf Club, and spend your holiday working your way around this incredible par 72 golf course. The course opened in 1970, and since then has had several owners and renovations. Today the Curlewis Golf Club is owned by Lyndsay and David Sharp, who have taken the course to a new level, guiding the club to gain in popularity and recognition. The 6,150 metre sand-based course has 18-holes, with minimal trees to create that stunning wide-open feel. End your day on the course by having a fabulous dinner at the restaurant, or book out the function rooms for weddings and other events. Drive your Melbourne motorhome rental just 40 minutes southeast to reach Curlewis Golf Club.
Where: 1345 Portarlington Road, Curlewis, Victoria, Australia
Phone: +61 (03) 5251 1111
Leura Park Estate Winery
Leura Park Estate is the perfect place to stop by for a meal and a taste of stunning wines. From Sparkling pinot chardonnay, to delicious shiraz, Leura Park Estate sure know how to please. All the grapes are grown on the 150 acre property on the edge of Port Phillip Bay, and are predominately hand-picked, ensuring all the grapes are of the highest quality. The wine in the collection boasts a ‘delightful French-style subtlety’ thanks to winemaker Darren Burke, and by booking a guided tasting you can learn a little about what goes into making the perfect bottle. Whether you book in for lunch, or just pop in for a coffee, there are plenty of opportunities to taste the flavours of Leura Park Estate Winery. Pick up your motorhome rental at Avalon Airport and journey just 40 minutes southeast to wine and dine in style.
Where: 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis, Victoria, 3222, Australia
Opening hours:Thursday - Sunday, 10:30am - 5:00pm.
If you love eclectic little establishments with a lot of personality, Gerald’s Bar in the heart of Melbourne is a must-do on your Australian road trip.
Established in 2006, this cozy bar with its array of interesting posters, tidbits and display items, has won many accolades over the years, including the 2010 Gourmet Traveller Australian Bar Of the Year award. With a wine list of over 200 tipples, and an exquisite range of seasonal dishes, you can expect a fantastic dining experience at Gerald’s Bar.
Pick up your Melbourne motorhome rental and head just 25 minutes into the Carlton North district to wine and dine at this fantastic location.
Where: 386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, Melbourne, 3054, Australia
Open: 7 days, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Wandering through colourful stalls of fresh produce is always a lovely day out, but
The Kuraby Farmers and Food Markets take this standard weekend experience to the next level.
Humming with travellers and locals alike every Saturday, there isn’t a lot that this south Brisbane market doesn’t have to offer. Fresh fruit and vegetables stalls line the rows, with hand crafted wares, boutique jewellery, and beautifully made clothing scattered throughout. The smell of freshly brewed coffee wafts through the air, as the homemade breads and pastries make your mouth water.
The Kuraby Markets are easily accessible, and have free parking for your Melbourne motorhome rental. Pick up some of the essentials, or treat yourself to breakfast or lunch on your way out of town.
Where: 1342 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby, Queensland, 4112, Australia
Market hours: Saturdays 6:00am - 12noon
There’s nothing quite like a beautifully decorated mini-cake, and Little Cupcakes in Melbourne strive to ensure their creations are the best of the best.
Offering a range of delectable desserts almost too beautiful to eat, Little Cupcakes caters to all customers. Enjoy the option of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes, as well as brownies and cookies for something a little different. Celebrate a milestone with an incredible cake or simply sample a tiny treat.
Little Cupcakes has four different locations around Melbourne, so no matter where you end up in your motorhome rental, there’s a shop just a short drive away.
Where: Discover all Little Cupcakes’ locations here.
Phone: +61 03 9602 3884
The Grain Store
Swing through the barn doors in the bustling CBD of Melbourne for a unique and delicious meal at The Grain Store.
Delectable dishes made with the freshest of ingredients await your tastebuds at this unique urban restaurant. The worldly menu created by German head chef Ingo Meissner’s offers a stunning range of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. A beautiful interior, with near-rustic wooden elements combined with sleek modern features give the dining experience a little something extra.
Just a 25-minute drive in your motorhome rental from Melbourne Airport, you’ll be wining and dining at this incredible restaurant in no time.
Where: 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000, Australia
Monday to Friday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Taxi Kitchen was born of a passion for sustainable, locally sourced produce and ingredients. Now one of the top restaurants in Melbourne, locals and visitors alike flock to this incredible eatery in the heart of the city. The light-filled restaurant with high ceilings, creative interior design, and long tables lull visitors into a relaxed and comfortable state. Add in delicious combinations of local Australian goods with a touch of Asian flavours created by Chef Tony Twitchett, and you have yourself a night to remember. As well as an excellent menu, cocktails and beer are all part of the experience, and with a Victorian-only wine list, you’re really getting a taste of the region. Pick up your Melbourne motorhome rental from the airport, and travel just 40-minutes for a dinner like no other.
Where: Flinders St & Swanston Street, Melbourne Victoria, 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 12noon until late
Want to spend a fantastic day out on the water in one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan cities? With Boat4Hire, you can rent a speedboat and zoom around the Melbourne harbour. Perfect for fishing trips, scenic exploring around the coastline, or just to feel the wind in your hair, Boat4Hire offers half or full day bookings all year round. A multitude of boats are available, offering options for varying skill levels (some require that you have a licence). With comprehensive training, the provision of maps, and fuel included in the price, you’ll be zipping around the water like a pro in no time. Drive your Melbourne motorhome rental to one of three handy locations to hire your boat: Elsternwick, Waterfront City Marina, or Geelong.
Where: 84 Newquay Promenade, Docklands Victoria, 3008, Australia
Opening hours: 24/7 speed boat rental, with after hours pickup and drop off available.
Clarion Suites Gateway
On the banks of Yarra River, in the heart of Melbourne lies the beautiful Clarion Suites Gateway. With over 100 apartment-style suites, this hotel makes for the ideal city-escape, providing all the facilities you could possibly need for a weekend getaway. Check in to a modern, spacious room, and enjoy the perks of 24-hour room service, full kitchen facilities in the suites, onsite laundry, swimming pool, WiFi, and private bathrooms. The Clarion Suites Gateway is just a step away from spectacular city shopping and delicious dining options, and just a hop, skip and a jump away from some of the city’s best attractions. Stay a few nights before picking up your Melbourne motorhome rental and hitting the road.
Where: 1 William St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9296 8888
With a focus on community and a passion to repurpose unused land in a creative but simple way, the Rudimentary cafe brings to life a little corner of Melbourne’s Footscray suburb. The building is a collection of shipping containers and guests’ first indication of the cafe’s philosophy: simple things can be used to create something unique, creative, and sustainable. Herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees are all grown around the cafe, allowing you to sip your coffee and taste their spectacular, freshly made seasonal menu in the shade of the garden. A stone’s throw away from Melbourne's CBD, pick up your motorhome rental and then head to Rudimentary to enjoy the food and hospitality.
Where: 16-20 Leeds Street, Footscray, Victoria, 3011, Australia
Monday to Friday: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Craft Markets Australia
It started out as the spark of a dream around the dinner table, and now has grown into one of Australia's most diverse and thriving markets. Craft Markets Australia await your visit every weekend in multiple locations throughout Melbourne. The eclectic markets draw thousands to the handmade, handcrafted, or locally grown items on offer. Head to one of the locations in your Melbourne motorhome rental to find yourself some spectacularly made accessories and jewellery, fresh produce and homemade dishes, arts and crafts, and so much more.
Flemington Racecourse Market
A Market at Hanging Rock
Mornington Racecourse Market
Point Nepean Portsea Market
Red Hill Community Market
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Sorrento Makers Market
Office location: 10A Satu Way, Mornington Victoria, 3931, Australia
Office hours: Mon - Fri 9.00am to 3.00pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Birches Apartments Melbourne
Birches Apartments Melbourne has a selection of modern, self-contained suites and townhouses to suit a couples’ weekend away, or a family holiday. If you’re a small group, book the Deluxe One Bedroom Apartment, and enjoy the queen sized bed and double sofa bed, or request a twin room with two single beds. More than 4 of you? Check into the Birches Townhouse, and enjoy the comfortable amenities of two bedrooms. The master bedroom has double doors opening onto a beautiful front garden, and the sofa converts into another bed if need be. Make use of the free WiFi, flat screen TVs, fully equipped kitchen and the in-house laundry. Begin your holiday at the Birches Apartments before picking up your Melbourne motorhome rental.
Where: 160 Simpson St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
Phone: +61 394172344
Celebrating the arts, Fortyfivedownstairs showcases spectacular talent in its Melbourne-based, not-for-profit theatre and gallery. Displaying the work of a wide range of independent incredible artists, musicians and theatrical entertainers, Fortyfivedownstairs is one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed creative hubs. All the artistic spaces in the building are located below street level; head on in and take the stairs down to explore the different areas. A big, bright gallery with wooden floors is located on the first floor down, allowing artists to display their pieces in uninterrupted spaces and giving them the spotlight they deserve. Head another floor down and you’ll find the theatre, a cosy wee room for intimate gatherings and a multitude of versatile performances. Fortyfivedownstairs is definitely worth a visit before heading off to the countryside in your Melbourne motorhome rental.
Where: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Tuesday to Thursday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
The Gateway Hotel
Before picking up a Melbourne motorhome rental and hitting the Australian road, you will likely want to spend a couple of days exploring Victoria’s capital. In this case, there’s no better place to stay than The Gateway Hotel. Situated on Princes Highway close to Geelong and the Avalon Airport, you can head here upon landing and get oriented with the city and all of its cosmopolitan treasures. All units of varying size offer air conditioning - essential for those hot Australian days -, free WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities and plenty other amenities for a relaxing stay. Besides comfortable rooms, the hotel offers a popular pub with great food and drink, and entertainment. Get to know the friendly staff and a few of the locals before you head off to explore more of this incredible country.
Where: 218-230 Princes Hwy, Corio VIC 3214, Australia
Opening Hours: Accommodation available year-round, pub hours 9am to 5am every day.