On the Road around Melbourne & Victoria
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If you’re considering a vacation in Victoria, the ideal way to combine the flexible freedom of a road trip with the comfort and luxury of your own place to stay is picking up a motorhome hire from Melbourne - but before you set out on your trek through southeast Australia, there are a few pieces of information that you’ll want to get your hands on. If you haven’t figured out where you want to go and what you want to see, the Plan Your Trip tab above has all the information you need to craft a top notch itinerary. However, if you have that side of things pretty much sorted and are hunting for more practical information for your trip, this is the place for you. From accommodation options, to dump stations, rest stops and places to fuel up, this On the Road segment will allow you to skip the hassle of laboriously researching all the nitty gritty Melbourne campervan hire road trip details yourself.
Motorhome Campsites We Recommend
One of the big benefits of opting to book a motorhome rental in Melbourne for your Victoria holiday is the fact that accommodation is substantially cheaper. No matter where in the state you're headed in your motorhome rental, take a look below to discover one or more places to park up for the night over the course of your journey.
Lake Bolac Caravan Park:
Set about two and a half hours west of Melbourne, Lake Bolac Caravan Park offers relatively easy access to the ruggedly spectacular wilderness of Grampians National Park.
Kennet River Holiday Park:
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic campervan hire road trip routes in the world, and should definitely be a top contender for your itinerary. Kennet River Holiday Park is right on the Great Ocean Road, about half an hour down the coast from Lorne, perfect for those wanting to rest up before taking in some of Australia’s greatest sights.
Grampians Paradise Caravan Park:
Those hunting for a beautifully rustic place to park up in sight of the Grampians would be hard pressed to do better than Grampians Paradise Caravan Park. Offering a selection of powered and unpowered motorhome rental sites, a stay here is sure to soothe the soul.
Skenes Creek Beachfront Park:
If you’re interested in a less crowded kind of beach life than you’d find somewhere like Bondi or Surfers Paradise, this could be just the spot for you. Located directly adjacent to a beach 6km from Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek Beachfront Park provides the best kind of low-key beach experience for your motorhome rental roadtrip.
Bellarine Bayside Holiday Parks:
Melbourne sits at the north of beautiful Port Phillip Bay, but across from the city toward the southwestern end of the bay Campervan Roadtrip visitors can discover a much more laid back lifestyle at one of three Bellarine Bayside Holiday Parks - Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards.
Halls Gap Caravan Park:
Encompassed by Grampians National Park, the Halls Gap Caravan Park places you right in the midst of one of Australia’s most spectacular wild areas. With immediate access to some of the most famous Grampians walks, including Wonderland, the Pinnacle and The Grand Canyon, this is a dream location for avid hikers.
Torquay Holiday Park:
Located right at the head of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Torquay Holiday Park puts you at the heart of a trendy beach community. Whether you’re planning to hang out here or drive onward along the coast to Allansford in your Melbourne campervan hire, this makes for a fantastic place to spend at least part of your holiday.
Barwon Heads Caravan Park:
Less than half an hour drive from Geelong in an RV rental, Barwon Heads Caravan Park lies at the juncture of river and sea, and every site is just a short stroll away from the water. Enjoy the serenity of the Barwon Heads area, or use this as a launching point for further adventures - the choice is yours.
Cowes Caravan Park:
Phillip Island is brimming with things to see and do and is especially good for those holidaying with the whole family. Cowes Caravan Park will provide easy access to attractions like a go-karting circuit, a chocolate factory, mazes and optical illusions, and even Phillip Island’s little penguins.
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park:
This is the largest campground on the Surf Coast, and with 140 different powered camping sites it shouldn’t be hard to find a spot - provided you book early. One of the benefits of the campervan hire park’s size is the excellent facilities, including free BBQs, a complete camp kitchen and recreation room.
Echuca Holiday Park:
There’s more to Victoria than just its coastline of course. The Murray region is a huge draw for many visitors: foodies will appreciate the vineyards and numerous farmers’ markets while families enjoy riverside picnics and watersports. Echua Holiday Park gives you access to all this and more while on your campervan rental roadtrip.
Merool on the Murray:
Not only does this Holiday Park Resort offer fantastic views of the Murray River, many of the sites are directly on the riverfront giving you easy access to Australia’s most famous river. Not to mention that the award winning Morrisons River View Restaurant and Winery is only a few minutes’ walk away…
Bright Holiday Park:
Set only 15 minutes from Mount Buffalo National Park, Bright Holiday Park puts you in the perfect spot to explore the alpine region of Victoria. In winter, this is a fantastic place for skiers, while in summer hikers and mountain bikers are spoiled for choice.
Venus Bay Caravan Park:
Whether you’re a surfer, an angler or merely enjoy relaxing on the beach, staying in Venus Bay with your campervan hire will allow you to holiday your way, giving you access to five excellent beaches. Venus Bay Caravan Park is also located near Point Smythe Reserve, so checking out the scenery on a bush walk should certainly be on the agenda.
Cumberland River Holiday Park:
With a much more wild vibe than your average campground, Cumberland River Holiday Park offers natural beauty in spades, with a lush green valley running straight on to a sandy beach.You can even have your own campfire - a rarity at most parks these days.
Campervan Dump Stations
It may not be the part of a motorhome rental holiday that you immortalise in vacation snaps, but dumping your black and grey water waste safely and hygienically is an integral part of any campervan road trip. You may be able to find a dump station at the campground or holiday park where you are staying, but if this isn’t a viable option for whatever reason then the list for dump sites in and around Melbourne below may be helpful. It’s worth noting that unless otherwise noted, the dump stations below are likely to charge a fee.
265 Elizabeth Street, Coburg: This station, set toward the northern end of Melbourne, is free for registered guests at the Melbourne Big 4 Holiday Park, but other campervan rental users can also pay a fee to use the facility.
98 Bungower Road, Mornington: Those passing through can pay a fee to use this station, while it’s free for registered guests at the Mornington Gardens Holiday Village.
105 Point Nepean Road, Dromana: Guests at Kangerong Holiday Park can use this campervan hire dump station for free, while others will have to pay a fee for its use.
138 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud: Bay Breeze Caravan Park registered guests are able to use this dump station without charge, though other users are required to pay a fee.
78 Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff: If you’re staying at the BIG4 Beacon Resort, you can use this motorhome rental dump station for free, otherwise a fee of $43.90 applies.
1 Sproat Street, Portarlington: Registered guests at the Portarlington Seaside Resort can use the dump station for free, but a fee will apply for others.
360 Ballarat Road, Batesford: Those who are staying at El Dorado Tourist Park can make use of this Melbourne RV hire dump station for free, otherwise a fee applies.
121 Thompson Avenue, Cowes: This Phillip Island site requires a fee for its use.
164 Church Street, Cowes: If you’re staying at Cowes Caravan Park with a Melbourne campervan hire (see details above) you can use this dump station free of charge - otherwise you’ll need to pay.
24 Beach Crescent, Newhaven: Registered guests at Phillip Island Caravan Park are able to use this station without paying, while others are required to pay a fee.
One of the most important things when travelling on a motorhome rental holiday is staying rested - after all, arriving at your destination safe and sound is the most important thing; if you have to take a little longer to get there it’s all part of the experience. Besides, pulling in at rest stops is a lot more enjoyable when you’re travelling in a motorhome, as you can relax in comfort and even have a nap or a meal while you’re resting and recharging. Take a look at this handy site
for a list of rest stops along some of Victoria’s most well loved campervan rental road trip routes.
Fuel is an important consideration for anyone booking a campervan hire in Melbourne, as petrol will end up accounting for a significant portion of your vacation budget. Fortunately, planning ahead can help you to save a significant amount, as you’ll be able fuel up strategically rather than desperately pulling into whichever petrol station is nearby when you’re running low. If you’re heading out into the country, try to fill up before you leave Melbourne - petrol is often cheaper in larger centres due to high competition. Although fuel prices vary from day to day, making a list useless, it is possible to search for petrol stations and their fuel prices online or through mobile apps. MotorMouth
is one of the most popular sites of this kind in Australia - you can even use the app find petrol stations on the go, while someone else is driving the motorhome. Before you drive away from the motorhome rental depot, be sure to double check with your supplier what kind of fuel your particular campervan takes (usually diesel for the larger models, but not always) as filling up with the wrong kind of fuel can have disastrous results.
Always remember that you’ll need to return your campervan hire to the Melbourne depot with a full tank of fuel, unless your rental agreement explicitly states otherwise. This won’t be a problem when returning a campervan hire to Melbourne Airport, as there are a number of different petrol stations in close proximity to the airport. BP Connect - The Tulla is the closest, though prices can tend to be a bit higher here. You may have more luck on nearby Mickleham Road or Melrose Drive. And although there are many amazing destinations within easy reach of Melbourne, those who are wanting to embark on a classic Australian long haul road trip should take care to ensure they have enough fuel to reach their destination. In the more remote reaches of Australia, petrol stations can be few and far between, so always make sure you fill up your motorhome hire when you can to avoid the awkward (and potentially quite serious) scenario of running out of fuel.
One of the major expenses on any kind of holiday is food, especially if you’re doing a lot of dining out. Fortunately for your wallet, most larger motorhomes have kitchen facilities including a stove top, microwave and fridge, allowing you to prepare cheap and delicious meals without ever leaving the comfort of your motorhome rental. Of course, you’ll still need to source ingredients for those meals. Dropping in to a supermarket after picking up an RV rental from Melbourne Airport will set you up for a holiday that’s both easy on the bank account and satisfying for your tastebuds. If you’re taking the back streets into the city, KFL Supermarket on Barkly Street in Footscray is south of the airport and a little to the west of the CBD - it also specialises in asian foods, so if you’re keen to cook up some asian fusion on your motorhome holiday, th