Handling a lot of Melbourne’s domestic flights, Avalon Airport (Australia) is a busy place with lots of options for rental suppliers. It’s just 40 minutes’ drive into the CBD, so a car hire is a fantastic way to start your city break. You could choose to go explore the beautiful Grampians National Park, or learn more about the Australian Gold Rush at Ballarat if you have just a few days in the area. In case you have more time, a road trip to Sydney, with a stop at the capital city along the way, is always a great idea!
The different rental brands can make booking your rental car a tricky decision. Here’s what you need to know about each one.
On Airport Brands
Avis Car Rental has a depot at Avalon Airport, 80 Beach Road, Lara, VIC 3212, and another not too far away in Geelong at 13-15 Curtis Street. Their fleet of late-model vehicles includes economy, compact, intermediate, standard and full-size cars as well as other options like SUVs, luxury cars and hybrids.
Budget Car Rental is located in the terminal at Avalon Airport, 80 Beach Road, Lara, VIC 3212. They have a modern fleet with a huge range of vehicle shapes and sizes, from tiny Nissan Micras to big Ford Falcons, luxury Chryslers and even passenger vans so you can take the whole family.
Europcar Car Rental has a counter at Avalon Airport, 80 Beach Road, Lara, VIC 3212, and the next closest depot is in Geelong at 48 Mercer Street. On offer is their extensive array of vehicles which includes everything from a small and fuel efficient compact car to big sedans, SUVs and vans.
Auto Europe Car rental will be one of the brands you see above, so check your rental confirmation to find out which counter you should go to upon arrival. Look out for great deals with this brand.
Keddy by Europcar is serviced by Europcar at their counter in Avalon Airport. The same fleet of cars but you can often get great savings with this brand at certain times of year.
Avalon Travel Guide
Things to do
It’ll be hard to pick just one favourite when you taste the wines at Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Form pinot noirs to rieslings, there’s something for every wine connoisseur out there. Over 100 acres of vines make up the Jack Rabbit Vineyard, which not only make for an impressive backdrop, but also produce the variety of wines on offer cater to all tastes. Have a glass with dinner when you dine in the restaurant, or head to the cafe for a light lunch and sip of the whites and reds in the tasting room. Be warned, though, you may come away with more bottles than you intended - it’s just that good. Just a 45 minute drive in your Avalon Airport rental car, you’ll be tasting the delights of Jack Rabbit VIneyard in no time. Remember to select a designated driver before you begin tasting.
Where: 85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine, Victoria, 3221, Australia
Opening hours: Open 7 Days
While ‘cider and dine’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, it’s a moot point when you visit the unique Flying Brick Cider Co for a meal and a pint of delicious naturally crafted cider. The stunning wooden Cider House restaurant sits atop a lush green lawn on the Bellarine Peninsula, with large tables in the outdoor area to relax away the summer days, drink in hand and belly full of delicious food. Order a dish from the incredible menu and enjoy fabulous food “without the fancy”, and enjoy one (or two!) of Flying Brick’s three different naturally crafted ciders: Original, Draught and Pear. Pick up your rental car at Avalon Airport and drive 40 minutes southeast to reach Flying Brick Cider Co. Always choose a designated driver prior to arrival.
Where: 1251 - 1269 Bellarine Highway, Wallington, Victoria, 3222, Australia
Opening hours: Guided cider and wine tasting every day from 10:00am
Just 40 minutes from Avalon Airport, the Curlewis Golf Club is the perfect place to spend the day. Taken over in 2015 by Lyndsay and David Sharp, the Curlewis Golf Club has gained popularity and kudos with the new ownership, and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The 6,150 metre par 72 course is challenging, but it is one of the best courses in the region with a sandy base and minimal trees for that wide open feel. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner each day, with an additional functions room for weddings and events. Not a member? Not a problem. With daily public tee bookings available, you’ll be teeing off in no time. Visit the Public Bookings page to secure a time. Pick up the keys for your Avalon Airport rental car, and drive 40 km to Curlewis Golf Club.
Where: 1345 Portarlington Road, Curlewis, Victoria, Australia
Phone: +61 (03) 5251 1111
The region of Geelong in Victoria is famous for its wineries, but few compare to long-running, award-winning Leura Park Estate. Opening back in 1995, Leura Park Estate Winery is now one of the top wineries in Victoria, covering a grand 150 acres of stunning vineyard. All the grapes are grown on site, and predominantly hand-picked for that extra special touch. Book in for dinner at the Cellar Door and try some of their delectable pinot noir shiraz, sparkling pinot chardonnay and many more wines. Get in touch to book their beautiful venue for weddings. Jump in your Avalon Airport rental car and head around Port Phillip Bay to Leura Park estate Winery. You’ll be wining and dining in just under 40 minutes - just remember to drink responsibly and have a designated driver.
Where: 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis, Victoria, 3222, Australia
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 10:30am to 5:00pm.
Also open by appointment.
Step into a land of myth and legend by visiting the magical Fairy Park in Melbourne. Built high on a hilltop, a spectacular castle overlooks the kingdoms of Fairytale Land, Camelot Playground, and Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds, bringing children and their parents into a magical world of imagination and fun. Fairy Park provides entertainment and adventure for visitors, and also has the facilities to book birthday parties, family gatherings, and school groups. The bubbly staff create that extra special wonder-filled experience for the whole family. Wander through the towering castle turrets, rescue a princess, or follow the yellow brick road; at Fairy Park you’ll be swept away into a dazzling world of make-believe. When visiting Melbourne with the kids, Fairy Park makes for the perfect day out. Pick up an Avalon Airport car rental and start your fairytale adventure.
Where: 2388 Ballan Road, Anakie 3221 Victoria, Australia
Opening hours: Open times vary depending on the season.
Segways are a fantastic way to get around and see a destination without wearing out the legs - fun, easy and a bit of a novelty for most travellers! Segway Geelong offers adventures on two wheels to visitors to Geelong, the second-largest city in Victoria. Each tour includes full training in how to ride a segway, so you can concentrate on having fun with no worries about falling off or crashing into something or someone.
Roll your way around Leura Park, 150 acres of grapevines in an undulating rural setting just outside the city. Packages are available for segway tour only, or a segway and dine option which will allow you to taste the (fermented) fruits of the park alongside some tasty treats. For those who want to get better acquainted with the city of Geelong and explore with help from wheels and a knowledgeable guide, the company is now also offering a Geelong Waterfront segway tour every weekend and on Wednesdays.
Ready to roll in more ways than one? Pick up an Avalon Airport car rental and head into Geelong for a segway adventure!
Where: Steampacket Gardens on the Geelong waterfront & Leura Park Estate vineyard at 1400 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis VIC 3222, Australia
Opening Hours: Tours operating every day, call Tim on 0433675680 or visit segwaygeelong.com for bookings.
Places to Stay
The Gateway Hotel
If you’re after accommodation close to Avalon Airport, with a full buffet, comfortable rooms, special events and live entertainment, look no further than The Gateway Hotel. Check into one of the fabulous modern suites, fully equipped with heating and air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, free WiFi, television, a full bathroom, and a bonus park for your Melbourne rental car. The Gateway Hotel provides guests with a full continental breakfast, and with access to The Feast buffet restaurant, you can wine and dine any time you want. Just a few minutes drive way from a range of fantastic Geelong attractions and activities, such as the You Yangs National Park, Geelong Waterfront, and the Skilled Stadium, The Gateway Hotel is in a prime location for your Geelong getaway.
Where: 218-230 Princes Hwy, Corio, 3214, Victoria, Australia
Hotel check in hours:
Check In: 2pm onwards
Check Out: 10am
Last check-in by 10pm
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