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 Rentalis 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
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.
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.