Hire a Car and Visit Unique Melbourne and Its Greater Metropolitan Trend Hubs

Melbourne has been crowned the most liveable city in the world two years in a row! A great way to discover why the city has received this honour is to rent a car and explore the city for yourself. You can enjoy the wide range of attractions in Melbourne, while enjoying the citys vibrant atmosphere. Don't forget to see Phillip Island, just a short road trip away - under 2 hours in fact. A hire car is by far the most convenient way in which to see all that the city has on offer, and our friendly and experienced staff can get you a great deal to suit any budget. Melbourne also boasts numerous shopping precincts including Lygon, Collins, and Bourke Streets and gaining access by car gives you total control of your shopping experience. Also a must see are the Victoria Markets, which started in the 90's and are now a major shopping attraction.

Melbourne is known to have a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This is due to the city's location; Melbourne is on the boundary between very hot inland areas and the cold southern ocean. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months which can cause strong cold fronts to occur. Melbourne is well known for having 'four seasons in one day' weather conditions. Visit the Gov site BOM for more information regarding Melbourne and Victoria weather and warnings.

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  • Melbourne CBD: 58 Franklin St, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Melbourne Airport: 33 Catalina Dr, Tullamarine 3043, VIC
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Always friendly and very accommodating, we only rent cars from the hendra branch.

, Car Hire March 2014 Monique voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

A good experience from the person who took our phone booking, right through to drop off. Shuttle not required as friends took us to airport.

, Car Hire March 2014 Peter voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

The shuttle bus drivers & office staff were very courteous and helpful. Your prices are very competitive and we will be using your company again.

, Car Hire March 2014 Paul voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

Truck we hired performed very well and we will hire from Alpha again if we need one.

, Car Hire March 2014 Michael voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Great all round service. No complaints on any facets of the experience. Thanks heaps for making our trip easy and enjoyable.

, Car Hire March 2014 Steven voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Long term customer parking and car hire on occasional basis and continue to be very happy with the service.

, Car Hire March 2014 John voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

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, Car Hire March 2014 Julian voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

Exceeded expectations, had misgivings about using an off site operator but found the service superior to most onsite experiences

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Popular Local Melbourne Guides to make your life easier:

Melbourne is a fantastic place for a day trip. Check out our free 12 Hours in Melbourne guide which will take you through some of the most amazing sights Melbourne has to offer. Bathe in the ambiance Melbourne has to offer with it's unique fusion of arts, entertainment, fine cuisine and sports.

Our See and Do Melbourne guide includes the city's most fun-filled activities for the whole family. Take the time to visit the Melbourne Zoo, which houses more than 300 species from all over the world and the Melbourne Aquarium, with four individual worlds, waiting to be discovered. If you are looking for a more traditional theme park, then Luna Park offers a galaxy of amusements and sensations.

Don't forget to check out these local guides offering things to do, sights to see, theatre, musicals and lots more when you're in Melbourne!

City of Melbourne: http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Pages/Home.aspx
Welcome to Melbourne: http://www.visitmelbourne.com/
Your arrival guide to Melbourne: http://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguides/Oceania/Australia/MELBOURNE

More than Just Melbourne on Your Travel Mind?

Select a road trip from one of our Victoria Itineraries, taking you through iconic and beautiful sites along the south coast of Australia, or perhaps visit the 12 Apostles on your trip along the Great Ocean Road on your way to see the Penguins on Phillip Island.

Want to know the distance of travel between one Australian city and another? Our Driving Distances guide can help you calculate your trip.

Whenever you hire a car in Australia, there are some things you should know. Our Top 10 Car Hire Tips can give you some useful and informative knowledge for planning your trip. For those who are new to driving in Australia altogether, there are some things, that can have a negative impact if you are unaware such as, driving on the left hand side of the road, Australias drink driving laws, and the speed limits. See our Driving Tips for Australia guide for more info.

Toll Roads:

There are two major toll roads: EastLink and CityLink. These should be used when travelling in Melbourne because it will not only decrease fuel consumption but also improve travel time. By renting a car, you can spend more time enjoying Melbourne and less time sitting in traffic. Need help on how to pay? Visit our How to Pay Your Toll page.


There are many on-street parking places to park in Melbourne. Ensure you read the signs and are aware of the parking rules and possible fines. check this Melbourne Parking Info page for guidance.

Local Attractions:

Top 5 places you must see in Melbourne:

  1. Melbourne Zoo
    1. Visit this award-winning zoo! It holds more than 300 species of animals from all over the world. It's hard to believe that you're only 4km from the central business district.
  2. Melbourne Aquarium
    1. Not only is the aquarium entertaining but it is also an educational experience. Discover and explore the four exciting worlds - Antarctic, Weird & Wonderful, River to Reef, and Sharks Alive.
  3. Luna Park
    1. This park offers the best of both worlds: amusements and sensations! There's definitely a ride for everyone from the jaw dropping thrill rides to the exhilarating rides.
  4. Phillip Island
    1. This island is perfect for animal lovers. You can watch penguins march inland as well as view other wildlife. Don't forget to be a part of the international motorcycle and car racing events!
  5. Sovereign Hill
    1. This tourist attraction will take you back in time to the city of gold from the 1800s. You can follow school lessons from that era, see the still working ancient steam engine, and pan for gold!

Hotels and Accommodation:

Taking a holiday and Melbourne opens you up to a wide variety of options when it comes to accommodation. Choices for luxury, boutique, standard and backpackers accommodation can be found to suit any budget, both in the CBD, surrounding suburbs and destination points such as the Blue Mountains. View some of the Melbourne accommodation options available.

About Melbourne

Car Rental in Melbourne

Melbourne was crowned the most liveable city in the world this year and Alpha is the place to go to rent a vehicle so you can explore what makes it so liveable. Packed with attractions from laid-back laneways and lush parks to grand libraries and museums, all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere. With so much to do and see, Alpha Car Hire will provide you with the option to get out and experience why Melbourne has won this tag two years in a row.

We pride ourselves on providing customers with an affordable car rental to use whether they are here on business or pleasure. With our fleet of new vehicles ranging from an Economy car to a Family SUV or even an 8 seater people mover, there will be something to suit your needs and budget.

If your using Alpha Car Hire Melbourne Airport, call us from the terminals for a free airport shuttle or pick up a vehicle from the City depot. We are committed to ensuring our customer's needs are met and we like to make your car rental experience a smooth and easy one. Car hire Melbourne Airport has never been easier, now is the time to try it out.

Alpha Car Hire in Melbourne

Make your next Melbourne car rental with Alpha Car Hire, with new cars and no hidden costs you can expect great service from Alpha Car Hire. We pride ourselves on price and service but if you haven't rented from us before, have a look at what our previous customers said about their hire.

Our offices are conveniently located, so whether you are catching a flight into Melbourne or staying in a hotel in the CBD, there will be one close by to you.

Give us a call today on one of the above phone numbers or fill out a quote form and someone will contact you back with your discounted quote.

Australia's ‘City that never sleeps’

Melbourne is Australia's unofficial sporting capital with many major sporting events including the Spring Racing Carnival, the Boxing Day Test, the Australian Open, Ripcurl Pro, the Formula One, Grand Prix and the monster of them all, the AFL Grand Final. Car rental Melbourne is a great way to get around are support your team.

There are other annual events such as the Comedy, Food and Wine, Fashion and International Film Festivals. Another place to find some culture is at Federation Square which is host to popular conventions and museums all year round.

Escape to Phillip Island

A short trip from the city, Phillip Island is a popular escape for city slickers wanting to relax whilst enjoying breathtaking views. The best thing about this island is you really can get there by car! Melbourne car hire will have you covered.

Phillip Island is famous for its international motorcycle and car racing events. Motorsport enthusiasts all over the world over, converge on the Island to see the big name drivers and riders in action on the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Famous for the wildlife that calls the island home, there is an Important Bird Area for Little Penguins, Pacific Gulls and Short-Tailed Shearwaters. There is also the Maru Koala and Animal Park where you can hand feed the animals and lots of opportunity to take great holiday photos. During April they have a Pirate Festival which is really popular with families.

Relax by the beach or enjoy the many dining options available, there is never a shortage of places to go. Another popular thing to do is see the local markets, packed with unique pieces of art, homemade crafts and locally grown produce. Mosaics by the Bay is something unique to see with workshops and classes for beginners and advanced students.

Shopping in Melbourne

You will certainly need to leave a lot of time to go shopping. In Melbourne City popular shopping precincts include Lygon, Collins and Bourke Streets. Our Melbourne City branch is moments away from the famous Victoria Markets which is the only surviving market from the 1900's.

A short drive away is some popular streets for shopping - Smith Street in Collingwood, Chapel Street in Prahran and Carlisle Street in St Kilda all common for discounted stores and latest range fashion. St Kilda hosts twilight markets and brings the city together in the name of unique art, vintage wear and handmade crafts.

Chadstone is Australia's largest shopping centre, holding more than 530 stores (with rumours it's expanding again soon). You will find something to your taste with 11 international fashion houses, Computers and Electronic stores and an array of contemporary fashion stores. Fun fact about Chaddy? On its busiest days it can attract as many as 68,000 in one shopping day.

Victoria Tolls

When you pick up your vehicle, make sure to buy a Melbourne Toll pass. This little pass will ensure you don't receive any post-holiday headaches from unpaid toll fines. Best of all these passes can be used Australia wide so they won't go to waste! The passes can be bought at local service stations and also online. Ask our friendly rental staff how to arrange your tolls - this is part of the great service you can expect at Alpha Car Hire.

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