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Can we manage in city without a rental car?

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Can we manage in city without a rental car?

We are staying at Melbourne Tower/City Tower, 173-183 City Road, Southbank (between Power and Balston Streets). We are a family of 5.

What is the best way to get there from the airport?

Can we go to the Australian Open Tennis Center by public transport?

I hope that we can do these things without renting a car. Thanks.

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1. Re: Can we manage in city without a rental car?

Skybus will take you to Southern Cross Station by bus, and give you a mini-bus transfer to your hotel.

Taxi is another option.

You will have no problem getting to the tennis by public transport, in fact driving wouldn't be sensible.

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2. Re: Can we manage in city without a rental car?

Cars are a liability in any big city and Melbourne is no exception. In fact it probably has the best (and one of the cheapest) public transport systems in the country. Parking is difficult and expensive so forget a hire car unless you're planning a day trip out of Melbourne and then just hire the car for that day.

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3. Re: Can we manage in city without a rental car?

Fantastic! That's what I was hoping. Thanks, guys!

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4. Re: Can we manage in city without a rental car?

I live in the area, own a car but rarely drive it. Parking in and around the city is hard to find and expensive. The Tennis Center is walking distance from Southbank.

If you take the Skybus from the airport to the city, you can get a return family ticket for $56. The Skybus shuttle is a free service that will take you from Southern Cross Station in the city to your hotel.

From Southbank, the CBD, Tennis Center, MCG, Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, NGV, Federation Square and lots of great restaurants are all within easy walking distance. For a great view of the city you might want to go to the Edge http://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/the-edge.asp - assuming you aren't worried about heights. It is 5 minutes walk from where you are staying. If you want to take the kids to Scienceworks http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/ the easiest way to get the from Southbank is to take the Williamstown ferry that leaves from Southbank - also a 5 minute walk. There is a free City Circle Tram that will take you around the more popular sites in and around the city. It's a brown tram (rather than the green public transport trams) There is also a free Toursist Shuttle bus that will take you further afield. The website is thatsmelbourne.com.au/Gettingaroundthecity/V…

If you want to go to Philip Island or the GOR, you can either hire a care for the day or take one of the many organized day tours.

For a more leisurely and fun way to see the city, you can rent a bike for the day and ride along the river.

Enjoy our beautiful city.

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5. Re: Can we manage in city without a rental car?

Great information that I will take with me. Thanks so much, Evamelb!

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