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question about parking car........

jakarta
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question about parking car........

Hi.........

Thinking about vacationing in Australia sometimes next year.....

Seems to me that renting car is quite common for tourist in Australia to enjoy places outside big cities.

I checked some of car rental companies that have branches in the city and all of them close their offices at around 4-5pm.

My question: If I want to rent a car for a day (close to 24hour), where should I park my car at night? I am pretty sure I will stay in one of the hotel in central business district.

Some of hotels provide parking space with a very expensive rate. Is that my only option?? Where usually tourists like me park their rental car??

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1. Re: question about parking car........

It seems to me that you have 6 possible choices:

1. Don't rent a car and use public transport when in Melbourne. If you want to visit places like Philip Island, the Great Ocean Road or the Yarra Vallyey, just get a car for those days.

2. Pay the parking fees charged by the hotel. Sometimes these can be quite reasonable if you are a guest.

3.Park the car at a cheaper location, like the Casino, but be prepared to walk to your hotel.

4. Stay at a suburban location, away from the city, where the hotel will have free parking.

5. Return your car to the airport where the rental agencies are open whenever flights are leaving or arriving. (MEL has no curfew, so that's almost 24/7)

6. Leave your car at the rental agency after it has closed. They all have a drop box for keys for cars left after hours. If you do this you are risking being liable for any damage that may occur overnight. Make sure you take lots of photos of every panel when you drop it off.

My choice would probably be 4 as long as the hotel was on a tram or train route.

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2. Re: question about parking car........

Melbourne city is quite expensive to park in unfortunately. There are some areas on the streets that don't have parking hours restrictions overnight, that if you are returning in the evening and leaving again the next morning before the restrictions set in you can park for free. These are more on the outskirts of the CBD though.

Melboune
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3. Re: question about parking car........

In fact, the fee for parking overnight in some of the commercial car parks even in the CBD sometimes isn't too bad. One operator (there are others as well) is Wilson, and you may like to check their charges:

wilsonparking.com.au/go/regions/melbourne-cbd

BUT - and it's a big BUT - the catch is that the overnight rate generally ends at 6 am, from which time the (often very expensive) hourly rate starts ticking over!

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4. Re: question about parking car........

Following on from the very good advice you have been given so far........ I would be cautious about hiring a car, Melbourne has a very good transport system and the city center is generally flat and not too large to walk around. And of course there is the free city circle tram. However, I realise you may want to tour away from the city into the country side. If you are travelling from the city for the day, have you given thought to staying over night somewhere (of course this involves some planning and not booking the city hotel for that night) and returning the next day? Generally speaking, country hotels will be cheaper and the parking will be free.

jakarta
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5. Re: question about parking car........

Hi....

evamelb: wow....those are some options.....I am actually thinking about option 1. I will use public transport in the city, but would like to see the infamous ocean road, march of penguin, lighthouse, etc. I will rent a small car for one day only. Rent it in the morning, return it the next morning. I will do the same in Sydney since the blue mountain will probably on my hit list. Returning the car to the airport seems like a good idea. I will research how much the transportation from airport to my hotel.

L0stris: Since I only rent a car one day out of 3-4days in Melbourne, I think I will opt for staying in 'downtown'.

Gat16: I tried the hourly garage once in San Francisco years ago. Still too expensive for me. I will not choose it unless I have to. Thanks for suggesting it, though...

Navy35: For sightseeing within the city, I love walking/using public transportation. This rental car is for that one day when I want to see some tourist spots outside the city.

Thank you for your time and thoughts, you guys.........

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6. Re: question about parking car........

Just a small note, boleder. I think you'll find the Great Ocean Road is "famous", not "infamous" :-) "Infamous" means it has a reputation for being terrible :-)

jakarta
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7. Re: question about parking car........

Hi YorkFoodie...

Sorry....my bad......famous Great Ocean Road...

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8. Re: question about parking car........

No problem, I knew you didn't mean it that way :-D

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