If you are arriving in Melbourne by air, the best and most convenient place to hire a car is at the airport. And, like all the major airports in Australia, Melbourne Tullamarine has them all—in both the domestic and international halls: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Thrifty.
Just outside the airport perimeter is Vizivo Car Hire, offering ‘trade rates’. In the CBD, as you would expect, there are a number of car hire companies offering a variety of vehicles from small to large, both auto and manual, and at an array of rates.
The large multi-nationals are all represented, but sometimes it worth checking out some of the locals—you might be surprised with the bargains to be had. Melbourne Car rentals are based in both the city and the airport and offer good rates for travellers. Red Spot and East Coast Rentals also have Melbourne CBD branches.
If budget hire is what you are looking for, the aptly named Rent a Bomb in Richmond is one such company, as is No Frills Rentals in the CBD and Rent Not a Wreck in West Melbourne. Specialist sports car hire and chauffeured limousines are also available, as are classic cars through Melbourne Classic Car Hire. You can also get huge American limos from Hummer Limousines in Docklands.
As you would expect, campervan hire companies are many and varied in Melbourne. Backpackers, Aussie Campers, Calypso, Apollo. Maui, and Wicked—which is probable the best value for backpackers—are all available. All will require a full licence, the driver to be over 21, and a credit card to pay and validate the hire. The rentals will come with full comprehensive insurance and roadside breakdown assistance. Always check before leaving the depot.