Mornington Peninsula: the ultimate guide to car rentals, mountains, mazes, and massages

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Who said that road trips are boring and only good for sightseeing? If you’re looking for a short getaway filled with activities, you’ve come to the right place!

The drive to Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne CBD is under 90-minutes and is perfect for a day out with friends or family that are bringing children and seniors along.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast in the city at one of Melbourne’s many world-class cafes. Once you’ve left your troubles and the city behind, enjoy the tranquil scenic drive as you cruise along the coastline of the Peninsula. Upon arriving at Arthur’s Seat Base, take this opportunity to hop out of the car and stretch your legs with a walk around the vicinity to Eagle Base Station where you can see cable cars. As you continue your drive along Arthur’s Seat Road, choose from four lookout points to snap some photos!

Arthur’s Seat Eagle Base Station

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Franklin Point

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Murrays Lookout

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Arthur’s Seat Lookout at sunset

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If you’re feeling hungry, a short 1-minute detour brings you to Arthur’s Hotel where you can enjoy simple locale in a spacious terrace overlooking the bay.

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From Arthur’s Hotel, a 2-minute drive will take you to

*drum roll please*

 

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

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The Garden boasts four hedge mazes, 20 different themed gardens, five giant tube slides, a sculpture park, a massive water fountain, and an indoor 3D maze. They even have an option to go tree surfing and zip lining if you are feeling especially adventurous. Unique photo opportunities are endless! An in-house cafe and various pavilions around the Garden are available to rest your weary feet.

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General Admission (includes mazes, gardens, canopy walk, 3D maze,tube slides):
AUD$30 (adults), AUD$20 (children and seniors)

Additional Tree Surfing and Big Zip: AUD$30 and AUD$10 respectively

There really is something for everyone at the Enchanted Adventure Garden! Be sure to give yourself two to three hours to spend at the Garden before hopping to the next item on the itinerary.

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A 15-minute drive from the Enchanted Adventure Garden will take you to Peninsula Hot Springs, an award-winning natural thermal mineral water hot springs. The waters are filled with healing properties and come from 637-metres below ground. 

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It costs $45 when you enter the hot springs after 9 a.m. and $25 when you enter before. So if you like, you may start this road trip at the hot springs before heading to the Enchanted Maze Garden after. If your budget allows, the $75/pax private bathing package is highly recommended. Private indoor bathing pavillions and private outdoor pools host up to a party of 5, perfect for a single full car road trip! Remember to bring your thongs (Aussie slang for ‘slippers’). Towel and bathrobe hires are available at AUD$5 and AUD$10 per pop.

Kick back, relax and let yourself sink into a warm indulgence with the different bathing experiences including a reflexology walk, a cave pool and a Turkish Hamam.

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Right before the sun starts creeping its way towards the horizon is when you will want to make your way to the peak. Perched atop the springs is a pool where you can marvel at the 360-degree unobstructed view of Mornington. Rolling hills, grazing cattle, and the night sky littered with galaxies of twinkling stars. It truly is a sight to behold and a perfect way to finish the road trip.

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Do book your packages in advance as the hot springs are almost always fully booked. Click here for more details and to book the bathing, spa, dining, and wellness and overnight packages.

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Now that you’ve gotten your Melbourne road trip itinerary planned out, it’s time to make a difficult choice — which car rental company to choose? Having a car is a necessity for every road trip but not all of us may own a car. With so many different car hire companies to choose from, it’s difficult to get our minds set on one. That’s why we’ve done the work for you! We’ve narrowed down Melbourne’s top 5 best rated car rental companies and they are: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Compare their prices:

Brand

Daily Rental Rate ($)

Tax and fees ($)

Daily Excess Reduction ($)

Baby/Child Seat ($)

GPS ($)

Total ($)

AVIS

54

49

27

8

12

150

EUROPCAR

69

72

47

12

16

216

HERTZ

99

29

27

22

21

198

THRIFTY

48

42

31

13

13

147

Note: Total cost of renting a car may be higher than stated in the table above as all Melbourne car rental companies have rental restrictions and/or age surcharge on drivers aged 21 to 24.

*All prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and have been rounded off to the nearest whole number

Some pros and cons of each company to note are,

Avis

Pros

  • Outlets are open 24 hours every day
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Great customer service

Cons

  • Instances where cars have not been thoroughly cleaned and cleared of rubbish
  • Slow pick up during peak hour

Europcar

Pros

  • Quick drop-off time
  • There is an option of Carbon Offset for SGD$3.82/day to offset the carbon emission a standard car emits a day that goes towards planting trees in the Burkina Faso desert
  • User-friendly website
  • Information is easily obtained with little navigation

Cons

  • Highest rate of tax and fees
  • Difficulty locating and parking at Southern Cross Station office’s drop-off point

Hertz

Pros

  • Helpful and pleasant staff
  • Clear signposting at the airport for pick-up and drop-off

Cons

  • Highest baby/child seat and GPS hire rates

Thrifty

Pros

  • Has the lowest rates
  • Good staff service

Cons

  • Difficulties getting petrol at the airport and back to drop-off point
  • Extra charges to drop-off car in the city if it was collected from the airport
  • Instances where car chosen and provided is similar in size but different brand

Hopefully this post helps you with deciding on which car rental company to engage with!

What are you waiting for? Time to share this article and bait your family and friends into going for a road trip to Mornington Peninsula!

 

 

Have any experiences with the car rental companies listed above? We would love to hear about them in the Comments section below!

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