Layover in Melbourne | Travel Tips: Your Ultimate Layover Itinerary

Travel Tips: Your Ultimate Layover Itinerary

A layover may seem like the longest, dullest part of a holiday... But it doesn’t have to be! During your next layover in Melbourne Airport, don’t waste any of your precious time by sitting in the terminal and watching the clock. Instead, keep up that holiday excitement by taking this opportunity to explore the region surrounding Melbourne Airport. There’s an exciting array of family-friendly activities less than a 20-minute drive from the airport. Here at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, we have selected our top recommendations to turn your next layover into a mini holiday!  

Freshen Up

Be it a short or red-eye flight, all you can think about is a refreshing shower after you’ve landed. Just take a short 2-minute walk across the sky bridge and you can freshen up at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport with our Short Stay Hourly Accommodation offer. Book a room to freshen up, take a nap, or utilise our fitness centre, swimming pool or sauna. You have the flexibility to decide how long you’d like to stay – be it three, five or eight hours. 


Surf’s Up

Start off the day by hitting up Melbourne’s infamous surf park, URBN Surf, to brush up on your surfing skills! Opening January 2020, this surf park is a mere 7-minute drive from Melbourne Airport. You can hire a surf board and hit the waves or simply soak up the atmosphere and sun. There are lawns to laze on, hot tubs to soak in and you can visit ‘Three Blue Ducks’ for some snacks and beverages. 

Get directions to URBN Surf


A Taste of Victoria’s Best

The Sunbury Wine Region is one that tends to fly under the radar, but it’s one of Victoria’s oldest wine regions and well worth exploring. For lunch and some wine tasting, head to Arundel Farm Estate, which is only an 11-minute drive from the airport. Set in a beautiful 156-year-old bluestone manor, Arundel Farm Estate has a 150-seat restaurant and a cellar door. At the cellar door, you can either taste some of their greatest years or opt for a picnic in the garden, with a cheese board and bottle of wine.

Get directions to Arundel Farm Estate



Retail Therapy

If shopping is your choice of cardio, it’s time to visit DFO Essendon. Only a short 14-minute drive from PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport and you will arrive at a shopaholic’s haven. You’ll find over 100 well-known brands such as Adidas, Bonds, Cotton On, Country Road, Mimco and Quiksilver. Whether you’re treating yourself to something special or buying presents for your loved ones, there is something for everyone at DFO Essendon.

Get directions to DFO Essendon


Looking for a thrill?

At iFLY, you can forget about the dangers typically associated with sky jumping, and instead enjoy the adrenaline rush –  without having to jump off an actual plane! With a vertical wind tunnel and wall-to-wall cushioning, you’re in for an exhilarating free-fall experience. What’s more, flyers can be as young as three years old (or over 100), so it’s fun for the whole family. Simply take a 14-minute drive from the airport and you’re ready to fly!

Get directions to iFLY



There are many travel options to choose from to get you to all of the stops mentioned above but we recommend hiring a car from Europcar so that you can enjoy your day at your own leisurely pace. A car hire for a full day will typically cost around AUD130. 


If you still have some time to spare at the end of the day, watch the planes take off from the comfort of Bar Airo at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport. Let that holiday spirit live on with a wine (or two) and a bite from our delicious menu.

Not sure what to pack for your next trip? Read our latest article on the top 10 things to pack in your bag for your next flight!

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