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Where to park for FREE near Melbourne Tullamarine

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Rick93

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I have a three week trip away coming up, and will have a hefty checked luggage on the way back to Tullamarine ( two pax ).

So, I was looking at driving to Melbourne from Sydney ( and return ).

Long Term parking in a paid facility will be about $150 - 200.

Does anyone have experience / advice, about FREE parking reasonably close ( then get a cab in ) ??

Eg. When at Sydney Domestic, I park a few streets away in Mascot, and walk the 500 - 700 metres in.
 

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I notice that on Melrose Drive outside United Airport Parking there is unrestricted parking. Not sure how easy it is to get a sport there. You could then pretend you're staying at the Mantra and get the United bus to the airport for free.
 

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Oh no it will be completely safe abandoned in a random tullamarine st for weeks..... :shock:
 

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Park at a friends house near Tullamarine and get them to drive you? One never gets something for nothing - and the theft or tow away issue could be relevant
 

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I am GM for one of the two off-airport parking operators located on Western Ave. Since 31 October a total of 5 break-ins/burglaries have taken place in neighbouring businesses. This is in Western Ave alone, a relatively busy street with good patrols by police. Many Tullamarine streets are popular with hooning & drag racing, & I've seen first hand the damage done to parked cars when they lose control. To park 2-3 weeks on any street is really pushing the envelope, but in an area where it is clearly unsafe is simply asking for trouble.
 

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Park at a friends house near Tullamarine and get them to drive you? One never gets something for nothing - and the theft or tow away issue could be relevant
I was amazed that anyone would park on the street for 3 weeks . Unless the car isn't worth stealing
 

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Thanks for the responses ...

I'm surprised that nobody does this.

Perhaps I wasn't clear enough ...

I mean, to park for free in a ( relatively ) SAFE location, even if it it's some several kms away.

I thought there may a residential area not too far away, where you could find unrerstricted parking.

I once parked for five days in a residential street at Mascot ( and walked in to Domestic ). I gave the local police a call, to say I have parked it there ... should anyone report a sus car etc.

Sure, there's a risk, but I've had my car damaged in 'paid parking' before .... and you know what those signs say ( upon entry ) .... NO RESPONSIBILITY ACCEPTED !!
 

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Sorry, not being helpful to the OP ... but my experience. Did exactly the same thing a km or so from Perth domestic ... Selected location very carefully, under a light in a residential area, but on a moderately busy street. No contra signs. Got a cab to the airport, pleased with saving a few bucks.

Came back 2 weeks later and ... gone!

Went to nearest police station to report theft. When I described car and location, the constable behind the counter grinned. "We were wondering when you would come back!". It was reported as 'abandoned' and towed to police yard a few suburbs away.

Not a cheap option, as it turned out. But letting police know in advance as you did may have fixed that issue.
 

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Eg. When at Sydney Domestic, I park a few streets away in Mascot, and walk the 500 - 700 metres in.
Be careful, it's not always theft but also damage from residents you need to worry about. I've seen more than a few cars coated in eggs etc. in Mascot streets.
For residents unhappy about others parking in their streets, I'm sure it's obvious when a car has been parked their by a traveller.
 

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Tullamarine is not the safest of suburbs, I would not park my car in that area for more then a day or two.
We are quite lucky in MEL with very reasonable airport parking rates at the long term car park, especially if booked online in advance.
 

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I am reasonably familiar with this general vicinity, having worked round there some years back; and I agree totally with the general sentiment here, there is nowhere at all I would leave a car unattended for any length of time.
 

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Rick93

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Ok, that's enough for me then ...

I get the point.

Thanks for clearing this up in my mind. I'll look at my other options ( including paying the current high price for SYD - MEL / return airfares etc. )
 
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FYI....another option I have used besides:

* Pay Parking
* Friend/relative dropping off
* Public Transport

Is renting a car to the airport (pick up in suburb and drop off at airport). There are often very low promo and corporate rates available. Sometimes this has only cost about $20/30.
 

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I have a three week trip away coming up, and will have a hefty checked luggage on the way back to Tullamarine ( two pax ).

So, I was looking at driving to Melbourne from Sydney ( and return ).

Long Term parking in a paid facility will be about $150 - 200.

Does anyone have experience / advice, about FREE parking reasonably close ( then get a cab in ) ??

Eg. When at Sydney Domestic, I park a few streets away in Mascot, and walk the 500 - 700 metres in.
Wouldn't driving to from Mel cost more than the airfare?
 
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