Today's post is dedicated to the humble park. Often overlooked, they're a great place to have some quality family time in the sun – and they're absolutely free to visit! So, once your plane has landed and your car rental in the Melbourne airport is all sorted out, we suggest you set your sights on the glorious greenery this vibrant city has to offer.

Batman Park

While we can't promise that you'll meet the elusive Caped Crusader here, we can recommend this beautiful park as the perfect spot for a barbecue. East Coast Car Rental's family-sized cars have more than enough room for you, the kids and a generous picnic basket. The park is located on the northern bank of the Yarra River and was in fact named after one of Melbourne's founders, a certain John Batman. Bring your soccer ball and your bathing suit, and get ready for a superb day in the sun.

Alexandra Gardens

Just across the river from the Central Business District, these historical gardens are definitely worth a visit. First laid out in the early twentieth century, the gardens offer beautiful scenery and exciting activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Why not rent a bicycle on site and give the famous Capital City Trail a try? Or, for those interested in more extreme sporting ventures, you can check out the skatepark and showcase your moves.

Docklands Park

This park contains some of the most beautiful public art in the entire country, so it's an excellent place for all you art aficionados out there to get some simultaneous fresh air and culture. But you don't have to worry about the kids getting bored; there's a magnificent interactive 'Play Journey' creative playground in the park for them.

Your car hire in Melbourne is your ticket to these, and the many other, glorious parks that decorate the city.