There is always something happening in Victoria's bustling capital, and organising a rental car from the Melbourne airport is the best way to make sure you see and do everything!
Here are just two of the events you can look forward to in the coming week.
The vibrant and colourful Diwali will take place on Saturday, October 26, in Federation Square. This is your chance to see everything India has to offer in terms of music, dance and culture.
If you're in town between October 21 and 25, you may want to attend one or all of the Bollywood film screenings that are taking place – absolutely free of charge – in Federation Square. We're particularly looking forward to 'Barfi', a romantic comedy starring Ranbir Kapoor, which will be screening on Friday at 5.30pm.
There will also be outdoor dance performances and a horse carriage decorated for Diwali roaming the streets of Melbourne on Tuesday and Wednesday – so keep an eye out for these!
On Saturday, the fun starts at 11am with food stalls and the bazaar opening for business. We suggest you grab a bite to eat and hang around until 1pm, when activities for children – including face painting, dancing and a craft workshop – will begin.
From 3pm to 7pm, there will be an open Bhangra workshop, a live band (The Fifths), an oath ceremony and "collaborative fusion dance items" from Chinese, Chilean, Fijian and African artists.
While you're enjoying all the sights and sounds of Diwali, don't forget to check out the arts and crafts manufactured by local and international artists from India, China, Fiji and Chile, which will be on display throughout Federation Square.
The festival will officially open at 7pm, with a performance by the Chhau Folk Dance Troupe from India and a magnificent fireworks display at around 9.30pm.
Diwali promises to be an inexpensive and fun-filled day out for the whole family – so grab a rental car in Melbourne and drive to Federation Square this weekend!
The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoffrey Rush
We're huge fans of Geoffrey Rush, and encourage you to check out his exhibition at the Arts Centre. October 26 is your last chance to see this fascinating collection of memorabilia from Geoffrey Rush's extensive and varied acting career.
The versatile actor helped curate and develop the exhibition, which displays costumes, photographs and personal items from his many film roles.
You will see objects and images from plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest and The Diary of a Madman, as well as films Pirates of the Caribbean, The King's Speech and Quills.
While you're at the Arts Centre, make sure you take advantage of the events and activities that are taking place on a daily basis. We recommend checking out the Gallery and State Theatre Tour, which will give you a fantastic overview of the Arts Centre and Theatres Building.
The tour costs $20 per person, and will take you about an hour to complete. You will learn about the iconic Theatres Building's fascinating history, and gain some valuable insight into the current exhibitions taking place at Arts Centre.
Just before the tour concludes, you will get to enjoy a refreshing glass of sparkling wine – produced locally, of course – and hear the the Arts Centre's well-informed guides speak about some of the most famous performances that have taken place within the Theatres Building.
Or, check out Hamer Hall, which has just been redesigned to include the best in sound technology, while still retaining many of its original and iconic features. This tour also ends with a glass of wine and delicious canapes to boot – what more could you want?