As a mate of mine from Mildura said, you just pay your couple of hundred bucks and your in Melbourne 45 minutes later, do what you've got to do and home in time for tea.As against a 6 hour drive, a couple of hundred dollars in fuel and a day out of your life in a total prik of a drive. Otherwise a three hour drive to Adelaide.
Just because your somewhat ill-informed 'mate' says pay your couple of hundred bucks EACH WAY, that may well suit him.
Never mind the expense of getting to Mildura airport..Taxi fare or friends/relatives having to drop you off out there, then the one hour trip to Melbourne...the 'couple of hundred bucks'. Then how do you get from Melbourne airport to where you are going in the metropolis?
As your mate seems to be cashed up, no doubt he'll take a taxi. Add at least another hundred bucks or so to/from Melbourne airport. A very expensive exercise indeed.
Then you wonder why the locals after 20+ years are still advocating the return of the train. No doubt also many of the tens of thousands of travellers who used Mildura airport are happy to be ripped off the couple of hundred bucks, plus the additional travel expenses when they travel on the 'faster' and more 'convenient' airlines.
Those of us who think about how we travel and are happy to live with 3 hour travel difference as a good trade off for the convenience in travel modes save mega$ for around $100 return, $50 concession and go by V/Line.
Flogging a dead horse
I think not...
PS, as Adelaide is over 400Km from Mildura, your mate risks losing his licence and having his car impounded if he's covering that distance in 3 hours..