Picking up guests at the Melbourne Airport arrivals is a challenge. The official word is that you’re supposed to pay for short term parking and meet your guests.
If you keep a keen eye out for the parking officials and time it well Melbourne Airport have kindly supplied this interactive map so you can plan ahead.
One handy tip is to pick up from the departures area and depending on the time of day you can have level 1 almost to yourself while the arrival level is jam packed.
NOTE: You can no longer park/perch anywhere near the freeway entrance on the way in to the airport and there are signs everywhere that explain the heavy fines involved if you’re caught.