Driving Tips in Australia - Sixt rent a car


Driving in Australia differs from most countries so it’s a good idea to be aware of some road rules if you are planning on driving there. Sixt has provided a guide with some driving tips that you can read to help you on your road trip.

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Rules & Regulations

Below is a guide which you should read before you start driving in Australia.

  • Drive on the left hand side.
  • Seat belts must be worn by all occupants traveling in the vehicle. The driver is responsible for making sure that all passengers wear seat belts.
  • Children and babies must be restrained in approved child booster seats, in some states up to 7 years old.
  • The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% throughout Australia.
  • You are not permitted to use a handheld mobile phone when driving.
  • Park on the left had side of the road well clear of all traffic. Do not park facing the oncoming traffic as you will face a fine.
  • It is illegal to turn left on a red traffic signal unless signposted.
  • In some states it is illegal to do a U-turn at a traffic signal unless otherwise signed. In Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory this move is allowed on a right arrow except where signposted.
  • If you’re traveling on a highway or freeway, Australian traffic rules say you should stay on the left lane (or one of the left lanes if there are more than two lanes going in the one direction) unless you're overtaking. There would be signs to remind you of this.
  • If you are entering and crossing an intersection the vehicle to your right has right of way unless they are stopped by a STOP or YIELD sign.
  • At a T intersection, the motorist driving straight through has the right of way.

Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start your trip in Australia.

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Speed Limits

The standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are as follows:

  • school zones 25-40 kmph
  • built-up residential areas 50-60 kmph
  • country roads and highways 100-130 kmph
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Things to Bring Along

It is compulsory to have the following equipment with you when driving in Australia:

  • UK driver’s licence
  • International driving permit
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Additional Information

  • Some motorways, bridges, and tunnels in or near Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney require payment of tolls. In some cases (especially in Melbourne and Sydney), some tolls can only be paid electronically with a transponder fitted inside the car – not in cash. If you drive on such a road without a transponder, a photo is taken of your vehicle's number plate, and you have a day to phone a number or visit a website and arrange payment (plus an additional processing fee) before a fine is issued. There are information signs about phone numbers and websites at toll collection points.
  • Permits are often necessary to travel through aboriginal tribal lands in certain remote areas. Most of these are in Western Australia, South
  • Australia and the Northern Territory.
  • Outside of major cities and the main routes between some state capitals, Australian highways are mainly two lane, undivided, sealed asphalt roads. Conditions can be dangerous because there is no barriers or dividers from oncoming traffic and the roads can be in bad condition.
  • Be careful when driving at night as native animals become active at this time and can appear on roads.
  • If you are traveling between towns and cities in remote areas make sure you have plenty of fuel in your car as there can be long distances until the next petrol station. Make sure you also have a spare tyre and plenty of food and water too.
  • 000 is the number for emergency services in Australia.

Sixt has branches in all the major cities of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Cairns.
Australia has so many places to visit as well as lots of cities so use your Sixt car hire to travel around the magnificent countryside.

* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.