Driving in Australia
Key road rules in Australia you need to know
When you are hiring a car abroad, it’s useful to be prepared for the different driving laws in the country you are travelling to as well as checking the documents you need to carry.
To help make your trip to as smooth as possible, we've put together some of the key road rules in Australia.
- These rules are to be used as a guide and are subject to change. Please check with your Avis representative if you have any questions.
- Your Avis representative can advise you on toll and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Australia location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.
Which Side of the Road?
In Australia, please drive on the LEFT side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- A number of motorways in Australia have electonic tolls only and do not accept cash.
- Avis vehicles in Australia are equipped with an Electronic Toll tag to provide a stress-free way of using toll roads. A credit card will need to be presented for the chargeback of toll road usage during your rental.
- Road Trains are a common sight on Northern Territory roads and can be up to 53.5 metres in length. Look for at least one kilometre of clear road before attempting to pass.
In Australia, all speed limits are indicated by road signs. Generally, speed limits range between:
- Cities and Towns: 24-37 mph (40-60 km/h)
- Country Roads and Highways: 49-68 mph (80-110km/h)
These are a guide only, and you should always follow the speed limit indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt
- Children less than 145cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
- Fire Department