Driving in Australia
Road rules of Australia
We have put together some key Australian road rules to help awareness of different driving laws in foreign countries.
These rules are to be used as a guide, please be aware that rules are subject to change and are correct as of January 2015. Please ask your Avis representative if any queries arise.
Please ask your Avis representative about toll charges 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