Driving in Australia is a fantastic way to see the country on your own terms without having to rely on public transport, but before you jet off, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you’re fully prepared for your adventure.
We’ve put together a handy checklist that includes everything you need to know before you get behind the wheel in Australia.
- Vital documents
- Full, valid UK driving licence (this will last up to 3 months – if you want to drive for longer than 3 months you’ll have to apply for a local licence before the 3 months is up)
- Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
- Proof of ID (Passport)
- Driving laws and regulations can be different depending on where you are in Australia. Use the following as a guide only and make sure you look into the specific rules of the road for the state or territory you’re in.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and can carry severe penalties
- Seatbelts must be worn at all times by the driver and any passengers
- The use of mobile phones is prohibited while driving unless it has a hands free mode.
- Cyclists and motorcyclists must wear a helmet at all times while riding on Australian roads
- Some freeways in Australia have tolls and to use them you must either open an account and apply for an eTag or buy a pass before you set off.
- Depending on where you’re driving, you should be aware that there might be animals such as kangaroos on the road
- Reduce your speed on unsealed roads
- Ensure all fluids are topped up and that you have enough fuel for your journey
- Check your spare tyre is in a roadworthy condition
- Make sure you carry enough water and refreshments for your journey, especially on longer trips as there may be nowhere to buy these things once you’re on the road
- Take a GPS system and a map to avoid getting lost