If you’re planning a trip to Australia you’re more than likely considering hiring a car and driving to where you want to go rather than relying on public transport.
Australia is a huge place and the roads between cities are long, but don’t let that put you off, the freedom of having your own transport can really enhance your trip.
Driving in Australia might seem daunting at first but you should get used to the differences in no time. One thing to bear in mind is that the road signs in Australia aren’t always the same as the signs you’ll find at the side of British roads. With that in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide to Australian road signs.
The warning signs in Australia are very different to those you’ll find in the UK. They’re typically diamond shaped with a yellow or fluorescent yellow background.
This sign means you’re approaching a roundabout.
This sign means you’re approaching a roundabout with directional lanes.
Prohibitory or Regulatory signs
Prohibitory (or regulatory signs as they’re known in Australia) inform drivers of the rules of the road. You must obey the signs or you risk getting a fine or having points added to your licence.
This is an Australian stop sign.
This sign means one way (left).
This sign means give way at the roundabout.
Guide and information signs
This sign tells driver to reduce their speed.
This sign means there is a speed limit ahead (60kmh)
Freeway signs are found exclusively on Australia’s freeways.
This is the sign for the exit.
If you see this sign it means you’re going the wrong way.
This is a tourist drive marker.
This is a Metroad marker used in Brisbane and Queensland.
Roadwork signs inform drivers of any potential disruptions and help keep workers safe.
This sign means there are road works ahead.
This sign means there could be loose gravel from the road works.
The road signs in Australia are very different to the signs back home in the UK, so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with them before you head off on your trip.