Australia is a developed country with roads that are well-signed, well-paved and easy to navigate. The driving rules across the eight states are essentially similar, with Melbourne having an extra few.
Driving Etiquette and Rules
- Left-hand drive
- Seat belts and child restraints must be worn by ALL passengers
- Overcrowding is illegal. Everyone has to be properly seated so sedans would fit a maximum of 5 people
- Drivers in Australia are generally considerate and law-abiding. Always give way to pedestrians and follow the speed limits
- In general, if there are no signs, the default speed limit on urban/built-up roads is 50km/h and 100km/h for all others
- Unless there is a dedicated turn light (or the signs say otherwise), you are allowed to make a left/right turn when the light for going straight ahead is green. It is then your responsibility to wait until all pedestrians have finished crossing and that there are no oncoming cars before you take your turn
- Using a handheld mobile to talk or SMS is subject to heavy fines. A hands-free kit or speaker phone is permitted but not recommended as it can still impair your concentration
Drivers License Requirements
- As a temporary visitor, you can drive on your existing overseas licence
- Always have a copy of your driver’s licence. If it’s not in English, you should have an official translation or an International Driving Permit or International translation of drivers license.
- Carry some sort of evidence that you are a genuine visitor e.g. tourist visa, letter from educational institutions, employers or diplomatic offices