Hiring a car is a great way to enjoy the flexibility of getting to know a particular region at your own pace. Australians drive on the left hand side of the road. Speeds and distances are given in kilometres.
International visitors can drive in Australia using their valid overseas licence. If the licence is not written in English, an International Driving Permit or official English translation must also be carried with the licence when driving. Drivers must carry their licence with them at all times and should be aware that Australia strictly controls drink driving, the use of seatbelts and speed limits with random checks and cameras.
When designing your itinerary, visitors planning to self-drive should note that rental cars are restricted to roads which are properly formed and constructed as sealed, metalled or gravel roads. Additionally, restrictions apply with regards taking hire cars on car ferries and driving beyond the city limits in Western Australia and the Northern Territory between dusk and dawn.
We suggest you also check with your local motoring association for reciprocal roadside assistance and other touring benefits with Australian affiliates.