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Driving in Australia

Driving in a foreign country is always different in at least some ways to driving in your own country. If you plan to drive in Australia, please read this information carefully.

 

Driver’s licence

As an international visitor, for a maximum of three months after arrival you are able to drive in Australia using your current, valid driving licence issued in the country in which you live. Your licence should be carried with you at all times when driving. Please note, however, if your licence is not in English, you must carry an official English translation when driving in Australia, or hold an International Drivers Licence.

 

Road rules

Australian vehicles are driven on the left side of the road, as in many other countries such as Great Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, India and South Africa. In general, Australian road rules follow international standards but note you are not allowed to turn left at an intersection when the traffic lights are red.

 

Speed limits

Speed limits are in kilometres per hour (kph), not miles per hour (mph). Unless otherwise specified, the speed limit is 50 kph (31 mph) in towns and cities and 100 kph (62 mph) on highways and regional roads. The speed limits are strictly monitored by law enforcement, and speeding may result in an infringement notice and fine.

  • Speed conversion to imperial: 1 kph equals 0.621 mph.
  • Speed conversion to metric: 1 mph equals 1.61 kph.

 

Driving and alcohol consumption

Drink driving laws in Australia are very strict and there are often random checks made on drivers to test their blood/alcohol levels. You must not drive if you have more than 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. This level is lower if you are under the age of are a provisional or learner driver.

 

Driving and mobile phones

It is illegal to drive or ride a vehicle while using a hand-held mobile phone. The penalty is a significant fine. This means that talking, sending or receiving text messages, playing games or taking photos are illegal when using a hand-held phone.

It is also illegal to perform these activities when your vehicle is stopped but not parked, for example when you are waiting at traffic lights.

 

Seat belts

Drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts at all times whilst driving in Australia.

 

Fuel

Petrol (gasoline) costs approximately AUD$1.10-$1.30 per litre and is available in at least two grades (Regular unleaded and E10, ethanol 10%). Diesel costs approximately AUD$1.25 per litre. Prices can vary greatly depending on whether you are in a city or regional area and by the day of the week, with the cheapest day to fill up generally being a Tuesday.

  • Fuel conversion to imperial: 1 litre equals 0.26 US gallons or 0.22 UK gallons.
  • Fuel conversion to metric: 1 gallon US equals 3.79 litres and UK equals 4.55 litres.
     


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