Road Trip Around Australia – See Down Under By Car

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A road trip can be one of the best ways to see Australia. While many tourists travel from one location to the next by air, they miss much of the wide-open spaces and natural beauty of The Great Southern Land.

But before you get behind the wheel, there are a few things you should consider.

Anyone holding a foreign license written in English can drive on Australian roads for a period of up to three months. Travelers who do not have a license in English can apply for an International Driving Permit before arriving in Australia.

Remember that Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road. This can be difficult for many travelers to become accustomed to at first, especially when navigating busy city areas. To accommodate this change, Australian cars see drivers sitting in the right hand side of their vehicles and controlling the gear shift with the left. The configuration of pedals follows the world standard.

Speed limits on urban roads are typically 60 km/h, while drivers can travel at 100 km/h on most highways. However, drivers should always look out for road signs to indicate the maximum speed. Police enforce speed limits with the use of roadside cameras and patrol cars.

Australian law requires drivers and passengers to wear a seatbelt at all times. Infants and small children must be secured in a safety capsule or baby seat. Drivers must be sober, with a blood alcohol level of less than 0.05%. Police conduct random breath tests to enforce this rule.

The size of Australian can also bewilder visitors at first. It’s possible for drivers to travel for several hours between towns, so drivers should plan their fuel and refreshment stops accordingly.

See Australia's Outback by road

See the Australian Outback by Road

While urban roads and major highways are generally in good condition, it’s often a different story in remote areas of the country such as The Outback. Many roads may be unsealed dirt tracks which require careful navigation.

While driving on highways can often become monotonous, it’s important to stay alert at all times. This is particularly true around bush and farming regions, where animals may use the roads for crossing. It’s recommended that drivers take a break every two hours to ensure they are attentive enough to respond to hazards.

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