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As the world's sixth largest country, Australia is roughly the same size as mainland USA and nearly 50% larger than Europe. With so much wide open space to enjoy, driving is a popular way to discover the beauty and attractions of Australia. Giving you the freedom to explore whatever you want to see at your own pace, rental cars are the perfect way to discover everywhere from major cities to country towns, wilderness areas and even some of the remotest areas in the country.
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Australia offers a quality road network with major roads and highways connecting some of the most beautiful regions all of the country. Rental cars are available from a number of reputable operators at the airport, major cities and throughout the country and are usually no older than 8 months. Featuring air conditioning and automatic transmission, rental car drivers must be at least 21 years of age and hold a current driver’s license, however an international license isn’t necessary. Renters should also be aware that any traffic infringements or fines incurred in the rental car will be sent to the rental company who reserve the right to charge you for these.
Speed limits are expressed in kilometres and range from 60km/h in towns and cities to 50km/h in residential areas and 100km/h on highways unless otherwise indicated.
Drink driving is a serious offense and is heavily policed with random breath testing checking that driver blood alcohol levels fall below the legal limit of 0.5% in all Australian states.
Some rental companies restrict vehicles from entering certain areas and bordering crossings due to weather and road conditions. If you are unsure, discuss this with your rental company prior to rental.
Petrol (Gasoline) is sold by the litre in leaded and unleaded grades, costing between AUD $1.40 to AUD $2.00 per litre.
Australianís drive on the left hand side of the road and drivers must keep to the left of the centre line on the road unless turning right or overtaking.
Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times when the vehicle is moving. Children must also be properly restrained in an approved child restraint which can be hired along with the car.
When travelling in the outback bring adequate water supply (approx. 5L per person per day), detailed maps and driving guides and remain on recognised routes. Advise someone of your route, destination and ETA and if you breakdown, remain with your vehicle until help arrives.