Car driving on road next to the ocean in Lagoons Beach Conservation Area © Pete Harmsen/Tourism Tasmania

Lagoons Beach, Lagoons Beach Conservation Area, Tasmania © Pete Harmsen/Tourism Tasmania

First-timers’ guide to driving in Australia

Car driving on coastal road in Coffin Bay National Park © Rob Blackburn/Tourism Australia

Avoid Bay, Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia © Rob Blackburn/Tourism Australia

Top tip

If you’re not used to driving on the left, hire a car with automatic transmission so you’ll have one less thing to get used to.

100km/hr road sign near Winton © Lauren Bath

Deniliquin, Cobar Highway, New South Wales © Lauren Bath

Top tip

In cities you may see T2 or T3 signs: these are transit lanes and it means you can only drive in those lanes if you have two or three people (including the driver) in the car.

Caltex service station in Rockhampton © RegionalQueenslander / CC BY-SA

Caltex Service Station, Rockhampton, Queensland © RegionalQueenslander / CC BY-SA

Couple inside car near Robe © South Australian Tourism Commission

Robe, Limestone Coast, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission

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Driving in Australia: road safety and regulations

Family and their campervan parked alongside Tilligerry Creek near BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park © Destination NSW

BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park, Port Stephens, New South Wales © Destination NSW

4WD on a dirt road in the Red Centre © Offroad Images/Tourism NT

Red Centre, Northern Territory © Offroad Images/Tourism NT


Top tip

In the outback and country areas it’s best not to drive at night, as animals such as kangaroos can very difficult to see in the dark.