The most important thing you need to know about driving in Australia is that we drive on the left. If you’ve grown up driving on the other side of the road, just remember that the driver should always be close to the centre of the road. And stay in the left lane unless you’re overtaking (always pass on the right); a broken white line in the middle of the road means you can overtake if it’s safe – if there are two lines you can only overtake when the one closest to you is broken.
Lagoons Beach, Lagoons Beach Conservation Area, Tasmania © Pete Harmsen/Tourism Tasmania
First-timers’ guide to driving in Australia
From buying fuel to road tripping in the outback, here’s everything you need to know about driving holidays in Australia.
By Lee Atkinson
Road trip holidays are one of the most interesting and popular ways to explore Australia. Whether you want to hug the coast or head off on an outback adventure, you’ll find plenty of scenic routes. There are convenient options for hiring a car or campervan, and our road network is expansive. Some regional and outback areas have dirt roads, but major roads are sealed and well signposted. Plus, fuel is easy to find (though if you are planning to drive in a remote area, it’s wise to carry a spare container of fuel). Once you leave the major cities, traffic is light and most drivers are polite – waving hello to fellow motorists is an Aussie tradition.