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Driving in Australia during holiday.

Wokingham, United...
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Driving in Australia during holiday.

With my UK Driver's Licence in mind, is there any age restriction imposed on me? And, do I need to have the paper part of my licence with me or is the photo-card part enough on its own?


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1. Re: Driving in Australia during holiday.

Please remove your post. You should never post your email address or other personal data on a public forum. You will be targeted by troll, scammers etc.

You’ll find that many car hire companies charge more or won’t hire to young drivers.

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2. Re: Driving in Australia during holiday.

read this link about hiring a car in Australia - age restriction - what is your age ?



And yes, remove your email address (it is not required for TA posts)

www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au for car hire prices/choices

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3. Re: Driving in Australia during holiday.

From the UK Govt website:

You can drive in Australia using your UK driving licence as long as you remain a temporary overseas visitor; your UK licence is valid; you haven’t been disqualified from driving anywhere; and your licence is not suspended or cancelled, or your visiting driving privileges withdrawn.

If you intend to stay in Australia and you hold a permanent visa, you can drive using your UK licence for a maximum of 3 months. To continue driving, you must get a local licence within this 3 month period.

You must carry your driving licence and passport when driving. Make sure you have sufficient insurance, including if you borrow a car from a friend or relative. Hire car insurance often doesn’t cover driving on unsealed roads; check your policy before you set off.

In 2016 there were 1,293 road deaths in Australia. This equates to 5.3 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2016.

Driving laws and regulations differ in each state/territory. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal. The penalties can be severe. You must wear a seat belt at all times.

If you’re hiring a car immediately on arrival be extra careful - you will be jetlagged and tired from your flight. Take regular rest breaks when driving long distances; there are many rest stops provided.

Prepare thoroughly if driving in remote outback areas, which can present unexpected hazards. Ensure you have a roadworthy vehicle fitted with GPS and two spare tyres. Take good maps and extra food, water and fuel. Plan your route carefully and seek local advice before you set out. Leave your route details and expected time of return with the local tourist authorities, police, your hotel/hostel, or friends and relatives and let them know when you’ve arrived safely.

Check road conditions before beginning your journey; stay with your vehicle if it breaks down; and avoid travelling in extreme heat conditions. Sudden storms and strong winds can make driving difficult. Take particular care when driving on unsealed roads, 4WD tracks and desert/beach roads. Northern Territory Police have in the past warned tourists to stay off unsealed tracks in remote areas of Central Australia following reports of stranded motorists.

Following a number of serious accidents, all vehicles on Fraser Island must observe a maximum speed of 80km/h on beaches and 30km/h in towns. 4WD vehicles must carry no more than 8 occupants (including the driver) and all luggage must be carried inside the vehicle. Avoid driving at night and be aware of beach hazards like ditches created by the surf. Fraser Island is unique but remote, and emergency services can take many hours to reach an accident. Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit and personal medication as there is no pharmacy on the island.


I would add this:

1. If your UK licence will expire during your stay in Australia, you will need to have a back-up International Drivers Licence.

2. Road and driving rules vary between each State and Territory. This is despite there being a National Road Code with some uniform rules. But, there are variations. For example, in NSW you are not allowed to make a U-turn at a set of traffic lights, but in Victoria you are. From 1 September in NSW if you pass a stationary emergency vehicle flashing red and blue lights you must slow down to 40km/h, including on the other side of the road unless there is a median strip.

3. Signposting of roads conforms to international protocols. This has included recent renaming of all our highways and motorways.

4. GPS is pretty good in Australia, but I would still recommend getting an actual map, especially if you intend to rely on Google, which can be iffy at times. For example, if you want to drive to the Blue Mountains, don't search for a route to the "Blue Mountains" because Google has now placed it in the middle of an inaccessible valley. Type in "Katoomba" the main town in the BM.

Enjoy your trip and remember: don't put your email address in posts.

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4. Re: Driving in Australia during holiday.


Like the others have said if you have a valid UK licence you can drive as a visitor to Australia. Renting a car however may be problematic if under twenty five or over eighty.


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