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    Driving Information Australia

    Driving Licence Requirements

    The driving licence requirement in Australia is that you must have a valid UK driving licence. You must carry your licence when driving, in addition to a valid passport.

    Age Restrictions

    To drive in Australia you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. The maximum Australia age restriction for a car hire with some suppliers is 75 years old.

    Driving Distances

    • Airlie Beach to Mackay - 150kms (2hours)

    • Brisbane to Coolangatta - 102kms (1hour/15mins)

    • Sydney to Woolongong - 85kms (1hour/25mins)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General Australia driving information, laws, rules and regulations:

    • Driving in Australia is done on the left-hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Australia are mandatory.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

    • There are plenty of petrol stations in Australia, which are open for different hours depending on location. Most accept international credit cards.


    In Australia, a considerable number of freeways have been tolled in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Notably, there is a toll to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Australian tolls are collected either electronically or in cash-toll kiosks, although Australia is moving towards a completely electronic toll collection.

    Parking Information

    Parking lots and metres are common in major Australian cities. In Brisbane and other cities, you may park at a metre bay for up to 2 hours.

    One-Way Car Hire

    Due to the sheer size of Australia, domestic one-way car hires are available between select rental locations in Australia. Some rentals have return fees (check with the supplier) and minimum rental lengths may apply.

    If you plan to drive with an Australia car hire you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier.

    In Sydney and other great cities, it is best to plan ahead. Be sure to read through some of the above rules, regulations and general Australia driving information to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

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    Australia Airport Information

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