Driving in Australia

An international visitor may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle. Make sure you carry your licence when driving. If your licence is not in English, you must carry a translation. An international driver's permit is not sufficient by itself and must be accompanied by a valid driver's permit.

For specific information, we suggest you contact the National Roads and Motoring Association (NRMA).

Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road, with the steering wheel located on the right-hand side of the car.

The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60 kilometres an hour. Many suburban areas have 50 and 40 kilometre an hour speed zones especially around schools. On country roads and highways the maximum speed can be up to 110 kilometres an hour.

Strict drink-driving laws apply and random breath testing is common practice in most States and Territories.

Australian law requires drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times. Motorcycle riders and cyclists must wear a helmet at all times. 

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