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Self-drive holidays are a satisfying way to travel around Australia. Travel as you please, plan your own itinerary and explore as far as you want. Australia has a good network of well-maintained roads and highways and, for the more intrepid, quite a few dusty tracks to take you into the Outback.

Driving laws

Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is from 50 km/h (32mph) and 100 km/h (62mph) on country roads and highways unless signs indicate otherwise. Speed limits are strictly enforced. Strict drink-driving laws apply and it is compulsory for drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times.

Driving licenses

A bonafide tourist may drive in Australia on a valid driver's license for the same class of vehicle. Licenses must be carried when driving, in addition to a valid passport. If the driver's license is not in the English language, the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An International driver's Permit is not sufficient by itself and must be accompanied by a valid driver's permit.

Motoring clubs

The Australian Automobile Association is affiliated with motoring organizations in most countries of the world. This entitles visitors to free roadside emergency breakdown service, travel guides, route maps, accommodation and camping directories and touring information. For information and assistance contact motoring associations in each Australian state.

Petrol (gas)

Petrol in Australia comes in leaded and unleaded grades and is sold by the litre. Petrol costs between $A1.70 - $A1.90 per litre. LPG gas and diesel are also available. Petrol stations are plentiful; trading hours vary. Most will accept major international credit cards.

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Australia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Australia. 

Learn about the history and culture of Australia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Australia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Australia for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Australia vacations today!

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Australia vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from our selection of New Zealand vacation packagesTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Australia.

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