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The Complete Australia Driving and Rental Guide

From coast to the vast extension of outbacks, self-drive touring is one of the most recommended ways to explore the Down Under. We have prepared this guide for you to help you ease your mind when planning a trip to Australia.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Do not overtake on the left-hand side and do not overtake if there are solid white lines. At roundabouts, you must give way to vehicles already on the roundabout and select your lane early.

Speed Limit

There are speed limits of 100-130 km/h on freeways and 50 km/h in built-up areas.

Traffic Signs

These are some specific signs you may encounter and be unfamiliar with when driving in Australia. Even though most of them are self-explanatory, it is strongly advised to make sure you can understand them before taking the road.


Australian regulatory signs have different shapes.

Australia traffic sign give wayGive Way
stopStop
Australia Traffic Sign No U TurnNo U-turn
Australia Traffic Sign Speed Limit50 km/h Speed Limit
Australia Traffic Sign Speed DerestrictionSpeed Derestriction

Warning signs are diamond-shaped and mostly with a yellow background.

Speed Limit Ahead (Used in Western Australia)Steep DescentTwo-way Traffic AheadPedestriansRailway Level Crossing on Road AheadRailway Level Crossing on Road Ahead (Skewed) (Left)Railway Level Crossing on Road Ahead (Skewed) (Right)

Information signs are rectangular with red or green backgrounds.

Autralia Traffic Sign ExitExitAustralia Traffic Sign Reduce Speed NowReduce Speed Now

For a complete traffic and road signs, you may refer to this Australia road user handbook.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

All passengers are required to have their seatbelt fastened at all times when the vehicle is moving. Failure to do so can result in a fine of AU$250.

Booster Seat Laws

Babies up to 6 months must be installed on a rear-facing car seat, and children from 6 months to 4 years are allowed on both forward and rear-facing seats.


Please be aware that children up to 4 years old cannot travel on the front seat unless the car is a two-seater.


Finally, a booster seat or forward facing seat must be used for children between 4 and 7 years old. A child of this age is only allowed on the front seat if there is no other seat available for them.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

· Forbidden Parking


Cars are not allowed to be parked on the following spots as doing so can result in a fine:


- On the footpath or nature strip as these places are for people.


- On a yellow line.


- In a way that blocks other cars from entering or exiting the driveway. In an emergency, the car may be towed away.


- Less than10 metres (approximately 2 large car lengths) from an intersection so that other cars can safely pass without causing danger.


- In a place that has been marked with ‘No Stopping’ or ‘No Standing’. A ‘No Standing’ sign indicates motorist may not park a car unless they remain in the vehicle and for no more than three minutes.


· Parking Signs

Parking signs in Australia may specify multiple times, places, durations, restrictions and vehicle categories in a condensed form on a single sign. Letter P signs are 'permissive' parking signs where parking is permitted for the time specified. A guide to the most common parking signs is below:


- '1/2P', '1P', '3P': Vehicles can be parked here for half an hour, one hour, or three hours.


- '630AM-730 PM Mon-Fri'
: Vehicles may be parked here only at the specified times - in this case, between 06:30 and 19:30 from Monday to Friday.


- 'P'(no number): Permissive parking zone


- '15 minute', '20 minute', '45 minute': Vehicles may be parked here only for the specified number of minutes


· Paid Parking

There are municipal parking garages and lots, metered parking alongside the road and ticket machine parking in most towns and cities.

Australia Parking Metre(Image from alphaairportparking.com.au)

Fuel Prices

The average value for Australia gasoline price during July to October 2017 is AU$1.26, while diesel is 3 cents higher.

Toll

Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are the only three cities in Australia featuring toll roads. Toll roads in Australia use free-flowing tolling, with no toll booth along the entire length of the system to optimize traffic flow. An electronic toll collection system is usually used instead.


If you plan to use toll roads in Australia, we suggest you rent an e-toll/e-pass device from the car hire company, enabling an automatic payment of the toll fee directly from your credit card. Please note that e-toll/e-pass devices are subject to availability at the rental desk. (Image from australiahereandnow.com)


If you have any question related to your toll fee billing, feel free to contact QEEQ' 24/7 customer service team for assistance.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

In all states of Australia, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers is below 0.05%. Drink driving is treated as a major offence and any person driving a vehicle over the legal limit may face penalties ranging from the suspension, disqualification or cancellation of their licence, fines to imprisonment, depending on the gravity of the offence.

Traffic Fines

Failure to pay the road or parking violation fines can have some long-term consequences, especially for international travellers. Not paying fines could affect your next visit to Australia as infringement notice are inserted into the Police Central Names Index (CNI) and the National Names Index (NNI). 


However, paying fines is not a challenge for renters since the car hire company will pass on the offence information to the authorities and a post or email notification will be sent to you if some traffic laws have been breached. Note that the fine usually comes with a service/administration fee as well. 


It is advisable for you to contact EasryRentCars' 24/7 customer service team if you have any question on this matter.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Foreigners on short-term visit may rent a car and drive with a valid foreign driving licence for up to 3 months in Australia. Longer than that, you need to get an Australian driving licence from an Australian state. To drive in Australia, the licence should be a full driving licence held for at least 2 years with no major endorsements. 


To hire a car in Australia you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category). If you are 21-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. There is no maximum driving age in Australia.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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January 18, 2022

Destination: Cairns

9.7Good car and fast and easy process

Very fast and easy pick-up and drop-off process, cheerful staff. Car in very good condition. Very satisfied with Bargain experience

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M.Hill

December 26, 2021

Destination: Sydney

9.3Excellent

Staff at Alamo outstanding. Even helped me with my bags to check in counter as I was Carrying sleeping child

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z.wu

December 26, 2021

Destination: Hobart

10Excellent

great price!easy pick up and drop off!

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W.Kwek

December 25, 2021

Destination: Sydney

9.7Great. Easy process. Bought additional coverage, nothing happened. Love that fuel is topped up

Fast and great service. Fuss free for the entire process to get and return the car. Pick up was fast too.

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November 30, 2021

Destination: Ballina

4.3Sub standard vehicle, I expect better from Thrifty

The vehicle was not clean and had a bad smell. We told the thrifty representative, he gave us directions to a petrol station where we could buy an air freshner.

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S.Kennedy

November 29, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

9.7Value for money

The original car had an issue with its number plate. I was immediately given another car when the staff member had a look at the faulty plate

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R.Dunn

November 29, 2021

Destination: Launceston

9.3Excellent

Would be good to have more staff to take care of pickups- not ideal having multiple groups waiting and only one person behind the counter doing their upselling on insurance. That said, overall, another good experience with Bargain.

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A T

November 22, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9.3Overall a good experience

Pleased with service

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November 21, 2021

Destination: Hobart

9.7Very good

Car wasn’t ready on arrival and had to wait over half an hour - staff explained there were issues

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M.NAJAM-UL-ARFEEN

November 20, 2021

Destination: Hobart

8Shall contact Bargain directly and not via QEEQ

It was a good experience overall. waiting for a refund.

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November 20, 2021

Destination: Cairns

8.7Very Good

The hire car was a little beaten up but it didn't cause any issues during the hire. Definitely needed a wheel alignment - the car would casually veer left without correction.

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M.McBeath

November 19, 2021

Destination: Gladstone

10Cary from thrifty needs a big Christmas bonus...

Cary at thrifty's goes above and beyond necessary for his clients and is always on call ready to help. I'm so grateful to Cary ??

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Issac

November 17, 2021

Destination: Sydney

10Excellent

The new is very new and clean when I picked it up

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Michael Littlejohn

November 17, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10Great experience

Great service

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K.Tredrea

November 16, 2021

Destination: Proserpine

9.7Easy and quick

The car was great clean and tidy, and easy to pickup

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Lalida Watts

November 16, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

9.3Simple and smooth.

We got upgraded to a bigger size, which very suit to our family of five. Thanks !!

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Greg

November 16, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

9.7Trouble free

The Hertz staff were extremely pleasant and helpful

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N.Fernando

November 16, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

8.7Very good experience. Recommend Alamo for value for money over many other rental companies.

Staff was very helpful and getting the car was a smooth process. The car itself was fantastic. The only issue is limited boot depth which doesn't allow for a pram + large luggage. Large luggage was kept in the back passenger seat. This is not an issue with the car, but maybe a point to note for future renters.

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R.Dunn

November 13, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

8.3Very Good

Was upgraded to an MG car which was near new but was pretty ordinary to drive and had marks all over rear seats. Bargain were great but did not like vehicle.

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R.Dunn

November 13, 2021

Destination: Hobart

10Excellent service, vehicle and value for money

Excellent vehicle and excellent customer service. Should out to Sanjula who was very friendly and helpful. Didn’t do hard upsell on insurance- 10/10

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R.Dunn

November 13, 2021

Destination: Hobart

9.3Hard sell insurance. Good vehicle and good value

Very good except for hard sell on insurance at pickup. Nonetheless very friendly and overall very good.

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November 9, 2021

Destination: Cairns

5.3Poor service

Left mobile phone holder in car, called straightaway but Thrifty staff did not find it. Very disappointing. So what happened to our holder???

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Simon T

October 8, 2021

Destination: Broome

9.7I’ll be back!

Hertz were super efficient and easy to deal with.

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Yellow banana

October 6, 2021

Destination: Newcastle

6.7Lovely staff, terrible smoking smell in the car but clean, was an expensive additional $50/day cover

The car although clean and no dents HEAVILY smelt like someone was heavy smoking in it for a whole week. Sadly this was the only car available but I can't believe this is even considered renta-able. It was a disgusting smell throughout the whole booking but the car did the job I needed it for. Was a surprise though that insurance was a whopping $50 per day! The drop off keys box outside the building is alittle concerning that anyone can come and take the key. No security there.

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Shane Jayson

October 5, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

8.3Very Good

Vehicle was really good. More than expected. Service was also good. Staff members were friendly and helpful too. Overall ?

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September 30, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

7.3Dissatisfied with hertz customer service bad tolls toll policy.

Staff at pick up were unfriendly and was sniffing and sick. Toll option only available of $18 a day. You can't register the car for tolls 24hoirs before you use a toll so there is an automatic admin free of $35. I won't use them again or hertz. Staff at drop off was unfriendly and told me not to worry about using the check in app

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September 24, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

10Great experience

I was very impressed with the customer services and also the booking system.

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Thomas Dermot

August 23, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10Fantastic smooth transaction

Car was great

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C.Noble

August 23, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10really good value and easy peasy!

Great getabout for 4 of us and our luggage - easy pick up and great staff

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c.Woodall

August 20, 2021

Destination: Avalon

10Great

Everything good

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Sergejs Poznakovs

July 19, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9.7Good

Good Service quick action . Had small upgrade from rental company with the same amount of money. Positive side

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I.Pacitti

July 18, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9.7Excellent

Good service, very nice car but terribly expensive. $2,000.- for 8 days driving 222km just to get around is very expensive!

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S.Lynch

June 30, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9Very smooth process

The service was very good and efficient. The car had a few bumps and marks which made me a little anxious that they could be blamed on us.

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D.Ha

June 25, 2021

Destination: Mascot

9.7My experience was more than perfect.

The pick-up and drop-off was easy. The staff is very friendly.

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R.Edwards

June 25, 2021

Destination: Hobart

10Tesdrive were brilliant and QEEQ made it affordable

Car was exactly what we needed, ultra clean and very nice car

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Tara S

June 23, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

10Quick, efficient, friendly experience all around!

The counter staff were very helpful and efficient processing the vehicle pick-up. I would certainly recommend to my friends and family.

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R.S

June 22, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10Easy and smooth process.

Friendly staff, easy pick up and drop off process. The car was great and economical for our trip.

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A.Cook

June 19, 2021

Destination: Hobart

8.7Very Good

Took ages to get to call centre but staff gladly extended my return by 2 hours

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N.Tuckfield

June 18, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

10Easy. No surprises.

The car was ready and waiting. It was clean and full of fuel. It was an easy seamless process.

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June 15, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

6.7Disappointed - it took too long to get the car and the first two cars were not fully functional .

First two cars allocated the automatic key was not functioning - surprising default that had not been identified snd sorted before vehicles were allocated . Third car was functional but older , and overall in a much used state . underpowered.

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B.Smith

June 2, 2021

Destination: Broome

9.3Excellent

All very good

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R.Ganapathy

June 2, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10Should not book through third party especially for the insurance.

I had to pay for another insurance even though I had already paid for the same through you. I was told at Apex that I Will have to pay the excess to them and claim it from you guys if anything happens which was not informed at the time of booking through you.

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M.Otten

June 2, 2021

Destination: Cairns

8.3Smooth process but the only frustration is that they don’t except NSW digital licences

The company needs to start to accept NSW digital licences. Apart from that they have good customer service. Cars could do with modernising

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P.Robinson

June 1, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

9.3Pick up failure

Our flight was delayed so we missed the pick up time and the office was closed so we had to get a taxi to our hotel and didn't collect the hire car till the next day. Disappointed the booking information didn't state the shuttle bus stopped at a certain time.

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Frank

May 31, 2021

Destination: Cairns

8With the chipped screen I am awating outcome

I oredered a Suziki Swift and got a Suburu Forester. I insured based on a Swift with no windscreen cover. Chip on Forester windscreen which has intelligent eyesight. I am yet to discover what/if this will cost.

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May 31, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

8Easy, hassle free

The car was as expected. Service was good, no issues. All matters explained, including what to do in emergency. Would have appreciated some quick tips on operation of the vehicle, things such as seat configuration, media ops and cruise control.

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Jennifer Z

May 31, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

10My Home Away From Home

Counter staff were great. I was very impressed with the service especially late in the evening. I would have liked there to be someone at the counter when I returned the car as I had been able to remove a mark on the back bumper that had been listed on my condition report. I had the product with me that I used to do this and would have liked to donate one of these to the staff. It's not hard or expensive to do if you know what to use. Apart from some very minor cleaning I think I returned the car in better condition than I received it. I'm not saying this to boast - just to share a few kitchen cleaning secrets that can be used for other things. The product I used was developed by NASA to clean the space shuttles and is typically used to clean and polish Corning Ware cooking pots. I'm not crazy about 3 speed Toyota Yaris. When I booked I thought I was going to be driving another vehicle and was surprised to discover that there was a Yaris. I did think that I was going to be driving a Kia Soul. They handle horribly on freeways which I use often. Once the speed reaches 80km/hr the engine begins to squeal. Over that speed at 100kms/hr it can be unbearable even with the radio on. It is very difficult to listen to for extended periods of time. I went on one journey for a day away and when I returned home I was exhausted - and just from having to deal with this high-pitched loud engine noise. I have recently discovered that I have Aspergers Syndrome which affects my sensory levels. It explains why I experience certain things in ways different to most people. I am unusually sensitive to certain sounds. Hey, I don't expect this to be a 'masterpiece' :) The six days I used your service I was very happy generally to be able to go about my business as if I was using my own car. I felt very comfortable and secure using your service. I will be very happy to use your service again. I did have a great stress-free week away from home. Thank you.

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thesettler

May 30, 2021

Destination: Sydney

10Outstanding and friendly customer service with a smile.

The staff at Hertz is amazing. The customer service is professional and courteous. I will come back to hertz.

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May 29, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

10Great pickup from the airport.

We didn’t like the car much because it was an MG and everything was back to front. It was pretty expensive but I suppose covid has caused that.

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R.Moulton

May 29, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9Quite smooth and trouble free.

They tried to sell us their insurance.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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