Driving in Australia
We drive on the left side of the road in Australia, so cars are right-hand drive. And for those of you who wish to drive a left-hand drive car, will you need need special licence!
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All roads in and around major cities and town are usually fully constructed with drainage, roads and so far that I have experienced are well maintained with signage and road markings. Even wehn travelling to rural country areas the major roads are no problem!
The maximum legal speed limit anywhere in Queensland, Australia is 110 kph (69 mph), and have found out that in other states it may be them same
The typical speed limits are as follows:
- 40 kph (25 mph), eg. on roads adjacent to schools during school start and end times
(usually 7am-9am then 1:30pm-3:30pm)
- 50 kph (31 mph) in suburban side streets
- 60 kph (37.5 mph) in some suburban streets with a “median strip” (“central reservation”)
- 70 kph (44 mph) on main roads with dual carriageway through/between suburbs
- 80 kph (50 mph) on major dual carriageway roads
- 100 kph (62 mph) on Motorways (i.e. Freeways) in the city areas
- 110 kph (69 mph) on many country (national) roads
Besides the 50 kph, the rest of the above are usually well signed!
Licensing & Registration
All drivers must have a valid licence, issued within the state you reside in and all vehicles, this includes caravans and trailers, to have their own registration number and it must also be registered for a license.
I have explained in another article, how to convert or pass get your drivers licence in Queensland. If you have recevied your licence in another state and would like me to publish it here, please let me know.
Manual or Automatic Cars
I have an automatic and my husband a manual car and during our research have found out that from most of our friends it’s also 50-50. from what I remember when I came on my first holiday, there were mostly automatics around.
And for those who asked, learner drivers can opt for a license that allows them to drive automatics only!