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Australia is the ideal place to travel your own route, at your own pace, and what better way to see it than by campervan!

We want to make your time in Australia as enjoyable and hassle- free as possible - and that starts with helping you find the right vehicle, at the best price, with the minimum effort.

To help you have a great experience, here are some tips on driving in Australia.

Minimum age and license requirements
To rent a campervan, you must be at least 21 years of age, and either have a current and full Australian or an International driver's licence, that's written in English. Unfortunately probationary licences will not be accepted.

You must always carry your licence with you when you are driving. In fact, in some states there is an on-the-spot fine for not having it with you. Additionally, if your international licence is not in English, you must carry an English translation when driving in Australia.

Drive on the left
Remember traffic in Australia drives on the left side of the road.

Observe local speed limits
Please drive at, or below, the posted speed limit and slow down in wet weather. The Police regularly check speeds using speed cameras, radar and lasers, on all kinds of routes and roads.

Generally, a 60km per hour speed limit applies in cities and towns, although many local and suburban roads have a 50km per hour speed limit.

In most parts of the country, the maximum speed is 100 km/h, while the maximum speed limit on motorways and freeways is 110 km/h. Make sure you observe the local speed limits, because heavy penalties apply to drivers who exceed them. And any fine you get while driving in Australia will be your responsibility - the fine will be mailed to you.

Be careful about driver fatigue
Australia is an enormous country and there can be several hours, or even days between cities by car. To stay alert and alive, please rest every two hours.

Driver fatigue is involved in nearly one fifth of all fatal crashes in Australia. The ideal situation is to try to have a passenger with a current driver's licence share the driving with you. And have a full night's sleep the night before you drive, particularly if you will be driving at times when you would normally be sleeping.

It is strongly recommended that you take at least a 15 minute rest from driving every two hours. Even if you're close to your destination, take this rest, as fatigue crashes often occur near the end of the journey.

It is also possible for fatigue crashes to happen on short journeys, or near the start of a trip. The way to avoid these is simply not to drive if you feel tired and know your concentration is not at its best.

Don't drink and drive
It is strongly recommended you refrain from drinking any alcohol if you are planning to drive. There are heavy penalties for drinking alcohol and driving, including imprisonment. Police have the power to stop any vehicle and breath test the driver at any time, and they regularly do. In most Australian states the legal limit is 0.05g/100ml.

Always wear your seatbelt
Everyone, including visitors, must wear a seatbelt at all times. In addition, baby capsules or child restraints must be used for all children.
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Be extra careful on motorways and freeways
Obviously, traffic travels at high speed on motorways and freeways, so you must be especially alert:
Never stop on a motorway or freeway, except in an emergency. If you must stop, move off the roadway completely
Never make a 'U' turn or reverse on a motorway or freeway
Always keep to the left, unless overtaking

Country and outback driving hazards
When driving in rural areas, it pays to be keep a watchful eye for:
Potholes and rough road surfaces
Soft or broken road edges
Livestock or wildlife crossing the road. Unfortunately, you often come of second best if you hit a large animal.
Single lane bridges
Changes in the road surface - this can often happen without notice
Very large trucks (road trains)
Remember, always drive at a speed that suits the conditions.

Don't pick up hitch hikers
It is illegal to hitch in Australia, but you'll still see hitch hikers on the roadside. Don't offer a ride to any travelers you don't not know.
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Disclaimer: Please note that we do our best to ensure the accuracy of this information, and apologise if any of the information in this section is incorrect or outdated, but accept no liability for any consequences arising from this.