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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 EasyRentCars' 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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MikeH

June 2, 2020

Destination: Nerang

10Gold Coast rental

The Avis Nerang team are sensational folks extremely caring and compassionate. I stupidly declined excess reduction insurance and this cost me a lot of money now.

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h.beaumont

June 1, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

6.3Not the best experience

The staff is not very friendly and helpful. Not as good as all the other car companies I used recently

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P.Cooper

May 25, 2020

Destination: Adelaide

8.7Very Good

GOOD

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May 25, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

8Watch out for all the contract risk and add-ons

Relatively easy to deal with, lengthy contract and not user friendly and expensive if any problems with contract.

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T.Dickinson

May 22, 2020

Destination: Cairns

10Easy peasy!

Cairns Apex staff were friendly and helpful.

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D.Hawkins

May 20, 2020

Destination: Adelaide

9Excellent

Excellent

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May 16, 2020

Destination: Cairns

9Overall good experience

Good service

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A.Cowen

May 15, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

6Average

Met expectations

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A.Cowen

May 15, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

6Fast and easy

Great service.. great price !!

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G.Prescott

May 11, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

8Car great price great customer service needs improvement

The price was excellent the car was excellent. But not pleased with the customer service. On collection we were given no idea where and how to pick up the car,hadn’t been told it was a shuttle. We also due to restrictions had to change where we were returning the car I phoned 4 times and was told we had to speak to the Melbourne office who never answered the phone only on the 4th occasion did one of your staff take the message and said she would confirm that they had received the message and she took my email address . I got no reply. I then sent a email request which took 4 days to get a reply. So what should have been a straightforward message took several weeks to sort which was on my mind in that time so not impressed

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Y.Birnbaum

May 6, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

9convenient car rental, but no flexibility after booking was made

very nice and helpful staff at pick up, the car was great. only problem I had is with drop off. I wanted to change the drop off location from the airport to downtown and customer service didn't agree arguing that the car was already booked for another ride from the airport the same day. this is a 30 minutes drive from one branch to another, I'm sure they could have find a way to solve it if they wanted.

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May 2, 2020

Destination: Sydney

9.3Excellent

You should tell me about change location to collect the car because I went to international airport but there closed and I have called the number and going to domestic airport.

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Mrs Beaumont

May 2, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

9.7Excellent

Very good company and friendly and helpful staff. Nice vehicle conditions. Will definitely use again and recommend to friends

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T.Dickinson

May 1, 2020

Destination: Cairns

10Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Very friendly staff at the pick up location. The drop off was super easy also

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April 28, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

9Smooth experience

I booked toyota camry but finally they provide a SUV car for my family which is more comfortable and steady which driving. The staff is nice and explain clearly to me regarding the law and regulations

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C.Thianthep

April 28, 2020

Destination: Manly

9.7Excellent

The stuff helpful and shortly service.

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Asbira

April 27, 2020

Destination: Cairns

9.7Satisfied

Good, overall satisfied

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A.Assiri

April 27, 2020

Destination: Parramatta

10Excellent

Nice n friendly staff.

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April 25, 2020

Destination: Canberra

10Excellent

Good

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L.Moore

April 23, 2020

Destination: Sydney

9.3Excellent

Great value for money, excellent counter service. Easy and im going back again next weekend to do it again!

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A.Cowen

April 23, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

6It was very easy and affordable.. i will definitely recommend to anyone needing a rental

Everything was great !!!

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D.Bernat

April 22, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

6.7Average

Had a minor accident and scratched the car's paint,(1inch scratch above the rear left wheel) Got a bill for 1277$ were they charged for fixing the paint, while adding stuff like fixing doors and door handle and so on which wasnt the dmg I did. even though I had full insurance I dont need to pay for this scam. still dont like liers and profiters.

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D.O'Leary

April 22, 2020

Destination: Perth

10Smooth experience

friendly staff easy drop off

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April 20, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

8Great experience

Great experience, easy to find and quick service

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April 20, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

8Good experience

Good experience and car hire provider, have used a number of times

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Darren OBrien

April 13, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

10Quick and effortless

Rental was very fast and had no issues.

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April 12, 2020

Destination: Sunshine Coast

10Great all round experience!

Great customer service!!

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D.MIYAKE

April 11, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

10I love fabulous services and disappointed one thing.

Alamo staff who looked after me was very kind and smart. She offered nice deals against Qeeq’s wrong information. I will rent car at Alamo again.

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c.phillip

April 10, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

6.7We will never use Ace car rentals again, it left a very bitter taste in our mouths.

The puck up went smoothly, and the car was fine, but we will never use ACE car rentals again because at the drop we left the car unattended and we believe a member of staff threw stones at the windscreen and chipped it. It did Not have any chips in when we returned the car, especially directly in front of the drivers face, when it was pointed out as we went back out side the windscreen chips were clearly visible, and I would have noticed these over the 21 day rental, and we were asked if we had photos of the windscreen but why would we take photos of a perfectly good windscreen ??

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April 8, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

7.3Overall the experience was good

Good value for the cars on offer, good luck with everything guys!

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J.Harte

April 7, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

10love these guys

best ever

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J.Harte

April 7, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

10Best ever...

Brisbane Ace is the Best and easiest car hire in the world. absolutely love them. No hidden fees so you know exactly what your spending.

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C.Oyarzun Araya

April 5, 2020

Destination: Sydney

7.7Bueno, pero no me parece que no hagan devolución a propósito de disminución de días (Covid-19?

Personal muy amable, principalmente Peter al momento de la recepción.

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April 2, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

2.7DISASTER

Very bad service. This owner should not work in services field as he does not provide any. No one showed up at the drop off warehouse therefore I informed them 4 days before, by phone and confirmed time and day for returning the car As no one was on site "the drop off day" I phoned them 5 times +one text and no courtesy to at least acknowledge. I will never book again with them for sure.

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Marty

April 2, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

10Excellent

Brand new car and very easy pick up and drop off process.

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April 1, 2020

Destination: Hobart

9Beautiful road trip in Tasmania with Europcar

Vehicle advertised was not available. Had to upgrade to next level. Had to pay extra. Quite new vehicle so great to drive in comfort. All great otherwise.

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April 1, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

7Good value

Apex clearly has older vehicles (the one I received was 2015) but great value.

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t.chivers

April 1, 2020

Destination: Adelaide

9.3Excellent

Car was excellent..charging $34 for 2nd driver was a bit annoying.

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J.Clark

March 31, 2020

Destination: Sydney

9Great car, great staff, will defiantly use again

The staff were AMAZING! They really went above and beyond for helping me to change my plans due to covid influences. They were very chatty and friendly and gave a shuttle bus to the airport

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s.poulgrain

March 31, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

7.3Surprisingly good

The head quarters really gave me pause - it didn't look like a real company. I was concerned to give them my credit card details. In the end it was fine and nothing bad happened.

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S.Siddiqui

March 30, 2020

Destination: Sydney

6.7You get what you pay for!

I booked for a ‘medium’ sized suv and budget told me that it’s class S which is small.. budget said they no longer keep Mitsubishi asx and our only choice was small Suzuki suv or Hyundai Kona!

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C.Koh

March 29, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

10Lovely family road trip in South NZ

Excellent customer service. Cars were brand new. Kia shortage.

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E.Kurz

March 29, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

10Good experience. Would follow same route of booking again.

We were happy with them. They were efficient and friendly and the vehicle was good.

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f.mathew

March 28, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

7.3Good

Booking showed a corolla as I wanted, but provided Camry At drop off office closed and nothing provided how to return key and car

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M.Rowe

March 28, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

7.3Experience was satisfactory apart from lack of refund.

Car was very good.Ace staff were helpful. However their depots are not easy to find and quite some distance from the airport. The car was returned 5 days early because of the Corona virus and Ace was unable to provide a refund for unused days.

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V.Khuu

March 26, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

9.7Very smooth and price is good.

Very friendly staff (Geof) at Southern Cross Terminal.

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E.Hart

March 26, 2020

Destination: Melbourne

10Easy in every little thing

They are helpful and very clear when i asked some of my difficulties

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Allen

March 26, 2020

Destination: Sydney

8Excellent value. A few minor irritations.

Good service. Excellent value car.

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K.Jones

March 25, 2020

Destination: Perth

10Don't go anywhere else

Excellent service. This was the first time I have ever hired a car to visit my family and was overwhelmed with so many choices. So glad I went with Bayswater and will certainly use them again.

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M.Edwards

March 25, 2020

Destination: Brisbane

10Fab car!

Easy pick up and drop off. No up sell. Upgraded our car.

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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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