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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

1 /

December 1, 2022

Destination: Brisbane

7.3Easy going with room for improvement

Given smaller car at same value as the booked one was no available even though I arrived on time.

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Boon Wan

November 30, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

8.3Pleasant experience

Pick up and drop off process with unbelievably easy. Staff was friendly and courteous.

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Javeed Mohammed

November 30, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

10Awesome rentals, will use again

Car was very good with cruise control and car play - it helped alot during our trip to Great Ocean Road.

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November 30, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

7.2Good

We booked for Toyota RAV but we were given Havel. There were few RAVs (non Hybrid) at the parking spot awating for pickup and we do not understand why we are not alloted. This is the 2nd time we have booked Toyota Rav but not given one.

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H.D'Souza

November 30, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

10Always Aucar

This is the third time I've used Aucar and each them has been excellent. Friendly, efficient and willing to assist

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P.Beach

November 29, 2022

Destination: Proserpine

10A successful one way rental

Nice upgrade of car and no heavy sale of additions

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C.Roberts

November 28, 2022

Destination: Launceston

9.7Excellent

It was the only car hire desk not open when I arrived after 6:00 pm which was irritating as I had to get back to the airport the next day.

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November 28, 2022

Destination: Adelaide

9.3Excellent

Friendly staff at pick up. Easy to use GPS. Nice experience.

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C.Gilbert

November 27, 2022

Destination: Adelaide

10A little gem

Very helpful staff and great quality of the vehicle, we got a different one to what we booked but were very happy with it.

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M.Tan

November 25, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

10Good Vehicle Rental Experience

I was served by Karen at Bargain, Melbourne Airport, she was friendly, professional and provided me with all the help and queries that I needed. The vehicle that we had collected was very clean and there was even a slip showing us when the vehicle was last checked and serviced. Collecting and returning of vehicle was very quick and seamless (unless, of course, many other people were in the same queue as you). I would recommend getting your rental vehicle from Bargain.

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v.gajardo

November 25, 2022

Destination: Hobart

9.7Muy buena atención. Coche excelente.

Problema inicial en aeropuerto por falta de máquina para hacer cargo con tarjeta de crédito sin numeración. Oficina de Budget en Hobart, excelente. Arreglo problemas satisfactoriamente.

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D.Potaracke

November 25, 2022

Destination: Hobart

10Smooth!

The staff were great actually. I had to make two different reservations with the first being for 2 days before the second reservation. They were able to combine the two so I didn't have to come back after the first reservation. Everything went smooth and that is how I like it.

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L.Javeed Mohammed

November 24, 2022

Destination: Sydney

10Awesome

Perfect car

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S.Trew

November 24, 2022

Destination: Brisbane

9I will never rent from East Coast Rentals again.

Wasn't the car we had booked but that's ok. The guy at the desk tried to pressure us into taking out the extra insurance. It seems their staff are trained to push for this as the lady next to him repeated the exact same speech to another customer. I treated the car as my own. Garaged it every night. When we took it back there was a scratch on a wheel cover. They took all my bond pending a damage investigation. It's wear and tear! I have rented cars for 15 years and have never had any sort of problem. Until I met these guys.

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Jack Steele

November 24, 2022

Destination: Ballina

8Trusted Partner in Car rentals

Always my Trusted partner when it comes to car rental

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Jack Steele

November 24, 2022

Destination: Ballina

8.3Great Car Rental Supplier

Great supplier. very accommodating staff at the pick up counter

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Matt Ford

November 24, 2022

Destination: Ballina

8.3Reliable partner when it comes to car rentals

Great car rental supplier they are easy to contact and very accommodating on our requests

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C.Saunders

November 22, 2022

Destination: Adelaide

10Bad, but sorted out reasonably.

Dealer did not initially accept the qeeq deposit/voucher. Needed to negotiate and get a refund for this.

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November 22, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

10Super worth it.

Cheaper to book on Qeeq than with East Coast direct. Very worth it. They will try to upsell insurance but that's ok so long as you explain you have your own. Though you'd need to put in a 1k AUD deposit by card. Got a lower end SUV however but all good.

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Jimmy Thear

November 22, 2022

Destination: Sydney

9.7I will be using qeeq from now on

The member of staff were extremely helpful and were king enough to give us a free upgrade.

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Joe Yew

November 21, 2022

Destination: Perth

9.7Awesome & hassle free

The car was in superb condition, the process of pick up and drop off was supported by their shuttle from the airport. Fully recommended!

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M.Marshall

November 20, 2022

Destination: Darwin

10Excellent

The team at Budget communicated with warmth and we’re professional and friendly. They picked us up promptly and drop off was even smoother! Great customer service all round. Car was clean, ready and well. Presented!

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D from Nelson

November 18, 2022

Destination: Sydney

7.7Good car, locations a little difficult

I didn’t like the surcharge for early drop-off. Also I didn’t like the surcharge on tolls. They should just be passed on to my credit card.

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C.Levison

November 17, 2022

Destination: Adelaide

10Helpful communication throughout.

Car was very suitable for our needs.

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Logan

November 17, 2022

Destination: Sydney

10Worth every penny and an experience I will be only too happy to repeat in the future.

Staff were fantastic. Helpful and friendly. Courtesy bus from and to airport was greatly appreciated. Would have absolutely no trouble booking with Apex again. Seamless experience.

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November 17, 2022

Destination: Adelaide

10First Time Car Rental couldn’t have been easier!

Apex were superb :) they made the whole experience of car rental so easy, had no issues with pick up and was running late for drop off which they had no issues with

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Ronaldo

November 17, 2022

Destination: Hobart

9.7Very Happy with East Coast Car Rentals.

Continue to be pleased with cars hired from East Coast. Always great value. Always supplied with the car requested. Always confident that the car will perform well and has been well-maintained. (Cairns office of East Coast deserve special mention as their cars are always immaculate inside & out!)

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a.Blower

November 16, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

8.3Very efficient

Car was fine; petrol offer take was not that atractive.

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L.Eyers

November 16, 2022

Destination: Adelaide

9.7Too easy !!

The whole process from booking online, airport transfers, pick up & drop off was so easy & quick. No dramas.

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M.Taylor

November 13, 2022

Destination: Brisbane

8Quick, easy and convenient

The collection was quick and easy. The free transfer to and from the airport is an excellent service

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November 11, 2022

Destination: Melbourne

2I would like a full refund as the vehicle provided was heavy and consumed more fuel to Sydney.

Apex did not provide the Mitsubishi or similar vehicle but provided a granddad people carrier!!!! Apex staff refused to honour the reservation despite several requests.

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G.Turnbull

November 10, 2022

Destination: Brisbane

10Excellent

Staff were very pleasant

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November 10, 2022

Destination: Adelaide

10Excellent

Simba Car Hire were fantastic. Easy to deal with and a smooth experience.

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yas

November 10, 2022

Destination: Cairns

10丁寧な対応なしカウンター

カウンタースタッフの英語が分かりやすく、英語話者じゃなくとも分かりやすかった。説明が丁寧で注意事項がよくわかった。

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V.Jow

November 10, 2022

Destination: Cairns

10We will definitely use again

The car was amazing to drive!

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Alan W

November 9, 2022

Destination: Gold Coast

9.3Excellent

Apex staff were super friendly and helpful. Will definitely book again from them.

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M.Skiller

November 9, 2022

Destination: Gold Coast

9.3Excellent

The process was nice and easy. No fuss or dramas.

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A.JALABERT

November 9, 2022

Destination: Hobart

9.7Ok

Good service

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G.Chol

November 9, 2022

Destination: Sydney

10Excellent

Excellent customer service and support

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P.Polidano

November 9, 2022

Destination: Coffs Harbour

10Excellent Experience - wish all car rentals (which I do about 3-4 times annually) were as good

Yes -the car definitely exceeded my expectations

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M.Ngani

November 8, 2022

Destination: Brisbane

10Excellent all around

Yes the car met my expectations, customer service was excellent from pick up to drop off. Will definitely use Bargain cars again.

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S.Brett

November 8, 2022

Destination: Sydney

3Poor

The car was very dirty, lots of scratches marks and bumps, there was a large hose bucket and wash gear in the boot of the car, it was well passed at service state and the fuel consumption probably because of this was very bad, We were misinformed as it said the pick up and drop off was at the airport when in actual fact being there was no courtesy bus we had to get a taxi and an Uber with a total cost of $75 all in all we may as well put that money together with the cost you charged and gone with a decent reputable company and picked it up at the airport

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S.Smith

November 8, 2022

Destination: Townsville

9.7Loved the car.

It was a little difficult to contact staff. Left messages but did not return call. Had to go to the terminal and find Europcar counter. A lady from next door hire company had to look around the back and told us staff were there and would be out shortly. The customer service girl was very nice and friendly and completed our booking.

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Jon

November 8, 2022

Destination: Hobart

10Excellent

A little long a wait to collect car but otherwise no problems

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J.Hewitt

November 8, 2022

Destination: Brisbane

8.7Very Good

the pick up process and waiting time is lengthy especially when there are a few people also picking up. I had to give them information I had already completed during the boking process

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November 7, 2022

Destination: Cairns

7Will look around next time.

We had to organise our own movements from the airport to the Jucy pickup point as there was no room in the transfer vehicle?. Excuses were made but we spoke to another worker who suggested they are just lazy!. That, I believe.

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D.Rehan

November 4, 2022

Destination: Launceston

10The perfect roadtrip

I was expecting a Tesla as i specifically booked for a Tesla, but i do understand that it stated others as well so a Polestar wasnt a dissapointment at all.

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L.Hughes

November 4, 2022

Destination: Brisbane

8.3Very Good

Mud flaps in bad condition. One came loose while travelling at 100km. Headlights poor brightness at night and hard to see.

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November 4, 2022

Destination: Hobart

10Book through QEEQ for the best deal

Easiest check in ever, and whist they gave you the option for insurance, did not try to upsell, confuse or continue trying to push. Best car rental ever

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CMack

November 3, 2022

Destination: Hobart

10In and out, no headaches, no hassles, perfect!

Car was fantastic, everything needed for the trip. never missed a beat.

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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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