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Driving Around Australia

Driving Around Australia

Wednesday 21st November 2012

Driving is one of the best ways to see Australia and can be an unforgettable experience. Make sure you are prepared by letting Gapwork.com tell you what you need to know about driving around Australia.

Driving is one of the best ways to see Australia and can be an unforgettable experience. Make sure you are prepared by letting Gapwork.com tell you what you need to know about driving around Australia.

Firstly, you need a full driving licence to drive in Australia and you will need to carry your licence with you at all times as there is an on the spot fine for not doing so. Australians drive on the left hand side of the road, and the speed limits are 35mph/60kmph in built up areas and 60mph/100kmph on country roads and highways.

It is compulsory to wear seatbelts front and back at all times and the laws on drink driving are enforced very strictly. Random breath testing is common as are speed traps. Your gap year will give you plenty of opportunity to let your hair down and enjoy a drink, so don’t be stupid and risk your travelling adventure by drink driving.

If you are planning on going off the beaten track then be sure that you have a full tank of fuel. Rural garages tend to shut earlier and may not take credit card payments.

Use your common sense when heading inland and into bush areas. Make sure you have plenty of supplies including fuel, food and enough water for you and your car. Also leave your travel itinerary with a friend and make sure someone knows where you are planning on going and when you will get to your destination. A sat nav and mobile phone with GPS are a must if you are heading off into the outback!

Many hire firms operate a one-way hire service so you can, for example, hire from Cairns and drop off in Sydney. The minimum rental age is typically 18 years old as long as you have a full driving licence.

Also, think outside of the box and hire a campervan instead of car to get around in. A campervan not only gets you from A to B, but obviously saves money on accommodation too! It's a really sociable way of exploring Australia and when there are a group of you travelling it is very affordable.

 
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