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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

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Thomas Dermot

August 23, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10Fantastic smooth transaction

Car was great

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C.Noble

August 23, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10really good value and easy peasy!

Great getabout for 4 of us and our luggage - easy pick up and great staff

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c.Woodall

August 20, 2021

Destination: Avalon

10Great

Everything good

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Sergejs Poznakovs

July 19, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9.7Good

Good Service quick action . Had small upgrade from rental company with the same amount of money. Positive side

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I.Pacitti

July 18, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9.7Excellent

Good service, very nice car but terribly expensive. $2,000.- for 8 days driving 222km just to get around is very expensive!

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S.Lynch

June 30, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9Very smooth process

The service was very good and efficient. The car had a few bumps and marks which made me a little anxious that they could be blamed on us.

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D.Ha

June 25, 2021

Destination: Mascot

9.7My experience was more than perfect.

The pick-up and drop-off was easy. The staff is very friendly.

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R.Edwards

June 25, 2021

Destination: Hobart

10Tesdrive were brilliant and QEEQ made it affordable

Car was exactly what we needed, ultra clean and very nice car

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Tara S

June 23, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

10Quick, efficient, friendly experience all around!

The counter staff were very helpful and efficient processing the vehicle pick-up. I would certainly recommend to my friends and family.

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R.S

June 22, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10Easy and smooth process.

Friendly staff, easy pick up and drop off process. The car was great and economical for our trip.

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A.Cook

June 19, 2021

Destination: Hobart

8.7Very Good

Took ages to get to call centre but staff gladly extended my return by 2 hours

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N.Tuckfield

June 18, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

10Easy. No surprises.

The car was ready and waiting. It was clean and full of fuel. It was an easy seamless process.

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June 15, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

6.7Disappointed - it took too long to get the car and the first two cars were not fully functional .

First two cars allocated the automatic key was not functioning - surprising default that had not been identified snd sorted before vehicles were allocated . Third car was functional but older , and overall in a much used state . underpowered.

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B.Smith

June 2, 2021

Destination: Broome

9.3Excellent

All very good

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R.Ganapathy

June 2, 2021

Destination: Cairns

10Should not book through third party especially for the insurance.

I had to pay for another insurance even though I had already paid for the same through you. I was told at Apex that I Will have to pay the excess to them and claim it from you guys if anything happens which was not informed at the time of booking through you.

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M.Otten

June 2, 2021

Destination: Cairns

8.3Smooth process but the only frustration is that they don’t except NSW digital licences

The company needs to start to accept NSW digital licences. Apart from that they have good customer service. Cars could do with modernising

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P.Robinson

June 1, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

9.3Pick up failure

Our flight was delayed so we missed the pick up time and the office was closed so we had to get a taxi to our hotel and didn't collect the hire car till the next day. Disappointed the booking information didn't state the shuttle bus stopped at a certain time.

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Frank

May 31, 2021

Destination: Cairns

8With the chipped screen I am awating outcome

I oredered a Suziki Swift and got a Suburu Forester. I insured based on a Swift with no windscreen cover. Chip on Forester windscreen which has intelligent eyesight. I am yet to discover what/if this will cost.

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May 31, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

8Easy, hassle free

The car was as expected. Service was good, no issues. All matters explained, including what to do in emergency. Would have appreciated some quick tips on operation of the vehicle, things such as seat configuration, media ops and cruise control.

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Jennifer Z

May 31, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

10My Home Away From Home

Counter staff were great. I was very impressed with the service especially late in the evening. I would have liked there to be someone at the counter when I returned the car as I had been able to remove a mark on the back bumper that had been listed on my condition report. I had the product with me that I used to do this and would have liked to donate one of these to the staff. It's not hard or expensive to do if you know what to use. Apart from some very minor cleaning I think I returned the car in better condition than I received it. I'm not saying this to boast - just to share a few kitchen cleaning secrets that can be used for other things. The product I used was developed by NASA to clean the space shuttles and is typically used to clean and polish Corning Ware cooking pots. I'm not crazy about 3 speed Toyota Yaris. When I booked I thought I was going to be driving another vehicle and was surprised to discover that there was a Yaris. I did think that I was going to be driving a Kia Soul. They handle horribly on freeways which I use often. Once the speed reaches 80km/hr the engine begins to squeal. Over that speed at 100kms/hr it can be unbearable even with the radio on. It is very difficult to listen to for extended periods of time. I went on one journey for a day away and when I returned home I was exhausted - and just from having to deal with this high-pitched loud engine noise. I have recently discovered that I have Aspergers Syndrome which affects my sensory levels. It explains why I experience certain things in ways different to most people. I am unusually sensitive to certain sounds. Hey, I don't expect this to be a 'masterpiece' :) The six days I used your service I was very happy generally to be able to go about my business as if I was using my own car. I felt very comfortable and secure using your service. I will be very happy to use your service again. I did have a great stress-free week away from home. Thank you.

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thesettler

May 30, 2021

Destination: Sydney

10Outstanding and friendly customer service with a smile.

The staff at Hertz is amazing. The customer service is professional and courteous. I will come back to hertz.

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May 29, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

10Great pickup from the airport.

We didn’t like the car much because it was an MG and everything was back to front. It was pretty expensive but I suppose covid has caused that.

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R.Moulton

May 29, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9Quite smooth and trouble free.

They tried to sell us their insurance.

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May 29, 2021

Destination: Perth

9.7Easy car hire

Great car company. Made the whole thing easy. Interior of the car was a little dirty but the outside was spotless (easy to see if there is any damage, which there wasn’t). Friendly staff. Highly recommend

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May 29, 2021

Destination: Cairns

9Good Car Poor After Rental Service

Car was a Hertz car, was a new RAV4 Hybrid so was better than I was expecting. Staff were friendly but had to be bused to the city location to pick up, although we could return at the airport directly Been waiting for a copy of the rental agreement for over 2 weeks

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Stuart

May 28, 2021

Destination: Ayers Rock

10It was easy

One staff member for a full flight arrival. Handle customers well under the circumstances.

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May 28, 2021

Destination: Darwin

8.7Fun to drive the Top End

Although my car wasn’t new and with many scratches and repaired spots, the car itself was fine. They let us return it a bit later than required.

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G.Richardson

April 28, 2021

Destination: Broome

10More than impressed

Budget gave us a car upgrade from the Toyota Corolla to a Mitsubishi Outlander at no extra cost.

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james weir

April 28, 2021

Destination: Perth

10Quick easy how it should be

Great service, was quick in and out and on airport too

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April 28, 2021

Destination: Launceston

6Average

Waited a very long time to get picked up at the airport. Caled an waited on hold for over 10 mins then requested a call back and never got one

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E.Sheedy

April 28, 2021

Destination: Maroochydore

10Excellent

Great car, easy to deal with.

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April 28, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

10Really poor processes

Hertz counter staff and drop off staff - 10 out of 10

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K.Roberts

April 27, 2021

Destination: Hobart

7.7Good

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April 21, 2021

Destination: Kununurra

7.3Better communication needed . Why wasn't I charged the price I was quoted??

Firstly it was very hard to get in touch with the Avis staff at Kununurra. The 2 phone numbers when I tried to call prior to the trip had messages on them stating that the phone message box was full. This also happened when I arrived at 11am to pick up the car (.When I returned the car the message bank still hadn't been dealt with and there were other frustrated people).Finally I talked to the cafe worker who knew the Avis rep and he called her. She said she was on her way and would be 5 mins.By this time it was 11.30.She was pleasant and apologised but I expect more professional service.

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April 21, 2021

Destination: Melbourne

6.3Average

Car was dirty and the guys objected initially to my request for the car to be sanitised

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T.Nolan

April 20, 2021

Destination: Melbourne

10Easy quality car rental

Very good service and the car was great!

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Makka

April 20, 2021

Destination: Armidale

9Vehicle had smaller boot than what was booked, but otherwise a good vehicle.

The car booked was a Hyundai Elantra (Intermediate). What I got was a Hyundai Kona, which had a small boot. We could fit our luggage in, but only after removing the hatch lid and putting some luggage in the back seat. Almost had to go back and ask for a larger vehicle.

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P.Rowe

April 20, 2021

Destination: Melbourne

9.3car good. booking bad. Lost 45 min booking at 10pm at night. Not happy.

They could not find my booking using your codes. Apparently you used your own and not theirs in your docco to me.

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Dgm

April 18, 2021

Destination: Coffs Harbour

4.3Poor.

We were given a vehicle that had low pressure and a warning sign and then downgraded two levels with no refund to a Kia sedan that was quite unclean

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A.Pekin

April 14, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

10Trouble free

Bargain staff were friendly and efficient. We will definitely use them again.

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D.Schofield

April 12, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

10Great rental experience

Great experience and good budget rental company , affordable and friendly staff

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A.Srivastava

April 12, 2021

Destination: Hobart

8.7It was awesome and hassle free. I would definitely use QEEQ for booking in future as well.

The inside of the car was dirty and there were spider webs on the side mirror.

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Nash Bakhit

April 12, 2021

Destination: Gold Coast

9.3absolute pleasure to deal with QEEQ!

Very friendly staff, great support, will go there again for sure

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April 12, 2021

Destination: Brisbane

9.3Not great

Alpha could not find our booking to begin with. Spent a while to track it down as QEEQ did not send through my surname. Said the insurance booked through the app was less than their basic

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Gautam Thapar

April 11, 2021

Destination: Hobart

10Super easy

Brand new car, Got Kia Cerato, all the features in it.

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D.Yorke

April 11, 2021

Destination: Melbourne

9O.K.

I booked a Toyota, but got a very underpowered Hyundai instead. Also I thought I had booked Melbourne Airport drop off, but they don’t have a drop off point there.

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S.Ehrle

April 1, 2021

Destination: Hobart

9.7Good car but overpriced

Na

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April 1, 2021

Destination: Melbourne

9.7Cheap and easy

Free upgrade - thank you Thrifty

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e.lewis

April 1, 2021

Destination: Hobart

10Perfect.

car was great more then expectations, hybrid ,fuel economy great. Staff friendly and helpful. efficient .

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M.Kaushal

April 20, 2021

Destination: Hobart

9Great overall experience

Not having an navigation system and no android auto or car play was the only negative for me. Great customer service.

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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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