Australia has over 556,000 miles of highways that can take you all over this continent nation. From Sydney on the east coast to Perth on the west there is plenty to see along the Australian roadways. It is not uncommon to see a kangaroo as you drive in some of the remote areas of Australia!
To rent a car in Australia, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. The maximum age to rent with some suppliers is 75 years old. Seatbelts are mandatory for the driver and passengers.
Speed limits in Australia are as follows: City 35mph/60kph Highways 68mph/110kph
Rules of the Road
In Australia, cars drive on the left hand side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car.
Gas stations are plentiful and open varied hours depending on location. Most stations accept international credit cards. Gas tends to cost more in country areas.
There is a toll to cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge and also tolls on some of the highways exiting Brisbane. These tolls cost about US$1 - US$2, however alternate routes are available to avoid these tolls.
Parking lots and meters are common in major Australian cities. You may park at a meter for up to 2 hours.
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.
All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. In Australia, our rates also provide collision and/or theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Australia.
In Australia, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in Auto Europe rates. CDW reduces the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$525 - US$3,300. Theft protection reduces the deductible to US$525 - US$3,300. Third party liability insurance covers US$20,000,000 to unlimited coverage in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car. Fire insurance is also included. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero.
Personal Effects Protection insures select items if stolen from the rental car. This coverage is available with select suppliers at a rate of approximately US$2 - US$6 per day. Personal Accident Insurance is also available locally with select suppliers at a rate of approximately US$2 ?US$5 per day. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.
There are restrictions on certain vehicles traveling to Northern Territories, Western Australia and Tasmania. Cars are not allowed to travel on the ferries.
Vehicles may not be driven outside Australia and travel on ferries is prohibited. Travel to New Zealand (and to Tasmania) is not allowed.
Domestic one-way car rentals and one-way van rentals are available between select rental locations in Australia. Some rentals have return fees of US$170 - US$450 and minimum rental lengths may apply.