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    Driving Information for Renting a Car in Australia

    Australia Driving Overview

    Australia Car Rental Driving InformationAustralia 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!

    Driving Age Requirements

    To rent a car in Australia you must be at least 21 years old, additional age restrictions may apply for specific car categories. Additionally drivers must have held their license for a minimum of one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge resulting in an additional fee to the daily rate. In Australia, many rental car suppliers set a maximum age of 75 years old. If you are over 75, or younger than 25, contact an Auto Europe reservation agent at 1-888-223-5555 for more information on rental car age restrictions.

    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. Additionally, find more information on reading road signs in Australia with Auto Europe.

    Speed Limits in Australia

    Speed Limits & Gas Stations in Australia 
    • City 35mph/60kph
    • Highways 68mph/110kph
    Gas Station Availability - 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.
    Australia Parking Laws and Tolls

    Parking & Tolls in Australia

    Parking lots and meters are common in major Australian cities. You may park at a meter for up to 2 hours.

    There is a toll to cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge and also tolls on some of the highways exiting Brisbane. These tolls cost about $1-$2 USD, however alternate routes are available to avoid these tolls.

    Car Rental Insurance Information

    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.

    Australia Driving InformationRequired Coverage

    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.

    Optional Coverage

    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.

    Car Rental Restrictions

    Rentals commencing in Australia may have travel restrictions as a lot of the country is sparsely populated. Many suppliers restrict travel to Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory on certain vehicle categories. If you have plans to travel into any of the places listed above it is recommended to check with Auto Europe ahead of time to make sure it is permitted by the local supplier.

    Australia Driving InformationRestricted Countries

    Vehicles may not be driven outside Australia and travel on ferries is prohibited. Travel to New Zealand (and to Tasmania) is not allowed.

    One-Way Rentals

    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.