Tips for a great holiday
- Plan your trip. Find out how long it will take to drive between destinations.
- Be well-prepared for travelling in remote areas.
- Avoid driving after a long flight.
- Get to know the road rules.
- Have a good night’s sleep before the trip.
- Ask about weather and road conditions.
- Note where fuel stations are on your route.
On your trip
- In Australia we drive on the left side of the road.
- Wear a seat belt – it’s the law.
- Take regular rest breaks.
- If you’ve been drinking alcohol – don’t drive. Strict drink/driving laws apply.
- Speed limits are enforced more strictly in Australia than in many countries.
- Take extra care on dirt roads.
- Our animals come out at dawn and dusk, so watch out when driving.
- In an emergency, stay with your vehicle.
- Before you cross the road, look right, look left, look right again and cross only when safe to do so.
- Check your mobile/cell phone coverage as some areas within Australia are only accessible using satellite phones.
- Mobile/cell phones are not for use while driving – it’s the law.
- Hitchhiking or picking up hitchhikers is strongly discouraged.
- Look for the yellow “i” on the blue square for visitor information.
In the water
- At the beach, always swim between the red and yellow flags.
- Read and obey warning signs on beaches, beach access points and at waterways.
- Avoid contact with any sea creatures you might find at the beach. They look harmless but some sting or bite.
- Always swim with others, and children should always be accompanied by an adult who can swim.
- The sun in Australia is very strong, use SPF 30+ sunscreen, and always wear a hat.