Having a car in Australia is an integral part of everyday life for the average Australian. The explanation is clear – the distances. The main landmarks are scattered throughout the country. Therefore, the best way to explore the country will be a car taken for rent. There are plenty of rent services operating in Australia.
Most car rental services are as good as the unsurpassed rental services of Dubai. Those who have rented a Bentley at Bentley rental Dubai at least once will confirm this. The average price of renting a car here is also comparable to a Dubai car rental price. But if beautiful and sporty cars like Bentley or Lamborghini are in demand for rent in Dubai for an Australian driving experience, we recommend you rent an SUV or any other capacious car. Down in our article, you understand why.
Note: Australia has left-handed traffic. Therefore, drivers who are used to right-hand traffic may be very uncomfortable for the first days. And a lot of the road cuts and exits here are left-handed, and it’s going to take a while to get used to that.
In Australia, there are quite strict requirements for the driver of a rental car. First
You must be over 21 years old (in some rental companies – over 25 years) and the driving experience must be not less than 2 years. In this case, the driver must have an international driver’s license. Foreigners must also have a passport with a valid visa – the absence of these documents is considered a violation of traffic rules.
Driving in Australia
The road network in Australia is well developed, the roads here are good, gasoline is expensive, the drivers are very polite, and traffic violations are strictly punished by the police – in the country enormous fines for any violations. That’s why it’s comfortable to drive here, the roads are calm. Many countries of the world can only envy Australia in this.
A really interesting Australian trend is the huge number of motorcycles. Owning a powerful two-wheeled horse is actually not only a free lifestyle and fulfillment of a youthful dream but also a good way to avoid the traffic jams that have become common in megacities. And you can also save a lot of money on parking. And until recently, on toll roads. If you plan to stay in huge cities like Melbourne or Sydney – you should try using a motorcycle.
Toll roads in Australia
Speaking of toll roads: Australia has an enormous number of toll roads, tunnels, and bridges, that help you to save your time in exchange for your money. There are toll roads in almost every major Australian city.
There are some toll roads in Sydney as well, and the toll over Sydney’s famous Nagrog Falls Bridge, also tolls. There are several toll-freeways on the way out of Brisbane. There is also a toll bridge that leads from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast.
In general, there are many toll roads in Australia, and every year their number is increasing.
Driving in the deserts
When you drive on Australian roads, especially if you are driving in the middle of the continent, away from the big, bustling cities you should be very careful. In desert areas, gas stations or services can be miles apart! Therefore, you should stock up on fuel, drinking water, food, and other necessities before the ride.
Despite the fact that Australia ranks 7th in the world in the number of vehicles per 1,000 people, some roads, especially in the center of the continent, can be empty for days at a time.
As you already get, the roads in Australia are not just long, they are huge! The length of roads per person in the country is, on average, three to four times greater than in European countries, and seven to nine times greater than in Asian countries. Hopefully, our article helps international tourists understand that the idea of traveling through Australia by rental car is the best idea.