When renting a car in an unfamiliar country it is always a good idea to become familiar with traffic laws, rules of the road and other general information pertaining vehicle operation to ensure that you and your passengers are promoting the proper driving etiquette of the country. With Australia being the 6th largest country in the world, with over 556,000 miles of roadways traveling by rental car is almost a must and when doing so please keep in mind the following information.
In order to rent a car while in Australia drivers must be a minimum of 21 years of age or older. Age requirements may vary according to car category. Drivers between the ages of 21 to 25 may have to pay an additional young driver surcharge to the rental company. Some car rental suppliers have maximum age restrictions at or around 75 years of age, which may also vary depending of the category of vehicle that will be driven.
An international driver's license must accompany any drivers license that is not in English at all times. In order to rent a car in Australia international visitors must hold a license from their home country for the same vehicle class they will be renting. Probationary license or photocopies will not be accepted locally.
Babies and infants 9 kilos or less (generally ages 0-6 months) and are shorter the 70 cm should be in a rear facing child seat. Children that weigh 9 kilos to 18 kilos (generally 6 months to 5 years) should be in a forward facing child seat. Children between 14 kilos and 26 kilos are suitable for a booster seat. Children should only be placed in the regular seatbelts only if they no longer fit into a booster seat.
In most cities in Australia the maximum speed is 60 kph, in suburban areas max speed is 50 kph and maximum speed on most highways is 110 kph. If traveling in the Northern Territory please use caution, as roads in this area do not have speed limits.
Rules of the Road
Vehicles in Australia are equipped with the steering wheel on the right hand side and cars are required to drive on the left hand side of the road. Seatbelts must be worn at all times. Driving while intoxicated in Australia is strictly prohibited.
Gas and Fuel
Some areas will have signs if there is no gas for a while. Please ask the rental supplier at time of pick up what type of fuel to put in the vehicle.
The most common toll is the $3 dollar toll to travel across the Sydney Harbor Bridge into the Sydney central business district the CityLink motorway in Melbourne, which connects the Airport, port and industrial areas of the city.
Parking lots, garages and meters can be found throughout most cities in Australia. Many spots on the street have a time limit usually around 2 hours. Make sure to read all signs around the area you plan to be parking to avoid being towed or fined.
When traveling and renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar place it is always a good idea to find out what the insurance requirements are for vehicle rentals in that country. When renting a car with Kemwel in Australia your rental rate will include all required mandatory insurances.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft protection is included on all car rentals in Australia with Kemwel. The CDW reduces the financial responsibility of the driver in the event of an accident or theft. Many of the suppliers that Kemwel works with still carry a deductible ranging from 2,000 USD to 4,500 USD depending on the category of vehicle rented. Rentals with Kemwel in Australia also include Third Party Liability which will cover anything outside of the rental vehicle including, persons and property. Third party liability covers from 20,000,000 USD to an unlimited amount depending on the rental supplier. Fire insurance is also included on all rentals commencing in Australia with Kemwel and covers an unlimited amount. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance that can be purchased locally with many suppliers to help reduce the amount of the deductible, in Australia it is generally available to drivers over the age of 23, costs about 19 USD per day and will lower the deductible on most vehicles to around $ 300 USD.
Many of the suppliers that Kemwel works with offer a few forms of optional coverage that can be purchased locally. Personal Accident Insurance can be purchased locally with some suppliers for a cost of approximately $4 USD per day. Personal Accident Insurance usually covers the driver and the passengerís medical expenses in the event of an accident and most car rental suppliers have a set dollar amount they will cover. Personal Effects Coverage is another insurance that can also be purchased locally to cover select items in the event it was stolen, many suppliers also cap the amount to which they will cover.
When renting a car in Australia be aware that many suppliers will not allow rental vehicles to be taken on a ferry or driven into or out of the following territories: Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Vehicles may not be driven outside Australia and travel on ferries is prohibited. Travel to New Zealand (and to Tasmania) is not allowed.
Many domestic one way rentals require a minimum number of rental days and have a one way fee that is paid locally to the supplier, which can sometimes be free or costing anywhere from $50 USD- $1500 USD depending where you want to return.