For most visitors, Australia is a holiday destination that exceeds even the boldest expectations. Unforgettable landscapes, interesting animal and birds species, well-known landmarks, and cosmopolitan urban sprawls are only a small part of what Australia has to offer for visiting holidaymakers.
The main way of moving between the cities is either the bus system or the railway system. Unfortunately, public transport is quite expensive. Some holidaymakers simply tend to choose rental cars which guarantee them autonomy in their holiday plans. Various car rental companies are located in the capital and at international airports.
One of the best highlights in itself is Sydney offering attractions galore. While in the city, be sure to check out such places as the famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Sydney Markets. There’s something for every traveller in Sydney.
If you are a fan of natural jewels, Coastal Queensland will be a great destination for you. Brisbane is a laid-back city with plenty of lively entertainment venues. You can also admire the majestic Glass House Mountains offering a number of outdoor activity options. One of the most fashionable places to be at in Queensland is Noosa – a paradise for surfers.
The Northern Territory is also a true treasure trove of attractions. Visit Darwin to admire its interesting architecture, take a hiking trip around the Litchfield National Park, and admire wildlife in the Kakadu National Park. You can also consider a visit in Alice Springs, Katherine with its stunning gorge complex, and near the towering rock of Uluru.
Those who are into more entertainment in Australian cities can travel to Perth. It is characterised by a leisure-oriented ambiance and plenty of great restaurants. Fremantle will be perfect for those who enjoy laid-back atmosphere and great cultural spots. Nearby, you’ll also find such interesting places to visit as Pemberton, Albany, Esperance, and Broome.
Australia follows left-hand traffic which might cause a problem for European travellers as well as rookie drivers. However, there exist many traffic regulations which are similar to those followed around the world.
The minimum driving age is 18; however, the minimum driving age if you want to rent a vehicle is from 21 to 25. Unfortunately, some car rental companies tend to apply extra charges in case of young drivers.
Interestingly, you are allowed to use speed camera detection equipment and no fees or penalties will be applied if police officers spot such a device in your car.
The documents that you should carry while travelling around Australia are your driver’s licence, certificate of insurance, vehicle registration document, and vehicle technical inspection certificate.
If you are caught without your seatbelts on, you’ll have to face high penalties. Police officers can apply fines that are as high as A$ 363. Australia is also extremely strict when it comes to drinking and driving. The blood alcohol level cannot exceed 50 mg per 100 ml of blood. Thus, it’s better to avoid drinking before your trip as even a small amount can take you way beyond the limit. Drivers who are an inexperienced can’t have any alcohol in their bloodstream. It is also illegal to drive and use a mobile phone so equip yourself with a hands-free set.
All motorists must follow speed limits that are indicated on road signs. Outside built-up areas, you can drive at a speed of 100-130 km/h. When it comes to built-up areas, the speed limit is 50 km/h. Your speed should be also dependent on the weather conditions. Some roads can be located in a limited speed zone so you need to adjust your driving to the limits indicated for a given road section.
In Australia, you’ll encounter a number of speed cameras, both fixed and mobile. For speeding, there’s great likelihood that you’ll receive an on the spot fine. Speeding tickets amount to from A$174 to A$1036, depending on your speed. There’s also a possibility that you might receive additional penalty points.