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Australia is a prime tourist attraction. The whole country itself is a sight to behold. If you really want to get the full experience out of visiting Australia, you need to drive yourself. This way you get to interact with the locals themselves, learn about their culture, visit all the museums and take in all the breathtaking sights. However, before you decide to drive yourself there are a couple of things you need to know.

  1. Which side of the road to drive in

In Australia they drive on the left side of the road. It is a rule for all drivers that you need to keep left while driving unless you are overtaking or in a multilane road. It would therefore be wiser to rent a car where the driver's seat is on the right-hand side of the vehicle. This makes it easier and safer to overtake.

  1. Age requirements

The minimum driving age in Australia is 17 years old. Their citizens get their driving lessons from the age of 16 and they can drive under supervision till they are 17. However, for a tourist to hire a car, you need to be 19 years of age and above. Most car hire companies require you to be 21 years of age therefore trying to hire a car younger than that can be troublesome.

  1. Which car hire companies are best for you

You also need to know which care hire companies offer the best services. You can't afford to walk up to any dealer to hire a car. You need a car that won't give you trouble on the road. Since you might be stuck with this car for the entire trip, you need something trustworthy. You should therefore go for a reputable company. Some of the popular car hire companies in Australia include

  • Kayak
  • Happy Car
  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • Europcar
  • Thrifty
  • Budget
  1. Do you want an automatic or manual car

According to your preference you can decide which car you want to use. Automatic cars are better for smooth drives along the long highways of Australia while taking in the scenic view. Some people may prefer to drive a manual car. Whichever car you choose, ensure you are comfortable driving it all through your trip.

  1. Where do you plan to visit

If you plan to visit the Australian forest or go for a ride in the desert, you will want to have a four-wheel drive car for obvious reasons. This car will give you more power to maneuver through the rough terrains. However, if you plan to keep to the cities and tarmac roads, a two—wheel car will do just fine.

  1. Know their road rules

The road rules in Australia may differ from the road rules in your country. You will therefore benefit from going through their rules to avoid being pulled over by the cops and having your holiday ruined. Observe the speed limits, traffic signs, know when to give way and when you are allowed to cross lanes. You need to have a clear understanding of what to do and what not to do.

  1. Do you need a guide or a map

If you plan to drive yourself around, you should know where you are going. If you're in for the adventure you can find a map and figure out your way as you go. But if you're completely new you should have a guide before you rent a car. After all, what good is a car if you don't know where you are going.

  1. Do you need insurance

Some travel policies cover rental car insurance while others do not. To drive on Australian roads, you need to have car insurance. Before you rent a car, determine who is covering your insurance. It can be your travel policy or the car hire company.

  1. An international driving license

Most important of all, you need to be a licensed driver. An international driving license or any driving license written in English will suffice. The license needs to be valid and at least more than a year old.

  1. Price

Lastly, you need to consider the price. Just because you are on holiday doesn't mean you become extravagant. Take your time and compare the prices offered by different car hire companies to come up with the best choice for you. Some companies have a lot of additional charges that add up to a lot of cash in the end. Be careful when choosing a car hire company so that you do not lose your money.


Australia can be a really fun place to visit. To ensure your tour is not spoiled or cut short by avoidable circumstances, take all of the above factors into consideration.