All you need to know about Australia
Anyone who is over 21 years old can afford car rental in Australia (at least 25 years in some companies). For foreigners in Australia, you must have an international driving license (in English) and a national driver’s license with a certified translation into English, a minimum driving experience of 2 years. Sometimes it is possible to rent without a credit card against a cash deposit.
To rent a car in Australia, foreigners, except for a driver’s license, are required to have a passport with a valid visa. The country has left-hand traffic. The use of seat belts is mandatory, for children you need to use special seats. Roads in the country are modern and in good condition. But there are also dirt ones, especially if you go into the outback, there are more of them.
Car rental prices in Australia depend on the class of rental car and the duration of the rental. The average cost per day is 50-60 AUD. We accept credit cards and cash (deposit will be charged).
In desert areas, gas stations, car service and shops can be located at a distance of 150 km from each other! Therefore, stock up on fuel, drinking water, and provisions. We recommend taking spare wheels with you. Be careful! Almost anywhere, especially on deserted roads, large animals can cross the road.
In Melbourne there are about 22 km of private roads and 2 long tunnels. In order to travel on toll roads, you must become a member of a special program. A single trip for subscribers costs 1.5 AUD, the fine will be up to 77 AUD! The cars participating in the program have a special electronic device that takes into account the use of the highway, and the camera takes pictures of the rabbits. The implementation of traffic rules in Australia is monitored clearly. There are many cameras.
Local drivers, I must say, are very respectable, and they never violate anything. At least it might seem so. On the contrary, they drive slower than shown on the signs of the limiters. So be careful, against their background is not worth the risk and stand out. Moreover, the fines for non-compliance with traffic rules in Australia are quite serious. On average for speeding, loose belts you will pay from 70 to 200 AUD.
Traffic police are polite and friendly, but they will have to pay a fine. Cash is not accepted: fines are paid either by credit card or through a bank. If you wrangle with a traffic policeman, trying to prove your case, the fine may automatically double. Local traffic police are always armed and have the right to shoot to kill without a warning shot in the air. If you were stopped by a traffic policeman, it is better not to get out of the car, and if you got out, then your hands should in no case be in your pockets.
Traffic police sometimes patrol without external identification marks, measuring the speed of both passing and oncoming vehicles. The intruder is caught up and stopped within a couple of minutes. To control the use of photoradars. This is warned by posters installed 1 km from the place of control. Near many traffic lights cameras are installed that automatically register those who have passed on a red light. Road patrols quite often check drivers for intoxication.