You must be licensed and carry your licence with you when you are driving in Australia, or you will incur an on-the-spot fine. If your licence is not in English, you must carry an English translation.
For more information, contact the Roads and Traffic Authority in New South Wales on 132 213 or visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au. In Victoria, contact Vic Roads on 13 11 71 or visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
All passengers must use seatbelts at all times. Baby capsules or child restraints must be used for all children.
You must not drive at a speed over the posted limit (check signs along
In most towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour (31 miles per hour) and on
freeways it will vary between 60-110km/h (37-68 miles per hour).
For fully licensed car drivers the legal limit is 0.05 g/100ml.
Australian Police are authorised to stop any vehicle and breath test the
driver at any time.
It is illegal to drive or ride a vehicle while using a hand-held mobile
It is also illegal to perform these activities when your vehicle
is stopped but not parked, such as when you are waiting at traffic
lights. The penalty is a significant fine.
It is recommended that for every two hours of driving you stop and rest
for 15 minutes - distances between towns and cities may be far greater
than you realise and to which you are accustomed.
Constantly be on the alert for dangerous situations and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
The Great Alpine Road is fully sealed, with year-round access. While you
do not need a four-wheel drive to tour it in winter, care should be
taken. Snow is cleared regularly, but you should be prepared for
potential fog, ice, and strong winds.
Check road conditions: Check for possible winter closures with Vic Roads on 13 11 70 or visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au, the Victorian Snow Line on 1800 067 600 or at visitor information centres.
Over winter all vehicles enter alpine resort areas must carry snow chains. Snow chains can be leased or purchased from snow equipment stores.
Check fuel, oil, tyres and anti-freeze before you go, as there are
limited services at the ski resorts of Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, Mt
Buffalo or Falls Creek.
Snow chains must be carried to these resorts from June to early October, and fitted if directed.
Use lower gears, especially on steep down-grades, brake slowly and early, don't brake on corners.
We recommend you don't tow a caravan or trailer over Mt Hotham during
winter, as motorists may be turned back if weather conditions are poor.
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive and the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive are among Australia's most extraordinary road trips driving between Australia's two major cities, including Canberra and Jervis Bay