The vast expanse of Australia has to be taken into account if you’re planning on taking a campervan trip around some regions in the country. It pays to be extra cautious if it’s also your first time to drive around the country.
Vacations are often limited so you might attempt to cover long distances to cram as many trips as you can into your schedule. At first, this might sound like a good plan, think about all the hours that you’re going to spend behind the wheel. It won’t be a real holiday then when you just have to pass by the best tourist spots in the region that you’re visiting.
Instead of staying on the road most of the time, make it so that you’ll have your feet firmly on the ground in certain spots. That’s the only way you can fully appreciate each spot before moving on to another spot.
When you’re driving long distances, you have to remember a few important tips. Take a break every two hours. Designate a second driver, if possible. Schedule your campervan trips in a way that you won’t need to drive at dawn or dusk, when you’ll be more at risk of hitting a kangaroo. Don’t force yourself to drive when you’re feeling sleepy. Since it’s a campervan, you can simply pull up and get a shuteye.
Before you can rent a campervan in Australia, you have to show your driver’s licence. You must also be aged 18 to 75 years old and possess a non provisional driver’s licence. Even if you’re a tourist from another country, campervan companies still honour international or overseas licenses, although they should be in English. Otherwise, you will be required to give an International Drivers Permit (ID) along with it and still in English.
There are a lot of road rules to follow in Australia. But as a driver unfamiliar with such rules, what’s more important is to learn the basics, which include the following:
- Cars in Australia have a steering wheel on the left hand side of the road.
- Drivers and passengers alike must wear a seatbelt.
- Speed limits always read in kilometres per hour (km/hr) and often have a maximum limit of 100 km/hr when driving on highways and open roads. Sometimes, this might be raised up to 110 km/hr
- The maximum speed limit is around 50 km/hr when driving in built up areas, although there are roads where the limit is up to 60 km/hr.
- Drivers must have at most 0.05 in blood alcohol limit.
- Left turns are not allowed on a red light, except when signed.
- Drivers must give way to traffic at roundabouts, at intersections, and on the right.
- Drivers must be clear of any kinds of drugs to maintain a good and safe driving ability.
Before you rent a campervan for your first Australian driving adventure, make sure you take all these tips into consideration. If you think you’re not qualified to drive and you can’t follow these pointers for your safety, then it’s best to find other means to get around the country.
When you’ve decided to take a campervan around Australia, you may want to try the Lane Cove River Tourist Park in Sydney, the Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, the Cape Le Grant National Park in Western Australia, and other caravan parks worth visiting.