Road trips are fun and exciting, especially when you do it with friends and family. Doing it in a foreign country is another story though, as the traffic and road rules in each country are different. There are a lot to discuss, and you should know each and every one if you are planning on going on a road trip in the Land Down Under.
Get an Affordable Car Hire
First things first – get a reliable car hire that can get you through the rough roads of the Australian Outback. Rent a car from a rental company that has a wide variety of cars including small, medium, and large cars, so you can choose the best one that would fit your budget and your needs. Extras such as GPS and baby booster seats are also some of the most important things that you should look for in a car hire, especially if you are travelling with babies and toddlers. Australia is a huge country, and GPS would definitely help you get through your road trip.
Plan your Itinerary
As we have mentioned earlier, Australia is a massive country. It is wiser to make a planned out itinerary, rather than going on a road trip without any solid plans. Decide where you will go, how much time you will spend at a certain spot, and what your activities in that area are. Make sure that your destinations are not too far from each other, as you would not want to spend most of your time driving on the road. You definitely would want to relax, so plan your trip well and stick to it!
Be Familiar with the Outback
Outback roads in Australia can be a bit dangerous at night. Oz is known for its wild animals, especially the kangaroos and emus. Both are nocturnal, which means that they thrive during the night. Kangaroos and emus are huge, and you definitely do not want to collide with them at any time of any day. They are insensitive to light and they do not easily react to it, so you must be extremely careful when driving in the Outback at night. If you can, stop before the sun goes down and sleep somewhere safe. Continue driving the next morning instead.
Know the Rules
Drinking and driving is illegal in every country, and I bet you are smart enough not to do this. However, we are still reminding you as drunk driving offences in Australia have severe consequences. The fine is also expensive, plus, it’s actually really embarrassing to get caught drunk driving in a foreign country. You wouldn’t want to get caught overspeeding as well, as speeding is a major offence in the country, too. Also, it is important to remember that Australia practise right hand side driving, which means that if you are used to left hand side driving, then you might have a hard time driving in Oz. They are used to driving on the left side of the road, too. If you are not too confident about this, then it would be wiser to get a driver together with your car hire Australia.
Driving and going on a road trip is a huge responsibility, so make sure to read the fine print first and know them by heart.