Car Rentals ...
Why Car Rentals ?
If you've managed to get some cheap flights to Sydney then you might be interested
to read here where you can find travel safety tips, travel recommendations and
also the cheapest car
rentals. If you're a first time tourist to Australia, there a a great number of things to do in Sydney Australia,
a city which has some great attractions, including the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney markets and the Sydney Opera House. If you possibly can, do
the Sydney Bridge climb ... it's unforgettable !
For travel in Sydney, the city has adequate bus train and ferry public [we especially recommend you take a Sydney Harbor tour to see a completely different perspective of the city from the water]
10 things to do in Sydney
However, if you really want to see Australia, you'll probably want to
spend at least some of your time outside the city. We'd especially recommend you
consider the attractions of the NSW South Coast, but then again, we may be accused
of being just a little biased in that direction. :-) Naturally, many international
visitors to the South Coast choose to rent for their driving holiday.
You can choose from an array of
car rental companies.
These companies offer a wide
range of services with pick-up and drop-off at Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra
In some cases, they also enable a pick-up and drop-off at the
South Coast regional airports at Moruya, Merimbula
If you travel to Sydney, arriving into Sydney's Mascot on an international flight,
then we'd recommend you pre-book a car through Sydney
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If you plan to arrive at Moruya Airport, we can recommend Red Spot Car Rentals,
who can provide quality new model cars during your stay on the South Coast.
In addition, we've recently noticed a trend from 'Sydney-siders'
[particularly those living in the inner suburbs] to dispense with all of the costs
associated with owning and maintaining a motor vehicle.
Consequently, more and more of our intra-state guests are opting to arrive in
a rented car.
If you're one of these visitors, you can't go past the
"no-frills" or "no birds"
Alternatively, for visitors arriving by air, with Regional Express airlines, contact
us for details of the
Best Car Rentals.
Do you have a favorite Car Rental company ?
There are several options for car rental on the South Coast.
Please let us know about any experience you can share about the car rentals on offer.
This website aims to provide a free service to visitors to the South Coast and to let people know about the "hidden gems" (or the ones to avoid) on the coast.
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Travel Tips for the Tourist to Australia:
As well as the basics such as maps for
travel, the car rental company you choose should be able to provide you with
full details of the following, but for your convenience, we include a brief
Your contract should include car rental insurance, but remember to check the terms and
conditions and in particular, check the accidental damage excess.
General Driving Information
The following information is included to assist
international drivers who intend to drive in Australia. We hope this information
will give you a general view of the driving requirements and safety precautions
to enable you to have an enjoyable and driving experience in Australia.
Drivers Licence Visitors driving in Australia must
observe the licence requirements:
- Whilst driving, you must carry your drivers
licence with you as there is a penalty for not having your licence with you.
- If your drivers licence is not written in the
English language, you must carry an English translation or international drivers
licence when driving in Australia
Speed Limits Most roads & Highways
in Australia have the driving speed limits indicated with internationally standard
roadside signage. Most roads also have recommended speed sign [black text with
a yellow background for guidance, especially at corners. You should drive at
or below the indicated speed limits. Naturally, it makes sense to drive with
caution in wet conditions and drive below the speed limits. Speed checks are
regularly conducted by the Police using fixed and mobile [in car] speed cameras,
radar and lasers along all types of roads. In cities and towns, the general
speed limit is 60 km/h but many suburban and local roads have a 50 km/h speed
limit. The maximum speed you can drive in Australia is 100 km/h on country roads
and highways and where indicated by signage 110 km/h on motorways and freeways.
Exceeding these limits risks heavy financial penalties.
Rules of the Road: In Australia,
we drive on the left hand side of the roadway and usually the steering wheel
is on the right hand side of the car.
Drink Driving There are strict
laws about drinking alcohol and driving in Australia. Police are authorized
to stop any vehicle and breath test the driver randomly. For competent driving,
there is no absolute safe level of alcohol consumption as alcohol effects different
individuals differently. The legal limit is 0.5% for normal fully licensed drivers.
Provisional and special purpose licensed drivers may have different limits imposed.
The best advice is not to drive at all if you are going to drink any alcohol.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and you are over the legal limit,
your insurance will be void and you are not covered.
Gas (Fuel) or "petrol"
stations are plentiful in most areas and open varied hours depending on location
and usually accept major international credit cards. Most of our vehicles operate
on unleaded fuel at high octane levels, generally between 95 & 98. Unleaded
fuel costs approximately US $1.10 per litre [approx $2 per gallon] however this
can be more expensive in country areas.
Tolls There are tolls on most
freeways which start from each city and usually cost between AUD$2.00 to AUD$4.50
to use. Many of the tolls require an electronic pass and some do NOT accept
cash of any kind. Check with your Car rental agent. If you do not wish to use
these freeways, there are alternate routes are available to avoid these tolls.
Seat belts It is a requirement
for the driver and all passengers to use seat belts at all times.
For children, Baby capsules or
child restraints, depending on the age/size of the child, must be used.
Motorways and Freeways Traffic
travels at high speed on motorways and freeways. Naturally, this requires drivers
to be especially alert in these situations.
- When driving on a motorway or freeway do not
stop except in an emergency. Move off the roadway completely if you must stop
for any other reason. Do NOT stop in emergency stopping lanes which are built
into many steep mountain roads, in case of emergency.
- You can not make a 'U' turn or reverse when
driving on a motorway or freeway.
- Unless you are going to overtake another vehicle,
you should keep to the left lane
Parking Parking stations and meters
are common in major Australian cities. Read the instructions on the meter, or
ask at the entrance to pay. You may park at a meter for up to 2 hours unless
End of Travel Tips for tourists to Australia.
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