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There’s something special about taking your time and discovering Australia at your own pace, cruising along scenic roads and stopping to explore whenever the mood takes you. We can help you create a tailor-made self-drive itinerary along the coast or deep in the Outback, recommend hotels en route, give you tips on driving in Australia and suggest day trips and sightseeing ideas.


Big and bold, Australia is amazing road trip territory. It’s epic stretches of remote Outback, roads lined with giant trees, ancient forests and glorious beaches edged by the most famous coral reef in the world. Some of the most jaw-dropping journeys lie along the winding coastline; there’s a reason why the drive between Melbourne and Adelaide is called the Great Ocean Road. And in the Australian Outback, you can really get off the beaten track on seasonal dirt roads through the Kimberley region. It’s even better if you can share the driving so you get the chance to sit back and take in the views.

Driving in Australia is easy, fun and a great options for families, groups of friends and couples who are more independent and adventurous when on holiday. Australians drive on the same side as the road as the UK and versus what we’re used to, there’s very little traffic.

Car hire

Choice of cars
We work with a number of different car hire partners. Choose from a range of cars, from small economy and compact vehicles to full-size vans and SUVs. All of the cars are easy to drive and most of them are automatic (typically group B up).

Licence info
Drivers must present a full licence held for a minimum of 12 months. The licence must be in English, or a foreign licence with an International Driving Permit (IDP). The minimum age is 21, or 25 for some car types.

Car hire inclusions can vary but typically include unlimited mileage, Goods & Services Tax (GST) and Standard Insurance with full excess. Most providers offer an ‘Inclusive’ upgrade option that reduces your excess to zero − we recommend taking this option.

One-way fees
Many rentals do not incur a one-way fee. However, one-way rentals in and out of the Northern Territory and Western Australia require a minimum seven days and a one-way fee applies. One-way rentals in or out of Tasmania are not permitted.


A motorhome holiday makes exploring a vast country like Australia easy – you have all your creature comforts with you in a home-away-from-home and the flexibility to see Australia’s attractions however you want to. All motorhomes from our partner, maui, are easy to drive with automatic transmission and an in-vehicle tablet with ‘Like a Local’ GPS system. Amenities include air-conditioning and heating, a gas stove, fridge, shower and a flat-screen TV so you can travel in comfort. maui’s motorhomes are all environmentally sensitive with solar panels and low fuel consumption.

You can choose from a selection of motorhomes and packages depending on your needs – from more affordable models from maui’s sister company, Britz, to a maui Inclusive pack which includes Wi-Fi data allowance so you can keep connected while on the move.

Travel tips

It’s important to take note of specific driving restrictions that apply to rentals in Australia. Your vehicle must only be used on roads that are properly formed and constructed as sealed, metalled or gravel roads. Vehicles cannot be driven on beaches or through streams, dams, rivers or floodwater, and cannot be taken onto any boat or ferry. Vehicles rented from the mainland may not be taken to Tasmania or any other island. There are a number of roads in Northern Territory and Western Australia that are access roads to Aboriginal communities; driving is not permitted in these areas without an approved permit.

We recommend carefully taking your luggage requirements into account before choosing your vehicle.

A number of motorways and city link roads in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are electronic tolls only and do not have toll booths. All renters must provide a credit or debit card to enable The Roads & Maritime Services to directly charge the applicable toll fees. Further information is available when collecting your vehicle.

Co-pilot kit

Some of our self-drive packages with our local representative, AOT, include a personalised co-pilot kit. This provides you with a GPS as well as all of the practical information you need to navigate the roads, plan your journey and make the most out of your Australia self-drive adventure. You can also add this co-pilot kit to any tailor-made self-drive itinerary.


• Driving instructions
• Detailed day-by-day itinerary description and directions
• Road atlas and city maps
• Local visitor guides
• Discount offers for various attractions
• Handy backpack.


Self-drive itineraries

We’ve picked our favourite Australia self-drive itineraries to give you a little inspiration. You can easily tailor each itinerary to work your schedule or preferences as they’re suggested routes. This flexibility means you can choose how long you go for, choose your preferred hotel and add detours or visits to big local attractions.

Our recommended Australia self-drives

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The Great Southern Touring Route Self-Drive

Head down Australia’s most glorious coastal drive – the Great Ocean Road – on this 13-night itinerary. Get to know the amazing wildlife on Kangaroo Island and take in some of the country’s most dramat...

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Australia's Classic South West Self-Drive

This scenic round-trip from Perth through Western Australia is full of award-winning wineries and dramatic towering forests.

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Australia's Southwest Edge Self-Drive

This two-week itinerary makes the most of Qantas’ recently introduced non-stop flight from London to Perth. Now open for business, Western Australia is stocked with some of the country’s best beaches,...

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The Outback Self-Drive

Voyage across Western Australia and explore the photogenic landscapes, splendid white sands and glorious expanses of stunning national parks.

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Australia's Coral Coast Self-Drive

This itinerary takes in the best of Western Australia’s epic natural attractions. As you make your way from Perth, you’ll look down over rugged gorges and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, meet wild dolphi...

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Southern Queensland Self-Drive

This stretch of coastline has some of Australia's most diverse beachscapes, from cosmopolitan beach towns to the world's largest sand island.

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The Great Sunshine Way & Beyond Self-Drive

This epic adventure from Brisbane to Cape Tribulation is a coast-hugging journey that takes in many of Australia’s iconic natural landmarks, with stops in cool seaside towns, eco-lodges and on sandy i...

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The Sydney to Melbourne Touring Route Self-Drive

The coastal route between Australia’s two biggest cities is surprisingly a less-trodden path. Get away from the East Coast crowds and see some of the country’s hidden oceanside gems.

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The Pacific Coast Explorer Self-Drive

Head north from Sydney along Australia's 'Legendary Pacific Coast' drive and you'll take in New South Wales' rolling vineyards, national parks and surf beaches.

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Tasmania's Grand Circle Self-Drive

Tour this abundant island on our 13-night round trip as it takes you between ripe produce-growing pastures, cinematic landscapes and historical towns.

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Vineyard & Kangaroo Island Escape Self-Drive

A scenic drive through South Australia, full of glorious wineries, rolling countryside, and beautiful villages hidden within the rugged Adelaide Hills.

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Heart of Australia Self-Drive

Explore the vast Northern Territory, a striking landscape home to incredible rock formations and Australia’s most vibrant indigenous population.

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