It helps to know these facts for a motorist in Sydney and Australia as a whole

Sydney is a very big city. At the same time, less than 5 million people are located at such a distance. Moreover, outwardly, Sydney is a very variegated city. There is no unity in the architectural plan, so you cannot draw any specific picture of it in your head. There are high-altitude spots, and there are districts, where most often you can find one-story houses. Sometimes Sydney resembles a large village, but still you know that this is a megalopolis.

Some neighborhoods are most reminiscent of eastern or Arab cities. Near the houses, there are personal household plots, where locals keep pets; sometimes-even gardens are set up there. Nevertheless, you can see palm trees, a lot of parrots, they fly freely here in large flocks. That is the reason why cars are not left under the trees without covers for a long time.

When you are travelling down this unusual city, it is useful to know some of the peculiar features of the Sydney’s driveways and about the Australian road rules in general.

Australia Highways

The total length of Australia’s roads is more than 900 thousand kilometers. About 350 thousand km (including 1.5 thousand km of expressways) of them are with asphalt pavement and almost 600 thousand km are without coverage.

Highway 1, Australia

The road system is divided into 3 categories:

  • federal (national) roads;
  • state roads;
  • local roads. 

Parking rules

  • Parking is permitted where it is not prohibited. It means that if you do not see the prohibition sign “Parking is prohibited” or other signs restricting parking, you can park the car at this place.
  • Moreover, in Australia, there is a network of paid parking lots and garages, usually with an hourly rate, so driving around Australia turns into a pleasure.
  • The alcohol content in the driver’s blood should not exceed 0.02-0.05 g per 100 ml of blood (depending on the category of driver’s license).
  • In large cities and on many country roads, the asphalt is of excellent quality. Inside places, where there is primer, most often it is uniform, so an average passenger car will easily pass. In Australia, there are also trails for SUVs, impassable forest roads, fords and other off-road entertainments.


If you admire long car trips, Australia is a must-see. Neither nature, nor roads, nor the level of service and amenities for car tourists will disappoint you. You will be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of special parking and recreation areas for motorists, camping parks, equipped with showers, toilets, shops and other joys for tourists who have long been on the road. Just do not forget to bring along a few tens of liters of fuel – gas stations are found on Australian routes less often than recreation areas.


Tips for a safe road trip around Australia:

  1. Before leaving, make standard copies and scanned copies of all documents.

Send the scanned copies to your e-mail, and put the standard copies in several different places – believe me, this is very useful if your passport is stolen.

  1. Do not carry a lot of cash with you – especially in one pocket.

Moreover, it is better to pay with a credit card- at least if it is stolen, you can always call the bank and block cash withdrawal from it (it is better to take care of the bank number in advance – it is not a fact that the Internet will be on hand during the trip).


  1. People say that if you put a photograph of a small child in your wallet, the chances, that the wallet will be returned, increase significantly. Try it!

  2. Do not exchange money from locals.

It is better to overpay a bit in official currency exchanges than to get counterfeit money.

  1. Snakes, spiders, crocodiles and sharks.

They are a lot of them in Australia. If you go to protected areas, correlate your routes with safety information and specify what lives here. Otherwise, there is a risk of encountering a not-too-friendly fist-sized spider or a poisonous snake. Do not walk without shoes, watch carefully where you put up the tent, if you choose camping.

  1. Watch the weather forecast in advance.

Australia is a hot country, but it rains at almost any time of the year. Moreover, take water with you, trying to replenish it at any opportunity. You can take water in the springs, but you should not drink from flowing rivers and streams.

  1. Most public places in Australia are non-smoking.

This is a social norm, so the signs are not everywhere. Check the places if you do not want a law enforcement officer to approach you with a logical question.

  1. Be extra careful when traveling around the country by car.

A kangaroo often crosses the road, and the forests and fields are dry. A random cigarette stub can lead to fire.

  1. There are significant distances between cities.

In case you drive a rented car and stay away from civilization, be vigilant. There are usually many warning signs. If it is a wild beach, there will be some designations regarding flows, rocks and other things. When you do not see such signs, your attentiveness remains the key to security.


All in all, Australia is a wonderful and friendly place for your trip. Simple rules, mentioned above might increase your chances to avoid any issues during your journey significantly.