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driving in western australia
WA has a range of rental vehicles at competitive rates. See below for more details. You will need a valid Australian or international drivers' license (in English). If you receive a parking or speeding fine in a hired car be sure to tell the hire car company as many of them will charge additional administration fees for recovering the cost of fines incurred on their vehicles.
Bayswater Car Rental
Myaree Car Hire
Many of the larger service stations in Perth are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and most stock unleaded fuel, gas and diesel. Major roads will have fairly frequent late trading stops. If you are travelling to the country it is advisable to check how far you are likely to drive between stations, as they can be up to 500km apart.
driving laws in western australia
Overseas driver's licence holders must carry their licence with them when they drive.
Seatbelts must be worn by all people in the car at all times.
Small children and babies need to travel in an approved infant restraint device, car hire companies can help you with this if you aren't travelling with one.
It is an offence to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .05 or higher; random breath testing is conducted throughout Western Australia.
Make sure you check the speed limit, signs are posted. Most suburban roads are either 50km/hr or 60km/hr; the upper limit for country roads is 110km/hr. Speed cameras are used around the state.
For more information visit the Department of Transport.
All distance signs in Australia indicate distance in kilometres.
Green and gold route markers indicate roads which are part of the National Highway System, showing the most direct routes between Perth and Adelaide or Darwin.
Look for the white-on-brown tourist road signs which indicate areas of significant historic or scenic interest.
There is street parking in much of Perth city, but if you will be in the city for more than an hour it is easiest to use one of the many outdoor of multistorey car parks. They clearly display fees as well as closing times – check to ensure that your car will not be locked inside if you are staying out late.
Reciprocal disability parking rights exist for interstate and overseas visitors for up to three months; for more information contact National Disability Services.