1. On which side of the road do we drive in NSW?
In New South Wales, as in the rest of Australia, you must drive on the left side of the road.
2. Which types of driver's licences are accepted in NSW?
A valid international driver's licence in English, or a translation of your licence into English, is generally accepted in NSW. If you're residing in Australia for more than three months, you should get a local licence.
3. What is the speed limit when not otherwise signposted?
In urban areas, the default speed limit is 50 km/h. On roads outside built-up areas where there are no signposts, a default limit of 100 km/h applies.
4. Are there many speed cameras in NSW?
Yes, in addition to police patrols, freeways and high traffic areas in NSW are equipped with speed cameras to enforce speed limits.
5. How can I pay for road tolls?
Tolls in NSW are entirely electronic. You can pay for them by purchasing a pass or opening an account.
6. What are some general road safety rules in NSW?
Safe driving practices such as maintaining an appropriate distance from the vehicle ahead, indicating before turning or changing lanes, and obeying all road signs and signals must be adhered to.
7. Are service stations easily available in NSW?
Yes. There are numerous service stations offering petrol, diesel and, in some areas, gas refills around the clock.
8. Can a campervan be parked anywhere in NSW?
No, parking restrictions apply in many areas. Look out for signage about such restrictions. Overnight stays in rest areas and some parking areas are allowed, but you should always check signage.
9. Where can I find designated parking areas for campervans?
Designated parking areas for campervans can typically be found near popular tourist attractions, beaches, and in most towns. They are also often marked in visitor guide maps.
10. What is the condition of NSW roads?
Most major highways and routes in NSW are well-maintained. However, rural and remote areas may have unsealed roads, which should be navigated carefully, especially in adverse weather conditions.
11. What should I do when encountering wildlife on roads?
Slow down and beep your horn if you encounter wildlife on the road. At night, use your high-beam headlights where possible to spot animals.
12. Are there any specific rules for driving a campervan in NSW?
Driving a campervan is the same as driving a regular vehicle with respect to traffic rules. However, due to its larger size, ensure to park in authorised areas, allow additional braking distance, and be cautious while turning and reversing.
13. Are there rest areas along the highways?
Yes, rest areas are available at regular intervals along highways for travellers to stop, refresh and take a nap if needed.
14. Are there any restrictions on passing other vehicles?
As a general rule, you must only overtake other vehicles on their right. However, you may overtake on the left if you are driving on a multi-lane road or if the vehicle in front of you is turning right.
15. What are the rules regarding seat belts?
All passengers must wear seat belts, and children must be secured in approved child restraints until they are seven years old.