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1. Posted by NewLife (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

I'm off to Australia in feb using a WHV. While there I want to get a campervan to travel along the east coast. Now I reckon I could be driving for more than 3 months. So is it really that important to get an international driving license?How could anyone know how long I've been driving for while out there? FYI I have a full uk driving license.

Hope you can help

2. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Your full UK driving licence will be just fine and 100% permitted in Australia for driving vehicles that you are qualified to drive in the UK.
The same rules apply in the UK as over there.. If you only have an auto licence, than you can't drive a manual. That's about it.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5029 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Quoting NewLife

I'm off to Australia in feb using a WHV. While there I want to get a campervan to travel along the east coast. Now I reckon I could be driving for more than 3 months.

The "3 months" rule is only for people on a "permanent" visa, e.g. those becoming residents. On any "temporary" visa (including WHVs), you can drive on your regular license for an indefinite period.

4. Posted by NewLife (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys! One less think to worry about. See you on the roads! :-)

5. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

i think a International Driver's license is good to have, since it also acts like an ID. better to take it with you, compared to the bulky passport

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Would suggest taking the paper part of the UK licence as well as the plastic card. It explains driving 'history' - something we need to hire cars here in the UK, though I don't know about Australia.

Happy roads.