Skip Navigation

Driving - UK licence/insurance?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Driving - UK licence/insurance?

1. Posted by Nelson.86 (Budding Member, 30 posts) 24 Jul '12 04:43

What uuuup!

So yeah, wanna drive in Oz. Got a full UK licence and a number of no claims n all that shiznit. How easy is it to just buy/rent a little banger over there for drivin the East coast with my homemade surf board - made out of polystyrene and bubble wrap - and my faithful dog, Alfredo (I don't have a dog yet but I will acquire one)?

2. Posted by paulapilot (Budding Member, 10 posts) 24 Jul '12 05:57

I'll ask the company I will work for (Apollo Motorhomes) I can also rent a van with discount;)

3. Posted by Nelson.86 (Budding Member, 30 posts) 24 Jul '12 06:58

Sweet as a nut! Gonna get my drive on!

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4392 posts) 24 Jul '12 09:50

Driving on your UK license is no problem (ignore anyone who says you need an international drivers' permit or local license; this is only needed if your license wasn't in English or if you'd be in Australia on a permanent visa).
If you're buying a car, there's of course a whole heap of things to sort out with insurance and registration (and selling on the car when you leave again). It tends to be worth it (significantly cheaper than renting) from about 2-3 months.

5. Posted by Nelson.86 (Budding Member, 30 posts) 25 Jul '12 04:33

Thanks for the advise Sander. Kinda like the idea of havin my own Batmobile over there. If its cheap I don't really mind about the insurance and things like that got a bit of a margin for necessities and such. I'll have a look into it and see how my options pan out. Thanks

6. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1747 posts) 25 Jul '12 04:55

One minor point. They drive on the left there, and park on the left. When I parked on the right there some years ago as it was the only space available, a passing Aussie pointed out to me that I could get a ticket for doing so.

7. Posted by Nelson.86 (Budding Member, 30 posts) 25 Jul '12 05:02

Well that was nice of them. I just park on the pavement and in people's back yards saves all the hassle.

No but thanks for the advice. All advice is accepted gracefully and appreciated greatly. Much love!

Post 8 was removed by a moderator
9. Posted by Nelson.86 (Budding Member, 30 posts) 23 Aug '12 05:32

That's great help thanks dude. Definitely gettin me a motor vEE-Hickle! So I can boz about and run folk over for fun like in GTA ;)