The speed limit varies from 40km/h in some built-up areas to 110km/h (about 65mph) on highways.
Speed limits are strictly enforced by speed cameras and hidden radar and fines can be very expensive depending on speed.
The only state with a more relaxed approach to speed in non built-up areas is the Northern Territory, where there is no speed limit on outback roads.
There is a variable speed limit around schools called 'school zones'; between certain times of the day as stated on the road signs, the speed limit is reduced from 60km/h to 30km/h.
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Each state has its own set of traffic laws and regulations - fortunately most are very similar.
The main thing to watch out for is changes in speed limits on the main highways from state to state.
Seat belts must be worn at all times in all states of Australia where they are available.
Australian law states that you carry your driving licence with at all times when driving your vehicle.
Watch out for pedestrians in city areas, especially when making turns at junctions. This is because both vehicles turning at a junction and pedestrians are shown a green light at the same time. Any pedestrians in the road while you are turning have the right of way and because of this they may not pay close attention when crossing.
The distances involved in travelling between towns and cities in Australia are huge so be prepared. Make sure you have enough fuel to get to the next refilling station; lists of the positions of petrol stations are available from most tourist offices. Also carry plenty of food and water with you in case of break down.