Driving in Australia FAQ | Avis Australia Car Hire

Avis vehicles must only be use on a road which is properly formed and constructed as a sealed, metalled or gravel road (Unless the Vehicle is a 4WD).

You  and any Authorised Driver must not, unless authorised in writing by Avis, drive or take the Vehicle:

  • To Gove Peninsula or any island off the coast of Australia (including, but not limited to, Kangaroo Island, Bruny Island, Fraser Island, Groote Eylandt or the Tiwi Islands);
  • into or out of the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tasmania;
  • In Queensland:
  • on Highway No. 27: beyond Chillagoe in a Westerly direction;
  • on Highway No. 1: beyond Normanton in a Southerly, direction
  • and no further North than Karumba;
  • if the Vehicle is a passenger vehicle or truck, beyond Cooktown to the North or Lakeland to the West and no further North than Cape Tribulation on the Coast Road; or
  • on the Coast Road from Helenvale to Cape Tribulation, or from
  • Laura to Lakeland, unless the Vehicle is a 4 wheel drive vehicle;
  • In the snow (at any time and anywhere (including Tasmania));

above the snow line in:

  • New South Wales (being Jindabyne); or
  • Victoria (being Bright),
  • from the beginning of June until the end of September;
  • on beaches or through streams, dams, rivers or flood waters; or
  • in Western Australia, to any parts North of Carnarvon; or
  • in the Northern Territory, on the Jim Jim Falls Road to Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls.

All states in Australia have mandatory seat belt laws. Avis encourages all drivers and passengers to always wear their seat belts. Penalties apply if the driver and/or passengers are not wearing seat belts.

In the event of an accident, contact the renting location as noted on the rental agreement document.

All accidents involving bodily injury must be reported to the local police department where the accident occurred. The driver is required to complete and file an Avis incident report. In addition, the driver must complete and file any accident reports required by local or state authorities.

For information regarding accident claims please contact:

Avis Australia Claims Department

Level 1, 197 Coward St Mascot NSW 2020 Telephone 61-2-9353-9033.

Unlimited liability and property damage are included in all rates at no additional cost.

  • Public Liability: covers injury or death to persons outside the Avis vehicle
  • Property Damage: covers damage to property other than the Avis vehicle or renter, drivers' or passengers' property.

Traffic violations such as speeding fines, parking tickets, or any other infringement are always the responsibility of the renter.

No. For passenger car, we recommend car groups K, H and W. Car groups D and E are also permitted. For trucks, please contact rental location directly.