Glenelg River Road, Grampians, Victoria, Australia
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Victoria's compact size and diversity of landscapes makes it ideal for touring. As well, the major roads between cities and country towns are well signposted and generally of a high standard.

If you're planning to drive to Melbourne, allow at least nine hours from Adelaide, 10 hours from Sydney, 20 hours from Brisbane and up to two days from Perth. But if you've got a little extra time, the coastal roads are highly recommended for their scenic beauty and quaint towns.

Road rules
The most important rule for travellers in Australia is that you drive on the left-hand side of the road. You must also wear a seatbelt and have your licence with you when you're driving (you'll be fined if you don't). A driver's licence from home will suffice for up to three months in Australia, as long as it has photo ID and it's for the same class of vehicle you intend to drive. If you're staying more than three months, you'll need to get a Victorian licence. In Victoria, the speed limit on the open road rises to 100km/hr and, in some sections of freeway, 110km/hr. For more information on licences and Victorian road rules, visit the Vicroads website

Car rental
Melbourne and larger regional centres have plenty of local and international car rental firms, offering a variety of vehicles and deals. The minimum age to rent a car in Victoria is generally 25 years old, however some outlets will hire cars to under 25s, although surcharges and restrictions may apply. The main rental companies are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Mobile phones
Please be aware that in Victoria, using a mobile phone to make or receive a phone call while driving is prohibited except if the phone is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle, or can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone. All other functions, including video calls, text and email, are prohibited.

Car hire

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