Drive Yourself In South Australia

South Australian Roadtrips

Some of the best holiday memories stem from a South Australian Roadtrip with loved ones. There are five main South Australia Roadtrips to take, visit the website for information and maps.

Driving Licenses

If you hold a current foreign driver's licence, a current International Driving Permit, or your foreign licence is written in English or is accompanied by an English translation of the licence details, you may be eligible to drive a vehicle in South Australia. For eligibility advice, call Service SA: 13 23 24.

Royal Automobile Association (RAA)

Information on driving in South Australia, available in a number of languages, can be accessed from the RAA.

It is extremely important to make sure that you are driving legally in South Australia. As a driver, there are many legal requirements you must meet prior to driving a vehicle. These include:

  • holding a current and valid Driver’s Licence;
  • making sure your vehicle is registered, roadworthy and insured; and
  • understanding and abiding by the State’s road rules.

Overseas tourists who intend to drive in Australia should take the time to get know Australia's road rules.

Common Road Rules

No honking unless in immediate danger of a crash/injury

No J-walking (walking across the middle of the road) Pedestrians must use pedestrian lights or designated crossings.

Driver’s Licence - you must carry your licence with you at all times when you are driving.

Left-side driving – in Australia, motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Speed limits – you must drive at, or below, the speed limit and drive to road condition (e.g. slowdown in wet weather). The speed limit in urban areas is generally 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) unless otherwise signed. On major roads it is usually 60km/h; and on most highways is 100km/h. A few country areas allow speeds of 110km/h.

Alcohol - In South Australia, it is an offence for a fully licenced driver to operate a vehicle if their Blood Alcohol Concentration is equal to or above 0.05. This can be a little as a glass of wine for some people.

Seat belts – everyone must use a seatbelt at all times whilst in a car. Children need to be in an approved child restraint.

Mobile phones - it is against the law to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

Motorcycles and bicycles - if you are riding on a motorcycle, motor scooter or bicycle, it is the law that you wear a helmet.

For more information visit the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide or Phone (within Australia): 1300 588 140