Queensland offers both large, modern cosmopolitan cities and laid-back regional towns. You will want to see the stunning and eclectic landscapes that include national parks, rainforests, coral reefs, and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Getting around Queensland is easy. The comprehensive transport network and motorway system enable you to explore its attractions effortlessly. Buses, trains, and ferries on the TransLink network service most of South East Queensland.
Visit TransLink for timetables, maps, and other useful information to help plan your travel around South East Queensland, Cairns, Mackay, and the Gold Coast. Sunbus also covers the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Townsville, Magnetic Island, and Cairns.
See here to find out more about public transport – including fares, access for mobility impaired, and school transport – as well as taxis. Additionally, there are rideshare options such as Uber, that are available in most major cities in Queensland. Queensland also caters to long distance travellers, with international and domestic airports throughout the state. International airports are located in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville.
For more information about travel to and around Queensland, visit Queensland Holidays.
Road safety, rules, fines, and tolls
Australians drive on the left side of the road. All drivers must follow the road rules, drive a registered and insured vehicle, and always carry their driver’s licence with them.
Some Australian road rules may be different from those in your home country. Queensland Police actively enforces laws that prohibit driving if you have been drinking alcohol or are talking on a mobile phone. Driving above the speed limit is also illegal, as is hitchhiking or picking up hitchhikers in your vehicle.
For your safety, make sure that you plan your trips well, take any supplies that you may need with you, rest frequently, and leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Make sure that you know about the road safety, fines, and tolls in Queensland and follow the road rules at all times.
In Queensland, you must carry your driver’s licence with you when you are driving and show it to a police officer, if asked. However, if you hold an open class licence, and are driving a vehicle or riding a motorbike, you may be allowed 48 hours to present your licence at a police station.
Your licence has information about you, which vehicles you can drive, and the conditions that you must follow while driving. The Queensland Transport website provides all the important information that you need to know about Queensland licences or about using a non-Queensland driver’s licence to drive in Queensland.
All motor vehicles driven on Queensland roads must be registered. Registration information is available online, including how to register a vehicle, details on registration costs, and how to pay them.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is offers online services for registration and licensing in Queensland. This includes facilities to make registration payments, change details on your driver’s licence (such as name and address), and practise the road rules test.
Overseas and interstate licenses