Queensland offers both large modern, cosmopolitan cities and laid-back regional towns across a stunning and diverse landscape that includes national parks, rainforests, coral reefs and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Getting around Queensland is easy and trouble free. Our comprehensive transport network and motorway system will enable you to explore Queensland and its attractions with ease. Most of South East Queensland is serviced by buses, trains and ferries on the Translink network.

Visit the Translink website for timetables, maps, and other useful information for planning your travel around South East Queensland, Cairns, Mackay and Gold Coast. The Sunbus also covers Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Cairns.

Find out more about public transport including fares, access for mobility impaired, taxis and school transport. For longer distance, Queensland caters well to travellers, with a choice of international and domestic airports located throughout the State. International airports are located in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, ToowoombaCairns and Townsville.

For more information about air travel to, and around Queensland including maps and travel times, you can visit the Queensland Holidays website.

Road safety, rules, fines and tolls

Australians drive on the left side of the road. All drivers must follow road rules, drive a registered and insured vehicle, and carry their driver’s licence with them at all times.

Some Australian road rules may be different from those in your home country. Queensland police actively enforce laws which prohibit driving if you have been drinking alcohol or talking on a hand-held 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 you plan your trips well, take supplies that you may need with you, rest frequently and leave yourself lots of time to get to your destination. Make sure you know about road safety, fines and tolls in Queensland and follow the road rules at all times.

Licensing and registration

In Queensland, you must carry your 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 given 48 hours to present your licence at a police station.

Your licence has information about you, which vehicles you can drive, and the conditions you must follow while driving. The Queensland Transport website provides all the important information you need to know about Queensland licences or using a non-Queensland driver’s licence to drive in Queensland.


All motor vehicles driven on Queensland roads must be registered. There is a range of registration information online, including registering a vehicle, registration costs and how to pay them.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for registration and licensing in Queensland and offer online services for licensing and registration including payment facilities, change of details such as name and address and practising the road rules test.

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