congestion on the William Jolly bridge

Visiting Brisbane can be a magical and inspiring experience, unfortunately, we can’t say the same about the traffic! As is the case with any major city, there’s going to be lots of people, lots of vehicles and the need to follow a few tips to keep your sanity intact!

If you are travelling to Brisbane from another country, you also may have new traffic rules to get used to. Thankfully for you, we are going to share a few precious tips with you right now that should have you driving safely and enjoyable around the wonderful city of Brisbane.

Brisbane City Driving

Brisbane, like all other major cities, tends to get especially congested in the morning and evening. Try to plan your visit and driving around the city to times of the day which are outside these peak times, unless you particularly like to sit in city traffic for a hobby!

In fact, in recent times the typical peak time in the morning has stretched to a staggering four hours. Since this has some commuters leaving as early as 5 am to make it to where they need to be one time, it certainly is clear that you need to choose your travel time carefully.

If you really do need to travel into Brisbane in the morning time, it’s best to at least be aware of the major traffic snarls. South-East Queensland is recognised as one of those areas where you may be crawling at under 20km/h. The Western Freeway is another spot where you may find the speed so slow that you feel like you’d rather get out and walk! The lesson here is; if you really need to head into Brisbane during peak times during your trip, know the areas to avoid!

Keep Left!

If you are coming from a country where you already drive on the left you will already be a step ahead here. Unfortunately, for everyone else, they need to get their passengers to remind them to drive on the left at every intersection they come to in the city.

Have Your Driver’s License On Hand

You must have a valid driver’s license if you are going to drive in Brisbane and in fact in Australia as a whole. If your trip will be under three months you can use a foreign driver’s license, so long as it is valid and accurate. However, if your foreign license is not in English you need to get yourself an International Driving Permit before your trip. You can get this from the Automobile Association in your country.

Speed Limits

Of course, you know that you need to adhere to all speed limits which are displayed. However, you should know that there is a default speed limit of 50km/h in urban areas which have street lights. Normally, a speed limit is also visible, but just in case it isn’t, make sure you stick to 50.

Know Your Alcohol Limits

Choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol is always creating a potential danger. In Brisbane and all of Australia, you are not allowed to drive a vehicle if your blood alcohol level is at 0.05 percent or more. For people who hold a provisional or probationary license their alcohol blood level must be zero. You will face severe penalties if you drive a vehicle when your blood alcohol level is higher than the legal limit so don’t take any risks during your visit.

Indeed, while a trip to Brisbane can be an exciting experience, the traffic here can certainly be off-putting! We hope that the tips we have outlined above will help you to work with the traffic, instead of fighting against it!

Navigate to a great Brisbane destination!


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