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Driving and transport
  • Last updated:
  • 31 Aug 2021

You must have a current driver's licence to drive a car in Australia. However, public transport is an affordable alternative way to travel on the Sunshine Coast.

Apply for a driver’s licence

Contact Queensland Department of Transport for information about driving on an overseas driving licence. If you are allowed to drive on your overseas licence, make sure you understand the Queensland road rules.

If you’re stopped by police when you’re driving, you need to give your name and address, and show your driver’s licence. You may also need to take a roadside alcohol breath test or drug saliva test.

If you drive in Queensland when you’re not allowed to, you’ll be charged with unlicensed driving and may have to appear in court and pay a fine.

Phone: 13 23 80 or 13 14 50 (multilingual phone service).

Buying a car

New cars are usually purchased from a reputable dealership.

Used or second-hand cars can be purchased either from a dealership or directly from the current owner.

Remember to always take a second-hand car for a test drive and have a registered mechanic check that it is in good condition. Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) or other registered car mechanics will do this for a fee.

When purchasing a second-hand car, the previous owner must sign over the car to you and give you the registration papers. Your car must be registered and insured before it can be driven. 

To understand the process contact the Department of Transport 

More information

The following webpages on this website provide information for residents relating to driving and transport on the Sunshine Coast:

Parking factsheets