For the first time ever, in Australia I rented a car and drove on the wrong side of the road. Yes, I know some of you think it’s the right side, but since I did actually drive on the incorrect side of the road once, my statement is true! No one got hurt.
When I was initially planning my first day in Brisbane I had rented a car for the day. Then, I thought better of that plan and found an alternate route to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which included a train and a ferry. I had a step-by-step guide. Then my plane landed late and I missed the ferry.
I considered skipping the whole Koala thing, but I really wanted to do it and I wasn’t quite sure what else to do in Brisbane. So, my rental car back up plan was put into action and I was forced to drive on the left side of the road.
When I organized the reservation I did make sure to get a GPS, and the GPS helped me immensely. I could not have concentrated on a map and on driving on the opposite side of the road. And, I did well while driving to Lone Pine.
Driving back was a little rougher. My first task was to drive on the wrong, wrong side of the road, for real this time. Fortunately I was on a deserted country road. After that I did ok with the whole left side of the street thing. But my GPS did give me crappy directions once or twice on the way back, shocking, I know. I did find my way eventually and fueled up the car before returning it.
Would I do it again? Yes. But, for the cost for an individual I’m not sure it would be my first choice. I would prefer to have a companion with me who could help with directions while I focus on driving. I could also split the rental car bill with them. My tips, definitely consider rental car insurance if you’ve never driven on the opposite side of the road and also a GPS, or make sure your GPS phone App has maps for the country you are visiting.