The Australian toll road system works a little differently to other toll systems around the world. Australian tolls are cashless, in order to reduce queues and waiting times on the roads. Instead, most drivers will have electronic tags installed on their cars which pay the toll fee automatically.
If you are travelling in Australia and your car does not have these tags, you will need to purchase temporary passes before you travel. These are available at various locations along your route, including at service stations, newsagents and post offices.
Melbourne toll roads:
Parts of M1, M2 and Batman Avenue in city centre are operated by CityLink licensed toll collectors.
Parts of M3 between Nunawading and Seaford are operated by EastLink licensed toll collectors.
Sydney toll roads
Parts of M7 in the west of Sydney are tolled
Parts of M5 in the south west of Sydney are tolled
Parts of M2 Hills Motorway in the north of Sydney are tolled
Lane Cove Tunnel, Cross City Tunnel, Sydney Harbour Bridge & Harbour Tunnel, and the Eastern Distributor in central Sydney are tolled
Brisbane toll roads
The Go Between Bridge, the CLEM7 Tunnel and AirportlinkM7 in the north of Brisbane are tolled
Logan Motorway in the south of Brisbane is tolled
Gateway Motorways in central Brisbane is tolled
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As currency exchange rates vary hugely, and holidaymakers have a habit of majorly losing out in terms of fees due to misjudging how much they need to take with them, Crown Currency recommends opting for prepaid travel cards instead of exchanging cash.
ANZ Bank’s Travel Card is free to load initially, with a 1.1% charge payable on further loads. It will cost the user A$3.50 to use at an ATM.
Qantas Cash’s Qantas Card is free to load initially, with nothing on further loads. It will cost the user A$1.95 to use at an ATM.
Travelex’s Travel Card is free to load initially, with a 1.1% of initial load charge payable on further loads. It will cost the user nothing to use at an ATM.
Other institutions will offer different rates.
Tips for Keeping Costs Down
Stick to your camper van and avoid expensive hotels
Keep checking the Traveller’s Autobarn site. We are always on hand with cost-saving resources and tips to help you on your Australian adventure.
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Fun Free Activities if You Are on a Budget
Go penguin spotting at St Kilda Pier
Relax in the Botanical Gardens at Brisbane
Take in a free comedy gig at Brisbane’s Powerhouse on a Friday evening at 6pm
Soak up the atmosphere at the hipster hotspots of Brunswick and Fitzroy, Victoria
Hit the beach at Byron Bay, get down to the lighthouse for sunrise or sunset
Catch some rays at Noosa’s Sunshine Beach, or take a walk along the region’s coastal path.
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That’s all you’ll need to go on the trip of a lifetime.
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Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.