During travel, people expect to experience different things. The more different, the better. Driving on the left is obviously one major difference between Australia and China.
On the major roads visitors first arrive in the city, there are sign on the road to remind people to look right first.
I saw many signs like this in Hong Kong also. The sign above is shot in the Metro Museum Station (Cnr Liverpool & Elizabeth)
It seems obvious but since it is too important to do that, there are countless Keep Left sign throughout Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and, I believe, in all other Australia cities.
Keep left sign on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Some other places use the No Entry to notify people not to go to the wrong way.
Wrong Way! Go Back!
On the freeway, imagine what happens if someone go to the wrong way and drive the car onto the freeway with 100+ km/hour only to find out all other cars are running at the same speed toward them?
In Australia, I found more “Wrong Way” sign than in any other countries.
The Wrong Way sign in Brisbane, near the North Quay of Birsbane river
The Wrong Way sign on the M1 freeway near Melbourne
My Experience of Converting from Driving on Right to on Left
The shift was not hard – after several km out of the parking lot, I start to get used to it. However, the road width in Australia seems to be narrower than in China or the States, which is very scary for me.
The gas paddle and the brake paddle are of the same position. The problem is about the turning lights. In cars running on the right side, the shift to turn on left or right turn sign is on the left of the wheel. In the car of Australia, it is on the right side. The other side is the wind glass brush.
In the first half an hour or so, I kept turning on the wind glass brush in the Sunny coastal freeway.
P.S. When I am back to Shanghai, and drove for the first few km, everything is perfect OK, but I just turn on the wind glass brush when I turned right.
Other Traffic Signs in Australia
The speed limit sign is everywhere.
The traffic signs in Australia are maybe the most interesting signs I saw in the world. They have details! Look at this pedestrian crossing sign. It is the only traffic sign that shows the shoes of the people on it!