How does the pedestrians right of way law work in Darwin (NT) and other cities in Australia ?
When do pedestrians have the right of way ?
Is it not common courtesy to offer pedestrians the right of way even though it may not be a law in a specific city/state ?
NT's Road Users Handbook specifically says
This is generally the minimum standard across Australia, e.g. in NSW pedestrians always have right of way:
However some areas have signs that preclude these rights, e.g. Mackay has signs in their CBD indicating that pedestrians do not have right of way. This doesn't mean cars will hit you but as a frequent pedestrian I find it better to not get hit rather than argue over who had right of way - common courtesy is not necessarily common, though if you are waiting patiently on the side of the road to cross, many drivers will wave you across... and some won't.
They point out that despite the laws, common sense should always prevail - just because a car has the right of way, does not mean he should drive into that pedestrian walking in front of him, and pedestrians should do everything in their power not to be an obstruction to traffic.
In regards to right of way: