I want to travel in Australia by car trip from Adelaide to Cairns.

Is it possible for Indian citizen to visit Australia on tourist visa and buy new car and drive from Adelaide to cairns?

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    Similar to this question, except this is for South Australia rather than New South Wales: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/98621/…
    – molypot
    Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 3:55
  • In short, yes. Although you will not be eligible for any financing, so you'll need to have cash in hand for the full amount. Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 20:38
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    @jpatokal, or buy it on some other line of credit, such as a credit card. Commented May 10, 2019 at 14:07

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I'm going to jump in here quickly and say yes, absolutely. Many tourists purchase a vehicle - a campervan or other larger car with a built-in bed, usually - and it's a super easy process.

I don't know if I'd recommend buying a new car though. You'd probably be better off sourcing something that's relatively new but still used. It will cost you significantly less and you should be able to resell it for a similar price at the end of your trip.

As far as travelling from Adelaide to Cairns, there are a few different ways to go. I've done the trip around the coast, and some of the scenery and coastlines are just incredible.

That said, through the outback would be an amazing experience as well!

Adressing a couple of comments: Many people use the address of a friend or family member, and I've met people who've used their hostel or hotel address. I've personally done this when I bought a car in Tasmania without a permanent place of residence. Regarding insurance, I have to say I'm not 100% sure how it works, but I'm sure it's possible.

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    Will buying insurance be an issue?
    – hojusaram
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 8:58
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    What about vehicle registration? Would that not require a permanent address?
    – jcaron
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 12:22

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