Street parking rules, explained
Can I park on the nature strip?
Rule: Driving or parking on a nature strip in built-up areas is illegal unless you’re entering or leaving a driveway, car park or petrol station where the nature strip is usually paved for this purpose. Other exceptions include driving a ride-on mower to cut grass on the nature strip, driving a motorised wheelchair or a postie delivering the mail.
Why: You can damage or obstruct infrastructure such as drainage-pit surface covers or underground telecommunications pits.
Can I park across my own driveway?
Rule: Unless you’re dropping off or picking up passengers, you can’t legally park on or across a driveway – even your own. While many people believe their driveway extends from their garage or carport to the roadway, you’re only allowed to park on the driveway inside your property, even if there’s no public footpath to block.
Why: Parking on driveways obstructs the footpath, affecting children, parents with prams, the elderly, vision-impaired pedestrians or those with mobility issues. A car parked across a driveway will force children riding bikes and scooters along the footpath onto the road or into your driveway crossover as they pass.
Can I park on the wrong side of the road?
Rule: You must park your vehicle facing in the same direction as traffic is travelling in. Unless parking signs indicate otherwise, on a two-way road you must park parallel and as near as possible to the far left of the road. On a one-way road, you must park parallel and as near as practical to the far left or far-right side of the road.
Why: Parking on the wrong side means you will have to drive on the wrong side of the road in order to park or pull out, which increases the risk of a crash.
How close can I park behind another vehicle?
Rule: When no parking bays are marked on the road, you must leave at least one metre between your car and other vehicles in front and behind.
Why: To allow other drivers room to manoeuvre in and out of parking positions. Reduces the chance of being blocked in.