driving in Oz is great fun once you get out of the 'cities'. we ragged a 3ltr straight six falcon across the nullarbor desert at silly speeds; stuck the cruise control on at 185kmph.
get off the 'main' roads and you are a rally driver. done this once and then realised we were on a golf course.
one reason the driving is so bad is because everyone is either pissed or stoned.
i forget the number of times i was offered weed whilst hitch-hiking. one time sticks in my memory. waited ten hours on the west coast for a lift. a ute pulls up and a middle aged aboriginie steps out. thought to myself "oh sh1t". needless to say i got in. guy asked if i wanted a coke. said yes and opened the esky between us. was full of jack daniels in a can. he asked if i smoked. said yes and he told me to open the glove box. it was full of weed. the next 8 hours were somewhat hazy but i must say i was very impressed by his driving.
another time whilst hitch-hiking with the GF around Canberra - very twisty mountain roads. we got a lift from a trucker who had just woken up. we jumped in the cab and he asked the GF to pass him his 1st aid box. he proceeded to pull out a shiny straw and a little bag of powder. i asked him not to do that infront of the GF (was really thinking i do not want to die on these roads). he politely asked us to get out his his truck. we politely did so.
remember speaking to some trucker in a bar. he had just driven 27 hours straight from perth up the coast. it had taken me four days hitch-hiking to get there. his eyes were wired.