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Roundabouts

Who gives way at a roundabout?

When approaching a roundabout you must give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.

In some cases on a multi-lane roundabout, it may be necessary to change lanes before exiting. If you are changing lanes you must give way to vehicles in the lane you are moving to.

Video of giving way at roundabouts

Watch the video to learn the rules about giving way at roundabouts.

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When to turn off a multi-lane roundabout

You can position your car to be in the correct lane at a roundabout by looking for signs, lane markings and arrows when approaching the roundabout.

Unless traffic lane arrows indicate otherwise, if you want to:

  • turn left, use the left lane
  • turn right, use the right lane
  • go straight ahead, use either lane.

Video of turning right at roundabouts

Watch the video to find out more about turning right at roundabouts.

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Turning left

A car approaches and then turns left at a roundabout

Turning left at a roundabout

  1. Position your vehicle in the left lane, unless arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  2. Use your left indicator as you approach and enter the roundabout.
  3. Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  4. Remain in the left lane as you complete your turn.
  5. Continue to use your left indicator as you exit the roundabout.
  6. Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.

Turning right or U-turns

A car approaches and then turns right at a roundabout. Another car makes a U-turn at a roundabout

Turning right or making a U-turn at a roundabout

  1. Position your vehicle in the right lane, unless arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  2. Use your right indicator as you approach and enter the roundabout.
  3. Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  4. Before exiting, use your left indicator and follow the exit lane marking.
  5. Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.

Never turn right from the left lane unless arrows on the road indicate that you can.

Video of signals at roundabouts

Watch the video about how to signal at roundabouts.

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Going straight ahead

A car in the left lane approaches a roundabout and goes straight ahead, exiting the roundabout in the same left lane. Another car in the right hand lane approaches the roundabout and goes straight ahead, exiting in the same right hand lane

Going straight ahead through a roundabout

  1. Position your vehicle in either lane unless the arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  2. There is no need to use your indicator until you are ready to exit the roundabout.
  3. Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  4. Before exiting, use your left indicator and follow the exit lane marking.
  5. Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.


Another way of looking at roundabouts

Turns that occur at roundabouts can be described by imagining the roundabout to be a clock face.

  • Any turn that exits the roundabout before 12 o'clock can be considered a left turn.
  • Any turn that exits the roundabout after 12 o'clock can be considered a right turn.
  • Straight ahead at a roundabout is taken to be at half-way around or at 12 o'clock.

The Queensland Road Rules (PDF, 2.7MB) uses the terms 'less than half-way round' and 'more than half-way around'.

Last updated
13 April 2015

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