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Flights to Australia

Flights to Australia

The Land Down Under has been captivating the hearts and minds of intrepid travellers since Captain Cook first landed at Botany Bay. It would be impossible to see all of Australia during one short visit: it is the sixth largest country in the world, after all. Australia is famous for its rugged outback, beautiful coastline, vibrant cities, and world class wine.

The cities of Australia all have their own merits. Ring in the new year with the fireworks over Sydney Harbour, or enjoy the world class live music scene in Brisbane. Adelaide comes to life in March with a range of exciting festivals, including the Adelaide Fringe. Melbourne, with its Victorian architecture, is a haven for culture vultures with museums and theatres galore.

You can discover Australia’s wild side in the Northern Territory, known by locals as “The Real Outback’. Must see sites include Katherine Gorge, the Devil’s Marbles, and Uluru. With 52 national parks you’re sure to spot some of Australia’s unique wildlife. In Southern Australia you can shelter from the sun in Coober Pedy: the opal mining town is built underground.

Queensland is the state for those who love to be beside the seaside. From the bustling resorts of the Gold Coast to the peace and quiet of the Whitsunday islands, there’s something to suit every type of beach lover. Get up close and personal with marine life with a dive to the Great Barrier Reef, or some whale watching at Fraser Coast. Other states have beautiful beaches too. You can enjoy a road trip along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, or learn to surf on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

Fly in

Each state or territory has its own international airport, often located just outside the capital. Flights from the UK usually involve a transfer or stopover somewhere in Asia. Carriers flying from the UK to Australia include Qantas, British Airways, KLM, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airlines, Virgin Australia, and AirFrance.

New South Wales: International flights land at Kingsford Smith International Airport, 8km outside of Sydney.

Queensland: There are three international airports in Queensland: Cairns, Brisbane, and Gold Coast. Cairns Airport is in the North East of the state, 4.3 miles north of Cairns. It’s the best airport for reaching World Heritage Sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Gold Coast Airport (also known as Coolangatta Airport) is in the South East of the state, 16 miles South of Surfer’s Paradise. Award winning Brisbane Airport is the third largest in Australia, and is situated 9 miles outside of the city.

The Northern Territory: Fly into Darwin International Airport, 8.1 miles outside of the city of Darwin itself.

Tasmania: Although the airport is named Hobart International Airport, Tasmania is currently only served by domestic flights. This means you may have to transfer on the Australian mainland. The airport is 9.8 miles outside of Hobart.

South Australia: Adelaide Airport is only 3.7 miles west of the city centre, and has won various awards including “Australia’s best capital city airport” in 2006, 2009, and 2011.

Victoria: Melbourne Airport, also known as “Tullamarine”, is 14 miles outside of the city centre and is the second busiest airport in the country.

Western Australia: Perth Airport is the entry point to Western Australia, and is situated 11 miles away from Perth city.

What You Need to Know

Currency: The Australian Dollar (AUD) $.

Visas: Visitors to Australia need a visa. Plan in advance: although three month Tourist Visas are usually issued within 24 hours and Working Holiday Visas within 48 hours, it can take a bit longer. If you don’t have a visa you won’t be allowed to board your flight.

Laws: It’s illegal to stand or walk along the edge of the motorway in all states, while hitch hiking is specifically outlawed in Victoria and Queensland. If you want to go off the beaten path, it’s worth checking whether or not you need a permit as it’s illegal to travel through aboriginal land without one.

Best Time to Visit

Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, their seasons run opposite to ours. December to February is summer, and June to August is winter. When to visit really depends on what part of the country you’re visiting. The North is at its best in Spring (September to October), after the winter rains and before the stifling heat of summer kicks in. Some Southern regions can be very cold during winter; Tasmania has a climate close to the English one. 

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