Flights to Australia: practical information
Flights to Australia
There are several airports in the country where you can land, the most important ones being Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. As Australia's national airline, Qantas Airways is the popular choice for travellers looking for flights to Sydney Airport or elsewhere in this Oceanic country. There are no direct flights from the UK to Australia due to the sheer distance of the trip. Flights stopover in Asia (Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong) before heading across the Pacific.
From Manchester, fly with Qantas or Singapore Airlines with only one stopover. From Birmingham, fly with Emirates or KLM with one stopover. Compare flights to Australia before booking because fights with 2+ stopovers are rarely cheaper and are more than inconvenient.
When to book flights to Australia
Australia is an intriguing place and is worth the 24+ hours it takes to get there. The seasons, being reversed, play an important part in knowing when is the best time to book cheap tickets to Australia. The price of Australia plane tickets can vary from month to month.
- Peak season: From Christmas to the end of January (due to local school holidays). In northern Australia, winter is popular (June-August).
- Low season: Summer (October-March), keep your eyes peeled for very cheap flights to Australia April-June.
From London to Sydney expect a minimum flight duration of 22h with at least one stopover. Flights from London to Perth take around 19h and flights from London to Melbourne take 21h.
Experience Australia: what to do, what to see
Australia is the 6th largest country in the world and has the lowest population density - only two people per square kilometre. The country’s breath-taking coastline is almost 50,000 kilometres long and has around 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world! Who wouldn't want to spend their summer holidays in Australia?
Essentials in Australia
From Queensland to Victoria, over to Western Australia and up to Northern Territory, Australia is diverse in every way possible. There are 226 languages spoken here and easily tenfold as many things to see and do!
Sydney: Watch an opera performance at the world famous Opera House, stroll the streets of the harbour-side quarter, kayak under Harbour Bridge, hop from one Manly bar to another, walk the cliffs from Bondi to Bronte...
Melbourne: It's all about shopping, art and high culture here. Hit the streets and find yourself among pleasant and lively cafés, bars, small artistic spaces and boutiques. There are 300 clothing shops in the historical parts of Melbourne alone!
Kakadu National Park: Climb 2000 million-year-old rocks, spot a salt-water crocodile, run with a giant kangaroo and hear first-hand stories from Aboriginal chiefs in Australia's biggest park.
Surfing: Oz is the best place to ride a wave in the world. Whether you start or end in Bondi, rent a board and take some lessons and learn how the locals say, "Hang ten!"
Uluru: This humongous sandstone rock is one of the most sacred Aboriginal sites in the country, located 450km from the nearest city. It's location makes it the perfect destination for an epic road trip with an Australia rent car. Best views of the hill are at sunrise.
Find more information on australia.com.
Accommodations in Australia
Hotels in Australia vary as much as the country's vast wildlife. In Sydney you can live it large with silver-spoon service in a 4-star luxury joint, keep it cosy in a bed and breakfast or party all night in a backpacker's hostel. Kings Cross district has a host of hotels. Adelaide has it's share of business-style hotels (Hyatt, Hilton...) but a surprising number of budget options as well. Rent a holiday apartment or take it easy at a B&B. The islands are dominated by resorts and villas. Choose your island based on budget because you'll easily find rooms with rustic charm as well as rooms with butler service.