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Flights to Australia

Welcome to the land Down Under, home to Vegemite sandwiches, endless sunshine and killer creepy crawlies.

The first thing you need to comprehend is the sheer size of Australia – you could fit all of Europe into the mainland, or 90 Emerald Isles. There are 6 states to discover, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Tasmania is an island state of the South East Coast of Australia, which you are able to fly directly into Hobart from Sydney and Melbourne. They’re probably best known for the Tasmanian devil, and cracking Aussie wine – but that’s something you’ll find all over Australia.

In New South Wales you’ll be able to find the iconic Sydney Opera House, visit Byron Bay – the town stuck in the 60’s, and meet a real Kangaroo – but you can’t legally hold a koala here. For that, you will have to go to Queensland.

Queensland is known as the sunshine state, with holiday hotspots like the Gold Coast and the Whitsunday Islands. You’re able to fly to many of these destinations from their international airport, located just outside the capital city of Brisbane. They share their hot and humid climate with the Northern Territory.

This is where you need to be if you want to experience real Aussie wildlife: gators, crocs, stingrays and box jellyfish all inhabit the NT. If the animals don’t try to kill you, the insects will, but don’t let that put you off. Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park are in the red centre of Australia, home to Ayers Rock and Alice Springs Airport. From here you can catch the Ghan to South Australia, and explore the foodie scene in Adelaide before venturing along the Great Ocean Road.

If the 12 Apostles and famous surf breaks weren’t enough to attract you to Victoria, the hipster city of Melbourne probably will. Explore Flinders Street to find walls covered with street art, and stroll around the lanes for some of Australia’s best boutique shops.

If luxury and landscapes are more your thing, you’ll find respite in Perth on the West Coast of Australia. Exploring the Margaret River and the Vineyards along it provides real R&R.

What you need to know

You can fly into the capital cities of all of the mainland states:

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is located 8km away from the city centre.

Brisbane Airport is 5km away from the city, and about an hour away from the Gold Coast.

Perth Airport is 20km outside of the city centre, and it takes half an hour to get there.

Melbourne Airport is located 23km outside of the city centre, and it takes 20 minutes to get in.

Adelaide Airport is 6km from the city centre.

Currency

They use Australian Dollars, and interestingly, their notes are waterproof and tear proof. They don’t use short change either, so if something is 99 cents, round it up to the nearest dollar.

Visas

You will need a visa to visit Australia. The eVisitor visa will cover you for three months for free, and you need to apply at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Live, Work and Study Visas are available separately.

Laws

It is illegal to drink alcohol in public places, and stand on the side of motorways in all states. You must also wait for pedestrians to finish crossing the road before driving over a crossing.

Best time to visit

Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, so their seasons are reversed, but honestly there’s always good weather somewhere in Australia. Cairns and Darwin are only subject to two seasons, wet and dry, whereas down South they experience more seasonal change. It can become dangerously hot in November to March in the Southern states, so it’s worth bearing in mind if travelling with small children.  

 

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Flights to Australia

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