Cheap Flights to Australia

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Australia overview

When is the best time to book a flight to Australia?

Peak season

Christmas to the end of January is peak season in southern Australia - it’s the very height of summer. This is when children are on school holidays and the top resorts are at their most popular hence cheap flights to Australia need to be booked far in advance. In the north of the country, the winter months of June, July and August are peak season for travellers looking for flights as it is usually warmer than the southern states during that time.  

Off season

The summer months between October and March in the north of the country are characterised by heat, humidity and rain (particularly in areas like Kimberley and North Queensland). Cheap flights to Australia are typically found in the winter months, starting at the end of April or beginning of May. It gets rather chilly in Sydney and Melbourne at that time of year, but the flights are cheaper than usual.

Which airlines operate flights to Australia?

Jet Airways, British Airways, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas are amongst the major airlines that offer flights to the many destinations in Australia.

How long is the flight to Australia?

Flights from London to Sydney: 22 hours 00 minutes (1+ stop)

Flights from London to Melbourne: 21 hours 20 minutes (1+ stop)

Flights from London to Brisbane: 21 hours 25 minutes (1+ stop)

Flights from London to Adelaide: 21 hours 10 minutes (1+ stop)

Flights from London to Perth: 18 hours 50 minutes (1+ stop)

Australia’s top destinations and airports

Australia is a gigantic country with tourist destinations in abundance, so one thing you are never short of is choice. Here is a selection of the country’s most-visited destinations and their associated airport:

How to get from Sydney Airport (SYD) to the city centre

Sydney Airport (SYD), or Kingsford Smith Airport, is located five miles (8km) outside of Sydney’s city centre.

There are fantastic public transport options between the airport and the city, with Sydney Trains providing the quickest option to get between the two (a journey takes only 13 minutes). For those who want to take the bus, route 400 runs between Burwood and Bondi Junction railway stations and stops at the airport.

Tip: There is free WiFi in both T1 and T2 of Sydney Airport

How to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to the city centre

Melbourne Airport (MEL), or Tullamarine Airport, is located 14 miles (23km) outside of Melbourne’s city centre.

The easiest public transport connection between the airport and the city centre is the Skybus Super Shuttle. It takes around 20 minutes to get to the city and typically costs around $18 one-way and $30 return. You can buy your tickets electronically from the driver or from one of the ticket desks at T1 or T3. Alternatively, there are taxi ranks at T1 and between T2 and T3, but that will cost you more than the bus if you are travelling in a small group and not splitting the fare.

Tip: Give yourself more than an hour to travel between terminals if you are catching a connecting flight at MEL

How to get from Brisbane Airport (BNE) to the city centre

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is located 10 miles (16km) from the city centre.

Airtrain connects the airport with the city and runs on a regular schedule of every 15 minutes. It has a journey time of about half an hour from either the International terminal or the Domestic terminal to South Brisbane Station or Central Station in the Central Business District (CBD). Transfers between the terminals themselves are free on the Airtrain, too, and they take less than 10 minutes. A taxi will likely cost you A$50 from the airport.

Tip: You can save 15% on your Airtrain tickets if you book more than seven days in advance of your first travel date

How to get from Adelaide Airport (ADL) to the city centre

Adelaide Airport (ADL) is located 3.7 miles (6km) west of the city centre.

JetBus operates every 15 minutes on routes J1, J1X and J2 between the airport and the Central Business District (CBD); you can reach the city in about 20 minutes for around A$5. Alternatively, for around A$20, you can get a taxi from just outside the terminal, which is the perfect option if you’re travelling in a large group.

Tip: There are lockers to store your luggage in on the ground floor of the multi-storey carpark, near the car rental service desks

How to get from Perth Airport (PER) to the city centre

Perth Airport (PER) is located 7.5 miles (12km) east of Perth’s city centre.

The CONNECT shuttle service is the most prominent form of public transport for travellers looking to get from the airport to Perth CBD. T1 is the international terminal at Perth Airport and the CONNECT shuttle typically runs from T3, so you’ll need to take the 15-minute transfer between them when you arrive. You can get to the city from there for A$15 one-way, or you get a taxi for an approximate total fare of A$40 and it’ll take about half an hour. (Add link to the page with tickets and prices)

Tip: Plan your journey from the airport to the city in advance because Perth’s public transport system is not known for being particularly straightforward or punctual

Australia insider information

If the thought of a banger on the barbie sounds delicious, remember that beef, rather than pork sausages in Australia are the norm. Read more on most popular Australian food.

Queensland is home to the Great Barrier Reef and averages 300 sunny days a year. Brisbane, political and art capital of Queensland, has a world-class cultural calendar, thriving nightlife, and perfect climate. When you’re not visiting the islands, take in the town’s sights: Queenslander cottages converted to cafes, restaurants, and shops; excellent cuisine; fine arts, Australian surfing spots and sporting events.

Also in Queensland, Cairns is the only place in the world with side-by-side World Heritage sites: the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest. In the north, the rainforest touches the reef, and you can go from the beach to snorkeling in the reef. An international tourist destination, Cairns has a nightlife, shopping, and accommodation for all budgets.

Australia’s oldest city, Sydney, has international style, superb dining, and exuberance. The nightlife offers the renowned Sydney Opera House and theatres as well as trendy clubs, bars, and rowdy pubs. The Harbour Bridge is a must-see and must-climb, and beaches are around the harbour and along the oceanfront. A true cosmopolitan city, the shopping is excellent, especially for opals.

The sunniest Australian capital, Perth is a city of skyscrapers, yet great beaches are just a bus ride away. Rottnest Island has snorkelling, fishing, golfing, and hiking. Nearby Fremantle has heritage-listed buildings, restored warehouses, museums, and selections of crafts and Aboriginal souvenirs. Or head over to the Darling Range and bushwalk to the oldest rocks on Earth, waterfalls, and forests.

Melbourne is known for the good things in life: fashion, food, entertainment, nightlife, sports, and shopping. International festivals are held year-round, and sports venues include the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup, car racing, and Australian-rules football. A shoppers delight, there’s everything from high fashion to unique souvenirs and handcrafts. A cultural melting pot, Melbourne has old-world charm with its Victorian architecture and ethnic restaurants.

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How much do things cost in Australia?

Bottle of wine
£ 10.11
Pair of Nike trainers
£ 74.36
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
£ 16.29
1 hour taxi waiting fee
£ 31.83
One-way ticket (local transport)
£ 2.30
1 bedroom flat in city centre
£ 996.34
Pair of Nike trainers
£ 76.10
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
£ 3.65
Pair of Nike trainers
£ 73.97
A dozen eggs
£ 2.61
3 bedroom flat in city centre
£ 1476.71
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
£ 1.80
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
£ 1.39
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
£ 4.49
Cheap meal
£ 9.83
Large bottle of water
£ 0.95

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