Travel Information

Flights to Australia

Australia is closer than you think! It is an easy flight from many South-east Asian hubs, only 14 hours from the west coast of the United States of America and less than a day’s flight from Europe.

Many international airlines fly to Australia, with smooth connections and competitive fares.

Location

Time of flight approx. (hours)

Singapore

4.5 hours (Darwin)
5 hours (Perth)
8 hours (East Coast)

Kuala Lumpur

7 hours (Adelaide)
7.5 hours (East Coast)

Bangkok

9 hours (East Coast)

Hong Kong

9 hours (East Coast)

Tokyo

7.5 hours (Cairns)
10 (East Coast)

Shanghai

11 hours (Sydney)

Mumbai

12 hours (Brisbane)

Beijing

12 hours (East Coast)

Los Angeles

13.5 hours (East Coast)

Dubai

11 hours (Perth)
15 hours (East Coast)

Dallas / Fort Worth

16 hours (Brisbane)

New York

22 hours (East Coast)

London

23 hours (East Coast)

 

Australia's international airports offer fast, efficient service, with all the facilities corporate travellers could want. Sydney and Melbourne airports are the most popular gateways for travellers. There are also international airports in Adelaide, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart and Perth.

Australian airports are modern and well-organised, so it’s easy to find your way around. Transferring from your international flight to the many domestic flights that service Australia is fast and simple, providing easy access to your destination. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tiger Airways are the largest domestic carriers.

Entry and visas
You will need a current passport to enter Australia, valid for at least six months after your date of return.

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements). The passport you hold determines whether you can apply online for a visa, or if you need to lodge another type of visa application.

Please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

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Customs
Customs in Australia is very strict. You must fill out and declare any items listed on your Incoming Passenger Card. If you are caught carrying undeclared or prohibited goods, you could be fined or prosecuted.

Items that need to be declared include:

• Food, plants, animals and biological goods
• Medicinal products
• Currency - AUD$10,000 or over
• Performance and image enhancing drugs
• Firearms, weapons and ammunition
• Protected wildlife and wildlife products
• Heritage-listed goods
• Veterinary products
• Defence and strategic goods

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Airport transfer
All of Australia’s international airports have regular bus, train and taxi connections along with private transfers to and from the city centres. Shuttle buses are also available to provide transfers to and from your accommodation.

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Airport security
Every passenger, and their bags, flying internationally or domestically is screened for security reasons. There are also rules regarding the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels you can bring on flights into and around Australia, including those purchased duty free at the airport. For more information please visit the Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website.

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Getting around
Australia may be a big country but it’s easy to get around. Domestic air travel is the quickest way to cover ground and with several domestic airlines serving the cities and regional airports, fares are priced competitively. Driving Australia’s vast network of well-maintained roads is a great way to see some of the most beautiful parts of Australia. Coach and train travel are also convenient, affordable and scenic ways to discover Australia.

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Accessible travel
If you have a disability and are planning to explore Australia, there is a host of services to meet your needs. Thorough preparation is essential to a successful trip, so speak to your travel agent about your specific requirements. For more information on accessible tourism in Australia, please visit the NICAN or AustraliaForAll websites.

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