Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales
For both first-timers and returners, these handy tips will help make your plans to travel to Australia simple and smooth.
Whether you are travelling for a holiday, visiting friends and family or doing business, your next trip Down Under is sure to be memorable. Booking comfortable and affordable travel arrangements is the first step in organising an incredible trip.
Thankfully, with such a huge range of flight options available between Australia and the UK, there’s certain to be a range of choices to suit your timetable and budget.
From North America, there are flight connections to nearly all of Australia’s capital cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin. Non-stop flights from Canada operate between Vancouver and Australia’s East Coast. If you’re travelling from other cities across Canada, there are easy and convenient layover options to get you Down Under in around 22-26 hours.
Duration: Under 16 hours
Air Canada operates between seven and ten direct flights to Sydney and Brisbane, and four direct flights to Melbourne each week.
This route is attractive for those travelling to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, or Perth. Air New Zealand provides flights from Vancouver to these Australian cities via Auckland. The flight time from Vancouver to Auckland is approximately 13 hours, and from there it’s a 4 hour flight to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, or a 7.5 hour flight to Perth.
Via Los Angeles
From major cities in eastern Canada, there is the option of flying via Los Angeles with American Airlines, Qantas, or Virgin Australia. American Airlines provides between six and seven flights per week from Los Angeles to Sydney, while Qantas provides five to seven per week from Los Angeles to Brisbane, ten to Melbourne and seven to nine to Sydney. Virgin Australia provides seven weekly flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane and Sydney, and between three and five to Melbourne.
When to book
Whether you want to travel to Australia during the peak summer season (December to February) or the lower winter season (August to November), it is always best to book well in advance. This will give you a better chance at snapping up a great deal, as airlines often have promotions. Being flexible with your travel dates will allow you to take advantage of the cheap flight deals that pop up, as flights that depart between Monday and Thursday often cost less than those departing on the weekends. An insider’s trick is to sign up for email lists and follow the social media channels of airlines that fly to Australia so you can get exclusive access to special deals and sales.
When to visit
The time of the year you come to Australia should depend on what regions you want to visit and the type of activities you want to do. Australia’s climate varies depending on the area. If you want a tropical experience, cities you should visit include Cairns, Broome, Darwin and incredible attractions like the Daintree Rainforest, Kakadu and the Kimberley. The climate in these northern parts is categorised into a hot and wet season (November to March) and a dry and cooler season (April to October). Other major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Hobart, Byron Bay, Adelaide and Canberra have much more structured seasons divided into spring (September to November), Summer (December to February), Fall (known as Autumn, March to May) and Winter (June to August). Visit our Australia's seasons page for more information.
Getting to Australia doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, nor does it have to be difficult to organise. For expert advice and help with booking everything from your flights to your accommodation and experiences, consider chatting to a travel agent. The knowledgeable and experienced agents can answer all your questions and help you get your travel plans sorted.
Getting to Australia is rather simple, but before you slip your flip-flops on and jet set off Down Under, have a read of our visa and immigration page, as well as our list of useful tips to get you fully prepared for your journey.
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