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 the UK, there are flight connections to nearly all of Australia’s capital cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin. Non-stop flights from the UK operate between London and Australia’s West Coast. If you’re travelling from other cities across the UK, there are easy and convenient layover options to get you Down Under in around 20-25 hours.
Duration: 17 hours
Qantas has recently started a new route between the UK and Australia, with daily flights between London and Perth on the Boeing Dreamliner. If you’ll be heading onwards to other Australian cities, it’s easy to connect with Qantas offering direct flights from Perth to every other capital city except Hobart.
Flying with Emirates is one of the best options for getting to Australia, as you can fly directly to Dubai from Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, or London in under 8 hours. From Dubai, it’s easy to get onwards flights to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
Via Abu Dhabi
If you’re departing from Edinburgh, Manchester, or London, Etihad have direct flights to Abu Dhabi in under 8 hours. From Abu Dhabi, you can connect with onwards flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.
Qatar Airways connect Australia and the UK via Doha, and it’s that only airline that offers one-stop flights from Cardiff. Flights to Doha from the UK (under 7 hours) also depart from Edinburgh, Birmingham, and London, then onwards flights travel to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.
Changi Airport has won countless awards naming it the "World's Best Airport", so many travellers choose to fly from the UK to Australia via Singapore to get a taste of the airport’s world-class facilities.
From London, British Airways and Qantas will take you to Singapore in 13 hours, then onwards to Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne in 7-8 hours.
From Manchester or London, Singapore Airlines will take you to Singapore, and from there you can travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide.
Bangkok is convenient for flight transfers as its location is close to half way between the UK and Australia, making it a good place to stretch your legs mid-journey. Thai Airways fly from London to Bangkok in 11.5 hours, then onwards to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, or Sydney (9 hours).
Via Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific fly from London and Manchester to Hong Kong in under 12 hours, then onwards to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Cairns.
Virgin Atlantic also fly from London to Hong Kong, and then onwards with Virgin Australia to Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Via Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines fly from London to Kuala Lumpur in 13 hours, then onwards to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide.
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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