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Why flying to Australia is easier than you think

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.

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales

Flight routes

From Malaysia, there are flight connections to nearly all of Australia’s capital cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide. Non-stop flights from operate between Kuala Lumpur and Australia. If you’re travelling from other cities across Malaysia, there are easy and convenient layover options to get you Down Under in no time.

Direct flights

To Sydney
Duration: 8.5 hours
Malaysia Airlines operates two direct flights to Sydney per day. Air Asia also offer eleven services per week.

To Melbourne
Duration: 8 hours
Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia both offer two direct flights to Melbourne per day.

To Brisbane
Duration: 8.5-9.5 hours
Malindo Air operates daily direct flights to Brisbane. Malaysia Airlines also offer four services per week.

To Perth
Duration: 5.5-6 hours
Malindo Air flies to Perth twelve times per week. Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia also offer daily services.

To Adelaide
Duration: 7 hours
Malaysia Airlines is the only airline with direct flights to Adelaide, with five services per week.

To Gold Coast
Duration: 8.5 hours
With Air Asia, you can fly direct to Gold Coast with daily services.

Direct flights to
Sydney 8.5 hours
Melbourne 8 hours
Brisbane 8.5 - 9.5 hours
Perth 5.5 - 6 hours
Adelaide 7 hours
Gold Coast 8.5 hours

One-Stop flights

Via Singapore
Singapore Airlines and Silkair fly from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, then onwards to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, and Darwin.

Another option is with budget carrier Scoot. This airline flies to Singapore from Penang, Langkawi, Kuching, and Kuala Lumpur, where you can then jump on a flight from to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Gold Coast.

Rottnest Island, near Perth, Western Australia

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 RainforestKakadu 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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