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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 Singapore, there are non-stop flights to many of Australia’s capital cities, and flight connections to Australia’s iconic destinations.

Direct flights

To Sydney
Duration: 7.5-8 hours
Singapore Airlines operates five direct flights to Sydney per day. Qantas also have two direct services per day, and Scoot and British Airways both offer one daily service.

To Melbourne
Duration: 7-7.5 hours
Singapore Airlines operates five direct flights to Melbourne per day. Qantas offer two daily services, and Scoot and Emirates offer one daily service each. Jetstar also offer two direct flights to Melbourne each week.

To Brisbane
Duration: 7.5 hours
Singapore Airlines operates four direct flights to Brisbane per day. Qantas and Emirates also have daily services.

To Perth
Duration: 5-5.5 hours
Singapore Airlines operates four direct flights to Perth per day. Qantas offers two daily services, and Scoot have daily services.

To Adelaide
Duration: 7 hours
Singapore Airlines is the only airline with direct flights to Adelaide, with daily services.

To Gold Coast
Duration: 7.5 hours
With Scoot, you can fly direct to Gold Coast with four services per week.

To Cairns
Duration: 6.5 hours
Silkair will fly you directly to Cairns, with five services per week.

To Darwin
Duration: 4.5-5 hours
Darwin is accessible with a direct flight through Silkair who offer six services per week, or with Jetstar who offer three services per week.

Direct flights to
Sydney 7.5 - 8 hours
Melbourne 7 - 7.5 hours
Brisbane 7.5 hours
Perth 5 - 5.5 hours
Adelaide 7 hours
Gold Coast 7.5 hours
Cairns 6.5 hours
Darwin 4.5 - 5 hours

One-Stop flights

Via Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines fly from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in 1 hour, then onwards to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide.

Another option to fly via Kuala Lumpur is with budget carrier Air Asia, where you can jump on a flight from their hub in KL to Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

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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