Cheapest Flights to Australia

It's never a white Christmas in Australia where Christmas Day occurs in the first month of the southern summer. Unless of course, you are at the top of Mt Kosciuszko where you still might find some unmelted snow.

Take advantage of cheap flights to Australia and head Down Under for your next vacation. You'll experience a country like no other, with a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle, wide open spaces, fantastic deserted beaches - and never want to leave.

Non-stop flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco arrive in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. If you're flying from Honolulu, non-stop flights arrive only in Sydney.

Flight time from Los Angeles is approximately 14 hours to Brisbane; 14 ½ to 15 hours to Sydney; and 15 ½ hours to Melbourne. Departing from San Francisco adds not quite one-half hour onto the Los Angeles flight times.

Where do you want to go in Australia

Before purchasing your flights to Australia, consider what you want to do and see when you're there. Australia is as large as the United States. If you want to see more than just one city or region, plan where you want to visit and search for cheap flights to Australia with different arrival and departure cities.

For example, if you want to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and meet the little penguins on Phillip Island, searching for flights that arrive in Brisbane (the airport closest to the Great Barrier Reef) and depart from Melbourne, a day trip from Phillip Island, will be less expensive and time consuming than flying round-trip to Sydney and taking separate flights to Melbourne and the Reef.


Brisbane is the gateway to Australia's Sunshine State, where many Aussies and neighboring Kiwis vacation. The Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands are all accessible from Brisbane. From the international airport, you can take a train directly to the Gold Coast to start your vacation on a popular beach. Or take a short flight to connect to a ferry for a few days of sailing in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands.

A flight up to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation is little more than 2 hours from Brisbane.

If you're planning to include sailing in translucent turquoise waters, fishing for monster Black Marlin, snorkeling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef, or just relaxing on long white sand beaches on your vacation, Brisbane is a great choice for your arrival destination.


Sydney, consistently rated the top city in the world, is home to many of Australia's famous icons. Visit the World Heritage listed Opera House on a special Backstage Tour, learn to surf on famous Bondi Beach, dive with sharks at the aquarium or see the twinkling lights of the city at sunset with the adrenalin rush of climbing to the top of the Harbour Bridge.

Join descendants of the earliest land owners to be welcomed to country on a cruise of the harbor and take a wander to find bush tucker. Or, perhaps, a romantic harbor cruise aboard a luxury yacht with champagne and nibbles is more in order.

Travel out of Sydney to Australia's oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, for great tastings of wine, beer, cheese and chocolates served up with friendly Aussie hospitality. Or head off to the Blue Mountains for scenic vistas engulfed in a bluish haze, bush walks and horse riding.

Using cheap flights to Australia to start your vacation in Sydney offers a great variety of exciting things to do and see.


Melbourne is Australia's vibrant city with a lust for sporting events and action. Join in the partying at an Aussie rules football game; ride the complementary city tram to see the city's sites; or choose from a variety of boats to take a relaxing cruise along the Yarra River.

Begin your vacation to Australia in Melbourne to visit the Yarra Valley wine region; Phillip Island with the fairy penguins, seals and koalas; and to wander along the scenic Great Ocean Road. From Melbourne, you can easily reach Tasmania to experience ancient rainforests and the endangered Tasmanian Devil or Adelaide for exploring its rich Aboriginal heritage, and nearby Flinders Ranges, Barossa Wine Region and wildlife paradise, Kangaroo Island.

With so many fascinating places to visit and things to do, find your cheap flights to Australia and start packing now for your vacation Down Under. Years ago, Sydney Eyre spent six weeks driving around Australia, exploring the small towns, meeting the two and four-legged locals and sampling the fruits of the vine. Her trip left her with zany wonderful memories and a passion to return Down Under. She is planning her next trip and is on a quest to find the best deals for cheap flights to Australia.


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