The vast majority of visitors to Australia
is by air. For most people, the country sits half way across the world so it's going to be a fairly long flight regardless of where you're from.
Typical non-stop international flight times are the following:
- Los Angeles to Sydney: 13 hours
- Johannesburg to Sydney: 14 hours
- Singapore to Sydney: 7.75 hours
- Auckland to Sydney: 3 hours
Once you've landed at the Sydney International Airport, you can hire a car and drive throughout the country. Realize you'll be driving on the left (so the steering wheel in the car is on the right). If you're unfamiliar with driving on the other side of the road, it takes a little getting used to (especially if you hire a stick shift and have to shift with your left arm). However, keep in mind that the driver is always closer to the center of the road and look right first before looking both ways when entering an intersection. At least the pedals are the same (accelerator on the right, brakes on the middle, clutch on the left if applicable).
It's also possible to take domestic flights around the country since Australia is roughly the size of the United States.
Typical domestic flight times (assuming non-stop) are the following:
- Sydney to Perth: 5 hours
- Sydney to Melbourne: 1.5 hours
- Sydney to Brisbane: 1.5 hours
- Sydney to Cairns: 3 hours
- Sydney to Adelaide: 2.25 hours
- Sydney to Hobart: 2 hours
- Sydney to Alice Springs: 3.25 hours
- Sydney to Uluru: 3.5 hours
- Sydney to Darwin: 4.5 hours
Note there are many more routes than the Sydney-based routes given above. For more info, check out the Qantas
site. For flights to out-of-the-way areas like the Western Australia
towns of Broome, Port Hedland, Paraburdoo, Exmouth, Shark Bay, etc., the regional carrier Sky West
serves those areas.
For shorter flights to/from Tasmania, there are numerous carriers such as JetStar, Virgin Blue, etc. in addition to the ubiquitous Qantas.
Speaking of Tassie, you can also take a 10-hour ferry from Melbourne to Devonport aboard the Spirit of Tasmania.
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