Australia is enormous! It's practically a whole continent, and it boasts more attractions, sights and diversity than you could ever hope to see in one visit. This is a country with everything - bright lights of cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, the amazing beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, the other-worldliness of Uluru, not to mention the incredible wildlife!
One thing's for sure - whatever your itinerary includes, is that if you want to visit somewhere that's like Australia, you can't! Unfortunately you'll just have to bite the bullet and book yourself on a flight to Australia. Use our search tool to help you get a great deal, then settle in for the longest of long-haul flights.
Getting on a flight to Australia isn't something that many of us can afford to do very often, whether that be in time or money, so be sure to plan ahead and make the most of your Australia holiday
Australia is a long way from the UK, so expect all flight to Australia to involve at least one stopover, regardless of your final destination. Be sure to check your itinerary carefully as the stopover destination and length will definitely vary by airline - and may not necessarily be linked to the price.
Stopovers are generally in Los Angeles, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. All of these are also exciting destinations in their own right - it may be worth intentionally looking for a cheap Australia flight with a long layover so you can explore! The best time to look for great savings on flight prices is during the Australian winter, which is summer here in the UK. In most of the Australian cities, the winter is rarely that cold over there though, so get booking!
Most flights to Australia arrive into Sydney - this is by far the most popular arrival point for people travelling to Australia from the UK. As such, there are also a wide variety of internal Australia flights that are available from here if you're heading onwards - either before you head into Sydney or after. Many of the flights from the UK to Australia that don't head to Sydney arrive into Brisbane, Perth or Melbourne. If you want the best chance of getting a cheap flight to Australia then heading to one of these destinations is definitely a good bet.
If you're up for a challenge and want to get the cheapest flight to Australia possible, then look for highly discounted fares to and from Asian destinations like Kuala Lumpur, and then make up the other portion of the journey with another cheap fare from the UK. This gives you more flexibility when it comes to arranging stopovers too - you could enjoy a couple of days here if you wish.
These airports tend to have fairly good provisions for onward travel once you arrive on your flight to Australia, although don't expect as many cheap and quick options as there are at most of the large European airports. See our Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne pages for more detailed information.
Many people are planning a big Australian adventure when they book their Australia flights, so if you're planning on visiting a range of attractions across the country, it's a great idea to pre-book some internal Australia flights to cover the distance. The alternatives are long haul buses and a handful of cross-country trains, but taking flights will certainly help you get the most out of your time.
If you're interested in seeing as much as you can without extra flights in Australia, then hire a car in Sydney and take some time to explore the Blue Mountains and the outback.
For travelling around the major cities, you will find that the public transport networks are fairly comprehensive and usually offer a great, cheap and carefree way to get around., There will generally be a variety of buses, trams and trains. But once you get outside of the heart of the urban areas it can a lot harder to make do with public transport.
There are so many things to see or do in this vast country - how about using our Australia guide as a start to help you get inspired? You could hit the theme parks of the Gold Coast, take your time and drive all of the Great Ocean Road or be a daredevil and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You could also spice up your trip by going for a sporting event in 2013 or 2014. The Australians are mad about sport as a nation. Going for the Ashes is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but don't underestimate the passion is Aussie Rules Football or the wealth of other sports either. For example you could watch the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne or for the ultimate experience, go to any destination for the coverage of the Melbourne Cup in November.