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Getting to Australia

Nov 9, 2010

From Asia

Given that Australia is effectively in the same time-zones as eastern and southern Asian cities, the potential impact of jet-lag for travellers from these locations to Australia may be less than those crossing multiple time-zones from Europe or North America.  Non-stop services to Australia originate in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore.  Flying times are typically 6 hours from Singapore and 10 hours from Tokyo, with durations from other cities averaging about 8 hours.  Flights that leave about midnight arrive in Australia early the next morning.

Airlines serving Australia from Asia include major carriers such as Cathay Pacific, Singapore Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Korean Airlines, Asiana and Japan Airlines.  Others include Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesian, China Southern, JetStar, China Air,Evergreen, and a host of low-cost carriers who are beginning to replicate the phenomenon of pared-back service that has changed the face of aviation in Europe in the past decade.

While the predominant Asia to Australia air routing involves arrival at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns airports, increasingly Asia-based travellers seeking direct connections to the Luxury Lodges of Australia based in South Australia, Northern Territory or Western Australia will fly non-stop from Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to Adelaide, Darwin or Perth.

Service from most cities in the Indian subcontinent include transit through Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, while the traveling public from China will increasingly find new travel routings to Australia to augment the current Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing transit points.  Holiday package flights from several Japanese cities to the warm shores of eastern Australia (such as the Coolangatta airport at the Gold Coast an hour south of Brisbane) are another alternative transport option.

From Europe and United Kingdom
Due to the distance involved, flights from Europe will make a refuelling stop enroute to Australia.  Primary transit points include Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Hong Kong.   More »

From North America
Flights from the United States and Canada to Australia are non-stop from the west coast of North America to the east coast of Australia.  While the most frequent services operate between Los Angeles and Sydney...   More »

From Asia
Non-stop services to Australia originate in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore.  Flying times are typically from 6 to 10 hours. More »

From South America
LAN, Aerolineas Argentinas and Qantas are the primary carriers across the southern Pacific Ocean, while Air New Zealand offers an alternative with a connection in Auckland. More »

From the South Pacific
Travel from the island nations of the South Pacific to Australia is easily accomplished with frequent non-stop departures from Manila, Nadi, Papeete, Port Moresby, the Cook Islands and many more. More »

From New Zealand
Crossing the Tasman Sea is a 2-3 hour hop, with services from most major New Zealand cities direct to a range of Australian cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The expansion from two to four carriers has meant substantial new routings and lower prices. More »

From Africa
Travel from the countries in the middle and south of Africa to Australia generally means a transfer at Johannesburg airport and a non-stop flight to Perth, Melbourne or Sydney. More »

From the Middle East
With the advent of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi as major east-west transit hubs, frequent service to much of Australia is offered from these two cities on Emirates and Etihad airlines respectively. More »

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