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Air

The national airline is Qantas (QF). About 30 international airlines fly to Australia.

Approximate flight times

Approximate times are as follows:

 

  It takes 24 hours and 25 minutes traveling from London to    Adelaide.
  It takes 23 hours and 25 minutes traveling from London to    Brisbane.
  It takes 25 hours and 45 minutes traveling from London to    Cairns.
  It takes 21 hours and 25 minutes traveling from London to    Darwin.
  It takes 23 hours traveling from London to Melbourne.
  It takes 21 hours and 50 minutes traveling from London to    Perth.

  It takes 23 hours and 30 minutes traveling from London to    Sydney.
  It takes 13 hours and 30 minutes traveling from Los Angeles to    Sydney.
  It takes 30 hours traveling from New York to Perth.
  It takes 20 hours traveling from New York to Sydney.
  It takes 8 hours traveling from Singapore to Sydney.
  It takes 5 hours traveling from Singapore to Perth.

International airports

There are airports present in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. All airports have a duty free shop, bank/bureau de change, tourist information kiosk, restaurant, bar, car hire and taxi stand, these will almost always be available on arrival and departure of international flights.

Sydney Airport (SYD) (Kingsford Smith) is 8 kilometres (5 miles) south of the city (the travel time is 30 minutes). Airport Link connects the airport to Sydney Central Station (the travel time is 13 minutes).

Coaches meet all incoming international and domestic flights, departing every 20 to 30 minutes. There are many courtesy guest shuttles, please enquire at hotel when booking is made. The international terminal is split from the domestic terminal. Passengers could be set down at city airline terminals and some city hotels, motels and guest houses on request. There are also taxis and buses.

Adelaide Airport
(ADL) is 6 kilometres (4 miles) west of the city (the travel time is 30 minutes). Coaches meet all international and domestic flights and taxis and buses are available to the city and hotels. A new terminal is currently under production.

Melbourne Airport (MEL) (Tullamarine) is 22 kilometres (14 miles) northwest of the city (the travel time is 30 minutes). The Skybus Coach (24 hours) or taxis are available to the city centre. There are also local bus links from the airport.

Perth Airport (PER) is 12 kilometres (7 miles) northeast of the city (the travel time is 25 minutes). There are separate domestic and international terminals. Airport buses meet international and domestic flights and taxis are accessible.

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is 13 kilometres (8 miles) north east of the city (the travel time is 35 minutes). Coach services are available to the city, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and major hotels, and coaches meet all international flights. A rail link between the airport and the city was introduced in 2001 and taxis are also available.

Darwin Airport (DRW) is 13 kilometres (8 miles) northeast of the city (the travel time is 20 minutes). Taxis and coaches meet all incoming international daytime flights.

Hobart Airport
(HBA) is 16 kilometres (10 miles) east of the city (the travel time is 25 minutes). Coaches meet all incoming flights and buses and taxis are available to the city.

Cairns Airport (CNS) is 8 kilometres (5 miles) north of the city (the travel time is 10 minutes). Coaches meet all incoming flights and there is also a shuttle taxi service, limousines, taxis and car hire.

Canberra Airport (CBR) is 8 kilometres (5 miles) east of Canberra (the travel time is 15 minutes). Taxis and shuttle buses are offered to the city centre.

Boomerang Pass

Certain airlines offer the Boomerang Pass for international travelers, which is a zonal ticket permitting travel within Australia and to selected airports in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Participating airlines include Air Vanuatu, Air Pacific, Australian Airlines, Polynesian Airlines and Qantas. Passes must be purchased before arrival in Australia with a minimum of 2 passes per person. Nationals of countries in the South Pacific region are not entitled.

Sea

Cruise liners dock at Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Perth (Port of Fremantle), Adelaide and Brisbane.

International cruise lines calling at Australian ports include Norwegian Cruise Lines, P&O, Cunard, Orient Lines, Princess Lines and Silver Sea.
Useful links
Quantas Australia's national airport.