Where do You Want to Go in Australia?
Before booking your flights to Australia, consider where you want to go while you’re there.
Non-stop flights from the United States arrive in Australia at the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne international airports.
To see more of the country, consider where you want to go and purchase your airfare to Australia with different arrival and departure cities. For the most part, flights to and from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are the same price – but not every airline flies to every city.
For example: if you want to dive on the Great Barrier Reef and also mingle with the little penguins on Phillip Island, consider an airplane ticket that arrives in Brisbane (the closest international airport to the Great Barrier Reef) and departs from Melbourne, the departure city for day trips to Phillip Island.
Adding domestic flights from Brisbane to Cairns and from Cairns to Melbourne will be less expensive and have you spending less time in the air and in airports than flying round-trip to Sydney and adding additional flights over to Melbourne and north to the Reef.
Not all airlines with non-stop flights from the US and Canada to Australia fly to all the international arrival airports. If you’re searching for flights to Brisbane, you won’t find non-stop flights operated Delta or United Airlines.
Flights to Brisbane
Brisbane, the international gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns, Gold Coast, Whitsunday Islands, Sunshine Coast and many undiscovered tropical vacation destinations, is the shortest flight time from the continental United States.
A flight up to Cairns from Brisbane for the Daintree Rainforest area and Great Barrier Reef is a little more than 2 hours, while a flight to Cairns from Sydney is more than 3 hours. If you want to include relaxing on long white sand beaches, exploring a choice of rainforests, venturing into Queensland’s Outback and diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in your Australian vacation, Brisbane is a fantastic choice for your arrival airport.
Flying to Sydney
Sydney, consistently ranked as one of the top cities in the world, has many of Australia’s most popular icons. The non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney is approximately 14½ to 15 hours. In addition to Qantas and Virgin Australia, Delta and United operate non-stop flights from LAX to Sydney.
Attend a performance at the World Heritage-listed Opera House, learn to surf on Bondi Beach, and meet an array of native animals at the Taronga Zoo or head out of Sydney for a day or more.
From Sydney, you can visit the Blue Mountains to enjoy bush walks, wildlife spotting and scenic vistas or head out to the Hunter Valley wine region for tastings of wine, beer, cheese and chocolates.
Flights to Melbourne
Melbourne, with a thirst for sporting events and action, is a vibrant city. Beginning your Australian adventures in Melbourne, about a 15½ hour flight from Los Angeles, will jump start your vacation. Attend a range of sporting events, visit fantastic museums, stroll along alleyways with hidden treasures including boutique shops and cafes, and take a day trip to choice of attractions: the scenic Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island with the fairy penguins, fur seals and koalas, and the Yarra Valley wine region.
From Melbourne you can take a short flight to Adelaide to explore the Flinders Mountains, Barossa Wine Region, Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. Or connect to a flight to Tasmania’s capital, Hobart and meet the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
Contact AirBank for your best value flights to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. Not only do we offer great pricing with our consolidator airfares to Australia, but we can also provide helpful tips and suggestions so you’ll make the most of your trip.