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What's Australia like?

Australia is a huge and varied country. The east coast has some of the world's best beaches, while the Red Centre (and the famous Uluru) are a huge contrast. While most of the country is remote and empty, in Melbourne and Sydney it has 2 of the most developed and cosmopolitan cities in the southern hemisphere, brimming with incredible cafes, restaurants and iconic structures like the Sydney Opera House.

Compared to New Zealand, Australia is generally a lot warmer. This is felt most keenly in the northern states, while Tasmania (and the southern coast in the winter) can feel more familiar.

Australia is also famous for its unique wildlife, with animals like kangaroos, quokkas and the platypus that you're unlikely to see anywhere else.

What airlines operate flights to Australia?

The cheapest flights to Australia are generally the direct options. The majority of these flights are with local or Australian carriers, such as Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Best time to book

Crunching through 3 years of data, Skyscanner New Zealand has found that flights to Australia are cheapest 26 weeks (roughly 6 months) before you intend to fly.

Do you need a visa to visit Australia?

No. Because of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, New Zealand citizens can travel, live and work freely in Australia.

There are certain restrictions for people who have been convicted of crimes, have been deported from any country or who are seen as a security risk.

How long is the flight to Australia?

To Melbourne

To Sydney

From Auckland

4 hours 5 minutes (direct)

3 hours 35 minutes (direct)

From Christchurch

3 hours 45 minutes (direct)

3 hours 20 minutes (direct)

From Queenstown

3 hours 30 minutes (direct)

3 hours 15 minutes (direct)

From Wellington

4 hours (direct)

3 hours 45 minutes (direct)

When is the best time to visit Australia?

Because of its enormous size (Australia is roughly 29 times larger than New Zealand), Australia has a wide range of climates.

As a general rule, the more northerly you're travelling, the hotter it will be. Broome, Darwin and Port Douglas all have tropical climates, with a year-round summer feel.

As you get down to the likes of Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, the summers can be very hot but the springs and autumns are serene. Winters are noticeably cooler, but not as chilly as a New Zealand winter.

In the centre, around Alice Springs and Uluru, the summers can be very hot and dry (and filled with flies), while the winters can be as cold as in some of the southerly cities like Canberra and Hobart.

How expensive is Australia?

Be prepared to pay a little extra while in Australia. The big cities tend to be most expensive for accommodation and eating out, but if you travel into the centre you'll notice that fuel prices get significantly higher the farther you go.

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Please note: all information is correct as of August, 2017.

Flights to Australia

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