As one of the world’s premier travel destinations, Australia boasts some of the best attractions for tourists. Ranging from the beauty to be found in the Outback, to the stunning scenery of Uluru, the pristine rainforests and white sandy beaches, man-made marvels, a café culture unlike any other, and of course, the captivating Great Barrier Reef. Take all of that and then mix it up with locals that radiate a passion for life: you’ve got quite a few brilliant reasons why people don’t want to leave the Land Down Under. By taking a cheap flight to Australia, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll fall in love with, whether it’s your first time visiting the country, or whether you’re starting out a brand new love affair!
Southern Australia has its peak tourist season from late December through the end of January. This marks the height of summer, which also means that flight prices are at their most expensive, which means that if you’re planning on visiting Australia over this period, you’ll have to book your flight tickets and accommodation as far along in advance as possible. On the other hand, Northern Australia has its peak season over the period of June through August, since temperatures tend to be warmer in the north during these months.
Generally speaking, you should be able to score a cheap flight deal to Australia’s southern parts, which include Sydney and Melbourne, if you book your flights from late April through early May, which is when the south has its colder winter months. Cities such as Kimberly and North Queensland get hotter and more humid during the winter months than the cities of southern Australia. If you’re looking at visiting the warmer parts of the country during their off season, just make sure that you book your flights well in advance to avoid overpaying for late bookings.
There isn’t a wrong time to book your trip to Australia, as long as you’re taking care of business well in advance of your intended traveling. The cheapest flights to and from Australia are mostly found when bookings are made three or four months in advance.
Johannesburg to Sydney 11 hours, 45 minutes
Johannesburg to Melbourne 14 hours, 15 minutes
Johannesburg to Brisbane 14 hours, 50 minutes
Johannesburg to Adelaide 14 hours, 5 minutes
Johannesburg to Perth 9 hours, 5 minutes
Among the many airlines that operate cheap flights to and from Australia, there are five which are most widely used by South African tourists. These include South African Airways, Singapore Airlines, Kenya Airways, United Airlines, and Qantas.
The Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney lies 8 kilometers outside of the city center and getting there is easy since the public transport system is very efficient. You can use the Sydney Trains, which is your quickest option, or you can choose to make use of the Airport bus which will take you to the city center.
Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is located 23 kilometers outside of the center of town. You can take the Skybus Super Shuttle, which is an airport shuttle bus that departs every 20 minutes or so from the airport to the city center. Alternatively, there are taxis parked outside of the arrival terminals, which offer an easy way of getting to the city center, but will cost more than the airport bus service.
Brisbane International Airport lies 16 kilometers outside of the city. You can get to the city center by using the AirTrain connection between the airport and the city. The train ride will get you to town in roughly half an hour, and you can catch a ride every 15 minutes. Keep in mind that you may also use a taxi, which can be found parked outside of the arrival terminals, but taxis will cost you a lot more and might not be readily available.
Located 6 kilometers outside of the city center, the Adelaide Airport isn’t that far from town, and as such, calls for a short and easy transfer between the airport and the center of the city. The JetBus departs every 15 minutes, shuttling between the airport and the Adelaide CBD. You may also want to consider using a taxi to get to the city center, and although it’s a little more expensive than the bus, it can be the perfect solution for large groups to get to the city on a limited budget.
Perth Airport is located a mere 12 kilometers outside of the city center, and getting from the airport to the city is easy. You can make use of the CONNECT shuttle, which is a public transport service that offers an affordable way of getting into the city, or you may take one of the various taxis parked outside of the arrival terminals, the choice is up to you.
(prices quoted are from London)