Australia is a natural wonder that has fascinated people for centuries. The Australia Travel Web Guide introduces you to this country—so far from the West, yet sharing many cultural similarities with the United States. Australia boasts a sophisticated, relaxed culture that favors the arts, sports and dining out. Australian vacations include destinations to unique, ancient landmarks, and hundreds of species of wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. Our Web Guide points you to the resources you need to research and book an unforgettable Australian vacation.
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While flying with a major airline is the main method of getting to Australia from the United States or Europe, there are many ways of getting around steep airfares. In this section are tips and Web sites that will help you navigate the many options and itineraries on offer and pick the best times and routes for your journey.
- Air travel to Australia from the U.S. or Europe is often the most expensive plane ticket around, averaging about US$1,500. Take advantage of off-season deals, or if you're eligible, student, senior, or group discounts. Avoid extreme heat and high prices by traveling in the off-season of June through September. Check Away.com for more money-saving tips. The site points out that Qantas Airlines offers tickets as much as $800 cheaper when you travel during Australia's winter.
- If leaving from Europe, the usual route to Australia is via Singapore or other airports in that region. Below is a list of flight search engines and airlines that include flights from a large number of Asia-based airlines.
- When leaving from the United States, Los Angeles is the usual stopover, and some airlines will also offer a second free stopover on the islands of Fiji, Hawaii, or New Zealand with open-ended dates. Ask a representative of the company you're booking your flight with if this option is possible.
- If you're looking for a luxury mode of transportation to Australia, check out CruiseWeb, which searches cruise companies for packages from the west coast of Canada and the United States to Australia and often numerous countries around Australasia.
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