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Cheap Flights To Australia Last modified: Dec 2, 2016 3:23 -05:00

This guide is for travelers who want to visit Australia, and also for Australians who are thinking of visiting the United States. When thinking of traveling to Australia or the United States, where does one begin? There are endless possibilities for creating a vacation itinerary, whether you want to enjoy the outdoors, live the city life, visit famous parks and attractions, or experience local cuisine.

Sought-after destinations in both countries include the nation's best parks, landmarks, restaurants, and overall experience. You're better off choosing a short list of destinations to visit your first time, then planning a return trip to experience more.

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We've divided this guide into three sections: Where to Go, When to Fly, and How to Fly. 

LISTEN: Rick Seaney loves Australia and shares his Down Under travel tips.

Where to Go

It's nearly impossible to even scratch the surface of things to do and attractions in these two big beautiful countries - not in the limited amount of space on this page, that's for sure - but you can at least read a few expert tips to help you get started.

In Australia

  • Sydney, New South Wales: The world famous Opera House in a beautiful harbor setting.
  • Melbourne, Victoria: Royal Botanic Gardens, Federation Square and all those great restaurants.
  • Brisbane, Queensland: Watch a ballet or bike or snorkel in this subtropical city.
  • Perth, Western Australia: Visit family-run wineries in the beautiful Swan Valley.
  • Adelaide, South Australia: This elegant city is also your jump-off point for Kangaroo Island.
  • Gold Coast, Queensland: Sun and surf plus the Pacific Coast Touring Route to the Great Barrier Reef.

In the U.S.

  • Boston, Massachusetts: This New England city offers history, culture and trendy nightspots.
  • Los Angeles, California: Home to Hollywood, beaches, clubs and a dynamic restaurant scene.
  • New York City, New York: See a Broadway play, visit the Statue of Liberty, and shop in an amazing array of stores and boutiques.
  • San Francisco, California: Cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and tremendous restaurants.
  • Washington, D.C.: See the While House and the incredible collections of the Smithsonian museums.

When to Fly

Two good rules of thumb for any traveler looking to save money:

  • Avoid flying during peak season. If you must, try arriving one day early or staying a day late to avoid the peak travel days.
  • Always compare airfare. Tip: FareCompare's search site helps you compare multiple airlines and online travel agency sites easily.

Travelers to Australia:Peak season is typically the last two weeks in April, the second week in June through the third week in July and the third week in Sept. through the end of October, with flights averaging about $2,000 round-trip. Other times you'll pay 20-30 percent less.

Travelers to the U.S.: The peak season for travel in the U.S. is generally June, July and August. The cheapest off-peak season generally runs late October through mid-February. However, these months include two very expensive periods: Thanksgiving in late November and Christmas through the New Year's travel period. Note that December, January and February can mean snow in many cities (exceptions: Los Angeles and Florida destinations).

How to Fly

Travelers from both countries: If you're flying to Australia or the U.S. from a smaller city, it may be cheaper to divide up your journey into two flights. In other words, fly from your home airport to a large city, then fly non-stop from that large city to your final destination. The only way to be sure is by comparing prices.

Example: Instead of looking for flights from Boston to Sydney, it may be cheaper to break up a trip into separate components - a domestic flight, and overseas flight. So you would take one flight from Boston to Los Angeles, and another flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.

Note: Be sure to leave plenty of time to connect with that second flight. Air travel analyst and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney says he usually flies to the West Coast and spends the night there before boarding a trans-Pacific flight. "This also helps me avoid jet lag," says Seaney.

In-Country Flights

Generally, the off-peak season rule again prevails; prices are cheaper when people are less inclined to fly.

Be sure to check prices on discount airlines like Australia's Jetstar or U.S. carriers like JetBlue, Virgin America and Southwest, but remember, no single airline always has the lowest prices so again, you must compare.

For More Information

Suggested reading: For anyone interested in Australia, see "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson and here's a quote from the book.

"The people are immensely likable - cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn't get much better than this." - from "In a Sunburned Country"

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Destination Carrier Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Melbourne Qantas 27 25 27 23 20 20 16
Melbourne Virgin Australia 19 22 24 22 24 14 12
Brisbane Qantas 17 23 20 24 25 13 13
Melbourne Jetstar 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
Brisbane Virgin Australia 15 18 20 21 20 10 12
Gold Coast Jetstar 12 11 11 11 11 11 11
Gold Coast Virgin Australia 8 10 9 9 10 6 7
Canberra Qantas 7 9 8 10 10 7 6
Adelaide Qantas 9 8 8 9 11 5 5
Melbourne Tigerair 8 6 7 8 9 6 7
Perth Qantas 6 7 7 7 7 4 7
Canberra Virgin Australia 5 6 6 6 6 4 5
Brisbane Jetstar 4 6 4 5 5 4 6
Coffs Harbour Qantas 5 5 5 6 6 3 4
Adelaide Virgin Australia 6 6 6 5 5 3 3
Perth Virgin Australia 5 5 5 4 4 3 4
Tamworth Qantas 5 5 5 4 5 2 3
Cairns Jetstar 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Hobart Jetstar 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Sunshine Coast Jetstar 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Gold Coast Qantas 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Port Macquarie Qantas 4 5 5 5 4 2 2
Armidale Qantas 4 4 4 4 4 2 4
Dubbo Qantas 3 5 5 4 4 2 2
Wagga Wagga Qantas 4 4 4 4 4 3 2
Brisbane Tigerair 4 3 3 3 4 3 4
Albury Qantas 3 3 4 4 4 3 3
Cairns Virgin Australia 3 4 3 3 3 3 3
Gold Coast Tigerair 3 3 2 3 4 3 4
Ballina Jetstar 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Launceston Jetstar 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Cairns Qantas 3 3 2 3 4 2 3
Hobart Virgin Australia 3 3 3 3 3 2 2
Adelaide Jetstar 3 3 3 2 3 2 2
Lord Howe Island Qantas 3 3 2 2 2 3 0
Orange Regional Express 3 3 2 3 3 1 0
Toowoomba Qantas 3 2 3 2 2 1 1
Dubbo Regional Express 2 2 3 3 3 1 0
Hobart Qantas 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Albury Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Port Macquarie Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Coffs Harbour Virgin Australia 1 2 2 2 2 2 1
Darwin Qantas 2 1 2 2 2 1 2
Moree Qantas 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Ballina Virgin Australia 2 2 2 1 1 2 1
Cairns Tigerair 1 2 2 2 1 2 1
Mudgee Freedom Air 2 2 2 2 2 0 1
Sunshine Coast Virgin Australia 2 2 1 1 2 2 1
Moruya Regional Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 0
Narrandera Regional Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 0
Newcastle Freedom Air 2 2 2 2 2 0 1
Adelaide Tigerair 2 1 1 2 2 1 2
Wagga Wagga Regional Express 1 2 2 2 2 1 0
Tamworth Virgin Australia 2 2 1 1 2 0 1
Hamilton Island Qantas 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Mildura Regional Express 1 1 2 2 2 1 0
Hamilton Island Virgin Australia 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
Launceston Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
Perth Tigerair 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Ballina Regional Express 1 1 2 1 1 1 0
Townsville Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Townsville Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Darwin Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Darwin Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Hamilton Island Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Hervey Bay Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunshine Coast Qantas 2 1 1 1 1 1 0
Merimbula Regional Express 2 1 1 1 1 1 0
Perth Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Albury Regional Express 1 2 1 1 1 1 0
Alice Springs Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Uluru Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lismore Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Newcastle Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Armidale Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Griffith Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Proserpine Tigerair 1 1 0 1 0 1 1
Uluru Jetstar 1 0 1 1 0 1 1
Grafton Regional Express 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
Coffs Harbour Tigerair 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Parkes Regional Express 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Bathurst Regional Express 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Mackay Virgin Australia 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Cooma Regional Express 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Cheap Flights to Australia, Airfares Starting at $216 Round trip for Australia Flights (AU)