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Cheap Flights To Australia

  • TipMay is the cheapest month to fly to Australia
  • Tip$247 is the average round-trip fare price from KNS to AU

Best Deals to Australia Last modified: Mar 28, 2017 11:15 -04:00Prices shown were found by travelers like you over the past 30 days

We've scanned 34,032,248,494 round trip itineraries and found the cheapest flights to Australia. Jetstar & Singapore frequently offer the best deals to Australia flights, or select your preferred carrier below to see the cheapest days to fly.

Jetstar
SYDMEL
Thu 7/20
nonstop
MELSYD
Sun 7/23
nonstop
Jetstar
MELSYD
Wed 5/3
nonstop
SYDMEL
Tue 5/9
nonstop
Singapore
SINMEL
Tue 4/25
nonstop
MELSIN
Fri 4/28
nonstop
$185
Scoot
SINSYD
Sat 5/13
nonstop
SYDSIN
Fri 5/19
nonstop
$265
China Eastern
BJSSYD
Wed 5/3
1 stop
SYDBJS
Tue 5/23
1 stop
$313
China Southern
BJSMEL
Thu 5/18
1 stop
MELBJS
Thu 5/25
1 stop
$319

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.

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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Events in Australia

Find a great time to visit

  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

    Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

    Wondering when to shop for flights to the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival? Start shopping most definitely before the end of the year if you're traveling from abroad. Visit the FareCompare blog for tips on when to buy and tools to compare airfares.

    Event Location

    Various venues in Melbourne

    Melbourne

    Price

    Check site for details from each event

    Event Website|Event Tickets

    Main Airport

    Melbourne Essendon - MEL (AU)

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  • Byron Bay Bluesfest

    Byron Bay Bluesfest

    When to buy flights to Byron Bay Bluefest? You're in luck that this festival falls outside of Australia's peak travel season, but don't wait too long (between 5.5-3.5 months before the event for international travelers). Check out the FareCompare blog for more tips on when and how to buy!

    Event Location

    Byron Bay/Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
    Lot 103 - 105 Pacific Highway, Tyagarah between Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads
    Byron Bay

    Price

    $350 AUD for Adult 5-day tickets. $90 AUD for Kids 6-14yrs old. Camping = additional

    Event Website|Event Tickets

    Main Airport

    Brisbane International - BNE (AU)

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