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The Essential Guide to Australia: Getting There and Top Places to Visit

The Essential Guide to Australia: Getting There and Top Places to Visit Published on .

Woman posing in Sydney city with Harbour Bridge

Australia is the biggest island on the planet, but arriving by boat would be a massive and complex undertaking!

Fortunately, multiple airlines make it easy to fly to the ‘land down under’. This is particularly vital as travelling to Australia on holiday or business can mean heading to widely dispersed locations, in this vast and diverse country.

Wherever you aim to visit, it’s still a considerable undertaking to fly to Australia from Europe, so it’s important to find an airline that goes the ‘extra mile’ with customer service and comfort.

Who to Fly With to Australia

Qatar Airways Qsuite

Qatar Airways QSuite

It can make a serious dent in your holidays to Australia if you spend the first few days recovering from a long, cramped and sleepless journey of around 24 hours. That’s highly likely to include at least one stopover too, as the only direct flight route to Australia is London to Perth with Qantas.

Fear not, we’ve found several airlines that make business class flights to Australia relatively painless, including British Airways, Etihad, Korean Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific and China Airlines.

However, if you want to pass that long-haul flight in luxury – pampered and refreshed by a good night’s sleep – the best airlines for Australia business class flights are Qatar, Emirates and Singapore.

Australia – Top Experiences

Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance Western
As you’d expect from such an expansive country – with 90% of its population living on the coast – Australia offers abundant adventure in unspoilt terrain. Just because it’s the driest continent in the world don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all about the Outback though.

It’s a truly multi-faceted destination, with everything from ski resorts (yes really) to lush tropical rainforests. In fact, the Australian Alps get MORE snow than the Swiss Alps!

This incredible richness of opportunity makes it hard to pick off just a few Australian holiday experiences. A lot depends on your idea of the perfect holiday getaway.

Would you ‘jump’ at the chance to visit Kangaroo Island (southwest of Adelaide), with its nature reserve packed with protected koalas, sea lions and incredible exotic birds? You could lose yourself in Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory), where amazing wildlife provides the greatest nature show on earth? Or, stand beneath the mystical Uluru (Ayres Rock), sacred to the Aboriginal people and high on many travellers’ bucket lists.

Here are more options for anyone planning luxury travel in Australia.

Sydney

Sydney Bridge
Of course, Australia’s most iconic city had to be on the list.

How many photographs of the stunning Sydney Harbour have you seen in your lifetime? Now imagine viewing that miraculous landscape from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Well over four million visitors have already made that 440ft supervised climb, to soak up the 360-degree views.

Or, you could keep your feet on the ground in this fascinating city, with its stunning nearby beaches and superb restaurants.

The Outback

Yugambeh Aboriginal warriors dance
It’s worth heading here just for the sunsets. Seeing that golden ball dip behind ancient rock formations, and sink into those vast desert sands, is one of the most awe-inspiring sights of any lifetime.

Camp and star gaze within this remote region to enjoy celestial magic with no light pollution, blast out the music as you speed along hours of deserted roads, or book sky diving or mine visits to see the Outback from a new angle.

We recommend that you learn more about the locals too. Aboriginals are believed to be the oldest surviving civilisation in the world, and separate tribes have their own distinct languages, cultures and beliefs.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef in Queensland Australia
Australia is the land of superlatives, including the most outstanding aquatic eco-system in the world.

Fly into Cairns, one of the best places to stay to enjoy The Great Barrier Reef’s unrivalled display of coral cays, caverns, channels and islands is nearby Lizard Island, offering top cuisine and superb accommodation for luxury travel experiences to Australia.

From this private island, you can also visit Daintree Rainforest, another World Heritage Listed-Site.

Whitsundays

Whitsunday Island Beach
This is another amazing choice for holidays to Australia that includes easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. The 74 Whitsunday Islands (off the coast of Queensland) are magical, offering secluded white beaches where your only company could possibly be migrating humpback whales (July to September). The islands also offer abundant inland hikes.

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road entrance
If you prefer your luxury travel experiences to be adventures and you have just flown into Melbourne, you won’t find more breathtaking car journeys than Australia’s Great Ocean Road.

It’s one of the best places to spot whales in Australia, as you take the ultimate road trip along Victoria’s rugged coast. Also, look out for the Twelve Apostles (where the Southern Ocean has carved tall rock pillars in ancient limestone); the much-photographed Split Point Lighthouse; and wild, pristine surfing beaches such as Apollo Bay.

Australia’s Best Beaches to Visit

Magnetic Island Australia
Many people travel to Australia for its beaches. They alone make the cost of business class flights worth every penny. Blessed with year-round sunshine and high temperatures, the best of the best include:

Bondi Beach

Australian surfers walking along Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach, Sydney Is a sweeping arc of perfect white sand is kissed by reliable ocean waves that draw surfers from across the world.

Bondi is not just sun and surf though, as you can swim in the Bondi Icebergs pool, eat in many fine restaurants, browse in Bondi Art Gallery or shop for bargains in its popular market.

Whitehaven Beach

a lady in the water on Whitehaven Beach
In contrast, Whitehaven Beach is wholly undeveloped and has rightly earned its title as Australia’s best beach and number one beach in the South Pacific (TripAdvisor).

It’s protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park and close to The Great Barrier Reef. You won’t find sand that’s whiter and softer, or sea that’s more sparkling turquoise topped off by luxury water sports and cruising. Yacht travel is one of the most popular ways to visit Whitehaven.

Cable Beach

Camels on beach at sunset Broome
The area around Broome is famous for its pristine beaches set along Australia’s Northwest coast.

The most famous is Cable Beach, where one of the highlights is the glorious sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Broome also offers a chance to see an authentic Jurassic landscape, to fish for abundant plump sea creatures, or walk along the incredible Eighty Mile Beach.

Broome is also where you can book a camel safari!

Wherever you choose to visit in Australia, Here at Just Fly Business we are dedicated on finding the best business class flights for our clients. For an amazing business class experience contact us today on 020 8417 1366 or enquire online.

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