Flights to Sydney and the Land Downunder

Qantas A380 at Sydney

Qantas A380 at Sydney

Flying The Kangaroo Route

Unless you’re in nearby New Zealand, chances are you face a long flight to the land down under. Sydney is not only a great city to see, but it serves as an excellent jumping off point to tour the continent whether it’s the Great Barrier Reef up near Cairns or the spectacular red deserts surrounding Uluru and Alice Springs.

From the United States: the trek is a long one, but can be done non-stop. One of the easiest routes is with Qantas on the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Brisbane (BNE) and onward to Sydney (SYD) flight. The return flight operates Sydney (SYD) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) non-stop.

Aside from DFW, there are nonstop flights from both Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and Honolulu (HNL). Qantas operates two non-stop flights to Sydney while Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Virgin Australia all operate a daily non-stop service.

Qantas operates non-stop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL) as well as Honolulu (HNL) to Sydney (SYD) along with their low cost unit, JetStar.

From the UK and mainland Europe: Flights to Sydneyfrom the UK and mainland Europe require a stop in the Middle East or in an Asian city such as Singapore, Bangkok, or Hong Kong because of the distance involved.

Qantas recently announced a new partnership with Emirates in which European flights would transit via Dubai (DXB) in conjunction with Emirates. This is seen as a good move, plus it’ll allow Qantas to re-time their Asian flights to meet the schedules of business travelers instead of being scheduled to make onward connections to London Heathrow (LHR) and other points in Europe.

A variety of carriers can make the trek from London to Sydney including British Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Thai, to name a few.

Tips for Arriving into Sydney

Before you travel to Sydney, be sure to have your documents in order. Nationals from a variety of counties must obtain an ETA or an eVisa for entry to the nation. More importantly is to be aware of what you pack and acquire along the way.

Australia has some of the toughest quarantine laws around, aside from it’s neighbor of New Zealand. Declare any and all food items, regardless of how small or harmless you think they are, including food served on the plane. If you’re served an orange or a banana, as an example, and decide to put it in your carry-on to eat later, make sure you declare the item to avoid a significant fine. In addition to food, any products made of wood as well as plants and seeds must be declared.

Depending on airline, your aircraft may be “deep treated” with a pesticide. If it isn’t, flight attendants will fog the aircraft with what is said to be a safe insecticide prior to landing.

Sydney Domestic and International Terminals

At Sydney’s airport, the domestic and international terminals are separated by the airfield. If you are connecting to a domestic flight, you must make the trek to the domestic terminal. Qantas offers a bus service between the two facilities while passengers on other carriers may need to exit and take the train service from the international to the domestic terminal.


Getting around Australia

All of the cosmopolitan cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth have good public transportation, making it easy to get around. However, if you wish to get off the beaten path, one could easily obtain a car-hire (rental).

If driving, be alert to speed limits as well as toll-roads. Many of the toll-roads require you to contact them to make payment, as designated on a road-sign.

Qantas, Virgin Australia, JetStar, and Tiger all operate domestic flights and are rather competitive.

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