Australia has 11 international gateways served by major international airlines. All International Airports have shopping, dining, banking, currency exchange, disabled access, hotel reservation facilities, tourist information desks, and showers. Major car rental companies are represented at all of these. Transfers between the airport and city centre are available by taxi, shuttle bus and by rail in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Regional areas are served by domestic and regional airlines. Domestic Airports are also of a high standard.
Sydney International Airport is located in the Sydney suburb of Mascot. It is the major airport serving Sydney, and is a major hub for Qantas. It is the world's oldest continually operated commercial airport, and the busiest commercial airport in Australia, handling in excess of 26 million passengers per year, which is expected to rise to over 68 million by 2020. The airport is located 9km (6 miles) south of Sydney.
Flight Times to Sydney
Auckland, New Zealand: 2 hr 55 min
Melbourne, Australia: 1 hr 35 mins
Brisbane, Australia: 1 hrs 30 mins
Perth, Australia: 5 hrs
Los Angeles, USA: 14 hr 40 min
New York City, USA: 21 hrs
London, England: 14 hr 40 min
Hong Kong: 8 hr 50 min
Singapore: 12 hrs 20 mins
Nadi, Fiji: 3 hrs 55 mins
Papeete, Tahiti: 9 hrs 20 mins
Dubai, UAE: 14 hrs 35 mins
Melbourne International Airport Melbourne is the gateway for air travel in Victoria, the airport is located 25km (15 miles) northwest of Melbourne.
Flying Times to Melbourne
Auckland, New Zealand: 3 hr 40 min
Los Angeles, USA: 15 hr 20 min
London, England: 16 hr 15 min
Hong Kong: 9 hr 10 min
Sydney, Australia: 1 hr 35 min
Brisbane, Australia: 2 hrs 10 mins
Perth, Australia: 4 hrs 15 mins
Brisbane International Airport Brisbane Airport is conveniently located approximately 15-20 minutes drive (13 km) from Brisbane CBD, 75 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and 105 minutes drive from the Sunshine Coast.
Flying Times to Brisbane
Auckland, New Zealand: 3 hr 00 min
Los Angeles, USA: 16 hr 15 min
London, England: 22 hr 30 min
Hong Kong: 8 hr 35 min
Cairns, Australia: 2 hr 05 min
Perth, Australia: 5 hrs 45 mins
Sydney, Australia: 1 hr 30 min
Melbourne, Australia: 2 hours 10 mins
Do Luxury Adventures offer tailored vacations & holidays?
Yes we do. We can alter one of the packages from our website to exactly meet your requirements or simply contact us with details of your dream vacation and we'll take care of the rest.
Are luxury Adventures itineraries for couples only?
Almost all Luxury Adventures packages are based on two people, however we can cater for singles, families and small groups. Simply contact us with your requirements.
Do Luxury Adventures offer group packages?
Yes. If you have a family or group we can certainly accommodate you. We also specialise in incentive packages and client entertainment for corporate groups. Whether its a large or small group Luxury Adventures will organise something unique for your group.
How can we contact you while on our vacation?
You'll be able to contact your Luxury Adventures agent 24 hours per day while in Australia via phone or email. So if you have any problems or a change of plans you'll never be stranded.
Do you offer personal concierge services & guides to escort me on my vacation, can you organise these?
Absolutely, we can arrange anything from babysitting, restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and hair & beauty appointments through to organising additional activities, groceries delivered to your accommodation or if you have a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary during your time in Australia we offer a gift buying service. These are just some of the requests we can fulfil.
We also have excellent guides who are professional, knowledgeable and who will show you the best Australia has to offer.
Our preferred method of payment is by direct bank transfer (telegraphic transfer). We also accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners & AMEX).
Do your packages include International air travel?
Not unless specified. Usually our packages are land only i.e. once you reach Australia.
How long are the domestic flights in Australia?
The longest direct flight in Australia is Perth to Cairns which is 5 hours. Other flights such as Brisbane to Sydney or Sydney to Melbourne are only 1hr 30mins. So it is very easy to fly around the country visiting lots of destinations during your vacation.
When is the best time to visit Australia?
Spending Christmas at the beach or skiing in August may seem strange but Australia's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere - summer officially starts in December and winter in June. But even in winter you'll enjoy blue skies and warm, bright days. Australia's climate and the fact that it is the driest continent on earth makes it a fabulous holiday destination all year round, whatever you're planning to do. In the Australian winter you can ski in the southern states one day and be diving in the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland the next. Such temperate conditions make al fresco dining, sublime days on the beach or the water, outdoor barbeques, and a huge variety of sports a way of life here. No wonder Aussies believe life is for living!
Do I need a passport or visa to enter Australia?
A valid passport is required for all people wishing to travel to and enter Australia. Everyone, except holders of Australian and New Zealand passports, require a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders apply for a visa upon arrival in Australia. All other passport holders must hold a visa before travelling to Australia.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering Australia here.
Do I need vaccinations to enter Australia?
Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from, or visited a yellow fever infected country or zone within six days before arrival. No other health certificate is required to enter Australia.
Do I need an international licence to drive in Australia?
In Australia all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.
Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an International Drivers Permit.
I have special dietary requirements; can these be catered for on my vacation?
All of the accommodations we utilze and recommend are able to cater for all dietary needs where necessary.
Do I need to tip in Australia?
Tipping in Australia is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.
What are the taxes in Australia?
All goods and services are subject to a 10 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST). This is included in the displayed price of most items.
Are there any poisonous animals in Australia?
There are many animals in Australia who can be harmful. To name a few, sea animals such as jelly fish, sharks, stone fish or crocodiles, snakes and spiders. Venomous snakes, including the tiger snake, copperhead snake and red-bellied black snake are mostly found in bushland but they can also live in built-up areas. Poisonous spiders, such as the redback spider and the white-tailed spider, are commonly found in houses, sheds and garages. The danger posed by snakes or spiders is, however, extremely low. There are no lions, tigers, or bears in Australia.
Where are the International Airports located in Australia?
Australia has 11 international gateways served by major international airlines. Major international airports are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, followed by Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Cairns.
What clothes should I take?
Australia is a vast country that has a range of temperate climates. In the Australian winter you can ski in the southern states one day and be diving in the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland the next. Such temperate conditions make al fresco dining, days on the beach or the water, and a huge variety of sports a way of life here. Keep clothing light, layered and comfortable to cater for whatever you want to do. Protect yourself against the sun - don't forget to pack sunhat, sunglasses and suntan lotion. For special occasions like business meetings, theatres and formal dining, men may need a jacket and tie or suit and women a more formal dress.