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Travellers have an insatiable appetite for the land of Oz. It has some of the world’s most spectacular environments although most people harbour a particular image of Australia, such as the Opera House or blood-red Uluru (Ayers Rock). Yet these famous icons do scant justice to the richness of Australia's natural treasures and its cultural diversity. Australia offers a wealth of travel experiences, from the vastness and drama of the outback, to the spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef and its islands, the cosmopolitanism of Sydney and arguably some of the best beaches in the world. Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness, and the friction between the ancient land steeped in Aboriginal lore and the New World cultures being heaped upon it, which gives Australia much of its character. If Australia is on your travel list, then please note that excursions are often cheaper if booked in the UK. If you're looking to travel to Australia, check out these links...

 

Book Australian Accomodation on Meijboom.co.uk!!!

 

 

 

flights to Australia

If you're looking to travel to Oz, then it helps to shop around - flight prices can vary considerably between agents, airlines and personal factors (time of week, year, preferred airline, route etc.

 

Travel websites for Oz flights:

Regularly travelling the UK/Europe - Australia route, I would also recommend the following sites:

Airtours www.airtours.co.uk - Now and then you're able to pick up a cheap one way flight either direction for about GBP380!

Austrian Airlines www.austrianairlines.co.uk - Travel around the world via the Vienna hub with average transfer time of just 25 minutes which is unique in Europe, in fact and with aircrafts of just 8.6 years. This is substantially below the European average and makes the Austrian Airlines fleet one of the most modern in the world.

eBookers www.ebookers.com

Expedia UK www.expedia.co.uk

Opodo www.opodo.co.uk

Singapore Air www.singaporeair.co.uk

Travelbag www.travelbag.co.uk

Virgin Atlantic www.virginatlantic.com

 

For domestic travel, including hotels, car hire, insurance and train travel visit this listing I created.

 

 

travelling around Oz

There are 4 main ways of travelling around this vast country. The most popular for travellers with time on their side is to take the bus. The main operator is Greyhound although there are some smaller operations about. Another alternative is to travel with the Oz Experience bus, which has specifically been developed for backpackers and independent travellers. They'll not only provide you with info on places and excursions but also take you off the main route so you see and experience places most people don’t!

 

bus

Oz Experience www.ozexperience.com -  An alternative coach network which offers flexibility and guidance as you want it. The trips link scenic and adventure attractions for backpackers and independent travellers.

Firefly Express www.fireflyexpress.com.au - The Firefly Express specialises in daily Express Passenger Coach Services between Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

Greyhound www.greyhound.com.au - For passengers looking for flexibility in their travel plans, travel passes, along with regular tickets, are now interchangeable with McCaffertys Express Coachlines – Australia’s other major coach company – making coach travel an increasingly attractive option for both tourists and business travellers alike.

 

Book Australian Accomodation on Meijboom.co.uk!!!

 

campervan/car

Doing it all on yer own: If you're determined enough to go alone and willing to scrape off the 'roos off the windscreen every so often then you might want to fork out for a decent 4X4 or VW combi. Many operators will guarantee buying back your 'yute' as long as it hasn't become too friendly with those roo's. Of course hiring your own passion wagon is also possible. Here are just a few of the specialist dealers:

Allseason Campervans www.allseasonscampervans.com

Apollo Car Rental www.apollocarrentals.com

Apex Rentacar www.apexrentacar.com.au

Auto Rent www.auto-rent.com.au

Backpacker Campervans www.backpackercampervans.com

CampaHomes www.campahomes.com.au

Discovery Campervans www.discovery-campervans.com.au - With branches all over Australia, Discovery Campervans offer 2-6 berth campers, 4WD or 2WD.

Frontline Camper www.frontlinecamper.com.au

Getabout Oz www.getaboutoz.com

Senet www.senet.com.au

Travellers Mate www.travellersmate.com.au

Travellers Autobarn www.travellers-autobarn.com.au

air

To get from Sydney to Alice Springs the fastest way, taking to the air is your best bet. By European standards air travel is fairly cheap considering the distances covered and with the new comer of Branson's Virgin Blue, prices have come down a bit. NB Air passes are usually cheaper if bought outside of Oz.

Qantas www.qantas.com.au

Virgin Blue www.virginBlue.com.au

Virgin Atlantic www.virginatlantic.com

Regional Express (Rex)www.regionalexpress.com.au

Aeropelican www.aeropelican.com.au

Skywest www.skywest.com.au

Singapore Air www.singaporeair.co.uk

There are of course a multitude of airlines that will get you to the land of oz...more

 

rail

No leaves on the line here!Travelling by train throughout Australia is a memorable and enjoyable experience. Australia is a vast country, where distances between capital cities are lengthy and what better way to see the Australian countryside than by train. Travel Online represents a number of different train journeys covering many regions of Australia. There are some spectacular train journeys to take across the Oz outback such as the Nullabor Express. And now there's a few more thousands of kilometres to check out with the completion of the Adelaide to Darwin line!!

 

The Indian Pacific (Sydney - Adelaide - Perth)

The adventure that spans Australia! Departing from Sydney and Perth twice weekly, the Indian Pacific travels 4352km via Adelaide, providing 3 nights aboard the great train in either direction. Experience one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys aboard the mighty Indian Pacific.


The Ghan Adelaide (Alice Springs - Darwin)

The legendary journey through the heart of Australia! The Ghan operates a weekly return services departing Adelaide for Darwin and twice weekly services between Adelaide and Alice Springs. Encounter the spectacular landscapes of Australia, from the rugged Red Centre to the spectacular tropical scenery of the Top End.

 

The Overland Melbourne - Adelaide

Relax. Take the train. The Overland operates four weekly daylight services from Adelaide to Melbourne and return overnight journeys Melbourne to Adelaide. The Overland pioneered intercapital rail travel over 100 years ago. It is a comfortable and relaxing way to travel between these two cosmopolitan cities.

For details on how to book please great journeys click here

 

oz discounts

For discounts on travel, accommodation and excursions, purchase a VIP Backpacker. For cheap hostel accommodation try hostelbookers.com www.backpackers.com.au YHA www.yha.com.au , ISIC www.isic.org or Nomad card www.nomadsworld.com.

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