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The inspiring, vivid beauty of Australia

Fly to Australia and experience awe-inspiring space and vivid colours of sand, sea and sky. See iconic city skylines and world-famous wildlife – you’re never far from the natural habitat of the native animals of Australia. An immense nation, Australia is as vast in size as it is rich in culture, history and biodiversity.

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Go for the bustling cities and world-class food scene found in Sydney and Melbourne, or for the astounding beauty. From the sacred wonder of Uluru to the expansive Outback and the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater world, Australia has something for every kind of traveller – and somewhere to go all year round.

In Australia, there are holidays within holidays as you travel across the country. From surf spots of the Gold Coast and the iconic Sydney Opera House, to the mystery of the Blue Mountains, begin your Outback adventure with an Etihad flight to Australia.

What's the weather like in Australia?

What's the weather like in Australia?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

22°C

10cm

Feb

22°C

11cm

Mar

21°C

13cm

Apr

19°C

13cm

May

16°C

12cm

Jun

13°C

12cm

Jul

12°C

11cm

Aug

13°C

9cm

Sep

16°C

7cm

Oct

18°C

7cm

Nov

20°C

8cm

Dec

21°C

8cm

Australia is a vast country so temperatures vary region by region and seasons are typically the opposite to those in the northern hemisphere.

When it’s cold in Melbourne, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef are enjoying tropical weather.

 

If you’re seeking beach weather, then book your flight to Sydney for the summer (December to February) with average highs of 26°C.

The figures shown are for Sydney. If flying elsewhere into Australia, check the local weather before you fly.

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Sydney (SYD)

Countless travellers choose Sydney as their first Australian destination. Home to some of the country’s most recognisable landmarks, marvel at the world-famous Opera House and wander across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Head to the many beaches for coastline views and the chance to jump on your surfboard – Bondi Beach is famous for its waves.

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Melbourne (MEL)

Where better to start your Australian adventure than this eclectic southern city? Whether you want to uncover the city’s hip urban reputation or embark on a coastal road trip, Melbourne is a smart choice. Immerse yourself in the city’s energetic art scene, sample the buzz of the cafe culture and watch the world go by in the birthplace of the Flat White.

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Brisbane (BNE)

Flying to Brisbane offers the opportunity to explore the gateway to the breathtaking state of Queensland. The city’s cultural heartbeat can be found in the South Bank district. Take your pick from one of the four foodie precincts while you soak up the vibrancy of this exciting neighbourhood.

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Reasons to visit Australia

sydney opera house and circular quay ferry terminus from the harbour bridge

Sydney by foot and ferry

Experience the harbour in all its splendour by walking over the bridge, down through Circular Quay and on to the Opera House. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens and up to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the bench carved from sandstone over 200 years ago. Outside of the city, you can walk along Bondi Beach to Coogee, stopping for a dip in the ocean along the way.

However, if you’d rather rest your legs, the famous Manly Ferry is for you – passing Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House on your way to the beachy suburb of Manly.

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Meet Phillip Island’s Little Penguins

Just an hour or so south of Melbourne is Phillip Island, home to some famous feathered individuals. At sunset each day, one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia, the Little Penguins of Phillip Island, return home.

Head to the observation deck for the best views of the birds as they emerge from the waves or opt for an eye-level view at the underground platform, as the penguins waddle home after a long day’s fishing.

north stradbroke island queensland australia

The magic of Straddie

Just 40 minutes east of the centre of Brisbane, catch the ferry across Moreton Bay towards North Stradbroke Island. Known affectionately to locals as ‘Straddie’, this island is a hub for wildlife. On the coastal North Gorge Walk, scan the waters for surfing dolphins or diving manta rays.

On land, kangaroos bound around, while koalas relax up high among the branches of the island’s eucalyptus trees. Head there between June and November for the best chance to witness migrating whales, with many species passing the shoreline as they head in search of food.

Things to know before you fly to Australia

meals Local food

Thanks to the way that outdoor living is embraced in Australia, barbecued food is a must when in the country – choose prawns by the sea, or lamb further inland. Try pavlova too – a delicious combination of crunchy meringue, fresh fruit and cream.

accommodation Local currency

The national currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD). You can exchange your spending money into AUD before you start your journey to Australia, or banks, international airports and some hotels offer currency exchange once you’re in the country.

globe Language

English is the official language of Australia. But people from across the world have chosen Australia as their home, so expect to hear a diverse range of languages in this multicultural country. Interestingly, Mandarin is the second most common language spoken.

socket Plugs

Power plugs and sockets are type I which are commonly used in Australia, New Zealand, China, the South Pacific and Argentina. If you’re not travelling from one of these countries, you will need to invest in a universal adaptor for your electronics.

Flying to Australia: FAQs

Where should I fly to in Australia?

Where you should fly to depends on which part of the country you want to explore. Melbourne (MEL) is a great starting point for a coastal road trip, Sydney (SYD) is perfect for a city-based break, while Brisbane (BNE) is the gateway to both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

How long can I stay in Australia?

You will need a visa before you start your Australian adventure, unless you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen. There are different visas available depending on where you’re travelling from and your reason for travel. For up to date information and guidance on which visa is right for you, head to the Australian government’s official site.

How many days do you need to visit Australia?

Most visitors to Australia set aside at least two weeks to explore properly. You could spend months discovering new things in this wonderful country and still have more to see. However, with two weeks to play with, you can pick two or three must-sees and experience them thoroughly.

Why we love Australia

“Australia is an absolutely stunning country and bigger than you can ever imagine. The ocean is a stunning blue, and the countless beaches bright white. Famous for its cafes, you’re guaranteed a good cup of coffee in Australia, too.”

Why fly to Australia with Etihad?

Shape your journey with a range of options when you fly to Australia with Etihad Airways.

You can choose how to check in, add additional baggage, and book an airport transfer online so your driver is waiting to meet you when you land.

Begin your journey by relaxing in one of our worldwide airport lounges. If you’re an Economy guest, you may be able to pay to use a lounge, while First and Business flight tickets include lounge access.

Our comfortable cabins feature reclining seats with adjustable headrests. On long-haul flights you can settle down with a cosy pillow and a soft fleece blanket.

Enjoy hours of movies, TV and music courtesy of our inflight system that offers a world of choice at your fingertips.

If you’re flying in Economy, you can make your flight to Australia even more comfortable by upgrading for extra legroom or additional space.

Every guest can select a complimentary meal from our inflight menu. Inspired by your destination each dish is made using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Pair your meal with a selection from our drinks range.

If you’re flying in Economy, you can also buy additional snacks on board.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

The best of Australia

Brisbane’s bold new creative scene

Queensland’s capital is enjoying its new-found status as a creative hub. Long gone are the days when up-and-coming artists would flee to Sydney or Melbourne to work on their craft. Brisbane is brimming with culinary flair, artistic talent, exciting architecture and design experts.

Sydney’s seaside swimming pools

Discover some of the best swimming pools studded along Sydney’s coastline. This spectacular stretch boasts iconic beaches such as Bondi and Manly, linked by a striking coastal walk. Enjoy a swim with a difference in Sydney’s stunning ocean pools.

Noosa: Australia’s sunshine playground

Explore the stunning seaside haven of Noosa on Australia’s eastern coast. Brimming with wildlife, picturesque beaches and a glamorous vibe, this region has a lot to offer. Enjoy natural beauty mixed with high-end shopping and dining experiences in this sun-kissed paradise.

The best Melbourne coffee shops

Australians are passionate about their coffee, and Melbourne is considered the country’s coffee capital. From cosy corners to prime people-watching spots, check out this guide to the city’s best cafes.

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