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Why Domestic Flights are so Popular in Australia

Australia is a massive country, far larger than many people imagine. In fact, it is more than twice the size of Europe and about the same size as the continental U.S. Taking the train for domestic travel can be an affordable and pleasant option, but it can be time-consuming. Some travellers enjoy driving across the country, but wildlife and temperature extremes can make this dangerous for the casual or poorly prepared traveller. For most, travelling from city to city is most easily accomplished by air travel. Domestic flights in Australia are available from all Australian capital cities allowing tourists to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time.

plane flying into Sydney Nascot airport with the view of Sydney harbour below.
Domestic flight on route to
Sydney Kingsford Smith airport.

The busiest airports in the country are Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport, Melbourne Airport, Brisbane Airport, Perth Airport and Cairns Airport. The major airports associated with capital cities were responsible for more than 2.5 million flights in 2008, which means thousands of people are crisscrossing the country every day. More than 120 million people travel Australia annually.

Some of the most popular destinations for tourists include cosmopolitan Sydney, sophisticated Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Tasmania. Many visitors to Sydney can spend their entire holiday in the city. While many people think of it as the home of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Sydney is also home to The Rocks, a historic district with quaint pubs, luxurious boutique hotels and eclectic shopping venues. Melbourne is equally attractive to tourists, drawing those in search of Australia’s cultural capital. Galleries, museums and fine dining are all hallmarks of Melbourne, but not far from Melbourne are quirky St. Kilda and the Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular highways in the world.

The natural beauty of Australia is simply incomparable, with the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns and the brilliant Uluru rising up from the Red Centre. Australia has become a destination for both international and domestic tourists. It is also extremely popular with so-called eco-tourists, those who are in search socially and environmentally responsible travel to pristine wilderness or outlying regions. The country has kilometres of beaches, some of which are within easy reach of major cities and developed areas and others that are virtually untouched by humans. The Red Centre of Australia is hot, dry and sparsely populated but filled with unique wildlife, sandstone monoliths and ancient rock art.



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