Explore Australia

 
 

Domestic travel, within Australia, is undertaken through several domestic carriers (eg Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and TigerAir). All the capital cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) have international airports with many smaller cities having their own domestic airports as well. You may want to include a stopover in any of the major capital cities in your travel itinerary. Many people travelling to Melbourne include a stop over in Sydney, Queensland or Western Australia in their return international flights. Melbourne is also a great base for a side trip to explore Tasmania or South Australia. It is recommended that you allow plenty of time for side trips. Interstate travel cannot be undertaken in a single day! While many destinations only take 1-2 hrs to reach from Melbourne, airports are often located at least an hours drive outside of the destination city and many major landmarks can then take several hours drive (or further domestic flights) to reach.

 
 
Tasmanian Devil, Pixabay.com

Tasmanian Devil, Pixabay.com

Tasmania

Tasmania is know for it’s stunning wilderness and small size. Hire a car and tour spectacular wilderness areas and isolated beaches. Tasmania can be circumnavigated in 2-3 days.

Getting there from Melbourne

Overnight ferry Spirit of Tasmania

Domestic flight Mel-Hobart 1hr, 15min

Sydney Opera House, Pixabay.com

Sydney Opera House, Pixabay.com

New South Wales

New South Wales is home to the iconic Sydney harbour bridge and opera house. Visit nearby Bondi beach and explore the Bay on a ferry.

Getting there from Melbourne

Domestic flight Mel-Sydney 1hr, 25min

Adelaide CBD, Pixabay.com

Adelaide CBD, Pixabay.com

South Australia

South Australia is home to Adelaide, known for church architecture and Glenelg Beach. Day trip to the nearby Barossa Valley wine region.

Getting there from Melbourne

Domestic flight Mel-Adelaide 1hr, 20min

 
Desert formation Pixabay.com

Desert formation Pixabay.com

Western Australia

The largest state in Australia, WA is almost its own country. Home to stunning and remote beaches and desert formations allow plenty of time to truly appreciate WA.

Getting there from Melbourne

Domestic flight Mel-Perth 4hr, 15min

Further domestic flights to reach:

Kalgoorlie-Boulder 1hr, 5min

Broome 2hr, 30min

Uluru Pixabay.com

Uluru Pixabay.com

Northern Territory

The NT is the quintessential Australian “outback”. Home to Uluru (Central Australia) and Kakadu National Park (Top End); desert formations, waterholes and crocodiles.

Getting there from Melbourne

Domestic flight Mel-Uluru 3hr

Domestic flight Mel-Kakadu 4hr, 25min

Great Barrier Reef, Pixabay.com

Great Barrier Reef, Pixabay.com

Queensland

Tropical Far North Queensland (FNQ) is where you will find the Daintree rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, and plenty of resort style islands. Queensland is also where you will find the family friendly holiday destination the Gold Coast- home to Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World and Dreamworld.

Getting there from Melbourne

Domestic flight Mel-Cairns 3hr, 20min

Domestic flight Mel-Gold Coast 2hr, 5min