Australia is a very big country so you’ll need to know how to get around it. Whether you’re trying to cross from one side of the city to another, or trying cross the country, this section contains links to information that will help find your way.
The national air carrier in Australia is Qantas, although Virgin and JetStar also offer domestic flights between capital cities. There are various regional airlines regularly flying to major country centres like Dubbo, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Townsville, Dubbo and Broken Hill. Check out Rex Regional Express and SkyWest. Mining companies operating in remote areas often employ these airlines or book charter flights for their workers.
Major Australian cities have international airports from which most major airlines fly. Long haul flights often stop in Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles or Dubai on route to their ultimate destination.
Public transport in Australia
All major cities have some form of public transport. Melbourne is famous for its tram network – making it one of the easier cities to get around – while Sydney, Brisbane and Perth rely on suburban trains, buses and, to some extent, ferries. There are also taxi services, although these are a much more expensive way of traveling, even if it is often faster.
For more information about how to get around, there is a state-by-state list of links on the Australian Government’s Public and Private Transport web page (Just scroll down to “public transport”.
Some cities have smart card technology, allowing users to swipe a reusable card across a pad as they get on and off a bus or train so they are automatically charged, rather than buying a ticket on the platform or from the bus driver. These fares are usually discounted slightly and save a lot of time and worrying whether you have enough coins.
Discounted fares are available for seniors, healthcare card holders (generally people receiving some kind of welfare benefit) and seniors card holders.
Sea travel is the way generations of migrants arrived in Australia and is still a very popular pastime with people who own pleasure craft or who like cruising.
However, it isn’t really very popular in Australia as a way of getting around. It’s not a time-efficient way to travel around such a vast country.
There are rules governing arriving in Australia by sea. These are available from the Department of Immigration’s Sea Travel web page.
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