Australia is home to a number of international airports spread throughout its eight states and territories. The major international airports in Australia are Adelaide (ADL), Brisbane (BNE), Cairns (CNS), Darwin (DRW), Melbourne (MEL), Perth (PER) and Sydney (SYD).
Most international travelers arrive in Sydney, with Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth also popular hubs. Other international airports include Canberra (CBR), the Gold Coast (OOL) and Hobart (HBA).
A huge selection of international airlines fly to Australia. The most direct and popular of these include:
- Air New Zealand
- Virgin Australia (international)
- Emirates Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Thai Airways
- Singapore Airlines
More in our international airlines guide.
Domestic Airports & Airlines
Australia is a vast country with hundreds of airports large and small. You will find domestic airports in every major city and urban center, with airfields in smaller regional towns. You can usually connect to regional areas via light aircraft from larger airports within the state.
Australia's three main domestic airlines are:
More in our domestic airlines guide.
- Byron Bay
- Coffs Harbour
- Norfolk Island
- Port Macquarie
- Wagga Wagga
Australia: it's big, it's bold, it's breathtakingly beautiful. Whether you're visiting from foreign shores or just keen to explore your own backyard, Australia is a destination with endless possibilities. Only fractionally smaller than the United States but with just eight states and territories to its name, getting to know Australia is no mean feat!
If you're chasing postcard experiences, you'll no doubt have the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Daintree Rainforest, Bungle Bungles and 12 Apostles on your wishlist. If it's the city lights you're seeking, Sydney and Melbourne are hard to beat, but Brisbane and Perth give them a run for their money when it comes to wining, dining and entertainment.
Once you've scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge and eaten your way through Melbourne's laneways, consider getting off the beaten track in the 'Apple Isle' of Tasmania – a veritable wilderness wonderful – or journey offshore to Lord Howe Island, Kangaroo Island, or Norfolk Island.