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View of Perth Airport with the city centre in the background, shot 40 minutes after sunrise
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Taking domestic flights is usually the most practical way to cover a vast country such as Australia. There are three main operators in the country, namely the national flag carrier Qantas, and two semi-budget airlines Virgin Blue and Jetstar. These big three handles the high-volume routes between the major cities. The smaller, more remote towns are usually linked by smaller domestic airlines, many of which do not fly nation-wide.

Flying domestic is not cheap. Having said that, you should look for whatever discounts the airlines offer. As almost every route is flown by at least two operators, you can expect intense competition. If you plan your trip well in advance, you are unlikely to have to pay the full fare.

To visit the remote, hard-to-reach landmarks, you will need to rely on specialty aerial tours. This is the most practical way if you are going to see only a single sight and u-turn back.

QantasLink flight at Alice Springs Airport
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APEX, or Advance Purchase Excursion fares, are widely available on Australian carriers. Some times, you can get a fare which is just 55% of the full economy rate. However, they come with terms and condition, among which, you don't get a refund for cancellations, though some may allow you to change your date.

Beware of baggage restrictions when flying domestic. Many Australian airlines allow economy-class passengers only one piece of baggage. Qantas often charges A$10 per additional baggage, though this is not enforced if there is no excess baggage on flight.

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Hello and thanks for visiting my Australia Travel Guide! I am Timothy Tye aka Tim the Traveler. Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and with this travel guide, I want to share with you the wonders of this country with you.

Australia is a huge country with lots to see and do. We shall explore it bit by bit, until we eventually cover every city and every town in the country.

If you are planning your visit to Australia, I hope that this website will provide you ideas and suggestions of places to go. I also want to share with you a few tips to help you plan your trip.

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The currency used in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD). Here's latest exchange rates in the last 24-hours.

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