Australia is BIG!

You’ve all heard it - Australia is big. But do you know just how big?!

When booking your trip and planning your itinerary we recommend you research each stage of your trip, to get a clear picture on how long it takes to travel between places. Even Aussie’s get caught out by the sheer distance between places. The fact that only about 24 million people live here also means there may not be as many flights, trains or buses running as you might be used to at home.

To help you be prepared we’ve put together a few essential facts and tips to help you get from A to B – no matter how far that might be!

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Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Flights from Sydney to Uluru (Yulara airport) take 3 hours and 40 minutes. The drive there is 2,836.3 km (1,762 miles) and takes about 30 hours! So, roughly from Greece to Switzerland! An Aussie road trip is truly unforgettable, but you may not want to spend your entire holiday at the wheel.

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Cairns to Uluru The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru are on most people’s bucket lists - and for very good reason. A flight from Cairns to Uluru takes just under three hours. Qantas currently schedule one flight per day on this route. The reef itself stretches 2,300 kms and is home to many hundreds of species of hard and soft corals, jellyfish, molluscs, worms, fish, sharks, rays, dolphins and whales! More about the reef.

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**Sydney to Gold Coast ** This flight is pretty short compared to a lot of the trips you might make while visiting Australia – just 1 hour 20 minutes. If you’re driving it will take you nearer to 10 hours but it’s a great opportunity to see some of the country.

Perth to Sydney A flight from Perth to Sydney will take you just over four hours. Fancy driving? It’ll take you about 40 hours (and you’ll need to be very well researched and well equipped with supplies). But it is an unforgettable road trip. We’d recommend getting on to a popular travel forum like Trip Advisor for practical advice from people who’ve made the drive.

Brisbane to Cairns Queensland’s coast line stretches nearly 7,000 km so don’t imagine that travelling from Brisbane to Cairns will be a quick half day drive – it’s actually a 20 hour car trip, or 2 hours 20 minutes on the plane. That’s about the same as London Heathrow to Madrid, or New York to Columbia. Tropical North Queensland

Uluru to Kakadu These iconic national parks are both in the Northern Territory but they’re almost 2,000 km apart (1,217 miles). To go from one to the other is almost 22 hours of driving, or a flight to Darwin then a 3 hour drive to Kakadu. But it’s totally worth it!

Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park, measuring about 20,000 sq km. That’s nearly half the size of Switzerland! We recommend taking at least three days to visit Kakadu – any less than that doesn’t allow enough time to get off the road and into the park. Even driving from the bottom to the top of the park takes about three hours!

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Tourism offices, national parks and hotels are all happy to answer questions. Forums like Trip Advisor can also be really useful for getting advice from fellow travellers. And book a long stay. There’s plenty to see here!

Useful contacts

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park information +61 8 8956 1128

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Bowali Visitor Centre | Kakadu National Park +61 8 8938 1120

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