I fly into Cairns on 31st July, and fly out of Melbourne on 25th october, so I've got a fair while to make my way down the east coast. What I want to do however is get to Ayres rock at some point, and wondering how this will fit into the flights that I have booked. Can I get an internal flight there? And how long shall I allow for this trip? And what cheap airlines do people use in australia?
I'm in New Zealand at the moment and have just realised how soon I'm heading to Oz and am getting really stressed!
Thanks in advance,
There's several flights a week directly to Ayers Rock with Qantas (no other airlines fly there as far as I know (might've changed though), but the price is reasonable) directly from Melbourne, Sydney, and I think Brisbane). Then rent a car there to get around.
Two days, three nights should be enough to stay there (accommodation is really expensive) - one day for Kata Tjuta, one day for Uluru. (Both plenty to do all the walks around it and see sunset and/or sunrise.)
Maybe an extra day or two if you want to head up to Kings Canyon and see the various other minor sights in the area that tours always like to stop at.
Australia has a couple of cheap airlines these days, but they may be confined to the east cost high volume routes - Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane - Townsville. Try Jetstar (a subsidiary of Qantas) or Virgin Blue (Grinning Dickie's Aussie baby). Qantas may have some good packages for Eyre's Rock that include airfare, accom and transfers. (qantas.com.au or travel.com will be able to help). Enjoy your trip!
Ayers Rock airport doesn't have any budget flights. Qantaslink flies there but they are very pricey and that airport also has extremely high domestic arrival and departure taxes. Something that would make for a far more interesting experience would be if you got a flight to Darwin and then make your way down to Uluru using the Gahn railway and bus.