My partner and I are coming to Australia next March/April and wonder if it's better to book our internal flights now (on the web) or wait until we're there.
What's cheaper? I can get a Friday morning flight from Perth to Sydney for $205AUD right now with Virgin Blue but I've been told by a colleague that it's cheaper to leave it until we're there.
I have a rough itinery of where we'll be on specific dates but I'm not adverse to changing my plans by a day or 2 either if it makes things much cheaper.
Also, do you think that 2 full days in the Blue Mountains is enough? I specifically wanted to ride the new cable car and look at the Jenolan Caves.
Thanks in advance of any help.
There are two cut price airlines in Australia; Virgin Blue and Jetstar.
They both have the occassional specials from time to time, but these are almost at a random time, and the web sites are almost impossible to get on when these specials get underway.
My advice is, if you find some good flights now, then book them. I certainly wouldn't wait until you get here; who wants to spend their holiday booking flights? Also, you may be stuck with more expensive flights.
The fare you quoted to Perth seems reasonable, as it's a 4.5 hour flight from Sydney. Also, it's dead boring with the cut-price carriers, so bbeing your own book as there are no movies.
With the Blue Mountains, try to give yourself another day if you plan on going to Jenolan Caves. You can get to the Mountains in about 1.5 hours from Sydney if driving, but Jenolan's about another 1.5 hours - a long way. The cable car is in Katoomba, and I think it goes over to the 3 Sisters. Jenolan Caves is highly recommended.
Now that you know the prices that you can pay for the internal flights check with your travel agent or on-line booking agent, it may be possible to pre-book internal flights with your international carrier at lower fares, regulations are that this can only be done from outside the country, if you find these are better prices do it now.
The Blue Mountains visit: -
We travelled there from Sydney by train, gives you a chance to view the scenery, better than driving.
When there you can take a bus with a round trip ticket, you can drop off at any stop and explore they well marked paths, then get on the next time round using the same ticket, we did it in two days and enjoyed it, if you are allowing three days check how you will be filling this time, I'm sure you could do lots of walking at the various stops and see more in a once in a life time visit.