I'm planning to go backpacking round Australia in Jan for three months (on my own) and, following the book as early as you can advice, have been looking at flights and prices are pretty much all around the 1300 GBP (~2700 AUD) mark for a departure around 8th Jan and return around 28th Mar, is this typical? Eithad are a bit cheaper but just about the only airline under £1000. Are they likely to fall? Will companies like TravelBag etc be able to do any cheaper?
Preferably, I'd like to go with Singapore or Malaysian from Manchester to either Sydney or Perth but if it came down to a £500 difference I wouldn't be too bothered how I got there!
Thanks in advance!
P.S. Any other advice related to the trip would be very welcome too, especially about arriving alone in a country I've never been to before!
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 7, 2008, at 10:50 AM by steve84 ]
watch out for crocs up in cairns...
Hi Steve, A good site is Webjet, you can check for the cheapest flights.
Good luck, and remember to wear sunscreen in Oz.
I went to Oz in Jan -march 07 and flew with Korean Air, the cheapest deal i found but also the most unpleasant Oz flight ive had! (been 5 times). the cheapest flights can mostly be found on STA travel if you are under 26 or a student...Im heading back out there next year around Feb time to work after doing Thailand for a month or so.
Id say the best thing to do is start in Melbourne and work your way all the way up round the east coast to Cairns, def pretty much covers almost everything (minus Urulu (ayres rock)) which is another hot spot.
definate highlights for me were Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Airlie Beach and the Reef and the Rainforests up north.
i do have family out there so stayed with them sometimes, but when i was travelling i did it by Oz Experience and i thought they were wicked, i was travelling by myself and i made loadsa friends, there are also lots of peeps who are travelling alone too.
they really give you tips on whats hot and not and where to stay and for how long etc, you can basically plan as you go along.
anything else you wanna know, just ask! x
Thanks for the advice, guys.
I've found Netflights (thanks andy11) to be very good and check it every week to see what the prices are doing.
Also, for anyone in a similar situation to me, I've found signing up to the airlines' e-mail newsletters to be pretty useful. Singapore Airlines (my first choice) recently sent me one that had fares from Heathrow to Sydney for 860 GBP (departing Oct/Nov).
Guess I'll wait it out a bit and see if the dropping price of oil will lead to some cheaper fares.
Keep the advice coming please!
P.S. I think I'll be taking you up on your offer of advice Amy_jo24 pretty soon!
Try kayak, opodo, airninja. Sometimes a non-direct flight can be cheapest, like via Bangkok.
I used http://www.jetabroad.com.au recently and would definitely suggest them. They're based in Australia somewhere and offer cheap flights from a heaps of airlines. Their customer service is top-notch as well!!
I hope you enjoy your trip here!