Easiest way to travel to Australia and back from Asia

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1. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 53 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Hey!
Me and my boyfriend are planning around the world trip including Asia and Australia. We were planning visiting Australia just shortly (mostly beacouse it is more expensive than Asia..)
Our plans are still wide open but in Asia we are going to visit Japan, South Korea, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Chambodia and Myanmar.
So what I am asking is, where from it is easiest and cheapest to travel to Australia and also back?
In Australia the plan is Sydney-Alice Springs-Uluru-Sydney.
Dates and lengths of the stay are still undecided so if you have any suggestions that would be great too!

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 413 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Firstly I believe that Japan is more expensive than Australia, whilst South Korea isn't much different cost-wise (some stuff is cheaper but some is similar or more).
Although I haven't been to any of those 3 countries for many years and if I'm wrong I'm happy for someone with recent knowledge to correct me on this.

As for flights to Australia, You'd need to check all the airlines (use one of the usual flight search engines like kayak or skyscanners). My guess is that Kuala Lumpur would be the cheapest but one of the local airlines may be doing deals.

3. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 587 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

If the red centre is your only interest in Australia perhaps consider flying to Darwin rather than Sydney. You can fly straight from Shenzhen and Singapore. Domestic flights in Australia are not that cheap especially to Uluru and Alice Springs, (though Alice Springs is cheaper than Uluru). From Darwin you can even take a bus if you really want to save money.

4. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 94 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and other towns and from Bali to Darwin, Scoot from Singapore.
I have been fairly recently to Japan and Australia, for me Japan (particulary Osaka and the Kansai area) where quite a bit cheaper. In Japan you can get (tiny) hotel rooms from €10, only Shinkansen is realy expensive for transport, and food can be reasonable. In Australia hostelbeds around €20 and land transportation is expensive (in cas you smoke a pack of cigarettes up to $25).

5. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 53 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your answers!
In Japan too its going to be shorter stop. I would like to visit Fuji and Matsumoto but we will still have to think about our budget..
In Australia, plan was to see Sidney also, and to Uluru we might rent a car from Alice Springs..
It would be worth consideration to include Darwin in somehow..:)
My boyfriend hates flying so alternative transportations will be in use as much as possible :)

How did you like your visits in countries we have discussed? What did you do and what was best and also was there somethings that was in "absolutely never again"-cathegory? :)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jul-2018, at 01:00 by Hensku ]

6. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 94 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

If you go to Matsumoto go also to Shirakawa and Tanakawa. From Tokyo Nikko iis a easy excursion.
Sydney to Uluru you might get for €150 (Jetstar), Sydney to Alice Springs might be by train over €500 and by bus over €300. Plane Uluru to Alice Springs maybe €150. Bus Alice Springs to Darwin maybe €130.
Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to Sydney oneway you might get from €110, Darwin to Bali or Singapore from €90, AirAsia, Jetstar or Scoot, book these as early as possible there are very big differences in price.

7. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 53 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Thank you UliS for these tips for Japan,.

Flight costs in Australia, if we could get price like you mentioned are going to be much cheaper than i anticipated, really positive, might even get us extra couple days in Australia, great! :)

8. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 587 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Hensku

In Australia, plan was to see Sidney also, and to Uluru we might rent a car from Alice Springs..
It would be worth consideration to include Darwin in somehow..:)
My boyfriend hates flying so alternative transportations will be in use as much as possible :)

How did you like your visits in countries we have discussed? What did you do and what was best and also was there somethings that was in "absolutely never again"-cathegory? :)

If your plan is to sightsee Sydney then that is a different matter and I can see your reason for wanting to fly there. Usually the best time to visit Central Australia is in the winter months as the days are not so hot (though nights are freezing) but for Sydney these months are quite cold, day and night. To get the best for both I would look into a shoulder season so like around March to May or September to November. It would certainly be cheaper and the weather will be milder in both places though Central Australia will be hotter than winter but at least cooler than summer. You didn't say how long you want to stay in the red centre or what exactly you are hoping to visit. Generally speaking Alice Springs is cheaper to stay than Yulara but because of distance you will realistically have to stay in Yulara for some time to visit the Uluru area. I don't know if you are into camping but that would certainly cut down a lot of costs. Car rentals can be a good idea but they aren't that cheap, if you are travelling with others (you did mention a boyfriend) then it can be a cost effective option but it still comes down to length of stay and what you really want to do. Though if you decide to add Darwin then flying into Darwin (regardless of whether it is via Sydney or overseas) and picking up a car there would probably be cheaper per day than a car rental from Alice Springs. For things to do I would look into visiting Kings Canyon and Macdonnell Ranges. Macdonnell Ranges makes a great day trip from Alice Springs while Kings Canyon is in between Alice and Uluru.

9. Posted by SirGaw (Budding Member 45 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Agree that Aust is quite expensive. Maybe consider including Vietnam in your trip. We were there in April from Australia and so much cheaper than Aust.

10. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 53 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I got really excited about idea to rent a car from Darwin and drive to Uluru. Also Macdonnell Ranges looked amazing in photos, so now i just have to calculate some things to make it happen!

Do you know any places to visit between Darwin and Uluru or some place its nice to stay over night?
I think that we take 2-4 days to that drive.

To SirGaw,
Vietnam was in in our original plan but we finded so many places to visit in Cambodia and Burma that i think it would make more sense to visit there some other time :)