Flying to Australia

It’s a long trip to Australia from Edmonton, Alberta Canada.Qantas 747-Brisbane When my wife and I started planning our trip to Australia last winter (2006-07), there were a lot of options for us to consider about how to get there. Perhaps the best deal we found just to get to the continent down-under was provided by Air Canada. We could fly to Vancouver, British Columbia, and take a flight to Sydney via Hawaii.

However, we also wanted to fly around the continent after we arrived there. Australia is about the size of the continental United States which means that if you want to see a good portion of it, you will spend a lot of your time just getting from one destination to another on the ground. So, to efficiently tour the continent, air travel within the continent is a must. Qantas offers an “Aussie AirPass” to Canadian and American travelers who book their round-trip tickets with them from North America. When we checked it out, we determined that such a deal was better than booking first with Air Canada and then with Qantas (the largest airline in Australia).

Of course, what you save in money is often made up by what you lose in time. Instead of flying directly from Vancouver, we had to take flights from Edmonton to Seattle to Los Angeles where we boarded a Qantas Boeing 747 for Brisbane. Once on the Qantas flight, we were treated very well. It’s a 14 hour flight from L.A. to Brisbane. In all, it took us about 24 hours of travel time getting to Brisbane from Edmonton. Of course, jet lag plays a big role. Brisbane is about 16 hours ahead of Edmonton, so many adjustments have to be made after you arrive.

However, Brisbane was not our ultimate destination that day. We continued on to Perth on the west coast (a 5-hour flight). There we met our good friends, Russ Hobbs and Sue Harrington, who put us up and gave us a grand tour of the southwest. But more on that later.

So, what’s wrong with that?

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About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I write a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine.
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