Domestic flightsAs with most domestic flights, you’ll only need to get there 1 hour earlier. Bonus.The whole reason for this short section is to let you know (if you don’t already) that you won’t be needing to take your passport with you. If you’re heading on a hike in the outback or wherever, the last thing you want to do is take your passport only to lose it somewhere and have all sorts of problems when you finally have to leave.Once you’re in Australia and your visa time is ticking down, you won’t need to use it for transport unless your route takes you outside of Australia. If you’re flying from a domestic terminal, the same applies.Essentially, because you’re already IN Australia, it would be pointless to try and stop you getting into Australia without a visa. So just head over to the domestic flight terminal, board your plane and go enjoy your backpacking in another part of the country. Simple!Just as a side note though. If you’re planning on picking up a didgeridoo or a boomerang, make sure you check with your flight operator. Not all airlines will permit you to take these things on board, so it’s better to check in advance than to find yourself shelling out for alternative delivery.
Flight lengthsIt’s no secret that getting across Australia will take you a few hours. To make life a bit easier for you, here are (on average) the flight times for the most common routes. The longest I’ve seen is Broome to Hobart clocking in just over 5 hours, but that’s actual flight time and doesn’t take into account any timezone changes.Anyhow, here are some of the most common flights
- Melbourne to Sydney – 1:25
- Sydney to Cairns – 3:00
- Sydney to Brisbane – 1:25
- Melbourne to Darwin – 4:25
- Perth to Melbourne – 3:55
- Melbourne to Hobart – 1:15
- Melbourne to Alice Springs / Uluru – 2:50
TimezonesAustralia operates from 3 time zones, usually. It gets more complicated when you start putting the clocks forward and back because the lovely guys in Queensland choose to not pay any attention to daylight saving time. Something about the cows body clocks being upset for milking, I heard, no idea if there’s any truth in that.
- Western Australia and Perth are sitting happily at GMT +8
- The Northern Territory and South Australia (Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin) are at GMT +9.5 (which puts them 30 minutes behind Melbourne)
- The rest of Australia, so Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and the Capital Territory are all GMT +10.