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With the world’s friendliest people, amazing natural wonders and wildlife, and the world’s oldest culture and hottest events, there are heaps of experiences to check off your bucket list. A few ideas:
Things to do:
- First time to Australia: Start with the highlights and see the icons in Sydney, explore the Outback in Uluru & Alice Springs and dive into the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns or on an island.
- Explore nature’s wonders: Whether it’s your first or fifth trip, going off the beaten path offers incredible rewards. Try an Outback train trip like the Ghan, an expedition cruise in the Kimberley, a walk in the world’s oldest living rainforest, or a wildlife safari on Kangaroo Island.
- Eat and drink well: Try whiskey and gin tasting in Tasmania and the foodie hubs of Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Wash it down with the ultimate wine experiences.
- Beaches & islands: However you like to experience the sand, Australia has a beach escape for every type of traveler especially in Perth and near Brisbane.
- Events to feed your passion: Australia isn’t just a place of beaches, but also great events. Add Vivid in Sydney, indigenous light festivals, or the 2019 Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
To explore trip ideas and vacation packages, visit Australia.com/united.
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Getting to Australia with United
United offers nonstop service to Sydney from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and to Melbourne from Los Angeles and San Francisco (beginning October 29, 2019). United operates all flights between the U.S. and Australia with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
United Polaris business class features a reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers, including elevated inflight food and beverages, tranquil custom bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue, comfortable pajamas and exclusive amenity kits with products from Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa.
United Economy Plus offers additional legroom and increased personal space. Located near the front of the economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane on arrival.
United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, beer and wine, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment. Additionally, the seats feature an adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.
Plan ahead and get the best flights to Australia
Discover Australia with flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
- Tour the Sydney Opera House, Sydney’s most iconic landmark and a World Heritage Site. Afterward, catch a show. If you walk from the Opera House toward Circular Quay’s ferry dock, you’ll find open-air restaurants with some of Sydney’s best seafood, museums
- Explore Royal National Park, the world’s second oldest national park. Kayak up the Hacking River and see the turtles. Then hike the Couranga Walking Track and watch the birds. Afterward, head to the Wattamolla picnic area for a refreshing swim in the lagoon.
- Spend a day exploring The Art Gallery of New South Wales. Immerse yourself in the Baroque paintings of Rubens. Then discover the brilliant colors of Van Gogh and Picasso. After viewing the great masters, go to the Yiribana Gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and see works representing Australia’s unique heritage.
Fly to Melbourne
- Stroll along the tree-lined paths of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, which is home to over 8,500 plant species. Start your journey at the National Herbarium, which houses the State Botanical Collection. Then take a walk through an Australian forest or explore the Lower Yarra River Habitat by
- See the Royal Exhibition Building, Australia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. This striking Victorian building is one of the last surviving exhibition pavilions in the world.
- Browse the shops around Federation Square. Go for a walk beside the river or venture down the nearby streets and see vibrant street art.