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Take a break. Enjoy a stopover

Stopovers: Travelling to Australia from the UK

A romantic tropical island escape in Fiji or The Cook Islands? Ignite your senses in bustling Singapore or Hong Kong? Capture some Balinese sunshine? Or go full throttle and reserve an around the world trip?

A stopover is an ideal opportunity to make your trip more enjoyable and exciting. It is a great way to break up your flights before arriving in Sydney, Canberra, or Melbourne. Stay at a five-star hotel, take a refreshing swim in the pool or work out in the gym. Savour the local flavours, spoil yourself with a massage or go and explore the local area.

From our experience, we recommend staying one or two nights before continuing your journey. Of course, you can also stay longer if you would like. Would you like a specialist to advise you on the best stopover location, depending on your interests? We work with the world's leading airlines and can arrange flights that suit your wants and needs.

Which stopover destination would you like to visit?

Break up your flight with a stopover and stay at a five-star hotel

Hong Kong

With more than seven million inhabitants, Hong Kong is a real metropolis that is definitely worth a visit. The city borders the South China Sea and is the heart of an area consisting of 236 islands. The city alone is so large that you can easily spend several days exploring it. Fly to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific Airlines.

"My favourite stopover location is Hong Kong. It boasts old-fashioned Chinese neighbourhoods combined with a modern, Western influence."

Nicole, Travel specialist
Explore the streets of Hong Kong
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Taste the local delights
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The Cook Islands

Rarotonga

Escape to a tropical paradise, the largest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga. A gem located in the South Pacific, The Cook Islands is an archipelago of 15 islands which have been formed by volcanic activity and coral growth. Home to the international airport, the capital of the islands with the largest population, this place is sure to impress! With a circumference of 32-kilometres, you can easily get around the island by foot, bus or scooter.

Atui

The third-largest island of Cook Islands is Atiu, a 45-minute flight from Aitutaki and Rarotonga. The island is surrounded by a six-metre-high coral reef, the 'Makatea'. In the middle of the island is a 70-metre high hill with a flat top. Here, you can find five small villages; Teenui, Mapumai, Ngataierua, Areora and Tengatangi.

With only 400 inhabitants, a few cafés, and minimal traffic, Atiu is a tropical paradise for explorers. The friendly local population lives primarily from agriculture and fishing. Drink a 'Bush Bear' with a local and exchange stories about your own country and customs. A birdwatchers heaven - the island is home to a variety of unique birds, such as the 'Kopeka Bird'.

The best time to visit this tropical paradise is year-round
Enjoy the Cook Islands like a local
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Fiji

Fiji is a true paradise. Featuring turquoise lagoons, crystal clear water, sandy beaches, and coral reefs. This tropical heaven is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the South Sea’ and the world's friendliest paradise. Explore rainforest-covered mountains, lush tropical vegetation, and picturesque villages.

Malolo Lailai is the third largest island and the most developed. It is the tourist centre of the Fiji islands and an ideal place to relax and enjoy. The underwater world around the islands is unique with beautiful coral formations, underwater tunnels and caves, and overgrown shipwrecks.

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Fiji is an ideal destination for honeymoons
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Enjoy a relaxing massage by the beach

Singapore

Singapore, the best of South East Asia. A shopper’s paradise, this place is home to over five million people. A green, clean and safe city to visit with plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Singapore Airport is one of the best airports in the world, a world of its own with so much to see and do.

Exploring Singapore | Stopover Australia holiday
Experience a lightshow in Singapore
Be astounded by the high-rises in Singapore
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Aus wa Whales swimming Cape Arid National Park Coastline

Would you like more information about stopovers to Australia?

Experience comfortable flight times, connections, and a relaxing stopover. As Australian and New Zealand specialists, we work with leading airlines and can arrange flights that suit your wants and needs.

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Bali

Bali has something to offer everyone. Culture, nature, relaxation, and total tranquillity. A tropical paradise, an island with an ancient culture, lush nature, and beaches. For beautiful nature, visit the national park, Bali Barat. Or explore rice fields and temples. If you would like to try surfing in Bali, visit Kuta. An ideal location before you arrive at your dream destination.

Feel relaxed and renewed at your stopover destination
Visit the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Tokyo

Widely considered to be the world's largest city with a size of 2.194 square kilometres, discover Japan's capital city, Tokyo. An ideal destination to experience Japanese culture and relax on your way to Australia. Savour some freshly caught fish at the Tsukiji Outer Market, see the city from above at Tokoyo Skytree or explore the retro neighbourhood of Asakusa. There is so much to discover in this vibrant part of the world.

Go on an adventure in Tokyo
Sample local Japanese food
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Dubai

Soak up the sunshine on one of the beautiful beaches of Dubai on your way to Australia. With a large assortment of entertainment, amazing restaurants, shopping, and dazzling skyscrapers, there is plenty to see and do in this world-class city. Visit the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, shop at the Dubai Mall, or take a scenic flight over the city. An ideal stopover destination with the perfect blend of sun, sea, and sand!

Admire the impressive skyscrapers found in Dubai
Take a camel ride along the white sand beach

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is an ideal destination to break up the trip between the UK and Australia. The flight time from London to Adu Dhabi is approximately 7 hours and 55 minutes. During your stopover, enjoy all the sights and sounds of this beautiful part of the world. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or the Emirates Palace Hotel which resembles a Sultan's palace! And of course, a visit isn't complete without visiting one of Adu Dhabi's restaurants and tasting traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. After a stopover, if you fly from Ahu Dhabi to Sydney, it will take approximately 14.5 hours.

Be dazzled by the glamour of Abu Dhabi
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For a spectacular sunset view, head to one of Abu Dhabi’s outdoor or rooftop bars
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Bangkok

The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is an ideal destination to visit on your way to Australia. Located approximately halfway between the UK and Australia, there are plenty of things to do and see. World-renowned for its hustle and bustle, beautiful temples, shopping, tuk-tuks, delicious street food, and much more. Visit the Grand Palace or SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, or if you prefer the Erawan Museum is also a must-do!

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Take a tour of the Chao Phraya River
Discover the bright lights of Bangkok by night
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Fly without a stopover

Would you prefer to fly directly to Australia? That is possible! Fly non-stop from London Heathrow to Perth with Qantas in approximately 17 hours. Qantas is the only airline that offers a direct flight from the UK to Australia. If you would like to fly to Sydney after that, with a distance of 3290 kilometres, it will take approximately 4 hours and 10 minutes.

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