The three main airline companies offering flights around Australia are Qantas Airlines, Virgin Australia and Regional Express (REX). Qantas offer flights to a large number of towns and cities in all states and territories within Australia. Virgin Australia is a budget airline, offering flights to a number of cities in every state and territory within Australia. Rex is the largest independent regional airline in Australia, providing flights within New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
There are also a number of smaller companies with limited service areas. Several of the other flight operators include: Airnorth who provide flights within the Northern Territory and Northern Australia (including Darwin, Cairns, Alice Springs and Broome). Eastern Australia Airlines who provide flights within New South Wales. Macair who provide flights around Queensland (including Armidale, Brisbane, Cairns, Cape York, Cloncurry, Hughenden,Julia Creek, Longreach, Mt Isa, Richmond, Tamworth and Townsville). Skywest who provide flights across Western Australia (including Albany, Karratha and Perth). Sunstate who provide flights within Queensland. Tasair who provide flights around Tasmania (including Burnie, Devonport, Hobart and King Island.
Flight Travel Passes
For International visitors, if you are willing to be flexible, then you can often find some reasonable deals on internal flights. The major airlines may offer special deals for students under 26 who can receive upto 25% off of a full economy fare, backpackers on presentation of a backpacking organisation card such as the YHA, and other international travellers who can receive upto 30% off of a full economy fare for presenting / providing their international ticket details at the time of booking their internal flights.
Please note that in most cases these special offer tickets need to be pre-purchased before arriving in Australia or New Zealand. You should check with your intended Airline before purchasing any tickets or commencing travel. In most cases these offers are not available once within Australia or New Zealand.
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Regional Express (REX)
Regional Express, or affectionately known REX, is Australia's largest independent regional airline, connecting 30 metropolitan and regional centres across New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia with more than 1,000 flights a week.
Regional Express (REX) offers the fastest way to enjoy Australia's best kept secrets on a shoestring! It is the only regional airline in Australia that offers unlimited travel for the best value ever. Think of it as a flying version of a Eurail pass.
Try our one or two month pass and visit as many places on our network as you can! Must sees include Byron Bay, King Island, Coober Pedy, Broken Hill, Mildura and Wagga Wagga - funny names but equally unforgettable!
The Boomerang Pass is worked out on coupons charged at a long or short haul flight. You can buy upto 10 coupons, although two must be purchased before arriving in Australia. The Qantas Backpackers Pass also works on coupons. You must buy 3 coupons initially, and can then buy a further 6 coupons.
There is also a G'day Pass which works on set prices for travel within 3 zones around Australia. The Pass is available for the duration of your International flight ticket.
Virgin Australia offer flights to destinations in all states around Australia. Virgin Australia have introduced the Virgin Airpass, offering International visitors discounted flights. You simply choose a minimum of 3 flights, with the cost based on how far you fly. The Virgin Airpass provides low fares and no online change fees, making it a great way to see our "awesome" country.
Australian Explorer has selected a number of flying experiences that will sweep you off your feet and take you to the next level.
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The Reconnaisance mission is an introductory flight in the Jet Provost. It includes full mission preparation including flight suit, helmet and briefing followed by an 21 minute jet fighter experience with 15 minutes guaranteed airtime.
Our Reconnaisance Jet Fighter Mission Flight includes 15 minutes of low level, high speed flight and contains mild aerobatics and various introductory military manoeuvres, all occurring within seconds from take off!
On arrival at our base you will be fully briefed and 'suited up' in your genuine military flight suit, gloves, fighter helmet and life support equipment our ground crew will strap you in ready for an unforgettable adventure!