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Search and buy flights within Australia with Alternative Airlines! We offer flights from every carrier that flies internally within Australia.

Use our search form at the top of the page to find internal flights from any 2 destinations within Australia.

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Airlines That Offer Flights Within Australia

Below is a list of every airline that offers domestic flights in Australia. To search for flights on these airlines, use our search form at the top of the page to search any route within Australia. We'll give you flight options from every airline that flies your chosen route.

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia are one of the top airlines for domestic flights in Australia, based on the airline's size and the number of destinations that it flies to. The airline has hubs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and flies to over 30 destinations across the country.

Qantas

Qantas is the national carrier of Australia. It flies international flights in and out of the country. But, along with its regional brand, QantasLink, it also covers a huge domestic network within Australia too.

REX Regional Express

Rex Airlines is an Australian airline that is based in New South Wales and has a huge domestic network. It flies within New South Wales and to 6 of Australia's states, including the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia

Airnorth

Air north is based in Darwin and flies to several destinations across the Northern Territory and also to Queensland, Timor Leste, Melbourne and Western Australia.

Aviair

Aviar connects the north-west of Australia, with flights from Broome to destinations such as Balgo, Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland and more.

JetStar

Jetstar is a low-cost Qantas subsidiary. It mainly focuses on international flights but does offer internal flights within Australia too.

Link Airways

Link Airways is an Australian airline that is based in Canberra and flies to destinations in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.

FlyPelican

FlyPelican flies domestic flights from its base in Newcastle throughout the rest of New South Wales, as well as to Queensland and the Sunshine Coast.

Skipper Aviation

Skipper Aviation is a small regional airline that flies from Perth airport to several destinations within Western Australia.

Hinterland Aviation

Hinterland Aviation is a small airline that offers flights from its base in Cairns out to a small number of destinations in Queensland, including Coen and Cooktown.

King Island Airlines

King Island Airlines is another small airline that flies within the country. The airline operates flights between Victoria and Tasmania.

Bonza

Bonza is a new airline that is looking to start flying from early 2022. The airline will fly cheap budget flights to destinations that are currently underserved within the country.

Air Link

Air Link is an airline that is mainly known for charter flights. But it does fly some scheduled flights that are available to book as normal as well. Its main route is from Dubbo to Sydney.

Popular Routes

Flights to Melbourne

Best Airport to Fly Into:

The best airport to fly into for the city of Melbourne is Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport (MEL).

Airlines that fly there:

Airlines that fly into Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport from locations in Australia includes Airnorth, Jetstar, Qantas, Qantaslink, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia.

Flights to Sydney

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Sydney Airport (SYD) is the best airport for flying into Sydney

Airlines that fly there:

There are a number of airlines that fly into Sydney from elsewhere in Australia. These include Qantas, Qantaslink, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia.

Flights to Brisbane

Best Airport to Fly Into:

To get to Brisbane, the best option is to fly into Brisbane International Airport (BNE).

Airlines that fly there:

There are many airlines which fly within Australia to Brisbane International Airport. These include Link Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Alliance Airlines, Qantaslink, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia.

Flights to Gold Coast

Best Airport to Fly Into:

To get to Gold Coast, the best option is to fly into Gold Coast Airport (OOL).

Airlines that fly there:

Airlines that fly into Gold Coast Airport from locations in Australia include Airnorth, Jetstar, Qantas, Qantaslink, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia.


What are domestic flights?

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Domestic flights fly internally, meaning departure and arrival both take place within the same country. These flights tend to be available in bigger countries, such as within the USA, India, and Australia, and are also referred to as short-haul flights, meaning they tend to have a duration of 2-4 hours.

Internal flights within Australia are available through numerous air carriers, including Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Carriers such as Tiger Airways offer a cheap alternative, although they don't offer the level of service in comparison to the others.


Why book flights within Australia?

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Australia is a stunning and vast country. From the rugged Kalbarri in the West, to the cultral hub of Melbourne in the South, catching an internal flight is the best way to experience all that the country has to offer.

Domestic flights are available from all of Australia's major cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Darwin. Cheap flights can also be found from smaller airports, including the stunning Gold Coast and Proserpine.


FAQs

Is a passport required when travelling domestically in Australia?

All passengers, including children and infants, are required to provide ID on flights within Australia. ID can include a passport, driver's licence, or birth certificate. So if you are Australian and have any other listed identification, then a passport is not required.

Do I need a passport if traveling to Tasmania from Australia?

Tasmania is an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast. Technically, no, a passport is not required to fly from Australia to Tasmania, but for practical purposes, it is recommended! Tasmania passport requirements state that a passport is not required to visit Tasmania. However, you will need one to enter back into Australia. A visa is also required to visit the country, but those travelling for tourism or business for less than 90 days can opt to obtain a label-free visa known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for a small fee.

Do I still need to go through security if travelling on a domestic flight in Australia?

Passengers travelling on flights that don't leave the country's airspace still need to comply with all airport security procedures and are still subject to screening prior to arriving in the boarding area. However, travellers are not required to pass through customs or immigration before boarding. On arrival, passengers are able to disembark and head straight to baggage claim, without having to pass through immigration or customs.

How much baggage can I take on an internal flight?

Most airlines will offer free hand luggage when travelling in Australia. We always recommend checking with each airline to find out more!

Qantas: Baggage is included on every Qantas fare. No single piece can exceed 32kg.

REX Regional Express: one carry-on baggage and a personal item is allowed. Carry-on baggage cannot exceed 23cm (9in) x 34cm (13in) x 48cm (19in) and not heavier than 7kg.

JetStar: Starter fares include a baggage allowance of two carry-on items weighing up to 7kg. For additional carry-on weight, you will need to purchase a Flex bundle or Business Class fare. All check-in baggage will need to be purchased.

Tiger Airways: two pieces of carry-on luggage are allowed, provided that each does not exceed the dimensions of 54in x15in x 9in. Checked-in baggage will require an upgrade.

What is the internal flight check-in time for flights within Australia?

This will depend on the airline that you're flying on. But, generally, check-in tends to open 48–24 hours before check-in and can close anywhere between 60–30 minutes before.

Do you need a passport to fly on a flight that doesn't leave Australian airspace?

Again, this will depend on the airline, but usually, only a form of photo ID, such as a driver's licence, or passport, is required.

Can I book online?

Alternative Airlines offers an easy online booking for your domestic flights. We let you pay for your flights the way you want, whether that's using USD or Australian Dollar (or over 170 other currencies!), or the payment method you'd prefer - whether that's Humm, PayPal, or Affirm.

Use our search bar to search and buy flights with different airlines to destinations across Australia.