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The Best Stopover Flights to Australia

  • Stopover en route to Sydney
  • Stopover in Cape Town
  • Stopover in Dubai
  • Stopover in Southeast Asia
  • Stopover in Honolulu

If you’re looking to make the most of your annual leave this year, why not consider a stopover en route to the Land Down Under? Our Round the World Airfares Team are experts when it comes to crafting complex, multi-stop flights, and can find you the best fares and experiences in the air. And, most importantly, you’ll get to break up that long-haul flight Oz is infamous for. In need of some inspiration to get you started? The team has picked out some of the most unique routes out there; here are our best stopover flights to Australia

South Africa

Whether it’s the beachside delights of Cape Town that take your fancy, or the city buzz of Johannesburg, a stopover in South Africa is a great addition to any Australia holiday. Just a few days here can give you time to motor along the Garden Route, sample wines in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek or embark on a few game drives through Kruger National Park. Or if you just want to laze on the sands then that’s okay too – palm-fringed Camp’s Bay is ripe for a spot of sunbathing. Next stop? Sydney.



With its flashy high-rises and heady mix of authentic souks, rich history and futuristic malls, Dubai has to be seen to be believed. And just seven hours from London, it’s a great New South Wales stopover destination. With a few days to spare you can explore Downtown highlights like the Dubai Mall and the musical Dubai Fountains before taking in the Gold Souk, Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. For the more active travellers, opt for a bit of dune-bashing when you embark on a 4X4 tour of the city’s surrounding desert.


Southeast Asia

Travellers to Sydney and Melbourne can add a touch of the exotic to their Australia holiday with a stopover in Southeast Asia. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia all offer a gentle, culture-filled reprieve from that long-haul journey. You can even do two countries (or all three!) together as a longer, overlanding stopover. Dine on flavoursome bowls of pho, explore World Heritage sites like Angkor Wat and walk amid the many gold-gilded Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang.



We know what you’re thinking – the USA is a bit of a detour when you’re travelling from London to Sydney, but trust us, stopping over in Hawaii and Los Angeles will add a whole new dimension to your trip. You’ll get the larger than life vibes of Hollywood Boulevard, the cool, laid-back beach vibes of Santa Monica, and the contrast of water sports, volcanic activity and wartime history in Honolulu. And that’s not even touching on the delights of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the ethereal cerulean mist of the Blue Mountains.

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