Due to its large size, many travelers end up taking at least one domestic flight while in Oz. As the oldest, largest and most comprehensive Australian airline, Qantas has most of the business, but Virgin Blue has started to give the giant a run for its money in the past two years. Qantas offers international travelers the Boomerang Pass, a ticket that allows travel within Australia and to selected airports in New Zealand and other South Pacific islands. Passes must be purchased before entering the country.
Domestic flights are available all along the Eastern half of the country, and to major cities elsewhere in the country. Flights to smaller airports can be infrequent, however, and are generally not within a backpacker