If it weren’t for all the airports across Australia, traveling this massive country would be a very difficult task. Luckily, there are hundreds of Australian airports that travelers are able to fly in and out of, 8 of those being international hubs. So, when planning your Australia itinerary, here are a list of some of the more important airports in Australia to choose from.
Adelaide – ADL – Adelaide Airport
The Adelaide Airport is situated around 6 kilometers from the Adelaide city center. This airport acts as a hub for Tiger Airways and Qantas, and it runs both domestic and international flights. Adelaide makes for a great gateway to Kangaroo Island, Coober Pedy and South Australia in general.
Alice Springs – ASP – Alice Springs Airport
Alice Springs may be a bit on the small size and located in the middle of the outback, but the Alice Springs Airport acts an import hub for those wishing to trek up to Ayers Rock and other outback locations. It is located about 14 kilometers south of the city and runs domestic flights.
Ayers Rock – AYQ – Ayers Rock Airport
The Ayers Rock Airport is quite small but serves a purpose of helping tourists get to the sacred Uluru site since it is a short 20 minutes away.
Brisbane – BNE – Brisbane Airport
The Brisbane Airport is one of the international hubs in Australia, and it takes flights from Virgin Blue, Jetstar, Qantas and Pacific Blue. It is located a short 15 minute drive from the city’s center and can be easily reached by taking the Airtrain.
Broome – BME – Broome International Airport
The Broome International Airport is located in Western Australia, and even though it is primarily a small regional airport, it does offer flights to Bali at certain times of the year. This airport is a gateway to the Kimberley area of Australia.
Cairns – CNS – Cairns International Airport
Cairns International Airport is located just 7 kilometers outside of the city center. Flights to Cairns give tourists access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and Kuranda to name just a few of the wonderful options.
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Canberra – CBR – Canberra Airport
Canberra Airport used to be known as Canberra International Airport, but it does not run any international flights as of today. Anyone looking to get to Canberra from overseas will have to catch a connecting flight.
Darwin – DRW – Darwin International Airport
Darwin International Airport is the main hub for the Top End of Australia, and it connects Australia with many Asian countries, such as Singapore and Vietnam. The airport is located just 13 kilometers from the city center.
Gold Coast – OOL – Gold Coast Airport
The Gold Coast Airport is an international hub located 100 kilometers south of Brisbane. This airport gives visitors access to Gold Coast towns like Surfers Paradise that is known as being a hot party and beach getaway.
Hobart – HBA – Hobart International Airport
Hobart International Airport is a small airport on the south side of Tasmania that is located just 17 kilometers away from the city. It connects Tasmania to Australia’s mainland as well as New Zealand and Antarctica.
Melbourne – MEL – Melbourne Airport
The Melbourne Airport is located near the suburb of Tullamarine, hence the alternate name of Tullamarine Airport. It features international and domestic flights, and acts as the country’s second busiest airport behind Sydney. This airport should not be confused with the Avalon Airport, which is also located in Melbourne.
Perth – PER – Perth Airport
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, and the Perth Airport is the international hub that is responsible for connecting this side of the country with the east, in addition to countries in Asia and the Middle East.
Proserpine – PPP – Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport
Proserpine is a gateway city to the Whitsunday Islands, which is why this airport is so important to travelers looking to spend some time island hopping or lounging on Airlie Beach.
Sydney – SYD – Sydney International Airport (Kingsford Smith)
Sydney International Airport, also known as Kingsford Smith, is the busiest airport in Australia. It links to every state and territory in Australia, as well as each continent around the world. You can get to the Sydney International Airport using the Airport Link train.
Townsville – TSV – Townsville Airport
Townsville is another great location for getting to the Great Barrier Reef. The Townsville Airport is located just 5 kilometers from the city center.