Sydney has a wonderfully modern International airport with direct flights to/from Los Angeles, California that take between 17-21 hours depending on the wind. From Sydney, you can catch flights to Cairns in the north, Perth, Melbourne, wherever!
Sydney is not a difficuly city to walk in, but sometimes you may need to get a taxi. Most places you can walk though, the streets are clean and wonderful looking.
Er... I think by PLANE would be the best way to get to Australia if you're coming from abroad. :-)
Anyhow, let's get back to being serious. I just can't sing enough praises for Australia's BEST airline - QANTAS.
Their service onboard is excellent... and they really do know how to treat a passenger like a princess!
Once when I misplaced my camera in a cab in Sydney and was feeling reeeeally moody when I boarded my Qantas flight (back home to Singapore), the Aussie steward rounded ALL his buddies on board to try and cheer me up. Yes, they did manage to put a smile back on my otherwise glum face. Hey, it was my brand new camera that I just lost. :-(
Then there was another occasion when I fell gravely ill in Paris and when I boarded my flight the following day, I was pleasantly surprised that the airline had UPGRADED me to Business Class the moment they heard that I had fallen ill (via my travel agent).
So tell me, how can I not sing praises about Qantas??
Kingsford Smith Airport is located approx. 25 minutes away by CAB to the city center. It doesn't cost much to hop onto a cab. Expect to pay less than A$30 (US$20 or less). You can also choose to take the Airport Express Bus shuttle service to the city center. I'm not sure what's the exact cost but it shouldn't cost more than A$13.
We flew United Airlines directly from the US. We made our connection at LAX for the long 13+ hour flight to Sydney.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to fly on this native-Australian-style-decorated plane... but the plane ride concludes my time well spent in Australia during our trip.
There are plenty of food and specialty locations in the airport both as you arrive and after you have landed to provide refreshment.
Qantas will fly you to Sydney.. and often have cheap airfare deals going.. which is what I managed to get.
Quantas Airlines was my Choice. This is a picture of TV screen that shows a map of where you are on the trip and things like speed, alitude,Tempture and some other things.Also time to Destination.