two national domestic airlines are Qantas and Ansett Australia. Both operate
regular scheduled flights between all capital cities and regional centers
throughout Australia. For example, Australia's domestic and regional airlines
can fly you from the Outback to the Reef, from an east coast city to a
tiny outpost in Western Australia.
is cheaper than flying but journey times are longer. The Sydney-Brisbane
trip takes 13.5 hours while the Sydney-Melbourne takes 10.5 hours. Railways
in Australia are state operated and Rail Australia, the federal body,
oversees various services.
three nationwide car rental companies and numerous local ones. The three
big companies are Avis, Hertz, and Budget whose rates are just about identical.
Smaller companies' rates may be cheaper and also offer special deals,
such as weekend and standby rates, but may not offer all the services
and extras of major companies. Avis, Hertz, and Budget have offices in
almost every town, as well as at airports and rail terminals.