You can travel to Australia from Manchester Airport on Etihad Airways, with just one connection in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Etihad destinations in Australia
Etihad flies direct from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia; if your final destination is elsewhere in Australia you can catch one of their codeshare flights within the country, or travel on to New Zealand.
Gateway to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and a sunny, cultured destination in its own right, trips to Brisbane are laid back, fun and filled with activities. In 2015 Brisbane was voted one of the top ten most beautiful cities in the world, but if you're not a city person you won't have to travel far for a dose of nature; Moreton Bay on the outskirts is blessed with sandy beaches and clear blue waters that are home to whales, dolphins and turtles.
Sydney, New South Wales
You have to get a selfie at the iconic Sydney Opera House of course, but Sydney has much more to offer. This surprisingly green and sophisticated city is like no other - stunning national parks virtually surround the city, while you'll find still-wild areas even around the harbour area. Shopping, restaurants and nightlife are up there with the world's best, while you'll never be short of photo opportunities; daredevils should try a climb up to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Among Etihad's destinations in Australia, Melbourne is definitely the cool kid of the bunch. A deeply-ingrained coffee cultures meets a vibrant street art scene in one of the world's most hipster cities. A typically Australian openness means though that even in its coolest corners, Melbourne is never aloof. Don't miss day trips to wine country, the beach at St Kilda and to see the penguins on Phillip Island.