A Guide for Traveling to Ireland from Australia

It’s very normal for Irish people to want to visit Australia, not only for a holiday but also often to emigrate. However, Aussies going in the opposite direction is less common. But Australians do indeed love to visit the emerald isle.

But how can an Australian get to Ireland? What is the best way to get here? What are the visa requirements, and what is there to do when you get here? So many questions, so much information to absorb. Here is a short guide for traveling to Ireland from Australia, and what you will need to do to get there in one piece while having the traveling experience of a lifetime.

Irish Visa Information for Visiting Australians

Is this your first time visiting Ireland? It is the spiritual home of Guinness, amazing nights in pubs, beautiful green rolling hills, charming towns and villages and beautiful castles)! Ireland is also referred to as the Republic of Ireland, and Eire. The northern part of the island is part of the UK and known as Northern Ireland. Hence, Like Australia, Northern Ireland is also part of the Commonwealth.

One of the first questions we get asked about is, do Australian nationals need a visa when visiting Ireland? The answer is no. Aussie passport holders do not require a permit to visit the Republic of Ireland but could be subject to immigration control when they enter the country. If you have any skeletons in the closet in terms of criminal records, you might encounter a few problems. But generally speaking, Aussies don’t need to obtain an Irish visa beforehand. Decades ago before air travel, long journeys from the British Isles to Australia and vice-versa were only possible with 2 or 3-week-long boat cruises. If the Australian national cricket team wanted to play England for the Ashes back in the good old days, they had to spend almost 2-months traveling time there and back. Luckily times have changed! Thank the Wright Brothers.

Did you know that Ireland only has a handful of international airports? Nearly all the flights from Australia to Ireland terminate in the Irish capital city of Dublin. And do you know the average flight time from Sydney to Dublin? The average flight time is almost 22 hours. The distance is approximately 17,000km or 10,600 miles. There are currently no direct flights from Australia to Ireland, but all major international airports do offer connecting flights. So, wherever you are in Australia, you can fly to Ireland from your nearby international airport. The cheapest time of year to fly into Ireland is during the winter months and February, with June being the most expensive.

What about going frm Australia to Ireland without flying? It is tough in this day and age to get to Ireland from Australia without flying. Not only is it time-consuming and expensive, but incredibly pointless. If you don’t like flying, we would recommend that you do not go!

In order to appreciate the things to see and do in Ireland for Aussies when they have made it to Dublin in one piece, they will need a day or two to sleep off the jetlag. It really can be a sensory perception depriving experience being on a plane for 22 hours whisking through so many time zones.

A guide to traveling from Australia to Ireland would not be complete without some pointers on the best things to see and do in the emerald isle.

Explore Dublin

We would recommend you initially spend a few days in Dublin, not only because it is the home of Dublin airport where your flight will more than likely terminate. But also because Dublin is one of the friendliest and most beautiful cities in Northern Europe. Find out more about the creation of the ‘black stuff’ by visiting the Guinness Storehouse factory that covers a gargantuan 50-acres and is the spiritual home of the world-famous drink. Other favorite things to see in Dublin are the Little Museum of Dublin, the breathtaking Croke Park Sky Walk, the famous Ha’ Penny Bridge, the National Gallery, Temple Bar, and Kilmainham Gaol. There are so many recommendations for Dublin that it’s impossible to list them all.

Dingle Peninsula – County Kerry

If you are fortunate enough to hire a car, taking a drive along the awe-inspiring Dingle Peninsula in Country Kerry will blow your mind. The Slea Head Drive along the Dingle Peninsula is regarded as one of the best coastal drives in the world, meandering its way through ancient churches, monasteries, ancient ruins, and impressive stone masonry at every turn. And the views looking out to the Blasket Islands are something else! 

Cliffs of Moher – County Clare

Widely regarded as one of the most photographed places in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher in Country Clare are simply stunning. The cliffs stand at 214 meters above sea level with majestic views of the Irish coastline. Take a stroll along the shoreline from Doolin, and you will be mesmerized by the beauty. –

Off-road driving in County Kildare

If you want to do a bit of something different from sightseeing, we would recommend that you enjoy a spot of off-road driving in Country Kildare. The off-road course in the country meanders through rivers, streams, rolling hills and has lots of obstacles. There are instructors on site to help you navigate this steep terrain, so don’t worry. As the off-road track in Country Kildare is just a 45-minute drive outside Dublin, this is the ideal spot for a day trip.

Other Recommended Places to Visit in Ireland:  

Skellig Michael – County Kerry,   Kylemore Abbey – County Galway,   Mizen Head – County Cork,     Aran Islands – County Galway,   Malin Head – County Donegal,   Saltee Islands – County Wexford,   Poulandrone Portal Tomb – County Clare,


If you are an Australian considering making the journey to Ireland, you will have the time if your life. English is the national language, so there will be no issue when communicating with locals.  The pubs and nightlife are something special here. You don’t need to get a visa in advance, but the flight times are almost 22 hours, so be prepared.

We hope you found some useful information in this guide for traveling from Australia to Ireland. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many, so if you do get the chance, dive headfirst in and make the most of it. It will be one of the best holidays you could imagine.

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