Australians have always had to suffer through extraordinarily long flights to see the rest of the world, but this has never stopped us from inflating our neck pillows and settling into three or four movies before touching down on the other side of the planet. We are prolific travellers, and well-renowned for our efforts.

But it doesn’t always have to be that way – there are many great international travel experiences on offer that require flights under six hours, from most of our capital cities (sorry Hobart*). Here are a few of our favourite destinations for those travellers wanting to get a stamp on their passport for a long weekend away:

Perth to Denpasar, Bali(3hr 45m)

The west coast has been blessed with the option to fly to Bali for quick getaways, and have long taken advantage of it. A long weekend spent relaxing by the pool at one of Bali’s resorts is a reality for residents of Perth – something that’s a little more difficult for those on the east coast.

Explore Bali

Sydney to Port Vila, Vanuatu(3hr 15m)

Sydneysiders aren’t without options when it comes to island getaways, with Vanuatu’s capital city just over three hours away. The island of Efate has some of the best dive locations in the South Pacific, along with excellent fishing and relaxing resort stays.

Explore Port Vila

Adelaide to Auckland, New Zealand(4hr 15m)

For a city escape, Adelaide residents can pop over to the beautiful harbour city of Auckland in just over four hours. Enjoy beautiful natural scenery both on and off the water, world-class cuisine with the freshest produce and a colourful and exciting nightlife.

Explore Auckland

Brisbane to Nadi, Fiji(3hr 30m)

Say Bula to Fiji, just three and a half hours’ flight from Brisbane. Nadi airport connects travellers to the Denarau integrated resort area, as well as resorts on outer islands such as Yasawa and Mamanuca via high speed ferry from Port Denarau.

Explore Fiji

Melbourne to Queenstown, New Zealand(3hr 15m)

Adrenaline seekers will appreciate the short flight from Melbourne to Queenstown. Whether it’s winter or summer, there’s something in Queenstown or the surrounding mountains to raise the heart rate.

Explore Queenstown

Darwin to Manila, Philippines(5hr 5m)

A short hop over to Manila opens one of Asia’s up-and-coming cities. Long known as a destination for sightseeing and local culture, Manila also has seen a growth in new and amazing restaurants, hip bars and cool galleries.

Explore Manila

Canberra to Wellington, New Zealand(3hr 15m)

The capital cities of Australia and New Zealand have been connected for the first time, with Singapore Airlines flying the ‘Capital Express’ route from Canberra to the Windy Welly. In just over 3 hours, travellers will experience the exploding craft beer and coffee scene in Wellington.

Explore Wellington

*While Hobart doesn’t operate direct international flights, Hobart International Airport is the departure point for flights to Antarctica for the Australian Antarctic Division. Not relevant for this article, but pretty cool.