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When you are travelling from Ireland to Australia, there are – in broad terms – six key different stopover choices, depending on what airline you travel with and if you can avail of any cheap fares or special offers.  The 6 main stopover cities are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Hong Kong. If you have the time, we suggest a quick stopover at one of these destinations.


Dubai is a unique destination that is both a dynamic business centre and a tourist paradise, offering more attractions, shopping, fine dining and quality hotels. From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. In a single day, you can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls. Dubai is ranked the second world’s most popular destination for shopping after the United States and ahead of popular shopping destinations like Singapore, France, UK, and Hong Kong among others.

Some tourist attractions include Burj Khalifa (worlds tallest manmade structure, 829.84M), Burj Al Arab, Dubai Museum, Dubai Mall, Fountain and Aquarium, Ski Dubai, Gold Souk, Dubai Creek, Palm Island, Dubai Marina, Desert Safari.

Airlines stopping in Dubai are Emirates/Qantas.

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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's culture is firmly rooted in Arabia's Islamic traditions, creating a shining example of Islam's true commitment to tolerance and hospitality. The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing mix of new and old.

Abu Dhabi is developing at a significant rate while keeping a watchful eye on its intriguing past. Whether you are visiting the capital, the eastern city of Al Ain or the western region of Al Gharbia, you will discover a genuine leisure haven, with attractions for every taste.

You can experience the speed of the world’s fastest roller-coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest indoor theme park; spend an afternoon at the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, while learning about Abu Dhabi’s culture and religion; experience Arabia with a trip to the enticing Oasis City of Al Ain – the emirate’s heritage heartland; or marvel at the peaceful Liwa desert, the entrance to the famed Empty Quarter, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass with some of the tallest sand dunes on earth – the options are as diverse as the terrain.

Airlines stopping in Abu Dhabi are Etihad.

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Bangkok certainly lives up to its reputation as a travel hot spot in Southeast Asia. The 'City of Angels' has funky markets, upmarket malls, a riverside full of surprises, a vibrant nightlife scene, many fabulous sights and attractions that reflect its unique heritage, and much, much more…

Say goodbye to traffic jams – thanks to the city's modern skytrain and underground systems that cover a large area. Or explore the riverside area by a long-tail speedboat or river taxi. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, Bangkok bursts with exciting opportunities.

Some tourist attractions include Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), The Grand Palace, Floating Market, Chinatown, Chao Phraya River and Waterways, Khao San Road, Jim Thompson House, Patpong Night Market

Airlines stopping in Bangkok are Emirates/Qantas.

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Kuala Lumpur

A delightful mix of cross-cultural influences and traditions, Kuala Lumpur radiates an exciting, enticing charm, which will no doubt pique your interest throughout your stay.

Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL, is an amazing cultural melting pot. Here, you will wander through communities of Chinese, Malays, South Indians, East Malaysian ethnic groups, Thais, Indonesians, Sikhs and a huge community of expats. Each community offering its own festivals, food, music, art and fashion while influencing each other's cultures.

KL has a lively nightlife scene and a fascinating art and performance culture, which blends contemporary and traditional styles from many backgrounds. There is the widest range of sporting activities available with state-of -the-art facilities to impress any sporting enthusiast.

The architecture is somewhat eccentric and is certainly unique, from hundred year old mansions to awe-inspiring sky scrapers, and all within metres of each other. Treat your tastebuds to Kuala Lumpur's extremely varied cuisine, which is certainly a tasty adventure in itself! Above all else KL is a shopping haven, offering everything from street side trinkets to haute couture.

Some tourist attractions include Petronas Twin Towers, Central Market, BBKLCC shopping centre, KL Tower, Petaling St, Little India, Aquaria KLCC, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, National Science Centre

Airlines stopping in Kuala Lumpur are Malaysia Airlines, Emirates/Qantas

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Some refer to Sinigapore as the “little red dot”, but Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with a landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. Singapore is a collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs coexist. Besides a vibrant multicultural experience, there’s more you can discover about Singapore.

Discover old world charm by exploring and experience the island’s key historical landmarks or memorials. You can also embark on a heritage trail and enjoy the sights and sounds at various cultural precincts, notably Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.

If you prefer the bright city lights and being amidst the hustle and bustle, there are numerous shopping malls, museums, dining and entertainment hotspots to choose from. Go to Orchard Road, Clarke Quay or Boat Quay areas for shopping and nightlife.

You will be spoilt for choice when eating out in Singapore with a range of dining options from Peranakan to Chinese, Indian to Malay, fusion and more.

Some tourist attractions include City Tour, Sentosa Island, Singapore Cable Car, Night Safari Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, National Orchid Garden & Botanical Gardens, Marina Bay, Bugis Village and Raffles Hotel.

Airlines stopping in Singapore are Singapore Airlines, Emirates/Qantas

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Hong Kong

6.8 million people live on 1,102 square kilometers in Hong Kong, making it one of the worlds most dynamic cities!

From its earliest days as a British colony, Hong Kong served as a centre of international trade.

Under the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems', Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. Despite its reinventions, Hong Kong’s spirit has never changed. In fact, the same energy and dynamism that turned a group of sleepy fishing villages into a crossroads of international trade is now taking Asia’s world city into the 21st century. Experience that spirit and Hong Kong’s story yourself by exploring the city’s rich culture and heritage.

The main toursit and commercial areas in Hong Kong are Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Northern Territories.

Some tourist attractions include, Harbour Cruise, Star Ferry, The Peak, Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, Avenue of Stars, Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ladies Market, Temple St Night Market, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

Airlines stopping in Hong Kong are Emirates/Qantas, Cathay Pacific Airways

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Other Destinations

Above stopovers via South East Asia are the most popular routings to Australia & New Zealand.

There are of course other routings and stopovers that passengers can choose from,

e.g. Route via North America with stops such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu

Route via South America with stops such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago,

Route via Pacific stopping in Fiji,

Route via South Africa, with stops in Johannesburg, Capetown,

Route via Northern Asia with stops such as Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul

Other possible stops via South East Asia would be Bali, Manila

Most of above other stopover destinations would be based on Round The World tickets.

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