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Sure, the cheapest way to visit Australia is to get Oprah to cover it, but even travelers paying their own way can find plenty of ways to vacation Down Under for less this spring. In fact, a major sale sponsored by Tourism Australia brings together many discount options from airlines, tour companies, and vacation package providers.

Travelers looking for flights should check out Qantas' current sale fares to Sydney, starting at $968 (before taxes and fees) from Los Angeles for travel in May. For more specials on airfare, vacation packages, and even guided tours, the Great Aussie Sale is the place to start your search. Here, you'll find deals like round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and two stops in Australia, plus eight nights' accommodations (four nights each in Sydney and Cairns) plus tours from Liberty Travel starting at $1,979 (before taxes and fees) per person; or discounts on guided tours around Australia from Brendan Vacations, Swain Tours, and other companies.

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