Known for its 'green' industries, software companies and the iconic Space Needle, Seattleites don't mind being seen as different to the rest of their countryfolk. This is a source of pride. Cycling is big here, sustainability in general is bigger. Despite the weather, people relish getting into the outdoors. Its reputation as a rainy city is perpetuated by its significant number of overcast days – yes, it does rain a lot but there are many other cities that are technically wetter. Try to come in July and August for the clearest skies.
Seattle has 3 main areas, each with several neighbourhoods: Downtown and surrounds; north of Lake Washington Ship Canal; South of Downtown and the I-90. If your time is limited, Downtown and surrounds include some of the city's key attractions:
- Pike Place Market – find fabulous food, flowers and buskers here
- Seattle Aquarium – on the waterfront near a hub of seafood-serving restaurants
- Seattle Art Museum – open Tuesday to Sunday, with an excellent permanent collection of about 23,000 objects and touring international exhibitions
- Retail therapy – can be found at numerous independent boutiques and major shopping centres Westlake Centre and Pacific Place.
Looking for more than just a flight? A Seattle holiday package includes flights, accommodation, and often other extras like tours or car hire. View our Seattle packages.
Seattle Airport (SEA)
Flights from Australia to Seattle will disembark at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is located just over 23 km from Seattle and is a major hub for Alaskan Airlines. The airport is the 17th busiest in the Unites States.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Book your Seattle Airport accommodation.
Getting to Seattle
There are many airlines that offer flights to Seattle from Australia that involve a stopover in a third destination. Flights from Sydney via Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu or Vancouver take between 18 and 20 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Melbourne via Los Angeles take between 21 and 24 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Los Angeles take 20 hours. Flights from Perth via Sydney and Los Angeles take 25 hours and 10 minutes.
Airlines that fly to Seattle
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Seattle from Australia include:
For more information on Seattle holidays check out our Seattle travel guide.