Subject: Need advise of air travel to Australia

My wife and I are planning a 3 weeks trip to Australia in March 2005. We are traveling from New York to Sydney (or Melbourne) and plan to fly within Australia to two or three destinations. We heard about the "QANTAS AIRPASS FROM $999" but from NY in March it's about 1,800 per person for flights between Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns etc.

We can get tickets to Sydney and back for about US $1,000 per person


Is there another airline that will compete with Qantas (cheaper)?

Is there another airline that does have a Airpass in Australia

Any suggestions to reduce the travel costs?

Thank you for helping. Reuven, New York