Yes you have to get off the plane and I wouldn't leave anything on the plane as its cleaned when its in MEL so chances are its going to be removed if left.
Its a fairly short walk to security where your bags/yourself are screened before going through to the departure gate.
Thanks for that ne_quine. I had wondered about buying duty free booze at Dubai but if we have to take it off plane in MEL and go through security, I suppose i that will be a no -no
You can still buy your duty free alcohol in Dubai. After you purchase, you take it to a 'packing station' or some such name where it is bubble wrapped and placed into secure box/carton. This is then delivered to the plane and you will collect it in Auckland.
Thanks, "I luv to travel" and greetings from Bonnie Scotland
Melbourne to Brisbane is a domestic flight. You will clear customs and immigration and get your luggage in Melbourne then go over to the domestic terminal (same building) to check in for the flight to Brisbane.
The good news is that there are no liquid restrictions on Australian domestic flights so if you can get your DF delivered to you in Melbourne you can then carry it onboard to go to Brisbane.
many thanks evamelb. I only hope immigration is quicker there than Brisbane otherwise we won't make our connection but I can see there are plenty of flights between the cities and hopefully there will be room on the next one
CatmoDublin, who are you flying with from Melbourne to Brisbane? If its either Virgin or QANTAS, then their terminals are within walking distance of the International terminal. If it is Tiger, then you may be pushing it for time as their terminal is a little further away and you need to be at the gate at least 45 minutes before boarding time.
Also worth noting that if you are on a single ticket with either Virgin or Qantas and you miss your flight, there are regular flights out of MEL to BNE and they will put you on the next available one which should be within the hour.