Here’s How To Get Your Hands On The Government’s 800,000 Half Price Flights

By Morgan Reardon
1st Apr 2021

the outline of a line of camels walking the beach at Broome at sunset.

When we dropped the news a few weeks ago that the government was doing us all a solid and delivering a $1.2 billion tourism boost with 800,000 domestic flights slashed in half—we were all understandably high on life. 

Well, the time has finally come with the first round of ultra cheap fares—around 46,000 tickets to be precise—going on sale today.

The flights, which are spread between Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin, cover around 15 stunning destinations including: Gold Coast, Cairns, The Whitsundays and Mackay region in Queensland. Lasseter (Uluru) and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Launceston, Devonport and Burnie in Tasmania, as well as Merimbula (NSW), Kangaroo Island (SA), Avalon (VIC) and Broome (WA). And that’s just the beginning. 

Flights are going for as little as $32 and are available via each of the airline’s websites from midnight 1 April. 

Some of the cracking deals we’ve spotted so far are:

Half Price Jetstar Flights 

  • Sydney to Hobart—$52
  • Brisbane to Uluru—$92
  • Sydney to Whitsundays—$64
  • Melbourne to Gold Coast—$49
  • Perth to Cairns—$108
  • Sydney to Sunshine Coast—$53

Half Price Virgin Flights (includes baggage and seat selection)

  • Gold Coast to Adelaide—$90
  • Melbourne to Launceston—$55
  • Brisbane to Darwin—$140
  • Adelaide to Melbourne—$59
  • Sydney to Gold Coast—$60
  • Hamilton Island to Melbourne—$103

Half Price Qantas Flights (includes baggage and seat selection)

  • Sydney to Adelaide—$108
  • Perth to Darwin—$200
  • Melbourne to Merimbula—$95
  • Sydney to Hobart—$102
  • Brisbane to Broome—$285
  • Perth to Alice Springs—$228

If you do miss out, never fear, as it’s thought the 800,000 tickets will be released in batches until the end of July—or until sold out. 

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Image credit: Tourism WA

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