Cheap flights to Queensland you can book in 2021

Everything you need to know about booking flights to the Sunshine State.

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From the golden beaches, high-rise accommodation, theme parks packed with thrilling rides, serene natural landscape and blue skies all year round, you really can see and experience it all in Queensland. Here's everything you need to know about flying to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Cairns and Townsville.

See the latest flight deals to Queensland that are available to book right now

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New South Wales flights from $69 each way

Verified 5 days ago Expires 26 Oct 2021
Available on select flight dates from October 2021 - June 2022. Destinations include Newcastle, Ballina, Merimbula, Orange and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney with Jetstar.
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Up to 50% off Australia-wide flights

Expires 29 Nov 2021
Available on select flights in 2021 to Gold Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Canberra, Alice Springs and more.
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Up to 50% off domestic flights

Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on flights from October - November 2021. Destinations include Hamilton Island, Cairns, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
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Australia-wide flights from $39 each way with Jetstar

Verified 2 days ago Expires 17 Oct 2021
Available on select travel dates from November 2021 - June 2022 to destinations including Perth, Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Gold Coast with Rex Airlines.
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Australia-wide flights from $60 return

Verified 4 days ago Expires 26 Oct 2021
Available on flights until December 2021 to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Launceston and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.
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Qantas sale: Domestic flights from $199 each way

Verified 3 days ago Expires 17 Oct 2021
Available on select flights from January – October 2022. Destinations include Darwin, Cairns and Townsville.
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Australia-wide flights from $80 each way

Verified 5 days ago Expires 26 Oct 2021
Available on flights from November 2021 - February 2022 to Darwin, Hobart, Canberra, Adelaide, Cairns, Perth and more. Sample fare is Brisbane-Sydney with Jetstar.
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Alice Springs flights from $175 each way

Expires 19 Oct 2021
Available on flights until June 2022 departing from Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and more. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Qantas.
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Flights to Sydney from $69 each way

Expires 19 Oct 2021
Available on flights until June 2022. Sample fare departs from Melbourne with Jetstar. Other flights depart from Perth, Brisbane and more.
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Gold Coast flights from $53 each way

Expires 19 Oct 2021
Available until June 2022 on flights departing from Melbourne, Adelaide and more. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.
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Queensland flights from $55 each way

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on flights until March 2022 to destinations including Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Whitsundays, Brisbane, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Gold Coast with Jetstar and Sydney-Gold Coast with Rex Airlines.
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Hobart flights from $56 each way

Expires 19 Nov 2021
Available on flights from September 2021 - March 2022. Sample fare departs from Melbourne with Jetstar. Other flights depart from Sydney, Brisbane and more.

How much are flights to Queensland?

The further north you go up the coast of Queensland, the more you will pay for flights. From destinations around Australia, you can expect to pay between $200 and $600 for domestic flights to Queensland depending on the time of year you're travelling. Jetstar and hold frequent flight sales, with deals to the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Queensland?

The cheapest time to fly to Queensland is in February and May. If you want to avoid the crowds that come along with travelling during peak season and extreme hot weather, you're in luck with these months being the cheapest to travel during. In February, you'll see blue skies and weather that is ideal for visiting theme parks, hiking and water activities. In most Australian states, the school holidays are over and there aren't as many people flocking to the beach and popular attractions around the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

In May, you'll experience milder weather, but as a result, fewer people will be around. Who doesn't love being at the front of the line at theme parks? If you're heading to the north of Queensland, May provides great weather for land and sea adventures, but you may see an inflation in accommodation and transport hire. Skyscanner data shows that flying to Townsville from Melbourne is cheapest in November, so if you love a buzzing atmosphere, warm nights and the sun glistening over the ocean, book your flights for the second last month of the year.

How far in advance should I book flights to Queensland?

If you know the exact dates you want to travel, it is best to book your flights four to seven weeks in advance. Booking last-minute flights to Queensland is not recommended as there tends to be a significant spike in price.

More frequently asked questions about flights to Queensland

How long does it take to fly to Queensland?

If you're flying from Sydney to:

  • Brisbane: 1 hour, 30 minutes direct
  • Cairns: 2 hours, 55 minutes direct
  • Gold Coast: 1 hour, 20 minutes direct
  • Townsville: 2 hours, 40 minutes direct

If you're flying from Melbourne to:

  • Brisbane: 2 hours, 10 minutes direct
  • Cairns: 3 hours, 10 minutes direct
  • Gold Coast: 2 hours direct
  • Townsville: 3 hours direct

If you're flying from Perth to:

  • Brisbane: 4 hours, 10 minutes direct
  • Cairns: 4 hours, 10 minutes direct
  • Gold Coast: 4 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Townsville: 7 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover

If you're flying from Adelaide to:

  • Brisbane: 2 hours, 20 minutes direct
  • Cairns: 3 hours direct
  • Gold Coast: 2 hours, 20 minutes direct
  • Townsville: 5 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover

Which airlines fly to Queensland

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia all service direct domestic flights across Queensland. Virgin Australia offers flights to more regional airports in Queensland, but you will have to make a stopover along the way. No airlines offer direct flights from Perth or Adelaide to Townsville, but you can get a connecting flight, with Brisbane being the most common stopover location.

  • Jetstar: Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Whitsundays
  • Qantas: Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Mackay, Sunshine Coast and Townsville
  • Virgin Australia: Brisbane, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Hervey Bay, Mackay, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast and Townsville

Where are the airports in Queensland?

How long does it take to get to the airport in Queensland?
Queensland has many airports located around the state, so you'll never have to travel too far to get to and from where you're staying from the airport. This is approximately how far the city centre is from the airport, but take into consideration traffic and road work.
  • Brisbane Airport: 20 minutes (14.3 kilometres)
  • Cairns Airport: 9 minutes (5.9 kilometres)
  • Gold Coast Airport: 33 minutes (29.5 kilometres) from Surfers Paradise
  • Townsville Airport: 10 minutes (6.5 kilometres)

When booking your accommodation, see if an airport shuttle service is offered, as this can save time and money. You'll find car hire kiosks for companies including Avis, Budget and Europcar in airports across Queensland. Alternatively, head to the rideshare drop-off and pick-up area to get an Uber from the airport. If you have an early flight, some rideshare companies let you to request a ride well in advance so you don't have to risk missing your flight.

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