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Cheap flights to Queensland you can book in 2020

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.

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Virgin Australia sale: Australia-wide flights from $89 each way

Available for flights on select dates from November 2020 - September 2021. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney. Destinations include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Launceston, Cairns, Mackay, Adelaide, Hobart, Newcastle, Perth, Townsville, Broome and more. T&Cs apply.

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Australia-wide flights from $51 each way

Available on select flights until February 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Broome, Melbourne and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina with Jetstar.

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Qantas Airways: Domestic flights from $113 each way

Available on select dates until December 2020 to Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Cairns and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast. T&Cs apply.

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Brisbane flights from $72 each way

Available on select dates until March 2021. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.

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Australia-wide flights from $55 each way

Available on flights from November 2020 - February 2021. Destinations include Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne and more. Sample fare is Adelaide-Avalon with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.

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Australia-wide flights from $138 each way with Qantas Airways

Available on flights until December 2020, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and more. Sample are is Melbourne-Launceston. T&Cs apply.

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Australia-wide flights from $79 with Jetstar

Available on flights until June 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina. Plus get 1 free date change on flights until 15 December 2020. T&Cs apply.

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Gold Coast flights from $63 each way

Available on select dates from November 2020 - March 2021. Sample fare departs from Sydney with Jetstar.

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Cairns flights from $97 each way

Available on select dates from November 2020 - March 2021. Sample fare departs from Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Cairns flights from $219 return

Available on select flights until December 2020 departing from Gold Coast, Sydney, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Brisbane-Cairns with Jetstar.

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Brisbane flights from $168 return

Available on select flights until January 2021 departing Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is Mackay-Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Townsville flights from $123 return

Available on flights until December 2020. Sample fare departs from Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Townsville flights from $175 return

Available on flights in November 2020. Sample fare departs from Brisbane with Jetstar.

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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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