QantasLink adds Kangaroo Island to the schedule
Starting in December, there will never have been a better time to visit Kangaroo Island.
Starting on 4 December 2017, Qantas will add Kangaroo Island to its domestic flight network with the commencement of QantasLink flights to this ever-popular destination. It's expected to be a significant boon for tourism in this famous food 'n wine 'n wildlife spot, making it significantly easier for overseas visitors to find their way to the island for shorter trips, as one more stop on their Australian adventures.
However, it might be even better for Australians who want a quick and affordable domestic getaway. In the words of QantasLink CEO John Gissing, they look forward to encouraging "travellers to explore all that Kangaroo Island has to offer" with this route providing "a new opportunity for our 11 million frequent flyers to use their points.”
After all, domestic flights are a relatively easy way to use Qantas points, and Kangaroo Island is one of the most popular tourist spots in Australia. This, and the delight of having the flying kangaroo finally run trips to its namesake island, means QantasLink and Kangaroo Island really is a match made in heaven.
To give you a sense of just how convenient this is, launch fares are available from $99 or 8,000 Qantas points from Adelaide or $199 or 12,000 from Melbourne. Various Qantas rewards card signup bonuses by themselves will often be more than enough to get return flights for two out of Melbourne, before you even start accruing more points.
Combine that with the wealth of hotels on the island which accept Qantas Frequent Flyer points, and you're looking at an excellent way to spend time and points, without spending too much money.
Utilising the QantasLink Dash 8 fleet, consisting of 50-seat Q300s and 74-seat Q400s, this service will carry about 20,000 seats to Kangaroo Island each year. Flights will depart Adelaide three times a week all year around, and five times a week during the summer tourist season.
Starting a little bit later, on 17 December this year, QantasLink will also try out thrice-weekly flights from Melbourne, scheduled to run throughout the peak holiday season until the end of January.
|Flight number||Days of week||Route||Depart||Arrive||Aircraft|
|QF2142||Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun||Adelaide to Kangaroo Island||10.40am||11.15am||Q300|
|QF2143||Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun||Kangaroo Island to Adelaide||11.45am||12.20pm||Q300|
|Melbourne to Kangaroo Island||11.35am|
|Kangaroo Island to Melbourne||1.45pm|
The island's outstanding combination of wildlife, relaxation, adventure activities, sight-seeing, fine dining (and even finer wine) means it's definitely one of Australia's must-sees. Starting in December 2017, it'll be accurate to say that there really has never been a better time to visit Kangaroo Island.