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Cheap flights to the Sunshine Coast (MCY) for 2022

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CanberIf you're eyeing a holiday to the Sunshine Coast that's within your budget, we've got our ear to the ground for you on the cheapest flights around. The Sunshine Coast is filled with picturesque beach spots, resorts perfect for families and action-packed locations in the surrounding areas.

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Today's Sunshine Coast flight deals:

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Virgin Australia

Domestic flights from $69 each way


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Cheap Flights

Australia-wide flights from $69 return


TL;DR: Sunshine Coast flights

Sunshine Coast's airport:
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)

Get the best price:
May to July

Frequently asked questions about flights to the Sunshine Coast

How much does it cost to fly to the Sunshine Coast?

Competition keeps the price of Sunshine Coast flights fairly consistent throughout the year. From Sydney you can find cheap flights to the Sunshine Coast for as low as $100 direct return. Melbourne to Sunshine Coast flights can be found from $170 direct return. Jetstar is the cheapest airline for both routes.

Jetstar is the only airline flying direct from Adelaide from around $135. These cheap fares are often featured in flight sales.

When is the cheapest time to fly to the Sunshine Coast?

May to July is the cheapest time to fly with May being the cheapest month. According to Cheapflights, Wednesday is the cheapest day on average to fly and you'll find the cheapest flights departing in the morning.

The summer period from November to January is the most expensive time to fly. Overall, we think October to November offers the best weather for visiting the Sunshine Coast.

Cheapest months to fly:

May to July

Priciest months to fly:

November to January

How long does it take to fly to the Sunshine Coast?

We've listed the approximate fastest direct time for flights to the Sunshine Coast or the approximate fastest connecting flight where a direct flight isn't available.

  • Adelaide: 2 hours, 20 minutes direct
  • Canberra: 1 hour, 55 minutes direct
  • Darwin: 8 hours, 30 minutes with a stopover
  • Hobart: 5 hours with a stopover
  • Melbourne: 2 hours, 17 minutes direct
  • Perth: 6 hours, 50 minutes with a stopover
  • Sydney: 1 hour, 35 minutes direct

Which airlines fly direct to the Sunshine Coast?

What's the best airline to fly to the Sunshine Coast?

  • Best for price: Jestar is most often the cheapest airline flying to the Sunshine Coast.
  • Best for extra inclusions: Qantas is the only true full-service airline flying to the Sunshine Coast from within Australia. Seat selection, refreshments and 23kg checked baggage are included in the cost of your fare.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: Both Virgin (Velocity Frequent Flyer) and Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer) offer points when flying to the Sunshine Coast. Some Jetstar flights are also eligible to collect Qantas Points.

How many points do I need to fly to the Sunshine Coast?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Adelaide19,200Not available
Alice Springs36,000Not available
Brisbane24,000Not available
Cairns36,000Not available
Darwin40,600Not available
Gold Coast24,000Not available
Perth40,600Not available

Want to earn a free flight to Sunshine Coast?

These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) from major cities across Australia.

NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

Up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points
Discounted $295 first year annual fee

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply


American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

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How far in advance should I book my flights to the Sunshine Coast?

KAYAK's Sunshine Coast pricing data advises that you book your flights to the Sunshine Coast 4 weeks (at least) ahead of your departure date to get a below-average price.

Where is the airport on the Sunshine Coast?

Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) is approximately 13 minutes (11km) by car from Maroochydore, located on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. If you're staying in Noosa Heads, it's 30 minutes (28km) north by car.

There is no metropolitan train network on the Sunshine Coast, so you'll need a car if you're planning to travel further up the coast without relying on buses or taxis. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are located in the arrivals hall of the terminal. It's recommended that you pre-book your car. On-demand ride hire service Uber is also available on the Sunshine Coast.

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