Jetstar’s Sydney Hervey Bay flights take off today!
• The new three-weekly return services between Sydney and Hervey Bay commence today
• Flash sale today with fares on Jetstar.com from $65^
• Sydney to Hervey Bay marks Jetstar’s 57th domestic route, as demand for local travel increases
Wednesday 26 May 2021 - For the first time in 11 years, Sydney travellers will be able to enjoy direct low fares travel to the popular Fraser Coast region with Jetstar’s flight to Hervey Bay taking off today with a full load of customers on board.
The three-per-week service is operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft and will carry up to 50,000 visitors to the region each year, delivering an eight million dollar boost to the Queensland economy.
To celebrate the first flight taking off today, Jetstar is launching a flash sale at 9am AEST with fares from $65^.
Jetstar Group CEO, Gareth Evans, said it was great to offer low fares on the route again.
“Hervey Bay is the fifth new domestic route we’ve launched in the last year with customers and local tourism and hospitality operators benefiting from the great low fares that we bring to the region.
“We’ve seen great demand for our direct service with people chasing the warmer weather and planning trips to see the whales as the migration season starts.
“We now have low fares services connecting 57 routes and 20 destinations across the country and we are really pleased to be able to help more people travel for less and boost local jobs and the economies of the communities we fly to.
”Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari said it would be the first of three direct Jetstar flights each week for the region’s economic recovery plan.
“Sydneysiders looking for a whale-of-a-time are heading north to Hervey Bay to escape winter and experience our region’s breathtaking whale migration,” Mr Tantari said.
“Jetstar’s direct air link from Australia’s biggest capital to Australia’s whale watching capital will support 67 local jobs and contribute $8 million to Hervey Bay’s economic recovery.
“Direct flights from Sydney are great news for Hervey Bay’s whale watching boats, accommodation providers and local restaurants and cafes.
“It’s now possible to swap Sydney road congestion for the magic of Hervey Bay’s majestic whale highway in under two hours.
“There’s so much to explore on the Fraser Coast region - from the world’s largest sand island to the home of Mary Poppins at historic Maryborough - that our Sydney visitors won’t want to go home.”
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said a welcome was planned on the tarmac for passengers arriving on the first direct flight.
“On board will be a team of travel writers eager to tell the rest of Australia about the world-class tourism experiences on the Fraser Coast,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Fraser Coast tourism operators to show the best of their region to holidaymakers across the country.
“Jetstar’s direct Sydney to Hervey Bay air route is made possible by the Palaszczuk Government’s Airline Recovery Fund and our close partnership with Fraser Coast Tourism and Events.”
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the Fraser Coast had built itself to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in Queensland, and the new air services would provide a significant boost to the region’s tourism industry.
“There are not many places in Australia where you can step off a plane after a 90 minute flight from Sydney to a reef, wilderness or whales experience at your doorstep,” he said.
“These new direct flights to and from Sydney will help our region as we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is a great benefit for Fraser Coast residents to have such a fast, direct and affordable connection to the cultural, sporting and business opportunities offered by Australia’s largest city.”
Fraser Coast Tourism & Events general manager Martin Simons said the direct Sydney flights opened up amazing tourism experiences, perfect for people seeking a getaway from day-to-day big city life.
“The Fraser Coast region, home to World Heritage Listed K’gari-Fraser Island and nearby Lady Elliot Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef, has kilometres of unspoilt beaches, walking tracks through rain forest, crystal clear freshwater lakes and amazing reef diving and marine adventures – all in a place where it is possible to spread out, relax and enjoy the solitude of nature”.
^Sale ends 11.59pm AEST Wednesday 26 May 2021, unless sold out prior. Prices based on payment by POLi, Jetstar voucher, Jetstar Gift Card, Jetstar credit cards, or where the total flights booking is redeemed in Qantas Points Plus Pay through jetstar.com. For other payment options, a Payment Fee applies. See jetstar.com/fees. Fares are one-way. Limited changes are permitted, charges may apply. No fees apply if you are entitled to a refund or alternative flight under the Australian Consumer Law or Conditions of Carriage. Availability is limited. Checked baggage not included. All travel is subject to the Jetstar Conditions of Carriage. See jetstar.com for more details.