How to take advantage of the half price flights in Australia 2021?

Most of us have heard that the Australian Government is providing 50% subsidies for Domestic Air Travel within Australia, accessible from April 1st 2021.

Approximately 46,000 half-price air fares will be on sale weekly via Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar, available for booking from April 1st until 31 July 2021 for Australian domestic travel between 1st May until 30th September.

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What’s the catch?

There are some details you need to know.

Approximately 800,000 half price flights in Australia, will be available for purchase, as part of a $1.2 billion package to support tourism by the Australian Government.

The subsidised flights are designed to encourage Australians to take interstate holidays at a time when the international borders are closed.

The government says the success of this program will depend on the interstate borders not closing, in response to potential future COVID outbreaks.

But as we have previously seen with COVID, there is no guarantee.

How is it going to work?

The current discounted flights are to be noted as a starting list and additional locations may be added, depending on the success of the tourism package.

How to access the half price flights?

Here are the 13 tourist destinations below, which the government has chosen as areas which rely heavily on tourism.

If you’re deciding which destination would suit you best, see the snippets below to assist in where to head on your Australian holiday.

Flights will be advertised at the end of March 2021.

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The Gold Coast

If you haven’t been to the Gold Coast due to the crowds and highrise buildings, have you considered that 2021 will be on the quieter side?

If you’re into an easy holiday by a pool or ocean and some nice restaurants for dinner, the Gold Coast may be perfect for your 2021 getaway.

Current Gold Coast hotel deals

Half price flights in Australia. Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast, Australia


Cairns is the gateway to Great Barrier Reef, and not far from Palm Cove, Port Douglas and The Daintree Rainforest. The tropics in far north QLD may be perfect for your 2021 getaway.

Hotel Deals Cairns

Hotel Deals Port Douglas

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Half price flights in Australia. Cairns.
Cairns, Australia


The Whitsundays have always seemed a bit inaccessible, as costs usually add up for additional flights, transfers and resort costs. 

If you access the half price flights, 2021 could be the year you head for an island getaway to The Whitsundays.

Current resort deals Whitsundays.

Half price flights in Australia. Whitehaven Beach.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Australia
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The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast, with its quieter, stunning beaches and nearby hinterland is perfect for a family holiday.  Wildlife, long stretches of beach and a sub tropical climate make it a relaxing getaway destination.

Current Sunshine Coast hotel deals

Sunshine Coast, Australia

The Lasseter region (includes Uluru)

If you’re anything like me, Central Australia has always been on your bucket list for “one day”.

What better time than when there are half price flights in Australia, to keep the costs down and enjoy the stunning, historical experience of Uluru and surrounds.

Hotel deals Central Australia

Half price flights in Australia. Central Australia.
Central Australia

Alice Springs

Flying to Alice Springs could be a 2021 adventure, to really experience the nearby desert, iconic swimming spots and expand your knowledge of Australian history.

Current hotel deals in Alice Springs

Half price flights in Australia. Alice Springs.
Alice Springs, Australia

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Launceston, Devonport, Burnie and Hobart (Tasmania)

If your idea of a holiday is incredible food produce, wine and colder climates for hiking and breweries, 2021 could be your time to really experience Tasmania.

Whether it be to visit a lesser known town or do the full Tassie road trip lap, beginning or ending in Launceston or Devonport is ideal if the flights are cheaper.

Current hotel deals Tasmania

Half price flights in Australia. Launceston.
Launceston, Australia


Broome has always been expensive to get to due to to being located on the far north west of Australia.

Take advantage of the half price flights in Australia, to finally have your holiday in Broome or Cable Beach!

Current hotel deals Broome

Broome on a travel budget.

Cable Beach, Broome.
Cable Beach, Broome, Australia


Avalon airport is the only destination in Victoria currently listed for the cheaper flights in 2021.

Situated between Melbourne and Geelong, flying to Avalon could be the perfect way to see The Great Ocean Road in south Victoria, or a getaway in Melbourne for a city style holiday.

Current Accommodation deals Great Ocean Road

Current Hotel deals Melbourne

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia


Merimbula and the surrounding areas of the Sapphire Coast are perfect for a memorable, colder climate (if travelling in the winter months) holiday.

Pristine beaches, and the relaxed surf and wildlife culture are ideal for families and road trippers.

Current accommodation deals in Merimbula

Merimbula, Australia.
Merimbula, Australia

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is also the ideal holiday location for those interested in nature reserves, wildlife, colder climates and coastal hikes. 

Situated off the southern coast of South Australia, saving money by flying half price could be the perfect reason to visit this southern island destination.

Current accommodation deals on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, Australia.
Kangaroo Island, Australia


Whether it be Melbourne to Sydney or Brisbane flights, or the less frequent flight paths of Perth to Broome, Townsville to Brisbane flights or flying to Kangaroo Island, these half price flights should be made the most of in 2021, to keep costs down and experience a well deserved holiday.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences of these half price flights in Australia below 🙂

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