Flights are on us! Tour operators to fund 10,000 return flights to Cairns

Flights are on us! Tour operators to fund 10,000 return flights to Cairns

In an Australian first, the Cairns Aquarium and a collective of tourism providers have announced plans to fund 10,000 return economy airline tickets worth over $3 million as part of its
plans to showcase the best of Tropical North Queensland to Australian holiday makers.

The “Explore Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef” initiative has been unveiled in Cairns today after months of planning. The flights have been made possible through a collaboration of the city’s key tourism operators, attractions and hotels which includes: Cairns Aquarium, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Rail, Down Under Cruise & Dive, Billy Tea Safaris, Dundees Restaurant, Novotel Oasis Resort and Virgin Australia.

The “Flights are on us” offering is part of a major tourism drive to grow Tropical North Queensland as one of Australia’s most visited and loved holiday destinations.

Airline tickets funded by the tourism operators will be spread out among three departure cities, Melbourne to Cairns, Sydney to Cairns and Brisbane to Cairns.

There are also specific travel dates:

  • Travel period 1 09 MAY 2023 -22 JUN 2023
  • Travel period 2 11 OCT 2023 -14 DEC 2023
  • Travel period 3 16 JAN 2024 -15 FEB 2024


How does it work?

Travellers keen to travel to Cairns need to visit to fill out the online booking form.

Travellers who purchase the “Explore Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef” 5-Day, 4-night, all-inclusive travel package for 2 Adults will receive return Virgin Australia flights in economy from Melbourne to Cairns, Sydney to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns.

The “Explore Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef” campaign has been designed to provide holiday makers with an incredible jam-packed adventure to experience the best of the reef, rainforest, outback, major nature attractions, guided tours and even a unique aquatic dining experience.

Stingray feeding at Cairns Aquarium.

The package includes 4 nights stay at the 4.5-star Novotel Oasis resort with breakfast buffet included daily.

Package Details -$1499 per person (Twin share)

  • Day 1 – Arrival. Time at Leisure. Aquarium by Twilight guided tour and 3 course Chef prepared dinner.
  • Day 2 – Full Day Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Rail experience.
  • Day 3 – Full Day Great Barrier Reef Scuba diving and snorkelling experience.
  • Day 4 – Full Day Billy Tea Safari Cape Tribulation luxury 4WD experience or Outback Queensland luxury
    4WD experience.
  • Day 5 – Time at Leisure. Depart Cairns.

Visitor numbers to Cairns have surged since January 2022 to near record levels. In 2022, over 2.5 million visitors passed through the Cairns Airport, many experiencing Cairns for the very first time.

The City’s key tourism operators are keen to ensure that even more Australians have access to the northern city as the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest.

With ever increasing costs affecting day to day living, these tourism operator funded return flights will come as a welcome relief to many couples planning their next getaway and looking for an unbeatable deal.

Those who have not been to Cairns before will find a relaxed city quite unlike anything else in Australia.

Surrounded by lush greenery, new hotels, world class attractions, nature-based experiences and perfect day time and evening temperatures, this is going to be an experience of tropical Australia people will remember and talk about for years to come.

The holiday package contains the very best in hotel accommodation, superb meals and incredible nature-based experiences.

To purchase an “Explore Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef” package and receive return airline tickets to Cairns, holiday makers should email or go to for more details.

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