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‘Tantalising deals’: fly south to a winter wonderland

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‘Tantalising deals’: fly south to a winter wonderland


Fly south: how Coast travellers can save big on airfares to winter wonderlands

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That family holiday to the snow you’ve always dreamed about or the chance to savour a full-bodied shiraz by a cosy Barossa Valley fireplace could be closer than you think.

Sunshine Coasters already sick of hibernating can choose one of seven winter wonderlands to explore for a lot less than usual.

Virgin Australia has kicked off a 72-hour flash sale, with more than 100,000 seats up for grabs.

Airfares to and from the Sunshine Coast start from $65 from today (July 4) until midnight on July 6, unless sold out earlier.

The sale also means travellers from all over Australia have a great excuse to “seek the sunshine” and pack a welcome boost for our own tourism operators.

Virgin Australia Group chief commercial officer Dave Emerson said the airline was  constantly looking to deliver great experiences and offer value to travellers to leading destinations such as the Sunshine Coast.

Virgin Australia flight attendants kick their shoes off at Noosa Main Beach.

“As a Queensland-based business, the Sunshine Coast is an important destination within the heartland of Virgin Australia,” he said.

“Virgin Australia is focused on delivering some of the best value fares in the market and with over 100,000 seats on sale across thousands of Virgin Australia flights, we know travellers will be quick to snap up a flight to the Sunshine Coast.

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“Virgin Australia is proud to be the single airline servicing the highest number of flights into the Sunshine Coast and it remains one of the leading leisure destinations in our network.”

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel said that with our southern neighbours deep in winter, now was the perfect time to inspire travellers to book a Sunshine Coast escape.

“There’s nothing like a tantalising deal to get travellers to ditch the cold for our sandy shores this winter,” he said.

Moffat Brewing Co can’t wait to welcome travellers taking advantage of low airfares. Picture: Visit Sunshine Coast

“From swimming with humpback whales in the wild, to tackling our mountain bike trails and exploring our craft brewery scene, there’s a lot to love about a winter holiday here.

“We are thrilled to partner with Virgin Australia on this campaign to inspire travellers from our key interstate markets to visit, especially as they provide a much-welcome boost for local tourism operators during our winter months.”

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie said it was great to be partnering with Virgin Australia to encourage travellers from across Australia to visit the region.

“Virgin Australia’s 72-hour sale comes at a fantastic time when our friends in the southern states can escape to warmer weather,” he said.

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“With direct services from major cities into the Sunshine Coast, and connections from other major cities through these airports, I would encourage our southern friends and those further abroad to take advantage of these amazing one-way fares.

“In May this year, Virgin Australia brought close to half of all passengers – the most of any airline – in and out of our airport.

“With these compelling fares starting from just $65 one-way (Lite fare, from Sydney), travellers can enjoy all of the amazing beaches, walks, food and beverage scenes our wider region has to offer.”

Sunshine Coast travellers can reflect on an Adelaide getaway this winter. Picture: Shutterstock

One-way economy-fare highlights include:

• Sydney-Sunshine Coast/Sunshine Coast-Sydney from $65
• Melbourne-Sunshine Coast/Sunshine Coast-Melbourne from $109
• Adelaide-Sunshine Coast/Sunshine Coast-Adelaide from $149
• Canberra-Sunshine Coast/Sunshine Coast-Canberra from $139
• Launceston-Sunshine Coast/Sunshine Coast-Launceston from $139
• Hobart-Sunshine Coast/Sunshine Coast-Hobart from $149
• Perth-Sunshine Coast/Sunshine Coast-Perth from $239.

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