Virgin Australia has partnered with the Queensland government to encourage Queenslanders to take a holiday in their home state before the end of the year.
Under the new partnership, economy fares connecting Brisbane and a number of key Queensland holiday destinations, including Cairns, Whitsunday Coast, Hamilton Island and Townsville, will be on offer from just $75 one way.
Discounted fares will be available from 18 October to 31 October for travel up to 12 December 2021, unless sold out prior.
The sale forms one part of the Queensland government’s $8 million tourism campaign ‘Great Queensland Getaway’, designed to push Queensland residents to holiday close to home ahead of the Christmas season.
Under the campaign, Queenslanders will also be offered discounts on accommodation and tourist experiences of up to 50 per cent.
“Virgin Australia is proud to be partnering with the Queensland government on the ‘Great Queensland Getaway’ to do our bit to help Queensland families take off on a well-deserved holiday,” Virgin’s chief transformation officer Alistair Hartley said.
“This is a great opportunity for Queenslanders to see parts of this beautiful state that they might not have had the chance to visit in a while,” Hartley added.
It comes as the Queensland government on Monday revealed that both the state’s domestic and international borders will reopen by Christmas – pending Queensland’s vaccination rates.
It will see the Sunshine State ease the hard border it has kept with both Victoria and NSW since the beginning of the east coast’s Delta strain outbreak for the first time in nearly four months.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland’s tough border restrictions will be eased once the state reaches its 70 per cent double vaccination rate, which is expected by 19 November.
At 70 per cent, fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter Queensland from COVID-19 hotspots, including Sydney and Melbourne, by air only. They will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel and enter mandatory 14 days home quarantine.
Restrictions will be eased further once the state reaches its 80 per cent double vaccination target, which is expected to be reached by 17 December, and will eliminate the need to undergo quarantine.
From that date, fully vaccinated travellers from interstate hotspots can travel into Queensland by air or road without entering hotel or home quarantine, however, must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.
Meanwhile, from 17 December, double-jabbed Australian citizens and residents will once again be welcomed into Queensland from overseas, however will be required to quarantine at home. International travellers will also be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel.
“That is good news for families to be reunited for Christmas,” Palaszczuk said.