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Sydney has a new direct flight to WA’s Margaret River region

The pristine coastline, tall timber forests and premium wines of the Margaret River region and Australia’s South West are now just a quick flight away.

From 26 March 2024 Sydneysiders and international tourists departing from the harbour city can now catch a direct flight to Busselton Airport in Western Australia. Operated by Jetstar, this is the first direct service between the two tourist hotspots and the route will be flown on an Airbus A320 three times per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with Tuesday flights switching to Monday from 1 April 2024. Flight numbers JQ898 and JQ899 make it possible for 50,000 holidaymakers to fly direct to Margaret River in low-cost seats each year, in around five hours for as little as $135 one way, making the region far more accessible for both long weekend escapes and extended vacations.

vineyard in margaret river
© Adobe Stock

“Supporting more direct connections from domestic and international locations is a key priority for the WA Government and we will continue to encourage more airlines to secure non-stop and direct connections into WA’s regions,” said Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti in a release. “I encourage travellers from the eastern states to book a trip on this convenient new flight to come and explore our breathtaking South West region, which offers culinary coastal adventures, world-class wine, pristine beaches, and towering timber forests.”

Lake Cave, Margaret River in Western Australia
Lake Cave, Margaret River in Western Australia © Adobe Stock

Sale on now

Jetstar is the only airline to offer direct commercial flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Busselton Margaret River, and the launch of the new Sydney route comes just ahead of next month’s second anniversary of Jetstar flying from Melbourne to Busselton Margaret River. To celebrate the launch, Jetstar is having a 12-hour sale from 9am AEDT, with one-way fares between Sydney and Busselton Margaret River priced from $135. The sale ends 9pm AEDT 27 March 2024, unless sold out prior.

Aerial drone perspective of a trail going through Boranup Forest in Margaret River, Perth, Australia.
Aerial drone perspective of a trail going through Boranup Forest in Margaret River, Perth, Australia. © Adobe Stock/Dylan Alcock

Why should the Margaret River region be on your travel radar?

The South West corner of Western Australia is a world-renowned wine region with more than 100 cellar doors and gourmet culinary experiences. Offering accommodations and activities to suit any traveller, from budget to luxury, the region is home to unique flora and fauna, spectacular surf coastlines, dense forests, caves and more. The region is culturally significant: for more than 60,000 years the Margaret River Region has been the home of one of the world’s longest, unbroken human occupations and is the traditional land of the Wadandi (Saltwater) People. Margaret River is Western Australia’s first Ecotourism Australia-certified destination and visitors can find a variety of enriching cultural immersions across the area.

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