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Qantas to Launch New Direct Service Between Melbourne and Exmouth From April 2023

From April 2023, Qantas will launch first-ever direct service between Melbourne and Exmouth, giving Victorians the opportunity to explore Australia’s Coral Coast, home of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.

Qantas Boeing 737-800NG - Courtesy Qantas

On Friday (October 14, 2022), Qantas announced the launch of new direct service between Melbourne and Exmouth for the first time from April 2023, cutting around three hours off of the existing indirect flight option. Victorians will enjoy direct service to Western Australia’s Coral Coast, home of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. With support from the Western Australian Government, Qantas will offer over 2,500 special fares of $399 to launch the new service. The route will be operated twice weekly from April 30th through October 26, 2023 with a Boeing 737. Coral Coast travelers will also enjoy direct access to the east coast, and seamless onward connectivity to Qantas’ extensive domestic and international network via Melbourne.

In Friday’s announcement, Qantas’ CEO – Domestic and International, Andrew David, said,

“Australian’s have spent the last few years exploring their own backyard more than ever before, and this new route responds to that increased demand, providing our customers with a direct route to one of Australia’s most remote and spectacular destinations. Home to Ningaloo and the Cape Range National Park, the Coral Coast is an unforgettable holiday and now we’ll be able to fly Victorians there direct, cutting the journey length, opening up more time to swim with the whale sharks.

“These flights and discount fares are the perfect excuse for Victorians to escape the winter blues for North West’s Western warmth and laid-back lifestyle during the whale watching season. They’re also great news for tourism operators in the Exmouth region and we’ll work closely with the Western Australian Government to promote the new flights and all that the region has to offer.”

Also commenting on the new Exmouth service, Western Australia’s Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister, Roger Cook, said,

“The State Government is proud to partner with Qantas to make it easier for visitors from Victoria and the east coast to visit Exmouth – officially Australia’s Top Small Tourism Town. We encourage all interstate travellers to Walk On A Dream on Western Australia’s Coral Coast, which will now be more affordable and accessible for visitors to experience the phenomenal Ningaloo Reef, swim with whale sharks, and experience the region’s awesome landscapes.”

Exmouth was named Australia’s top small tourism town at the recent 2022 Australian Tourism Awards held at Parliament House earlier this month. With over 18,000 seats available across the season, Victorian’s can check-off their ‘bucket list’ experience of swimming with Ningaloo Reef’s unique whale sharks.

Source: Qantas


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