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Sydney to Margaret River: Jetstar adds first direct flights in WA boost

Jetstar has announced a massive boost to WA connections, with the first-ever direct service connecting Sydney to Margaret River, one of the west's top tourist regions, ahead of the next Easter holidays.

Jetstar has announced a massive boost to WA connections, with the first-ever direct service connecting Sydney to Margaret River, one of the west’s top tourist regions, ahead of the next Easter holidays.

Beginning March 26, 2024, the three-per-week Sydney to Margaret River service will carry more than 50,000 customers between Sydney and the world-renowned wine and surf region each year, making a West Coast visit more accessible than ever for domestic and international tourists.

Operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, the first flight will take off just days before Easter and the second anniversary of Jetstar’s inaugural flight from Melbourne to Busselton Margaret River in April 2022.

Jetstar Group CEO Stephanie Tully said Jetstar will be the only commercial airline offering direct flights between the East Coast and Busselton Margaret River. “Holidaymakers from Sydney will be able to fly direct to Margaret River in about five hours for as low as $109 one way, making the region far more accessible for domestic and international tourists from the harbour city.

jetstar stephanie tully
Jetstar Group CEO Stephanie Tully.

“Our flights from Melbourne have already been incredibly popular, and once our Sydney flights launch, we’ll be carrying well over 100 thousand customers to and from this captivating region annually.

Meanwhile, WA Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism Rita Saffioti, said the WA Government was excited to see another direct link into a WA tourism hotspot.

“We’re really proud to be supporting this new direct flight, making it easier for people in the eastern states to get to our world-class South West region and enjoy all it has to offer.

“Direct flights form a really important part of our tourism strategy, as it brings more visitors into our State, injects valuable tourism dollars into our local economy and, of course, supports local jobs and businesses,” said Ms Saffioti.

Fraser Gallop Winery, Margaret River Wine Region ©Tourism Western Australia
Fraser Gallop Winery, Margaret River Wine Region ©Tourism Western Australia

City of Busselton Mayor Phill Cronin said the news couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

“We are thrilled to offer visitors from Sydney a convenient and efficient way to explore our wineries, beaches, and scenic landscapes of the Margaret River region. We thank Jetstar and Tourism Western Australia for their commitment to our region.”

Getting there

From March 26 2024, flight JQ898 will depart from Sydney on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1110 and arrive in Busselton at 1310.

Flight JQ899 will depart from Busselton Margaret River to Sydney on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1355 and arrive in Sydney at 2100.

Note: Tuesday flights will switch to Monday starting April 1 2024.

Render of Jetstar B787 with refreshed livery in sky
A render of Jetstar’s 787 Dreamliner with refreshed livery

It’s been a busy time for Jetstar announcements this week, with new upgrades and destinations for its Dreamliner fleet announced, alongside new flights from Sydney to Hervey Bay in Queensland and Japan’s food capital, Osaka.

Jetstar is having a 12-hour sale from 11 am AEDT to celebrate the new service, with one-way fares from Sydney to Busselton Margaret River from only $109.

For more info, head to jetstar.com