Listen up Melburnians! With direct flights taking off to both the Kimberley and Busselton Margaret River, there has never been a better time than 2020 to discover the natural beauty and untamed wilderness of Western Australia.

With the Jetstar service from Melbourne to Busselton-Margaret River commencing March 2020 and the Kimberley Express service with Alliance Airlines – bookable with Virgin Australia, beginning on May 15, 2020 there really has been no better time than now to explore this stunning land, that we are lucky enough to call home.

From unique wildlife, stunning beaches, and fascinating ancient culture, to award-winning wineries, tall-timber forests and ancient caves.

Western Australia ticks the boxes that will make your soul smile.

 

Get onboard the Kimberley Express

Cruising down the Ord River, near Kununurra.

Alliance Airlines via Virgin Australia is making it even easier for you and your clients to visit the stunning Kimberley region.

The ‘Kimberley Express’ will be operating three flights a week between May and August 2020; aligning perfectly with the dry, or ‘peak’, season, which runs from April to October, with generally warm and comfortable temperatures.

The flights will be departing Melbourne on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and departing Kununurra on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The launch of the direct Melbourne – Kununurra flight will open up access for both domestic and international visitors to this iconic destination.

What’s better, is the flight time is less than five hours, so you can enjoy a glass of wine, get back into that book you’ve been meaning to finish for three years or simply enjoy a little quiet time before the big adventure.

 

Take a trip to the incredible Kimberley

View of the Bungle Bungle Range, located in the heritage listed Purnululu National Park

The Kimberley is one of the world’s last true wilderness areas and the perfect place to visit if you’re craving that blissful sense of freedom and connection with nature.

Visitors can immerse themselves in a range of experiences; from coastal to the outback, with the ancient landscapes a contrast of rugged ranges, stunning gorges, pockets of rainforest, pristine sandy beaches and untouched islands and reefs.

It’s a destination rich with wildlife. Keep your eyes out for birdlife and plant species you won’t find anywhere else on the planet.

Explored by road, by air or by boat, or all three! There is something to suit everyone; with an array accommodation options, day trips and pinch-yourself natural attractions.

The Kimberley is home to some of the world’s most unique sights – including the Bungle Bungle Range in World-Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, which is believed to be 350 million years in the making and the 700,000 acre El Questro; and Lake Argyle – one of the largest freshwater lakes in the Southern Hemisphere and El Questro where you’ll find watering holes Emma Gorge and Zebedee Springs.

If you’re a #vanlife’er, the Kimberley’s iconic Gibb River Road provides an epic 660km road trip from Kununurra to Derby. Be sure to hire a 4WD, as it cuts through some of the most rugged terrains on the planet.

If it’s authentic Aboriginal experiences that you’re hoping to find, the Kimberley has you covered. Take guided tours and discover ancient rock art, try your hand at mud crabbing and spearfishing, and learn about the importance of the country.

With its vibrant red earth and piercing blue sky, the Kimberley really does turn each visitor into an outback explorer.

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Direct flights to the Margaret River region

Couple watching the sunset at Sugarloaf Rock, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

Let’s hear it for JQ!

Jetstar will operate the first-ever commercial airline service between Melbourne and Busselton-Margaret River airport from March 25, 2020.

The three-per-week service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, leaving Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at 8.00 am AEST and arriving at Busselton-Margaret River Airport at 9.05 am WST, before returning to Melbourne at 9.40 am WST.

Located just a 40-minute drive away from Margaret River township to the south and a 40-minute drive to Bunbury to the north, BQB is the perfect gateway to the region, comprising the towns of Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Augusta, and Margaret River.

 

A trip to the Margaret River region

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Busselton

If you love the white, red and rosé, listen up!

The Margaret River Region, recently named as Lonely Planet’s Number 1 Asia Pacific destination to visit in 2020, is one of WA’s nine wine regions. It is internationally recognised as a premium producer of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. It also produces a signature style of wine with a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Margaret River Region is home to more than 215 wine producers, 150 cellar doors and produces around 20 per cent of Australia’s premium wine (3.5% of Australia’s wine).

That’s a lot of wine to try!

Alongside the wineries, there are many fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and an abundance of fresh produce. You’ll find berries, stone fruit, apples, venison, beef, poultry, seafood, cheeses, venison, marron and chocolate.

After enjoying all the delicious treats, take a scenic drive through the tall-tree forests of the Boranup Karri Forest (famous for its beautiful spring wildflowers), or put your adventure hat on and experience whale watching, fishing, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking or canoeing.

You may not know it yet, but the Margaret River Region is as spectacular below the ground as it above. Over 100 limestone caves lay beneath the surface waiting to be explored; including Ngilgi, Jewel and Lake Cave.

This stunning region is one of 36 biodiversity hot-spots in the world and also offers stunning bays, beaches and the second-longest Jetty in the world!

It’s always a good day in WA.

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