For adventurers and thrill seekers, Queensland, a large state in the North East of the country, is a dream destination.
Queensland is divided into several regions. The city of Brisbane is the largest city in the state. From Brisbane, an unmissable stop is the Gold Coast region, just south of the city, where you’ll find beautiful beaches and notorious theme parks. The Sunshine Coast, further north of Brisbane, is quieter and home to more relaxed towns.
The eastern coast of the state is the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world. As well as the mainland, Queensland's islands, including Horn Island and Hamilton Island, cater to all vacation types, so whether you’re dreaming of a relaxing break or action-packed adventure you’ll find it on one of these islands.
If you want to make the most out of your trip to Queensland, the stunning Daintree National Park also draws flocks of tourists each year, who head to the park to see lush green forests and incredible natural formations like the Mossman Gorge.
Because the state is so extensive, and includes a number of islands, one of the easiest ways to discover all that the state has to offer is by air. As well as flying to Queensland from other states, all of Australia’s domestic carriers operate regional flights between the largest cities, towns and islands in Queensland. You can find out more about these airlines below.
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REX Regional Airlines is a popular Australian carrier, operating regional flights across Australia. Within Queensland, the airline operates a number of regional flights including flying between Cairns and Hughenden, Julia Creek, Longreach, Mount Isa, Winton.
Qantas, and its subsidiary QantasLink, operates domestic flights to the state as well as regional flights within the region. This includes flying between Brisbane and Cairns, Roma, Weipa, Townsville, Rockhampton, Horn Island, and Hamilton Island.
Virgin Australia operates the most popular and busiest regional routes. This includes flying between Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, and Townsville.
If you’re looking to fly to one of the beautiful islands in Queensland, Skytrans is for you. Destinations that the airline flew to include: Cairns, Pormpuraaw, Badu Island, Coconut Island, Horn Island, Mabuiag Island, Saibai Island, Darnley Island, Yorke Island, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Warraber Island, Yam Island, and Weipa
AirNorth is a regional airline based at Darwin International Airport. The carrier operates a select number of routes within the state of Queensland, including flying between Darwin, Toowoomba and Townsville.
SeaAir Pacific is a small private airline flying from Thangool Airport to the beautiful Lady Elliot Island.
Hinterland Aviation was founded in 1984 and currently has its base at Cairns Airport in Queensland. It is a regional airline operating both scheduled and charter flights. Scheduled flights (subject to seasonality) include the following destinations: Cairns, Cooktown, Kowanyama, and Pormpuraaw.
West Wing flies between major cities and smaller regional airports within Queensland. Destinations include: Century Mine, Doomadgee, Karumba, Mount Isa, and Townsville. It also flies to Palm Island.
If you’re flying to Queensland from another state in Australia, you’ll be flying with a domestic carrier. You can find out more in our guide to domestic flights within Australia.
The following airlines operate internal flights to Queensland from other Australian states:
Qantas, and its subsidiary QantasLink, operates domestic flights to the state as well as regional flights within the region. Brisbane Airport is a major hub for the airline. Fly to Brisbane from Adelaide, Christchurch, Darwin, Perth, and other major cities across Australia.
Jetstar is a low cost subsidiary of Qantas. Jetstar flies to Queensland from across Australia, including Adelaide, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Darwin, Denpasar, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Proserpine, Sydney, and Townsville
Brisbane Airport is a major hub for both Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia (some flights operated by its subsidiary, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) flies to Brisbane from across Australia, including: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Auckland, Cairns, Canberra, Christchurch, Darwin, Denpasar, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Melbourne, Mount Isa, Perth, Port Moresby, Port Vila, Queenstown, Sydney, Townsville, and Wellington.
There are three international airports in Queensland where travellers can fly to on scheduled passenger flights: Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Cairns.
Brisbane Airport is the primary international airport serving Brisbane and South East Queensland. Brisbane’s international terminal provides flights with most major airlines, flying to 30 international destinations. Airlines include Air Canada, Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates. It’s easy to travel into the centre of Brisbane city.
Gold Coast Airport is an international airport located at the southern end of the Gold Coast, and approximately 50 miles south of Brisbane. It is the sixth-busiest airport in Australia. International airlines operate flights predominantly from Asia, as well as elsewhere around the world. Airlines include Air New Zealand, AirAsia X, and Scoot.
Cairns Airport is a domestic and international airport in Cairns, Queensland. As well as flights to up to 20 domestic destinations, the airport also has direct flights to 7 international destinations. Airlines include Air Niugini, Asia Pacific Airlines, SilkAir, and Asia Pacific Airlines.