Direct Flights: Canberra to GC $192, Bris $201, Townsville $241, Sun. Coast $246, Cairns $256, Mackay $265, Whits. $277 @ BTF

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In fantastic news, Queensland has decided ACT has behaved well enough to open the borders this Friday, in time for school holidays. I've done a search for direct flights. There certainly are cheaper indirect flights, but for obvious reasons, flights via say, MEL won't be accepted by QLD (unless something changes dramatically). So until the end of October, these are the cheapest I can locate, to all the major QLD destinations.

dates: 25 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Canberra to Brisbane

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
25 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct
$479 $584 $374 $335 $401 $401
02 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct
$359 $400 $335 $297 $316 $287
09 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct
$255 $335 $216 $270 $274 $256
16 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct
$252 $297 $215 $221 $234 $255
23 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct
$252 $297 $201 $252 $297 $252
30 Oct 31 Oct
$252 $300

dates: 25 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Canberra to Cairns

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
25 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct
$434 $444 $374 $325 $374 $434
02 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct
$374 $374 $325 $325 $325 $325
09 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct
$314 $325 $295 $295 $295 $295
16 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct
$318 $325 $295 $295 $295 $325
23 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct
$325 $286 $256 $286 $286 $316
30 Oct 31 Oct
$346 $266

dates: 25 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Canberra to Gold Coast

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
25 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct
$390 $311 $301 $696 $504 $338
02 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct
$398 $398 $228 $482 $562 $338
09 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct
$255 $192 $197 $467 $683 $338
16 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct
$195 $192 $192 $369 $447 $338
23 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct
$192 $243 $195 $250 $243 $281
30 Oct 31 Oct
$197 $243

dates: 25 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Canberra to Townsville

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
25 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct
$381 $432 $326 $301 $351 $274
02 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct
$351 $351 $351 $301 $301 $278
09 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct
$278 $301 $271 $271 $271 $271
16 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct
$278 $271 $271 $271 $301 $301
23 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct
$301 $301 $326 $356 $241 $326
30 Oct 31 Oct
$241 $356

dates: 25 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Canberra to Sunshine Coast

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
25 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct
$829 $899 $1436 $899 $463
02 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct
$772 $589 $718 $616 $645 $778
09 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct
$617 $586 $798 $645 $1129
16 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct
$494 $293 $293 $390 $513 $595
23 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct
$453 $246 $246 $276 $246 $306
30 Oct 31 Oct
$306 $246

dates: 25 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Canberra to Whitsundays

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
25 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct
$450 $733 $277 $452 $524 $357
02 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct
$312 $524 $312 $449 $422 $312
09 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct
$357 $473 $277 $384 $438 $362
16 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct
$357 $473 $277 $473 $346 $314
23 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct
$402 $388 $314 $396 $332 $414
30 Oct 31 Oct
$314 $354

dates: 25 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Canberra to Mackay

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
25 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct
$355 $437 $265 $305 $355 $355
02 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct
$355 $355 $305 $305 $305 $267
09 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct
$267 $305 $265 $275 $305 $275
16 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct
$305 $305 $265 $275 $305 $305
23 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct
$305 $305 $305 $398 $305 $305
30 Oct 31 Oct
$305 $394

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Comments

  • Thanks QLD. Really appreciate that you decided the ACT is well behaved enough to come visit right before school holidays and months after any active cases… Especially when it's actually more of a risk flying from QLD to ACT atm…

    Queensland, Australia
    Cases: 1,152
    Deaths: 6
    Recovered: 1,123
    Active: 23

    Australian Capital Territory, Australia
    Cases: 113
    Deaths: 3
    Recovered: 110
    Active: 0

    Ref: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.h...

    • A lot of factors you conveniently left out of your comparison!

      Risk is relative to…

      Population
      ACT: 0.43M
      QLD: 5.13M (12 times the population)

      Population Density (people per square km)
      ACT: 179 (many people in a much smaller area)
      QLD: 2.5

      And depends on destination - QLD is huge by comparison! Most of Qld has no active cases.
      eg Cairns has no active cases


      How many overseas travellers did ACT accept at its "international" airport, which contributed to those figures?
      Qld has 3 international airports that have at times brought in overseas travellers, potentially with covid19.

      I understand ACT has a porous border with NSW. So, unlike QLD, there is no check on those from possible hotspots there. That was the stated reason for the closure of the QLD border to the ACT, not due to cases in the ACT.
      And reportedly, someone tried to enter Qld via ACT from NSW.

      Don't worry - we won't force you to come to QLD🌴 Stay safe where you are! And keep warm for the weekend (1C min).

      • I left them out because it's redundant when I linked a real-time dashboard where you can pull those stats for yourself. Secondly, of course it depends on destination, I don't want to hazard a guess because people love jumping on estimations and comparisons but… a majority of the people travelling are going to be visiting high density areas in QLD, much higher than the ACT.

        • Most cases here now are from International arrivals in quarantine, or introduced & spread when the QLD border was last opened. So we are being cautious!

          So you aren't tempted by the warmth in Cairns with 0 cases🌞 A lot of potential travellers complain of not getting there!

          Enjoy the weather in Canberra!

          • @the INFIDEL: ACT was the same, the initial cases all came from other states. Expanding on population density, Brisbane has a pop. density of 346 people/km2, more than double the ACT. QLD does have a smaller incident rate at 22.52 per 100,000 (ACT @26.40) which is mainly due to such a large area/population.

            • @TogTogTogTog: The border was closed to the ACT because of those interstate spread cases.

              Like other States, most of QLD cases were due to international travellers arriving at our airports - placed in quarantine & added to our numbers.

              So comparing numbers with international returns against Canberra is not the fair comparison you make out!

              Most holiday makers choose less densely populated tourist areas in Qld. Lying on the beach, in the sun & open air is far less risky than in a restaurant or building in a city like Canberra or Brisbane.

      • I think ACT had alot of quarantined travelers. And yes they do have an internation airport. Hard to argue against ACT and its population having handled the pandemic the best.

        • Have you looked at the number of direct flights to Canberra "international" airport…?
          (Currently 0)

          How many international direct flight passengers has Canberra agreed to take in the current agreement?

        • "ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr… the ACT had no capacity to take flights from overseas."!

          Overseas arrivals have been the major source of the virus in Australia. So much easier if the ACT doesn't take them.

          • @the INFIDEL: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6835212/police-ask-pu...

            "The hotel's customary occupancy rates had suffered on the back of the coronavirus travel restrictions so the approach from the ACT government to provide the service, most of whom so far have been guests arriving on international flights from India, was a welcome one."

            Old article but best I could find for now. So act has been taking those that want to arrive in Canberra. It's certinaly not Sydney or Melbourne levels…but they have arrivals

            • @Drogo: I think those are passengers who transferred from International flights from other Capitals, not direct flights to Canberra. That's happened when passengers arrived on the few available flights to Sydney & formerly to Melbourne.

              • @the INFIDEL: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6758129/repatriation-...

                "Airport officials would've hoped the first direct passenger flight from New Delhi to Canberra would be under better circumstances.

                Instead, the Qantas Boeing 787 which touched down on Friday morning brought home 207 Australian who had been stranded in India due to coronavirus travel restrictions."

                • @Drogo: Yes, one of the few repatriation flights early in the crisis. Commercial flights don't usually fly directly to Canberra. Their quarantine period would have ended months ago.

                  • @the INFIDEL: Urgh so there's no factual information that will make you happy

                    • @Drogo: factual information
                      1 chartered flight in May - that was a long time ago!
                      Doesn't support… I think ACT had alot of quarantined travelers.

                      QLD have been accepting 500 returned overseas travellers on commercial flights per week, doubling next month (in above link). ACT 0.

                      Nothing against the ACT! QLD should take more than the ACT - it's more set up for large traveller numbers.

                      Just no data given to support commercial flights bringing overseas travellers to the Canberra International Airport to quarantine.

                      • @the INFIDEL: To be fair on the ACT, there are no commercial international flights to Canberra International Airport at the moment. So no possibility of providing quarantine to arriving international passengers.

                        • @the INFIDEL: TogTogTog's point was there's more risk for the ACT from Queenslanders than vice versa. The fact that the ACT is not housing international arrivals in quarantine supports his point.

                          • @suburbanmale: Yes, I understand the point, based solely on past stats.

                            But it depends on other factors not taken into account by TogTogTog. Simple past stats can't tell the full picture of past risk, let alone be used to predict future risk for individuals. As we've seen - the stats can rapidly change.

                            The ACT Government is currently refusing to accept overseas travellers, so no figures from quarantine in their stats unlike with the States accepting travellers. But the likelihood of contracting the virus from someone in quarantine (if managed correctly) is very unlikely for a visitor to Qld. There may be more pressure on the ACT to accept travellers.

                            The ACT border is open, meaning a person from QLD may come in contact with a person from a hotspot in NSW in the ACT, which would be unlikely in QLD with the border closed.

                            This Deal is to a number of Qld destinations that currently have no cases. So there may be no difference in risk between ACT & Qld destination.

                            And since the future is not assured, the actual risk at the time of flight is unknown.

                            Understand the various factors affecting risk when choosing to travel, rather than simple past figures. And then hope for the best!

                          • @suburbanmale: Of course, TogTogTog's comment was a gripe about the past decision to add ACT to the forbidden list for entry to Qld. The stats didn't support the closure.

                            But that's all changing now! Hence this Deal…

                            It only made sense if people from NSW used the ACT as a way to enter QLD. Which did happen. There were other ways to deal with that for people from ACT. That's what is happening from later this week.

                            Most nights Qlders were told on TV about "bad" people sneaking into Qld, lying on declarations to get in, & not paying for their hotel quarantine or disappearing into the community. And then covid was brought in & the border closed again.

                            Now the correct decision to allow ACT residents into QLD has been made (under pressure from Scomo & Co), TogTogTog sees it as a cynical ploy to attract tourist dollars from the ACT!

                            More likely politics - with a close election campaign in QLD, even the LNP opposition has backed down from their repeated demands to open the border to NSW. They now deny they ever said it! Shows how popular the border closure decision is in Qld! Whether it is a good decision is a different matter! That's politics!!

  • What stops someone in NSW driving to the ACT and claiming they are been there for a few weeks to get into QLD?

  • +5 votes

    Thanks for the prices!

    It's eye opening how quickly people have turned to otherism recently. 'Everyone where I live is safe and trustworthy, it's all those filthy other people that are the problem!'

    Most people seem hard wired to think this way due to our social conditioning I guess.

  • Direct Flights

    But I think only GC and BNE have direct flights? So I guess everywhere else has a stopover in BNE.

  • CBR-BNE - $335-584, One way during the school holidays ((25(19)/09-05/10) inclusive).
    87-367% more than the pre covid usual.

    No thanks.
    $584 for a one way, ~2hr, domestic, base level economy flight.

    Queensland and Qantas can go and jump. I'll wait until I can drive at this rate.

    • As mentioned in the description, you can go cheaper but that risks more border closures (eg via MEL or SYD).

      • Its not about that. I used to fly the same route - I flew over the christmas period between Canberra and Brisbane direct for $179 each way on Qantas and Virgin in late December and mid January 2019.
        I'm not comparing different routes via Sydney or Melbourne.
        I also understand that cost structures for airlines etc have changed as a resut of covid, but even that doesn't make paying exhorbitant prices for flights a bargain or even a deal.

        My point is that as much as many (including me despite my comment) appreciate the effort that went into the post, this site needs to decide what it wants to be.

        The site is named "OzBargain", not "OZHighwayRobberyButAvailableToPurchase".
        To me paying 87-367% more than the base fare price isn't a bargain - others including yourself may agree, and they're entitled to their opinion.

        I just don't see how a post like this is a bargain and subsequently how it is in the spirit of the site/community.