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East Coast to Coral Coast: Qantas opens first direct Melbourne-Exmouth flights

Latest News|Published 14 October 2022

Victorians will for the first time be able to fly direct to Western Australia’s Coral Coast, home of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, on a new Qantas service starting next April. 

Qantas will commence the first interstate route into the region with a Melbourne-Exmouth service, offering a direct and convenient five-hour hop which cuts 3 hours off the existing indirect journey. 

With the support of the Western Australian Government, Qantas will put on sale more than 2,500 special fares of $399 one-way to launch the service, helping Victorians achieve the ‘bucket list’ experience of swimming with Ningaloo Reef’s unique whale sharks. 

Qantas will operate two return services each week from 30 April until 26 October 2023. The new route will be operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, with more than 18,000 seats available across the season. 

Coral Coast residents will also benefit with direct access to the east coast and seamless connections through to Qantas’ extensive domestic and international network. 

Exmouth was named Australia’s top small tourism town at the recent 2022 Australian Tourism Awards held at Parliament House earlier this month.