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Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Emerald (EMD)

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Food and drinks on every flight

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine

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Baggage included in every fare

Pack more into your trip with checked and carry-on baggage included in every fare.

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Visiting Emerald

Emerald travel information

The Emerald region, once the home of sunflower farming in Australia, is now cloaked in a patchwork of thriving agriculture. Visit the outback town to explore the unique sandstone wilderness surrounding this vibrant region nestled in Queensland’s Central Highlands. 

View our Emerald travel guide

When to visit

Best time to visit Emerald

Depending on what you plan to see and do, the best time to visit Emerald for outdoor activities ranges between early March to late April. Visit during this time and enjoy the comfortable, cool autumn. Visits from mid-September to mid-December will offer a pleasantly warm spring.

Arriving in Emerald

The friendly staff at Emerald AirportOpens external site in a new window will welcome you on arrival. Once you collect your luggage, there are several transport options available to get you into town.

Getting into Emerald from Emerald Airport

Emerald Airport is located 6km south of Emerald’s town centre. Taxis and car hire are located outside the terminal making getting into Emerald from the airport is easy. Short and long-term parking are available at the airport, with a shuttle bus available to take passengers to the terminal.

Getting around Emerald

Emerald town centre is small enough to explore on foot, however taxis also service the centre. The Sapphire Gemfields and the Central highlands are best discovered by car, with car rental available.

Why Qantas

The benefits of flying Qantas

When you fly QantasLink to Emerald, we aim to make you enjoy every moment of your journey, so you arrive feeling refreshed and ready to discover the regional town.

Seamless check-in

With a number of check-in options designed to suit your needs, it’s easy to get your trip to Emerald off to the right start. Visit a kiosk to check in on arrival or use our online and mobile check-in services to check-in for your flight up to 24 hours before departure. 

Included baggage

Enjoy peace of mind knowing food, drink and baggage is included on your flight to Emerald. Visit our baggage calculator to find out more.

Can I cancel my flight booking to Emerald due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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 This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.