Sporting equipment

We know that sport can be an important part of travel. And there's nothing like having your own equipment with you, which can be included in checked baggage or as freight.

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Sporting equipment can be included as part of your checked baggage allowance, subject to the sporting equipment requirements and codeshare exceptions. Each item checked in is one piece. Charges will apply for any baggage carried in addition to your checked baggage allowance You can add sporting equipment to your booking at manage booking

You may purchase an additional baggage allowance in advance to save on airport excess baggage rates. The carriage of baggage over and above the free baggage allowance is subject to space being available.

Some sporting equipment such as surfboards, surf skis and windsurfers (sailboards) may not be able to be carried as checked baggage and will need to be sent as freight Freight charges will apply.

The maximum weight of any piece of checked baggage is 32kg (70lb). All items must be properly and securely packed.

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To be accepted on Qantas operated services, bicycles must be suitably packed in a bike box. Bike boxes can be purchased from most Australian Qantas terminals. You can travel with your own bike box, however it must not exceed the dimensions below and must be properly and securely packed.

Qantas bike pack dimensions:

  • length: 140cm (55in)
  • width: 30cm (12in)
  • height: 80cm (32in).

Before bicycles can be accepted they must be packed with:

  • tyres deflated
  • pedals removed
  • handle bars fixed parallel to the frame
  • the front wheel removed and fixed beside the rear wheel, inside the bike box, if the bicycles length exceeds 140cm (55in).

Snow ski or snowboard

Snow skis and snowboards must be protected in a ski bag. If the snow skiing equipment and your checked bags exceed your checked baggage allowance, airport excess baggage rates apply.

No more than one pair of skis, one pair of stocks/poles and one pair of ski boots is permitted per passenger.

Fishing rods and tackle

To be accepted for carriage, they must be protected in a PVC cylinder with screw ends, which can be obtained from a local fishing store, or in PVC plumbing or electrical tubing. Fishing rods must not be strapped to suitcases and the length can not exceed 277cm (109in) on Qantas operated services.

If the fishing equipment and your checked bags exceed your checked baggage allowance, airport excess baggage rates apply. For example, if your baggage allowance is one piece and you are travelling with a bag and a fishing rod, this will amount to two pieces and you will need to pay for the additional piece.

Golf clubs, bags and buggies

Golf bags and collapsible buggies are carried as checked baggage and are exempt from normal linear dimension restrictions on Qantas operated services.

Scuba diving gear

You can check in the following items on Qantas operated services:

  • face mask, snorkel and fins (pair)
  • harness and safety vest
  • knife and spear gun
  • regulator and pressure gauge
  • tank and weight belt.

Knives must be carried in checked baggage. Spear guns must be unloaded with spears packed separately. Flares, incendiary or explosive spearheads will not be accepted at all in checked or cabin baggage. Compressed air or gas tanks will only be accepted if empty and regulator tap is open.

Surfboard or surf ski

To carry a surfboard or surf ski as baggage, fins must be removed where possible and placed in an enclosed compartment or taped to the board. Paddles must also be taped to the board. At check-in, you’ll need to  attach a fragile tag to the bag and you must complete and sign the limited release portion of the baggage tag.

Australian domestic and international routes

Only accepted if enclosed in a surfboard bag and does not exceed 32kg (70lb) in weight and 277cm (109in) in length. If travelling on a QantasLink Dash 8 (Q200/300) aircraft, maximum surfboard or surf ski bag dimensions must not exceed 240cm.

Any additional bags will each be assessed at the airport excess baggage rates. You can pre-purchase additional baggage allowance at lower rates than airport excess baggage rates.

Boards/skis that exceed 277cm (109in) in length - or 240cm for travel on QantasLink Dash 8 (Q200/300) - must be sent as freight; charges will apply.

Due to size restrictions some equipment may not travel on the same aircraft as the customer.

Windsurfer (sailboard)

One sailboard kit consists of not more than one board, mast, boom and sail, and the length does not exceed 277cm (109in).

Australian domestic

Windsurfers cannot be carried as baggage domestically due to the length of the sail mast. They must be sent as freight and freight charges will apply.

Due to size restrictions some equipment may not travel on the same aircraft as the customer.

International routes USA/South America

Only accepted if enclosed in a bag and does not exceed 32kg (70lb) in weight nor its length exceed 277cm (109in).

Water skis

Water or slalom skis must be suitably packed in a lightweight container. 

The maximum weight of any piece of checked baggage including sporting equipment is 32kg (70lb).


All firearms, including airsoft and paintball guns, and ammunition must be carried in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the country you are travelling to, from or through. It is your responsibility to ensure all relevant import and export permits, licence and documentation (including Australian requirements) are obtained prior to travel.

Firearms are permitted in Checked Baggage only.

Carriage requirements:

  • Firearm must be declared at Check-in
  • You must hold a valid firearms licence, permit or enforcement agency identification, which you'll need to present at check-in.
  • The firearm must be unloaded and inoperable (e.g. bolt removed).
  • The firearm must be packed in a separate hard or soft locked case.
  • The firearm case must not be packed inside another bag/suitcase.
  • Qantas operated flights, you're permitted an additional piece of baggage within your total weight allowance, at no charge.

Please refer to Dangerous Goods for ammunition carriage requirements

Important information regarding QF codeshare flights and flights operated by other carriers:

If your itinerary includes flights operated by any other carrier apart from Qantas, it is essential to seek approval from each operating airline for firearms/ammunition carriage. Qantas customers booked on a Qantas codeshare flight (designated with a QF flight number) but operated by another carrier are advised to contact the operating airline to seek approval for firearms/ammunition carriage. Qantas will not arrange approval for firearms/ammunition carriage on any other airline.

Singapore - carriage of firearms and/or ammunition

Singapore authorities require passengers carrying firearms and/or ammunition travelling to, from or through Singapore to obtain approval.

For more information, view Singapore - Carrying Ammunition and/or Firearms application form (PDF) Requests must be received no later than 7 working days prior to the date of travel.