Flights to the Sunshine Coast

Cheap Flights to the Sunshine Coast

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From Mooloolaba and Maroochydore to Coolum Beach and Noosa, The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most popular places to visit. Just one hour from Brisbane by car, the popular holiday spot boasts its own airport. Located in the region’s central city of Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Airport enjoys airline service from Melbourne and Sydney on three different airlines. Connections can be made from across Australia via these two capital city airports, and from there, Maroochydore flights take just over 90 minutes. 

Airlines flying to Sunshine Coast

Looking for one-way or return flights to the Sunshine Coast? Each of these airlines offers flights to Maroochydore from Sydney and Melbourne.

Jetstar

  • From Sydney (3 to 5 flights daily depending on week day)
  • From Melbourne (2 daily direct flights from Tullamarine)

Qantas

  • From Sydney (1 daily flight except Sat)

Virgin Australia

  • From Sydney (1 daily direct flight)
  • From Melbourne (1 daily flight Sun to Fri; 2 flights on Sat)

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Peak and off season: When to get the best deal

Sunshine Coast holidays are picture perfect any time of year. If you’re looking to get away from the chilly air, then a winter escape to the Sunshine Coast is the perfect solution. Winter days are warm and sunny while evenings require just a light jacket or jumper. In the heat of summer there’s nothing more enticing than a long, white sand beach, and the Sunshine Coast is lined with the best of them.

When looking for flights to Maroochydore, the cheapest fares are often found mid-week. Peak times are during school holidays and public holiday weekends, so planning outside of these dates, or booking as far in advance as possible will help in your search for the lowest fare. For Melbourne passengers, Jetstar also offers cheap flights out of Avalon Airport. There is a stop on the way, but often times these flights will be offered at lower fares. Flying into Brisbane is another option when looking for flights to the Sunshine Coast. If you’re looking at renting a car, the drive from Brisbane Airport to Mooloolaba and Maroochydore is just 1 hour. 

Getting to and leaving the airport

The Sunshine Coast Airport can be found on the north side of Maroochydore, just off the Sunshine Motorway. Take the David Low Exit and turn left onto Runway Drive. Transport to and from the airport includes Suncoast Cabs, the shuttle bus services of Con-X-ion and Henry’s, and the local bus network, Sunbus. All major car rental companies operate at Sunshine Coast Airport with offices located in the Arrivals area.

For airport location, drive times and terminal maps, visit the airport’s information page.  

Sunshine Coast Airport Facilities & Services

Airport services include:

  • ATMs
  • Baggage trolleys
  • Free Wi-Fi and internet kiosks
  • Parent’s room
  • Australia Post mail box at departures entry

Sunshine Coast as transit or stop-over destination

Sunshine Coast covers a fairly wide area and visitors who want to travel the wider region may want to consider renting a car. There are however many day tours available that can take you to attractions along the coast and up to the charming hinterland towns like Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. But if you’re planning on sticking close to the coast, Noosa and Mooloolaba are two coastal centres that offer many sights and attractions within walking distance. In both cities, visitors will find gorgeous beaches, great shopping and a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, resorts and hotels. Noosa is also well known for its national park and features stunning coastal walks, beaches and wildlife spotting.