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Bonza announces new direct route between Sunshine Coast and Darwin

Bonza is on sale today with its newest route from the Sunshine Coast to Darwin, with flights starting from $149 per person (one way). The new route starts on 29 November and will run twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Speaking from the Crocodile Hunter Lodge by Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, Bonza’s Chief Commercial Officer Carly Povey said by launching the new service, Bonza says it’s another step closer to delivering on its commitment to boost domestic tourism with a focus on leisure destinations.

“We are thrilled to announce a brand new route for Sunny Coast locals. From 29 November, travellers will be able to fly direct to Darwin for a holiday filled with nature, wildlife, waterfalls and epic sunsets. The new route also opens up an exciting new destination for tourists who will be drawn to the region’s attractions like Australia Zoo which we know is a firm favourite of our customers,” said Povey.

Sunshine Coast Airport Interim CEO Gary Allen said the new service would be a hit with visitors who were keen to experience the natural wonders of both destinations, linking the pristine beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Noosa, with some of Australia’s most incredible national parks.

“Already this year we’ve seen our partnership with Bonza connect Sunshine Coast Airport to new destinations like never before, and I’m delighted that Darwin will be our newest direct service,” Mr Allen said.

“This new connection will provide opportunities for people to experience Darwin’s amazing art, culture, wildlife, and experiences, while also giving locals access to both Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, both home to amazing natural wonders.

The new route comes as Bonza celebrates nine months of operations out of Sunshine Coast Airport, having brought 120,000 additional visitors to the region.

During the last school holidays, Bonza celebrated a busy period, with the most popular winter holiday destinations from the Sunny Coast being Albury, Cairns, Avalon, Melbourne and Townsville. Also in July, Sunshine Coast Airport celebrated record passenger numbers, with more than 178,000 passengers passing through the terminal. This incredible figure is the highest monthly total in the Airport’s history and follows a record-breaking 1.62 million passengers in FY22/23.


Robert Irwin Celebrates the Announcement at Australia Zoo

Robert Irwin celebrates the announcement at Australia Zoo. Credit: Supplied.


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Visit the Northern Territory with kids

The Northern Territory is a truly magical destination for families, and this new direct flight makes this trip all the more accessible for Sunny Coast families. Enjoy glorious sunsets, crystal-clear waterholes, awe-inspiring landscapes, and learn more about Australia’s wildlife and rich cultural history.

Check out the Tourism NT website for plenty of ideas to start your trip.

Flights are on sale today via the Fly Bonza app, and registered travel agents, with fares starting from $149 per person (one way)

Travellers are encouraged to download the Fly Bonza app, which is the only place to book direct.

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Walking to Maguk, Kadadu. Credit: Tourism NT/Kate Flowers


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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