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Virgin Australia Is Launching Its First Routes to Uluru From Melbourne and Brisbane From June 2024

The airline will fly between Melbourne and Uluru four times a week, and between Brisbane and Uluru three times a week.
By Sarah Ward
November 21, 2023
By Sarah Ward
November 21, 2023

People travel from around the globe to see Uluru. In 2023, the Northern Territory landmark was even named one of the best places in the world to visit by The New York Times. Folks head to the Red Centre from all across Australia, too, of course — and if visiting the large sandstone formation has always been on your travel bucket list, and you're in Melbourne or Brisbane, making that trip is about to get easier.

Virgin has announced new direct flights to the heritage site. From June 2024, the Aussie carrier will start two routes, which will mark the airline's first-ever legs to Uluru from Melbourne and Brisbane. The flights from the Victorian capital will begin first, on Thursday, June 6, 2024, but Queenslanders will only have to wait a day later, until Friday, June 7, 2024.

After both routes kick into gear, Virgin will fly between Melbourne and Uluru four times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The carrier will zip between Brisbane and Uluru three times a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Virgin is partnering with the Northern Territory Government and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia — which runs Ayers Rock Resort — on the new services to get more people to the middle of the country. And it's aiming to send quite a few more tourists in that direction, with 62,000-plus seats a year on offer thanks to the two new legs.

"Uluṟu is a special place in Australia and a cultural landmark that identifies this wonderful country to the world. We look forward to once again connecting Australians and international tourists alike to the spiritual heartland of Australia," said Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.

"We are also proud to be offering direct flights to Uluṟu from Melbourne and Brisbane for the first time. The forecast demand from these cities, coupled with excellent connectivity from our international airline partners, will provide a much-needed tourism boost to the region. Greater competition in the market and more seat capacity to Uluṟu will also provide travellers with more choice and value next time they fly to the Red Centre."

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"Whether it's still on the bucket list or a much-loved destination, visiting Uluṟu is a must-do for international and Australian travellers alike," added Matt Cameron-Smith, CEO of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

"Demand to visit Uluṟu is incredibly strong — driven by a wealth of amazing cultural experiences including the world-first $10-million cultural drone and storytelling experience Wintjiri Wiru — and we can't wait to roll out the red carpet for Virgin Australia's return to the Red Centre."

How is Virgin celebrating announcing its new routes? With a flight sale, which is obviously great news for your wallet. Until midnight AEST on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, fares start at $129 one-way in economy, as long as you're keen to travel between Thursday, June 6–Thursday, September 12, 2024.

For accommodation, Ayers Rock Resort is doing $150-per-night Lost Camel Hotel stays as well.

Virgin's Melbourne–Uluru services will commence on Thursday, June 6, 2024, and its Brisbane–Uluru services on Friday, June 7, 2024. The airline's Red Centre sale is slinging flights from $129 until midnight AEST on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 — head to the Virgin website for more details.

Published on November 21, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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