Around 800,000 half-price airline tickets are being made available as part of a $1.2 billion tourism support package unveiled by the Federal Government.

Discounted tickets can be purchased between the beginning of April and the end of July, for travel through until the end of September. 


Qantas says its discounted flights will be available online from April 1 for travel from May 1.


50 per cent discount on tickets will be offered for interstate flights to and from 13 regions that normally rely heavily on international visitors.

The destinations are the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays region, the Sunshine Coast, the Lasseter region which includes Uluru, Alice Springs, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Broome, Avalon, Merimbula and Kangaroo Island.


The announcement of this package comes ahead of the JobKeeper wage subsidy coming to an end later this month. 

The government argues that program could not be kept running forever, but with more than 600,00 Australian jobs tied to the tourism industry, it was under pressure to provide more support.