Now is the time to book that Far North Queensland holiday, with airfares as low as $79.

The Queensland government is set to offer discounts on flights and accommodation in an attempt to get Far North Queensland tourism back on track in the wake of Cyclone Jasper and the devastating floods which followed last month.

Queensland Premier Steven Miles said he hoped the discounts would encourage people to visit the area, which is in surprisingly good condition following the floods.

“We really need to get the message out to Australia and the world that Cairns and Far North Queensland is open for business,” he said. “Here in Cairns, you wouldn’t really know the cyclone had hit.”

The state and federal governments, as well as Jetstar and Qantas, have made an arrangement to discount $5 million worth of flights to Cairns from across Australia.

“Cairns and the state’s far north is a global tourism icon, people come here to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and Skyrail,” Miles said. “This is a chance for Australians to see all those things and at the same time support small businesses.”

Qantas and Jetstar launched the sale this morning, with flights to the tropical north available from mid-January until March.

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Whilst Jetstar is only offering the discounted flights to Cairns, Qantas is offering cheap flights to Proserpine, Cairns, Mackay, Townsville and Hamilton Island.

Qantas chief executive Catriona Larritt said the company was happy to do what it could to help the area get back on its feet following the natural disaster.

“Tropical North Queensland communities and businesses have faced incredibly challenging circumstances during this holiday period,” she said. “These special airfares will help boost the region’s recovery and rally Australians to visit North Queensland in the coming weeks and months.”

The sale is for a short time only or until sold out.

Accommodation deals can be found on the Tropical North Queensland website.

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