WEDNESDAY was a “Bonza day” for Bundaberg, as new direct flights from Melbourne are painting the skies over Queensland purple.
The inaugural route, operating twice weekly on Wed and Sun, is perfectly timed for Victorians to catch some winter sun, with fares starting from $89 per person.
It is the third to last of 27 routes to 17 destinations Bonza is rolling out following its launch, with Melbourne-Gladstone and Melbourne-Mackay to both be introduced before the end of the month.
“We are seeing strong demand for this route in both directions as Victorians seek out winter warmth and to experience the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef,” Chief Executive Officer Tim Jordan said.
“It’s also a chance for Melbournian foodies to tour Bundy’s iconic distillery, food and drink producers, and indulge in fresh local seafood.”
“There are a lot of Bundy locals who are flying to see friends and family in Victoria or to enjoy a city break taking in Melbourne’s famous laneway cafes, shopping and galleries.”
On board the historic flight was the Captain of soccer team Melbourne Victory, Josh Brillante, who hails from Bundaberg.
Brillante was surprised earlier this year in a pre-game get together with his parents, who can now fly direct to catch their son’s home matches.
Wednesday also marked the launch of Victory Draught on board Bonza’s all-Aussie menu.
The beer is a partnership between Melbourne Victory and Local Brewing Co in Clifton Hill, just 15 minutes from the team’s home field, AAMI Park.