Jetstar has announced it’ll be flying direct between Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine to Busselton-Margaret River Airport, Western Australia, starting in March 2020. The move by the budget airline means travellers can now skip Perth Airport and the subsequent three-hour drive to the region.

The greater Margaret River region runs around 100 kilometres from Busselton in the north to Augusta in the south. It’s internationally recognised for its local produce, destination dining and excellent wine – cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay in particular – but it’s also home to pristine beaches, world-class surf breaks, dramatic cliffs, tall-timber native karri forests and ancient cave systems. The area is also dotted with artisan producers of everything from olive oil, bread, cheese, chocolate and ice-cream to surfboards, and has more than 85 cellar doors among hundreds of vineyards.

It’s also home to Australia’s premier food festival, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, which attracts global culinary talent in November every year, and the World Surf League Championship Tour in autumn.

Jetstar will run three services a week between Tullamarine and Margaret River on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving Melbourne at 8am and leaving Margaret River at 9.40am. Standard fares range from $199 to $285.

The first of Jetstar’s direct flights between Melbourne (Tullamarine) and Busselton-Margaret River Airport depart on March 25, 2020. More information and book here.

This article was updated on December 3, 2019. Some details and prices may have changed since publication.