You can now fly direct from Sydney to the Cook Islands with an Aussie airline for the first time in 30 years

Melissa Woodley from Time Out
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Cook Islands Tourism/David Kirkland
This slice of Pacific Island paradise is now only five hours away, with non-stop flights from $309 one way

Pack your bags! For the first time in three decades, you can fly directly with an Aussie airline to Rarotonga, the largest of the sparkly and secluded Cook Islands. We have everyone's *favourite* budget airline, Jetstar, to thank for this fresh new flight path which brings our dreams of paradise a mere five-hour trip away.

Likened by locals to “what Hawaii was 50 years ago”, these tropical islands are a handy halfway holiday spot between Sydney and the Aloha State. Think endless sunshine, pure relaxation and all the vacation feels – minus the tourist traps and over-the-top tipping.

Read the full article from Time Out here.