According to the Herald, Virgin Blue may be following the lead of Qantas/JetStar in dropping services on unprofitable domestic routes, including to Sydney to the Gold Coast. Since the trains only run as close as Casino, I may have little choice but to cycle the rest of the way at least (or move to using coaches and learn to live with the motion sickness).
I expect a lot more people heading in that direction will have to drive – maybe from Brisbane, or maybe all the way up the coast. Welcome to Hell on the Highway 🙁 I pity the people who can’t afford such an option, due to the price of petrol. Still, that’s why air services are drying up: the companies are unwilling to spend their obscene profits on subsidising passengers for the cost of the fuel, as it spirals away from affordability.